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By Mark Shead

5 Ways To Find New Leads For Your Business

2015 is here and if you are a business owner, one of your new year resolutions ought to be taking your business to greater heights. Most small business owners rely on word of mouth referrals to get new clients for their product or service. This works great – but is not enough to evolve to the next stage of growth; which is exactly what every business owner should be looking at.

How to Stay Productive When Working at Home

No wonder you have trouble getting work done at home. It helps to create a workspace, stick to regular hours, and block out distractions (and move the dog). Photo: John The phone keeps ringing. The kitchen sink is full of dishes.

Honey Progress Report: 2014 wrap-up and 2015 goals

This article is by staff writer Honey Smith. The new year is a time to look forward; but in order to do that, you need to know where you’ve been. Before I set my goals for 2015, I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss anything that happened last year.

Are You Afraid to Let Go of Your Struggle?

My mother, a woman who is steadfastly spiritual and always looking for a way to move into greater understanding of herself and others, recently attended a meeting for our church where she serves as a prayer practitioner. Each of the participants were recounting the issues they were working through, some rooted in relationships, others in careers. When it was my mom’s turn to share, she e

20 Groovy Life Lessons I’ve learned Before 30

So I'm going to turn 30 this year. Yep. The big Three 'O'. And this is a post compiling what I've learnt and how they can inspire you. My "credentials"? My dad died of ALS when I was only 20, exactly two months before I enrolled into college. Despite graduating, I don't work a conventional job. I'm doing my own thing now by being a writer and have finally hit success after a few years.

Best Accounting Software in 2015

The Best Accounting Software, is part of an ongoing Small Business Toolkit series, here at The Simple Dollar. Parts 1, 2, and 3 covered the Best Cloud Storage Providers, Best Email Marketing Services, and Best Project Management Software.

“Humor Is…the Right Way To Exist Among the Contradictions, Paradoxes, and Absurdities of Life”

“Humor is the antidote to overthinking. It’s a way of saying that life is paradoxical. Humor contains contradictions; it does not resolve them but revels in them.

Memories of Johannesburg Airport, 2006 to 2015

Yesterday I walked off the jetway into the transit area of Johannesburg’s international airport and had a flashback. I’d been here so many times… yet I always remember coming here years ago, way back in 2006 for the first time. Back then I was beginning a new way of life. I had ended my four-year stint on a hospital ship in West Africa.

25 Simple Ways to Cut the Cost of Moving

If you’re going to move your own stuff, throw a packing party to recruit helpers. (That truck’s not going to fill itself, you know.) Photo: Brett Lider Let’s face it: Moving can be a pain in the rear end. My first few moving experiences were horrific.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2011 Creating a home paper management systemReader Steve sent us a great solution for keeping mail off his family’s kitchen counter tops and dining table. 2010 Ask Unclutterer: Coat controlI live in Brooklyn on the top floor of a Brownstone and have NO coat closet, which is killing me this winter because our coats just end up all over the kitchen table.

Hope, Assumptions, and Expectations (Hint: Only One Is Good for You)

“You have got to have hope. But maybe you must learn, and it is hard learning, not to hope out loud … You must not let your hope turn into expectation.” -Wendell Berry Assumptions are typically unhelpful and can lead to disappointment. When we assume, we convert our own beliefs and perceptions into a general sense of how the world should be, if we only had our way.

The Importance of Your Personal Credit

Responsible use of credit cards can help build a good credit history. Photo: Sean MacEntee Even if you have a love-hate relationship with it, credit plays an important role in our lives and economy.

WWII Workout Week: Posture Training

Editor’s note: This week we’re publishing excerpts from FM 21-20, an Army field manual from 1946 that includes the physical training program used by GIs during WWII. You can read the story behind FM 21-20 here.

Art of Manliness Podcast #97: Physically Cultured With Bert Sorin

If you’ve played college or high school sports or served in the military, you may have used Sorinex strength training equipment. For 30 years, Sorinex has made strength training equipment right here in the United States.

4 Ways To Stop Caring What Other People Think

“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.” - Bertrand Russell Last year, I had a vague idea of what I wanted to do in life.