50 Online Resources for Decluttering Your Life

Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 1:58am by Site Administrator

With so much going on at home and at work, getting the clutter off of your desk and out of your closet can seem like the last thing on your mind. But clutter can do more than take up space, it can also have a marked affect on your state of mind. Cluttered spaces can zap your productivity and make even doing simple day-to-day tasks take much longer than they should. Here are 50 resources you can check out to help you learn how to clear out the clutter and take back your productivity.

Blogs

Get great advice and ideas on clearing out the clutter in your life from these bloggers.

  1. Unclutter.com: This blog is all about fighting clutter and getting organized. Find articles on everything from decluttering your kitchen to cleaning out your purse or wallet.
  2. Zenhabits: Find your inner Zen guru on this blog. Learn about how to simplify, declutter, get in shape, increase your productivity and more.
  3. Your Life. Organized: Monica Ricci blogs all about getting organized here. You’ll also find a series of podcasts, and links to great organizational resources.
  4. Declutter It!: Written by Julie Bonner, this blog gives suggestions and advice on how you can make your life more clutter free both at home and at the office.
  5. The Positivity Blog: Learn to look at the bright side with this blog. There are also loads of posts on simplfiying your life and becoming more productive.
  6. FlyLady: The Fly Lady is a decluttering and cleaning guru. On her site you’ll find information on how to implement her clutter clearing process as well as humorous insights.
  7. Neat and Simple Living Blog: This blog is dedicated to helping readers let go of clutter, organize, acquire less, and learn to love life.
  8. The Clutter Diet Blog: Author Lorie Marrero blogs about all things related to organization and decluttering. Check out recent posts on organizing holiday decorations and keeping your bookshelf neat and clean.
  9. Jeri’s Organizing and Decluttering News: Professional organizer Jeri Dansky gives her ideas and thoughts on organization in this informative blog.
  10. The Happy Living Blog: Are the things in your home making you miserable? Check out this blog to learn how to live happier and more simply.
  11. Organization Place Blog: This blog gives you links to tons of organizational products that can help make your life a little easier.
  12. My Simpler Life: Here you’ll find advice and commentary on how to live a simpler life with less stuff and still be happy and fulfilled.
  13. Organising Queen: This blog is all about organizing your life. From your time and space to your business and personal life, you’ll find information on all aspects of organization.
  14. Organizing Your Home and Family: This blog lives up to its name, with loads of posts on how you can make your life easier at home by keeping things organized and streamlined.

Articles

Need a little guidance on getting started or help keeping up? These articles can give you some pointers and make getting clutter free easier than ever.

  1. Declutter 101: Where Do I Start?: Beginner declutters should check out this primer to learn the basics of getting started cleaning up your home or office.
  2. How to Declutter Your Life: Here you’ll find helpful advice on how to streamline your life and eliminate clutter as well as some tips on things to avoid.
  3. Organizing 101: Resolve to Declutter: This article from Style at Home can help you learn how to get organized by eliminating some of the clutter around your home.
  4. 15 Great Decluttering Tips: For those who struggle with decluttering, cleaning up and throwing things out can be a real battle. Here you’ll find 15 tips from fellow clutterbugs on how to keep your home clean and tidy.
  5. Declutter Your Desk: If you’re like most people, you spend the better part of your day sitting at your desk so make it a pleasant and organized place to be by using the tips in this article.
  6. 50 Tips to Unclutter Your Blog: If you make money from your blog, having one that’s clutter free and easy to read can make a big difference in your profit margin. This article will give you some pointers on making your blog look clean and user friendly.
  7. This is the Year to Declutter Your Life: Check out these articles from the Oprah show to help you start the year out clutter free. You’ll find videos and articles on the reasons behind clutter, how you can challenge yourself to make a clean sweep, and inspiring stories of others who made big changes in fighting clutter.
  8. Top Ten Creative Ways to Declutter: Clearing your home of clutter doesn’t have to be completely boring and tedious. This article gives some ideas on how to make cleaning out your closet more exciting and imaginative.
  9. Spring Cleaning Checklist: Start off the spring, or any other season, with a sparkling clean home. This checklist will take you through all the parts of your home that you should give a good scrub and thorough cleaning.
  10. 5 Steps from Clutter to Control: Fighting clutter doesn’t have to be a drawn out battle. This article gives some simple ways that you can start taking control of your space again.
  11. Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui: Get advice on getting rid of all the junk sitting around your house and make it work in harmony with the principles of Feng Shui in this article from About.com.
  12. Conquering Clutter: This informative and in-depth article from the AARP gives some insight into the reasons behind the clutter in our lives as well as ways we can fight it.
  13. How to Purge Your Closet: Don’t let your clothes take over your closet. This article can help you learn how to fight the the overflow and gives a simple way you can help yourself know what to give away.
  14. Zen Mind: How to Declutter: Help to clear your mind by cleaning your space. This article gives several great tips on how to tackle day-to-day clutter without becoming overwhelmed.
  15. Top 10 Ways to Declutter Your Digital Life: Clutter doesn’t just have to be in tangible form, it can also make it very difficult to do work on your computer if you let files, photos and emails pile up on your hard drive. This article will give you ten ways you can reduce this kind of clutter.

Programs

These computer programs will help you clean up your desktop and keep the rest of your life organized and hassle free.

