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By Trent Hamm

Investing Isn’t Just for Rich People: Five Ways Anyone Can Reap the Rewards of Investing

Quite a few readers simply tune out when I mention investments. They don’t believe the topic applies to them at all. “How can I possibly worry about investing when I can barely put food on the table?” they’ll ask. The answer is simple: virtually every single person has the resources with which to begin investing.

Integration is More Important than Features

I am working with a client that has about 10 employees. They are starting to hit a wall when it comes to productivity. While each of their systems have a bunch of nice features, none of them integrate with each other. As a result, they spend most of their time moving information back and forth.

It’s Not Rocket Science: How to Choose Your Life Partner

Image Courtesy of Flickr Blog If you are like me, no one ever sat you down and instructed you on how to choose a life partner.  Yet, this is one of the most critical decisions we will ever make in life – with potentially huge repercussions for a less-than-ideal choice.  A long-term relationship can be one of the most joyous and fulfilling experiences life has to offer.  Although you may not

The fictional extreme-minimalist future

In George Lucas’ first film THX 1138, the future of the world is an ascetic’s paradise of monochromatic environments, clean lines, barren surfaces, and shaved heads. A similar future is portrayed in Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The Billy fixed

David tipped me on this smart solution of room corners by Kurzel. [via There, I Fixed It]. The criss-crossing shelves are a nice touch. See more of Kurzel's Billy corner bookcase.

Pico Iyer - The Perfect Traveler

What do travelogs, the 99% & Somerset Maugham have in common? A happy blend of steadiness & surprise.

The Little Rules of Action

“The shortest answer is doing.” - Lord Herbert Post written by Leo Babauta.

Saying farewell to a hobby, part two

In the original “Saying farewell to a hobby” post, I talked about how to decide if you’re not really into your hobby. Letting go of a no-longer-active hobby can be difficult, especially if part of your identity is wrapped up in that activity.

Reader Mailbag #88

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments.

Freelance Freedom #130

Do What Works for You

This article is the seventh of a thirteen-part series that explores the core tenets of Get Rich Slowly. I struggled with debt for over a decade. I made several attempts to tackle the trouble, but nothing seemed to work.

Rage Against the Sales Letter

Long sales copy is the #1 cause of death in the U.S… Or, so a vocal few would have you believe. Attributed often as the vile creation of online scamsters, long format sales copy has been simultaneously reviled and exalted. Yet, still, it endures.

How to Make Yourself Happier.

My First Splendid Truth is: To be happier, you have to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.

Fashion Design 101: Hang On To Your Ego

Every profession has its own ecosystem of egos. In advertising, the prima donnas are the creative directors (see Mad Men); in opera, it’s the sopranos; in classical music, the violinists. And in fashion design? Well, if you believed everything you watched on TV, it would seem like everyone but the lowliest assistant was completely stuck on themselves.

How Do I Make My Resume Stick?

Great, practical advice for helping raise your resume's profile.