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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

How to Speak at a Barcamp and Love it!

Advertise here with BSA My name is Allan. I co-founded LessAccounting. I’m an entrepreneur. I’m a husband. I’m the father of the two cutest kids you’ve always wanted but will never have. And I love Barcamp. You may be wondering what Barcamp is? Barcamp is a gathering of minds in an open environment with the intent of sharing ideas and providing feedback.

Comic Book Heroes

Materials: Ikea CD storage unit, vintage cowboy comic strips, vintage arrows, digitally printed cardboard drawers Description: A friend was tossing out an old (chipboard with green laminate) Ikea CD storage unit, so I took it home and wondered how it could be useful since storing CDs anymore is not.

Building Your Financial “Safety Gear”

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Childwild.com. Recently, I’ve gotten into indoor rock climbing. It’s a challenging activity, and frightening when you first begin. You need to really push the edges of your strength and flexibility.

How to Minimize Interruptions When You’re Working

Have you ever been right in the middle of something – a complicated email, a tricky paragraph of a report, a hunt for some vital figures – only for your concentration to be shattered?Maybe your work day seems to be a string of interruptions.

10 Life-Altering Mind Shifts To Rock Your World

“Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.” ~Sarah Ban Breathnach A mind shift is a change of focus and perception.

How Shifty Powers Regained Confidence, and How You Can, Too

Photo courtesy of the Powers family. Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Marcus Brotherton, the author of 3 books about the legendary men of WWII’s Easy Company, including the newly released Shifty’s War. Confidence can be a sneaky thing, playing hide and seek throughout life. No, it’s not something we’re born with and never lose. It fluctuates.

Announcing The Simple Dollar Personal Finance Seminar!

During the past month, I’ve been having some very casual discussions with an organization that handles the infrastructure of seminar programs for people who wish to run them.

How to Identify the Needs that Motivate Others

We are all motivated by unique desires, expectations, and interests, but there are still overarching tendencies and values people possess that impact their motivation.So, when it comes to motivating others, tapping into what they need and how they want to be treated is a key factor in making a connection and prompting action.

2011 GRS Video Contest Winners

Participation in the Get Rich Slowly video contest was down this year, which makes me a little sad, but the quality of the entries made up for it. In fact, the quality of the videos was so high this year that it was tough to pick a handful of winners. As a reminder, contestants could share videos in two categories for this contest: Success Stories and Personal Finance Tips.

Hol Cat Litter box with Sliding Top

Materials: Hol Storage Cube (Large), floor sliders, hardware, plastic cat box, mat, trash bag. Description: OK folks, just like a lot of cat litter solutions, this one is intended to: 1) Get that nasty box of Cat poop hidden: we live in Boston's Back Bay and have limited space in our wee little apartment.

Spotlight on Gisbert Van Ginkel, the very busy hacker

 "I seem to have a knack for floating stuff." I must admit I was a little more than curious about the person behind the mysterious initials - G.V.M - who kept sending in one awesome hack after another. I knew I had to do a spotlight on Gisbert, as I would later discover, the hacker behind the gorgeous pair of dress boys.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 1, May

Advertise here with BSA Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

Reader Mailbag: Friendships

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Car seats 2. Graduation and internship question 3. Condo financing questions 4. Roth IRA worries 5. End of the tunnel 6. Anxiety 7. PMI worries 8. Cost of living abroad 9. Second mortgage or renovation fund 10.

April resolution wrap up and an introduction of May’s resolution

The first three months of 2011 were extremely hectic, and in response I decided to declare April as a Super Simple Month. This was the right choice for me, and I embraced the austerity that came from this decision.

Business Strategy Fail: Save $300, Lose $20,000

Two years ago, I walked into a coffee shop in a suburb of NYC and grabbed a table in the sun to write for a few hours.Then, I noticed something odd happening.Every 30 minutes or so, one of the counter people had to leave the counter to go unlock the door on the men’s restroom.