  1. Chaos Antidote: Have a messy hard drive that just can’t seem to be tamed? Try out this program to help you get control of the clutter that builds up on your virtual desktop just like it does on your real desktop.
  2. Famundo: This program is great for busy families. It has calendars, address books, photo sharing and more to keep you organized and ready to go.
  3. My Reminder Service: Get rid of all those sticky notes and index cards with reminders scrawled on them and put your important tasks in this program instead. It will send a reminder to your cell phone, PDA or email so you’ll never forget an important date.
  4. Check Free: Eliminate the messy paperwork from phone, power and water bills by paying them online. This service allows you to get and pay almost any bill online.
  5. Absolutely Busy: Never lose a client’s or friend’s email again with this program. You can enter contact information, track leads, and even stay on top of projects.

Organizations and Groups

Whether you’re looking for help cleaning out your garage or just want to meet with others that have clutter issues, these groups can help.

  1. National Association of Professional Organizers: Sometimes you just need a little professional help. Find an organizer near you through this association and get organization tips to help you get started on your own.
  2. Faithful Organizers: This organization focuses on professional organizers that also embrace the Christian faith. If you’re looking for a professional that shares your values as well as your need to get things organized check out this site to find someone to call in your neighborhood.
  3. Messiestalk: This online forum, created by founder of Messies Anonymous Sandra Felton, gives users a way to chat about any clutter, cleaning and organization issues they might have and get tips and advice from others.
  4. Clutterers Anonymous: Need some help and support overcoming the clutter in your home? Find all the resources you need on this site to get the assistance you need from others in your same boat.
  5. Freecycle: What to do with all that stuff you cleaned out of your closet? Try trading it or giving it away on Freecycle. You’ll be getting clutter out of your home and giving your stuff to someone who needs it.
  6. Declutter Meetups: Here you’ll find links to groups that meet to discuss clutter, organizing and living simply all over the United States so you can make new friends and get your clutter under control.

Websites

This collection of websites can help you find resources about clutter, give advice, and provide great reading material for motivating you.

  1. Real Simple: The online version of this print magazine is a great place to get tips and ideas on simplifying your life, cleaning, and organizing your home.
  2. How To Organize, Declutter & Simplify Your Life: This Squidoo lens gives some great advice and tips on ways you can help eliminate clutter from your life, organize your closet, and more.
  3. Online Organizing.com: Here you’ll find resources to purchase organization materials, hire a professional, get advice, get a newsletter and loads of other useful resources to help you get a handle on the chaos in your life.
  4. Clutterbug.net: Professional organizer Christy Best gives advice on everything from organizing for the holidays to how clutter prone people should shop on this informative website.
  5. Declutter First: This site is dedicated to helping people get organized by first decluttering their lives. You’ll find articles on clearing clutter from your kitchen, garage and closets as well as some general tips to keep in mind.
  6. Organized Home: This website is full of ideas on how you can clean up and organize your home. Learn how to create a storage plan, get rid of unneeded wardrobe items and more.
  7. Life Organizers: Does your life need a decluttering overhaul? This site has loads of articles on cleaning, organizing, and decluttering your home as well as on how you can live happier and healthier.
  8. Clutter Workshop: This site, by clutter relief coach Beth Johnson, contains an ebook, online classes, and even forums where you can get help eliminating clutter from your life.
  9. How to Get Rid of Things: If you’re the type of person who hangs on to 10 years worth of magazines that you never look at, chances are that you could use a little help getting rid of some things around the house. This site gives advice on what to toss in just about every category.
  10. Home Organize It: On this site you’ll find loads of resources on getting the mess out of your home. From hiring a professional to cleaning out your business or personal office, this site has information on it all.

25 Chores You Can Actually Do Online

Friday, January 25, 2008 at 12:42am by Site Administrator

Chores, by definition, are rarely fun. No one wants to do them, but everyone has to get them done. Fortunately, we live in an age that values using technology to streamline everyday life, so there are many services out there designed to make your chores less of a chore, and we’ve profiled 25 of them here.

