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By John Wesley

Ask FreelanceSwitch: First Contact and Income Streams

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at first contact with clients and building stronger streams of income. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

The Power of Brevity And Deletion

Hemingway, it’s said, was sitting around a table with a gathering of friends, when he wagered a bet.

Video: Try a Week of Extreme Nice.

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- this is the penultimate video for the year! Hard to believe that it's almost time for the 2011 Happiness Challenge. This month's theme is Boot Camp. Last week’s focus was to Do a 24-hour boot camp.

Lift coffee table

Materials: VIKA AMON Description: I made a coffee table lift (# 1) using a VIKA AMON plate and a trestle (in any hardware store) which I adapted some curtain rods to make it slide (# 3 and #4). So I can transform it into a table to eat (# 2) ~ Noëlle, BOURG EN BRESSE - FRANCE

My $132,683 Comcast Bill

This is a guest post from Carl Hendley of The Motley Fool. He’s substituting for Robert Brokamp, the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service.

10 Tips for Developing Resilience

Resilience or the ability to ‘bounce back’ after encountering problems is an essential trait.

GRS Blogger Profile: Sierra Black

Get Rich Slowly started as a place for J.D. to write about money. Over the past five years, it’s grown beyond that. It’s now a multi-author blog. This week, each of the authors will share a brief bio to give readers a little background. Enjoy! My name is Sierra Black. I’ve been a staff writer here at Get Rich Slowly for just under a year, and was a regular guest previously.

Bonus cutlery light

Materials: Bonus and perforated steel tape Description: I made holes in the Bonus cutlery and hung them in a frame of perforated steel tape and installed electric. ~ Peter Van Zoetendaal, Netherlands

Out With The Old, In With The New: Calculate Your Money Change

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 29.

5 Questions To Help You Make Effective New Year's Resolutions.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day -- or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Five questions to help you make effective New Year's resolutions. Forty-four percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and I know I always do.

6 Tips To Looking Better In Photos, Even If You Have A Face For Radio

Do you avoid the camera like some celebrities dodge the paparazzi? Are you about as photogenic as a plate full of Brussels Sprouts? Is the thought of sending out a Holiday Greeting Photo Card about as appealing as burying yourself naked in a pile full of dirty snow? If so, don’t despair.

Eiffel lamp

Materials: Hyllis and perforated steel tape Description: I used the 4 legs of HYLLIS in combination with screws, nuts and perforated steel tape like meccano for creating a floor lamp. ~ Peter Van Zoetendaal, Netherlands

Unitasker Wednesday: The Flour Wand

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! I’ve recently been looking for a magic wand to handle all those pesky tasks I don’t enjoy doing — laundry, scrubbing toilets, changing dirty diapers.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Creating a plan to achieve your 2010 resolutionsNow that you have brainstormed resolutions for 2010, it’s time to formulate your plan for achieving these resolutions in the new year.

How to Turn Up The Heat On Your Hot Button

Have you ever shaken hands with someone and their handshake resembled the very nature of a cold fish? Lifeless. Powerless. Unimpressive. Well the life at the end of that cold fish handshake is probably cold as well.But I have great news for you. We weren’t born to be cold. We were born to be molten hot.