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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

The most important factor in a balanced, sustainable lifestyle?

"I believe living a life that involves meditation, reflection, and/or prayer is the single greatest factor in moving to more balanced sustainable lifestyles. I think quiet retreat from the dominant culture is vital. I also think that individuals are incapable of staying the

Don’t Rely on One Client: 5 Ways to Avoid Trouble

During my first year of freelancing, I relied on one client for my bread and butter. When that client gave me a week’s notice that they no longer needed my services, I felt like I was up a certain creek. Over the years, I’ve had the problems with relying on just one or two clients hammered in.

How Martial Arts Can Supercharge Your Man Spirit

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Rodney King.

Marketing: Necessary Must-Do or Selfish Plea for Attention?

I recently saw a question posted from a new author who said that he feels that marketing oneself is “rude and presumptuous.” Is it? Or is it a necessary task to succeed as a creative freelancer?

Jedi Mind Tricks: How to Get $250,000 of Advertising for $10,000

These are not the prices I’m looking for. (Photo: hellochris) Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate. -John F. Kennedy In December 2008, well-known marketing consultant John Jantsch asked me what my small business predictions were for 2009. This was my answer:

Want help a film about child poverty get made?

My friend Perch Ducote wrote to me:Hello my friends, as many of you know for the past year I have been working as an executive producer with Dan Karslake on a full feature documentary called EVERY THREE SECONDS. It's about how we can bring an end to hunger on the planet. It is going beautifully and we are moving full steam ahead.

The Giving Pocket

When I was about twenty years old, I was walking near the edge of a rough part of Des Moines, Iowa and I saw something that’s stuck with me ever since.

Tip: Behold The Power of Appreciations

Careers are developed based on new opportunities and feedback exchange. Traditionally, feedback is constructive and is exchanged to put a spotlight on your weaknesses. Of course, the greatest barrier to acting on constructive feedback is the offense we take along with it. Often times, our ego makes us defensive and marginalizes the potential benefits.

Skydeck

I am really enjoying the Skydeck service on my Blackberry. It basically gives you an inbox for all your phone calls and gives you voice mail transcription that is quite a bit more accurate than Vonage.

Ten Vital Tactics for Making the “Money Talk” Work

Let’s face it: talking about money can be very, very difficult. I’m speaking from experience here: when my wife and I first started addressing our financial situation, it was extremely challenging to talk about money.

How I Cut My Television Bill in Half

I’ve had several requests lately to update my two-year quest to find cheap alternatives to cable television. In March of 2007, Kris and I were paying $65.82 for a deluxe digital cable package that we rarely used. “$65.82 a month isn’t a fortune,” I wrote at the time, “but it’s a lot of money to pay for something that doesn’t get used.

Universal cell phone charger by 2012

News hit Tuesday that 17 phone manufacturers have agreed to use Micro-USB chargers on all phones by 2012. According to ZDNet, “Companies signed up to the initiative include Nokia, Motorola, Orange, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, T-Mobile, 3, Telefónica and Vodafone.

Simple voltage converters reduce travel clutter

If you’re someone who regularly travels outside the United States, then you know that lugging around voltage converters can be cumbersome. They usually come in a heavy, brick-like container, which takes up a ridiculous amount of space in your luggage.

How to hide the cistern

Izzy does a terrific job covering up the cistern. She says, "Ikea has just brought out a new range of bathroom furniture and I wanted to do a back to wall toilet with concealed cistern to match. The pictures show how to get the cistern and toilet waste to run through the Lillangen cabinet – the remote flush on top will eventually go through a piece of worktop."

Want to come to Washington, DC with me?

As Kate Sheppard from Grist puts it:Some 10,000 young people will be descending on Washington, D.C., from Feb. 27 to March 2 for the Power Shift 2009 conference, where they'll be organizing to put pressure on political leaders to take action on climate change. On the last day of the event, they're planning a massive protest at