  1. Banking: These days, many people rarely have to step foot into a "real bank," preferring instead to perform banking transactions online.
  2. Bills: Just like online banking, paying your bills online is now easier than ever. It’s hard to find a bill that you can’t pay online, and many banks offer a one-stop place to do it all.
  3. Grocery shopping: Netgrocer, Peapod, and even brick-and-mortar stores like Albertsons and Safeway have ventured into online grocery store territory. Many shoppers find this method to be cost effective and time saving because of the organization it offers.
  4. Taxes: Individuals within a specific income limit can use Free File from the IRS to prepare their taxes online. Others beyond this limit can use widely available alternatives like H&R Block, TurboTax, and TaxACT.
  5. Travel planning: Whether you’re checking out fares or researching the best places to go, the Internet is an increasingly popular place to go for travel advice.
  6. Photo sharing: While sharing photos may not feel like a chore for some, people with children and/or far flung family members often find that their loved ones are no longer satisfied with an annual holiday card photo. Keeping up with this chore is easy when you use one of the many photo sharing sites online.
  7. Update your family: Beyond photos, you can use emails, newsletters, and blogs as a great way to keep your loved ones up to date on family happenings without going to too much trouble.
  8. Get movie listings: The days of picking up the newspaper for movie listings are all but gone. Now, you can look up showtimes online, while at the same time reading reviews and viewing trailers to help you decide on the best pick. You can even use movie sites to find free sneak previews, deals, and more.
  9. Plan a party: Online services make it really easy to plan a party online. You can send out invitations, consider themes, get ideas, and more, all with a few clicks of your mouse.
  10. Get directions: Your key map has been taken down a notch by the plethora of online mapping services available today. Using these services, you can get detailed, turn-by-turn directions, often with helpful add-ons like highway preferences, gas station price comparisons, and business directories. You can even send directions to Grandma via email or links.
  11. Renew government documents: Many local governments offer online renewal and registration for driver’s licenses, plates, and more, saving you a trip to the office.
  12. Shop: Hitting the mall and other shopping centers is a dreaded experience for some, but with online shopping you can skip the crowds and often find better deals to boot.
  13. Ship a package: With many shipping services, you can calculate rates, print documents, and pay for the shipment, all online. Often, all that’s left is a drop off, but you can usually pay to have your package picked up if they’re not stopping by already.
  14. Nag others about doing chores: Getting others to do work is just as much a chore as regular ones. Services like Monkey On Your Back automate the nagging process for you.
  15. Order pizza: Nearly every major pizza chain now has online ordering, so you don’t have to rummage through your junk drawer for a coupon anymore. Rather, their specials and deals are cleanly presented on the ordering page.
  16. Comparison shopping: Before the advent of e-commerce, comparison shopping was a costly venture, both in time and gas money. But now, all you have to do is go to one of the many sites that tracks prices to find the best deal out there.
  17. Clip coupons: Often paired up with comparison shopping sites, coupon sites track the best deals, both online and off. You’ll usually find coupon codes or printable coupons that can be taken to brick-and-mortar stores.
  18. Check out the news: If you’re not a newshound, keeping up to date on the latest in current events may feel like a chore, especially if you’re tuning into overhyped TV news or flipping through old-fashioned newspapers. Reading the news is more streamlined than ever online, with organized categories, RSS feeds, and newsgroups.
  19. Check out the weather: No longer do you have to wait until your local news burns through the latest fires and murders to figure out what you need to wear tomorrow. Learning about weather in your area or where you’ll be traveling is as easy as entering a zip code or metro area into a web site.
  20. Find a doctor: Through doctor directories, you can literally shop around for your physician. These sites make it easy to learn about their education, insurance details, and even read reviews to find out about what others have experienced with the doctor.
  21. Get recipes: You don’t have to read women’s magazines or drag out cookbooks to learn how to cook tasty concoctions anymore. There is a seemingly endless supply of recipes online that are easily categorized, searchable, and reviewed by other cooks.
  22. Research your health: Whether you’re in search of helpful pregnancy information or curious about alternative treatments, the Internet is full of useful resources that offer helpful tips and create talking points you can bring to your doctor.
  23. Research DIY projects: Whether you’re the do-it-yourself type, or just forced into servitude by your spouse, you can find loads of great ideas and step-by-step instructions for projects online.
  24. Reserve and renew library books: Save yourself a trip to the library, or snag the latest Harry Potter before some punk kid gets their hands on it by using online library services. Many local library systems offer online catalogs, reservations, and account services designed to make your life just a little bit easier.
  25. Set up utilities: Moving is a chore, not just because of the mass of stuff you have to load and unload, but because you have to go through the process of setting up services to your home all over again. Luckily, most of this can be accomplished online, either one by one through your providers, or using services that do the work for you, and even offer comparison shopping.

Carnival of Business and Entrepreneurship #6

Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 5:59pm by Site Administrator

Greetings! Welcome to the 6th edition of the Carnival of Business and Entrepreneurship. We have selected 51 posts for this edition. I thank all participants for making this carnival a huge success. Here are the posts in the order they were received:

Mike Smith presents 101 New Years Business Resolutions posted at Bootstrapping Blog.

GP presents Weighty New Years Resolutions – Kind of posted at Innside Montana-Your Home at the Range. Tips for fiscal leanness in the new year.

Ed Rivis presents How to optimise a homepage. posted at Ed Rivis.

Cameron Schaefer presents Create a Personal Board of Directors Part I posted at Schaefer’s Blog. The truth is if we want to live well, we all need accountability; people in our lives to help us reach our goals, discuss decisions with, keep us from making wrong turns and shine light on our blind spots.

Goldfish presents Owning a Business – Be Careful with What You Ask For posted at Contrarian Goldfish.

Tash presents Leading from behind posted at Word Constructions.

Terry Dean presents PlugIm Test Results posted at Integrity Business Blog by Terry Dean.

Oiventuresinc.com presents Wait A Minute, There Is An “I” in Teamwork > Leadership In Action posted at Leadership In Action. Great article on leadership and business.

Fred Black presents Don’t give a Hoot about Google Page Rank. posted at Fred Black: Internet Business Blog..

Steven Lohrenz presents Online Business ABCs Intern Program posted at Steven Lohrenz.

Robert Phillips presents What Types of DVD Products Sell Best? posted at How to Create a DVD without Spending a Dime.

Emmanuel presents 5 Things You Should Consider Before You Start a Business | PACE with Emmanuel Oluwatosin posted at Daily Motivations and Tips for Entrepreneurs, Business Owners and people who want to rise to the top of ther career. Starting a business demand you to be emotional and mentally strong. This article shows you some of the things you should consider taking along as you start your business.

Cindy King presents Prepare For International Markets posted at Get International Clients.

Hill Robertson presents All You Have to do is Make a Profit?. posted at Internet Business Success Guide from a Geek. This article is about finding something that makes a profit and then repeating it to make big money.

Woman Tribune presents Create the Life You Deserve posted at Woman Tribune. Heather Juma, founder of Girls Who Network, asks “What are you doing to make the effort to go out and get what you really want?”

Tali presents The S.M.A.R.T.S Report- A Smart Report for Smart Social Marketing posted at The Marketer Review. Stompernet got SMARTS. Check out the report that’s rocking the internet marketing community.Stompernet got SMARTS. Check out the report that’s rocking the internet marketing community.

Fiona Lohrenz presents Financing Your Day Care Business posted at Child Care Only.

Edith presents How to Maintain a Positive Attitude posted at Edith Yeung.Com: Dream. Think. Act..

Matthew Paulson presents Quixtar Supporters Caught in Active Information Warfare and Propaganda Campaign » American Consumer News posted at American Consumer News.

Praveen presents RIP Richard Knerr – Thanks for the Business Lessons! posted at My Simple Trading System. Richard Knerr, the founder of the toymaker Wham-O, died at 82. His story holds lessons about business success and innovation.

Jim Sansi presents Internet Business Redundancy posted at The Kaizen Business. Natural disasters happen and so do human errors but at least with the current configuration I can lose my blog and my connection to the Internet and still continue to make sales.

Mike Buckley presents Doing Well By Doing Good posted at Mine Your Own Business.

Sarah Paine presents Earn Money From Your Home posted at Sarah Paine.

David B. Bohl presents Small Business Trends Column – Who Else (Besides a Majority of Business Professionals) Wants Work Life Balance in 2008? posted at Slow Down Fast Today!. A nationwide survey sheds some light as to what people think will help them achieve their business goals in 2008. What made the top of the list? Achieving a work-life balance!

Life. Money. Development. presents Working in groups: 10 keys for success posted at Life. Money. Development.. A survey of key aspects for success when working in groups.

Mark Runta presents Managerial Courage posted at Career Progression, Management & Global Sourcing. Conviction to pursue what is right and important is the hallmark of leadership.

Vishal Gupta presents A stimulus is a stimulus is a stimulus, or is it? posted at A Business Professor’s Weblog. This article examines an important economic question- Should governments intervene in the economy?

Ciara presents It?s time to be honest; my traffic levels are loathsome? posted at Website Copywriter and Webmaster Blog. My website traffic increasing trial to grow my traffic from pathetic levels (truly pathetic) to decent!

Martin Russell presents Free To Attract Buyers posted at Word of Mouth Marketing. Marketing isn’t just about getting as many people in the door as possible…

Andrew Erickson presents The Holiday Countdown – Getting Your Visitors to Buy posted at WebSite Werx.

Carol Bentley presents Saying thanks. . . posted at Carol Bentley. Many business owners are astute enough to realise that expressing thanks for business; for referrals and recommendations; for a job well done by a supplier; for an excellent result achieved by an employee is good business practice.

Investing Angel presents Tips For Shorting Stocks posted at Stock Investing. In today’s unstable market, many people are considering shorting stocks. This might be because they believe the market is going to get worse, so they want to bet against the market or they just wish to hedge their bets.

Ryan presents Business Writing is the Best Career posted at Academia-Research blog everything about how to write a good paper.. It is always a burden for students to write their essays. Sometimes, it can even be more frustrating for them to compose a document especially if they do not like the topic.

GWN Lifestyle presents Do You Run Your Business Like a Girl? posted at GWN Lifestyle. How to Run Your Business Like a Girl–business tips, resources, and strategies.

Becky McCray presents Gene Marks can’t make these technologies work, but you can posted at Small Biz Survival. In response to an article in BusinessWeek, wherein Gene Marks listed off some tech ‘solutions’ he says small businesses “can’t use.” Can’t? All small businesses? Let’s go through his list of 10 “overhyped and underwhelming technology” tools “that don’t work” and see if we can make them work for small business!

Joshua C. Karlin presents Reason Why Sales & Marketing – The Power of ?Because? posted at Marketing & Fundraising Ideas.

Sarah presents The Girl’s Guide to Kicking Your Career into Gear posted at SARAHSPY. Review of newly-released book.

Jose DeJesus MD presents The Market Crash America Missed posted at Physician Entrepreneur.

Rebecca Suzanne Dean presents Miss Copy Causes Car Crash In Japan! posted at Rebecca Dean. New life as a Professional Copywriter and part-time road hazard.

John W. Furst presents A Relationship Needs Support posted at E-Biz Booster Blog. A real Internet business goes beyond being an affiliate marketer. Many marketers are afraid of having customers, but it’s not too hard to build great relationships with your clients, if you are committed. There is nothing to be afraid of.

Kenton Newby presents 6 Surefire Strategies for Writing Better Articles or Blog Posts posted at Kenton Newby.

Warren Wong presents How To Gain An Edge In Business posted at Personal Development. Describes three things you can do to gain an edge in business naturally.

Tim Gary presents Are Your Customers Just Fresh Meat? posted at Internet Success Bites – Take Action to Succeed in Online Business. Customers can be hard to get. Once you have them, keep them with excellent customer service.

Dave Origano presents The Characteristics Of a Highly Successful Entrepreneur posted at Online Marketing & Exponential Business Growth Blog.

Kingsley Tagbo presents How To Become A Computer Programmer – Ten Articles posted at THE FASTEST WAY TO LEARN TECHNICAL SKILLS OR GET A JOB.

Ron Ruiz presents From Secretary to Multi-Millionaire posted at Ron Ruiz.

Aaron Anderson presents What A Tripod Can Teach You About Online Business… posted at Online Business Blog.

Andrew Erickson presents Yahoo Stores down on Cyber Monday?, but not mine! posted at Andrew Erickson.

Thomas D. Brownsword presents Business Action Update: December 14, 2007 posted at Business Action Steps.

Teresa Morrow presents Promoting Your Business: What? Part 1 posted at Key Business Partners.

John Phillips presents Lynch, Noose, Golf and Employment Law posted at The Word On Employment Law. John Phillips presents Lynch, Noose, Golf and Employment Law posted at The Word On Employment Law.

That concludes this edition. Next edition of this carnival will be hosted here on January 29, 2008. Submit your blog articles using our Blog Carnival Submission Form.

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Top 100 Motivational Blog Posts of All Time

Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 2:41am by Site Administrator

The new year ushers in loads of resolutions and good intentions, many of which don’t make it past the first few weeks of January. Staying motivated enough to find a better job, lose ten pounds, or create a solid personal budget are tough when we’re already battling hectic lives. To help you find the inspiration you need to stay focused all year long, check out this list of 100 motivational blog posts.

Our Favorites

This first list includes some of our favorite posts about staying motivated, from discovering strength and inspiration where you least expected it to learning how to organize your entire life.

  1. 1 Step Back, 2 Steps Forward: Learn how to stay positive with this simple mantra, even when you’re experiencing setbacks.
  2. Stay Motivated When You Don’t Like It: The problem with motivation is that sometimes you’d just rather give up. Read this post for tips on how to boost your morale even when you don’t feel like being productive.
  3. How to Wake Up Feeling Totally Alert: Steve Pavlina helps readers go from "grog monster to early riser" with the tips and ideas in this post.
  4. Top 5 Tips for Getting Motivated: Life coach Fiona Harrold doles out five surefire tips for finding motivation and sticking with it.
  5. How to Be Motivated to Get Down to Work: This post explores how time management, human nature and momentum affect motivation.
  6. Developing Positive Patterns: Improve your life with baby steps by discovering and implementing positive patterns in your lifestyle.
  7. Design a Home Office: Tips for Setting Up Your Work Space: Working from home is great…as long as you can stay motivated. Learn how the design of a home office can affect your productivity.
  8. How to Stay Positive When You Know Your Life Sucks: It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the bad things in our lives. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, learn how to stay positive and motivated to make the changes that will improve your life.
  9. Maintaining Motivation: This post has tips for staying motivated when you want to exercise, set goals, get organized and more.
  10. Free Tools to Manage New Year’s Resolutions: Lifehacker’s set of online tools will help you manage your New Year’s resolutions all year round.

GTD Posts

David Allen’s Getting Things Done philosophy has helped countless individuals and businesses become more productive and successful. Check out the following posts for tips on staying motivated and organized, whether at home, in the office or on vacation.

  1. Getting Started with "Getting Things Done": 43 Folders posts this beginner’s guide to the GTD philosophy.
  2. David Allen Speeds Up by Slowing Down: Lifehacker explores David Allen’s method of emptying the mind of useless information so that we can "slow down and think," eventually resulting in a faster, more productive work day.
  3. How to: fix Leaks in Your GTD System: If you’ve noticed a few holes in your implementation of GTD, don’t give up. Read this article to discover remedies for all kinds of GTD leaks.
  4. Are Your Lists Really Complete?: Learning how to create effective lists is one of the basic principles of GTD. Check out this post for tips on how to make sure you’re maximizing each of your daily lists.
  5. GTDInbox: Read all about this Gmail app that coordinates your inbox with GTD principles.
  6. 17 Interviews with GTD Master, David Allen: Lifeclever puts together this list of 17 interviews with David Allen for expert tips and advice from the GTD master himself.
  7. A Guide to Getting Things Done: This overview of David Allen and the GTD system is a helpful guide for anyone wanting to learn productivity and motivational tips.
  8. Geek to Live: Getting Things Done with Google Notebook: This tutorial shows readers how to use Google Notebook according to GTD principles.
  9. The GTD FAQ: If you have questions about starting or maintaining a GTD system, use this FAQ guide to find answers.
  10. Massive GTD Resource List: Zen Habits publishes this resource guide of GTD-related links to connect you to all things GTD, from books to blogs to tools and software.

Fitness

Getting into shape and losing weight is a popular New Year’s resolution. Read this list for tips on how to stick to your workout and diet routines for good.

  1. Fitness Programs: Staying Motivated: After you’ve made the decision to join a gym or start a running club, how do you make sure you stick with the program? This post from the Mayo Clinic gives great tips on staying motivated.
  2. How to Stay Motivated to Exercise: Follow this simple guide from eHow.com for tips on sticking to your plan to get fit.
  3. 8 Mistakes that can Wreck Your Fitness Plan: Check out this list of things not to do when starting a new fitness routine. You’ll find out how to beat burnout, stay motivated and more.
  4. Exercise and Cold Weather: This post shows readers how to "stay motivated, fit and safe" during exercise, even when the weather is freezing cold.
  5. Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity: If you’re still not convinced that exercising will affect your body in a healthy, beneficial way, read this post to find out how simple exercises can improve your mood, fight chronic diseases and help you sleep better.
  6. Offbeat Ways to Eat Better, Exercise More: If you’ve tried every diet and exercise plan out there, read this post for creative ideas on how to burn extra calories and reinvent your menu.
  7. Gyminee Blog: Gyminee’s online fitness and nutrition tracker keeps your goals on track by helping you easily manage schedules and more online. Check out their blog for product updates, the Entrepreneurs of the Week specials and featured chats on the group forum.
  8. Staying Motivated: This post gives tips on staying motivated, even when you’ve reached a plateau in your fitness program or when you don’t notice results as quickly as you’d hoped.
  9. Sick of the Gym? Find Your Sport: If you’re having trouble sticking to your fitness plan, you might need a change of scenery. Use this guide as a resource for finding what sport or activity gets you moving.
  10. 13 Fitness Tips to Stay Motivated and Work Out Effectively: Buzzle.com posts this itemized list to give readers an approachable way to conquer their exercise obstacles.

Health

From battles with stress to overeating, these posts help readers manage their health issues in a positive way.

  1. 9 Hidden Reasons to Stay Motivated: If the skinny pictures from your past aren’t keeping you motivated any longer, take a look at this list of different inspiration ideas for losing weight.
  2. Healthy Recipes: The Mayo Clinic offers up lots of healthy recipes for heart-healthy, meatless, diabetes and other special diets.
  3. Your Diabetes Diet: Stay Motivated by Breaking Down the Barriers: Anyone with diabetes, especially those who develop the condition later in life, can experience set backs when trying to stick with a diabetes-friendly diet. This post helps you deal with barriers like financial limitations, social stigmas and more so that you can continue to put your health first.
  4. 11 Things Children Can Teach You About Weight Loss: Find out how a child’s outlook on life can help you lose weight. Items include "everything can be a game" and "it’s always more fun with friends around."
  5. Eight Ways to Beat Stress: Discovery Health provides readers with eight effective ways to beat stress so that you can use more energy on realizing your goals.
  6. 19 Hacks to Stay Healthy at Your Workstation: While most of us have good intentions when it comes to taking care of ourselves, our resolutions leave us as soon as we walk into the office each day. Read this post for 19 ideas on how to continue being healthy and energetic even when you’re at work.
  7. How to Stay Clean After Drug Rehab: Entering the real world after spending time in drug rehab is frightening. If you’re nervous about relapsing or you want to help a friend who’s leaving rehab, take a look at this post for ideas on staying clean.
  8. Teenagers: How to Stay Healthy: Teenagers sometimes don’t believe that the health choices they make today can affect their bodies in the long term. This post details the ways in which smoking, vaccines and sex can be risky even when you’re young.
  9. Top 10 Ways to Stay Motivated: This post has great tips for staying motivated while on a diet.
  10. How to Fight Depression and Anxiety: Depression often leads to apathy, making it difficult to pull yourself out and start living life. This post has ideas on staying focused on the fight against depression and anxiety.

Spiritual

Whatever your religious background, finding ways to nurture your spirit can help boost the motivation you’re looking for in other areas of your life.

  1. Feng Shui Your Life: Consider discovering the elements of feng shui to promote peace, harmony and energy in your life. This page will connect you to tips on arranging your office, bedroom and entire lifestyle according to feng shui.
  2. The Purpose of Yoga: Motivation for Better Health: This article documents the ways that yoga can unite the mind, body and spirit to increase productivity and motivation.
  3. Motivating Your Spiritual Side: This post gives tips on how to improve your own personal spirituality like "practice focusing more on others" and volunteering and practicing mediation or prayer.
  4. Avoiding Spiritual Complacency: Christians may want to read this post to find out how they can improve their spiritual lives by continuing to challenge themselves and learn more about their faith.
  5. DailySpiritualGuide.com: This website publishes daily spiritual messages to inspire and motivate readers of all faiths. Click through the posts to find one that speaks to you or submit your favorite message to share your inspiration with others.
  6. The Benefits of Meditation: Tips and Techniques: Meditation can help you stay focused on achieving your goals by clearing your mind of harmful, distracting thoughts and energies. This post gives lots of tips for practicing effective meditation.
  7. Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Quieting the Mind: The Zen Habits blog eases beginners into meditation by sharing tips like "make it a formal practice" and "notice small adjustments" in mood and movement.
  8. How to Stay Focused and Live Life Wholesomely: New Age Today gives advice on how to stay focused through self-love and self-discipline.
  9. Finding Daily Inspiration in Difficult Times: No matter what goal you’re working towards, you’ll experience bad days along with the good. Christians can stay motivated by reading this article about "reaching out to God everyday."
  10. Stay Focused with Essential Oils: Lifestyle "change expert" Laura Lewis shares with readers the kinds of oils and scents that promote motivation and productivity to help you stay focused.

Career-Oriented

Whether you’re in the market for a new gig or just need some motivation to show up each day, check out these inspirational posts.

  1. Job Satisfaction: Strategies to Make Work More Gratifying: Push yourself to find the meaning in your job by reading this post from Revolution Health.
  2. What Does Your Career Mean to You?: Find out which professional field you’re meant to conquer with the tips and information provided in this post.
  3. How to Survive (and Thrive!) in a Job You Hate: Though it’s tempting to walk out every time your boss ignores your hard work, quitting without a plan isn’t a good idea. This post helps you survive your nightmare job by reminding yourself why you’re there in the first place and having realistic expectations.
  4. Finding Balance and Meaning in a Nine-to-Five World: Tips like "stay young" and "work in a state of awareness" help readers find the meaning in their jobs and learn how to create balance around work and their personal lives.
  5. Beginning Your Job Search: Getting stuck in a frustrating job search is maddening. Don’t lose your motivation, though, by taking any old job that comes your way. Use the tips and resources at WomenForHire.com to keep you focused on the career you really want.
  6. Success for Short Timers: How to Stay Motivated While Moving On: If you’ve already decided to move to a new city or make a career change, how do you stay motivated at your current job? Let this guide help you show up to work on time each morning without being miserable.
  7. How to Be Bulletproof in the Outsourced Economy: Employees lose jobs to international outsourcing everyday. Instead of getting frustrated or giving up, learn how to protect yourself against outsourcing and boost your overall job performance.
  8. How to Stay Sane During Your Contracting Career: Signing on as a contractor usually means you get to create your own schedule, pick and choose clients and maybe even work from home. On the other hand, contractors miss out on regular benefits and have to figure out their tax situation on their own. Read this post for tips on staying sane during your stint as a contractor.
  9. Find a Job: Create a Job Search Plan: Staying motivated during the job search is tough. Make a solid job search plan to help you stay on schedule and achieve your career goals.
  10. How to Resolve Conflicts with Your Co-Workers: The Career Journal from the Wall Street Journal offers advice for professionals who run into trouble dealing with irritating co-workers.
  11. 17 Ways to Survive Your New Boss: Just when you were getting comfortable with your office space, work schedule and job responsibilities, your department welcomes a new supervisor to boss you around. Learn how to survive the change with these helpful tips.

Setting Goals

Learning how to set the right kind of goals will get you started off on the right foot. By understanding how realistic expectations can affect your motivation, you’ll work your way down your to-do lists in no time.

  1. Goal-Tracking Tools: This post gives different ideas for creating your own goal-tracking tools to help you stay on track.
  2. How to Set Goals You Will Actually Achieve: Steve Pavlina’s post includes a detailed guide for setting realistic goals in a timely manner.
  3. How to Set Goals: wikiHow: If you want a basic how-to guide to explain the easiest ways to set goals, check out this tutorial from wikiHow.
  4. Goal Setting: Why Should I Set Goals?: Setting goals "can provide motivation, persistence and desire" so that you can more effectively achieve the results you want, whether in your career, fitness routine or personal life.
  5. How to Set Goals for the New Year: Learn the difference between short-term and long-term goals, the problem with setting goals that are too big and tips for setting your own goals, all in this post.
  6. 10 Questions to Help You Set Achievable Goals: Questions and activities like "write down 3 things you love" and what do you want less of" in life will help you set appropriate, life-changing goals.
  7. Tools to Help You Focus and Concentrate on Your Goals and Objectives in Business and Employment: This post outlines why it’s important to track your goals during each step of the process. The end of the article provides links to helpful tools and websites that can help you organize your professional goals.
  8. Setting Personal Goals: Take a minute to think about the last time you focused all of your energy on bettering yourself. If you haven’t reevaluated your goals since college, it’s probably time to examine your priorities and learn how to set new personal goals.
  9. 11 Goal Setting Software and Tools: This list of free tools will help you track goals from start to finish.
  10. How to Set Financial Goals for Retirement: If you need some extra motivation to understand how saving the $50 you could have spent on shoes will affect your retirement, take a look at this simple guide for setting up a long-term budget.

Finding Inspiration

Once you’ve found what drives you, you can keep going back to your inspiration every time you lose motivation. Let these guides help you discover your secret inspiration.

  1. Your Best Self: Find Inspiration: When in doubt, ask Oprah. This special section features testimonials of successful women who found inspiration when they needed it most.
  2. How to Find Inspiration to Write Everyday: Bloggers will find this article useful, as it has great ideas for finding motivation and subject matter to create frequent postings.
  3. Motivational Quotes and Inspirational Quotes: This collection of quotes from About.com features messages about creativity, health, relationships, the military and more.
  4. 8 Ways to Find Creative Inspiration: If you’re involved in a creative project but keep losing inspiration and motivation, try one of these eight tips for bringing it back.
  5. How to Find Inspiration for Song Writing: This post focuses on finding inspiration for writing songs, but its ideas are useful for all kinds of writing, from editorials to poems.
  6. MotivateUs.com: This website is full of inspirational quotes, stories and articles designed to motivate all kinds of people.
  7. What Drives You to Success?: This list of "10 of the most compelling "drivers" that account for the correlation between success and excess" will help you put your priorities in order.
  8. What Drives You?: Take this fun test from Tickle to find out your true inspiration.
  9. Where do Writers Find Inspiration: This posting from Helium.com lists different ways that writers find inspiration. The tips are useful whether you’re involved in a writing project or not.
  10. Blogging Tips: Hundreds of Resources for Finding Content for Your Blog: Lorelle from WordPress lists all kinds of places to find inspiration so that you can continue posting on your blog.

Discovering Yourself

These posts help readers find out what motivates them by helping them create personalized tactics for achieving goals and more.

  1. Identify and Live Your Personal Values: HR reporter Susan M. Heathfield coaches readers on how to identify the values that are most important to them. Because "values impact every aspect of your life," you’ll have a much better understanding of yourself, which will help you achieve your goals and stay focused.
  2. Achieving Peak Motivation: Steve Pavlina’s belief that polarity drives productivity and motivation requires a self-examination so that you can better understand what drives you. Read this post for more tips on how to achieve and maximize peak motivation.
  3. Improve Your Self-Confidence in 15 Minutes: This posting shares with readers secrets for boosting self-confidence so that you can win back your motivation.
  4. Do You Know What You Really Want?: You’ll never stay motivated if you’re chasing after someone else’s dream or are pursuing a lifestyle just because everyone else told you to. Find out where your heart is, and make an investment in what you love.
  5. Our Limitations are Self Imposed: Dave Cheong maintains that our limitations and labels are self imposed," and he cautions, "do not let your labels draw boundaries around who you are, what you can do and how you behave."
  6. How to Stay Confident in Your Decision to be a WAHM: Work-at-home-moms who need reassurance that they’ve made the right personal and professional choices should check out this article.
  7. How to Discover What You Really Want from a New Career: Before making the switch, read this article to help you determine what you really want from a new career.
  8. 10 Effective Ways to Stay Motivated: Staying motivated is a personal process. Learn how to stay focused by reading this informative post.
  9. Map Your Accomplishments to Stay Motivated: By tracking every progression and recession, you’ll learn a lot about what drives you, what makes you stumble and more.

Fighting Obstacles

From social constraints to negativity, distractions can ruin your plans to stay motivated. These guides show you how to stay on track no matter what comes your way.

  1. How to Stop Complaining: One of the biggest obstacles in staying motivated is complaining. Learn how to challenge your destructive energy and create a new, positive outlook.
  2. Succeed After Failure: After a series of failed attempts, you might be tempted to trade in all of your hard work for a pity party. Instead of giving up, check out this article for tips on how to succeed after failure.
  3. Getting to Now: How to Beat the Procrastination Habit: This popular post gives tips like "if it comes to mind, then do it" and "use a timer to bring you back to reality" to help you beat procrastination.
  4. Eliminate Procrastination: This article helps readers understand the causes of procrastination so that you can effectively eliminate it from your life.
  5. Low Carb Restaurant Eating: Learn how to eat healthy even when dining out with this great guide from About.com.
  6. 18 Ways to Stay Focused at Work: Learn how to avoid temptations and other pitfalls at work with the ideas provided here.
  7. Stress and Self Sabotage: Are You Creating Additional Mental Stress for Yourself?: Stop sabotaging your efforts to achieve your goals by checking out this post from About.com.
  8. How to Stay Positive When Business is Down: If the economy’s in trouble, there’s not much you can do about frugal customers and overpriced supplies. You can, however, focus on the positive "concentrat[ing] on the opportunities you still have" and "surround[ing] yourself with positive people."
  9. How to Stay Motivated When You Feel Like Giving Up: Whatever you do, don’t let yourself give up! Take a look at this guide to help you beat a negative attitude.
  10. How to Stay Motivated Forever: Once you’ve reached your goals, how do you stay motivated so that you don’t regain the weight, lose your business or become less productive? This post shares secrets for staying motivated forever.

Get Paid: 20 Online Invoicing Tools

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 12:58am by Site Administrator

If you’re running your own small business or selling services and products over the Internet, you know that getting your clients and customers to pay up can often be a challenge. This list of tools will help you stay on top of your finances so that you can accurately track pay dates, invoice numbers, client contact information and transactions online. Wherever you can find a computer, you can access all of your company’s billing information easily and securely. 1. BillMyClients.com: Freelancers, small companies and large corporations can take advantage of this online invoicing solution that features three separate systems designed to help all kinds of business owners keep track of their finances and "quickly and easily create and print invoices and bills." 2. Blinksale: This "elegantly-designed web-application" can help anyone create and send invoices to clients and vendors. Users can upload contact lists for easy record management and use a tagging system to organize archived and pending invoices. 3. 2ndSite: Manage your invoices and billing records online with 2ndSite, a company that helps you get "paid faster," according to one reviewer. 4. FreshBooks: Its website claims that FreshBooks is "the fastest way to track time and invoice your clients," and their easy-to-use system is especially popular with small businesses and freelancers. 5. BambooInvoice: If you run your own company or freelancing business, try out this open-source invoicing solution to bill your clients and manage your data. According to the website, you’ll "never need to trust your invoicing data to anyone else, and you can get it out of the system easily." 6. Invoice Journal: The DownloadSquad gives this Web-based system a positive review for it’s simple structure and no-frills website. 7. Simplifythis: Simplifythis promotes "business made easy." This attractive, professional-looking solution lets companies organize financial data in a clear, concise manner. 8. BillingOrchard: BillingOrchard in an online system that does more than just basic invoices. Freelancers and business owners can set up recurring billing and time billing options to manage the different needs of all their employees. 9. Invotrak: Instead of buying expensive software, use Invotrak to set up, send out and manage your invoices and bills for free. 10. Bank of America Online Banking: Bank of America’s online banking center helps small businesses supports a "premium online invoicing service" for companies "to create and send invoices online using customizable templates." 11. ToadTime: Metal Toad Media supports ToadTime, an online invoicing system used along with QuickBooks to help you manage your time, project collaborations and more. 12. EZ Invoice, Inc. (EZI): This software system runs on your website’s server so that you can manage all of your client information and business applications on one spot online. 13. SuperInvoice: Windows users should try out SuperInvoice for secure, professional invoicing services hosted online. The system also lets users keep an address book, host password-protected invoice sharing and more. 14. Time59: Time59 is marketed towards independent professionals and contractors, and its sleek look makes it must-use tool for those who work with higher-profile clients and associates. 15. 21st Capital Corp: This company offers several online financial tools, including an easy-to-use invoicing system and QuickBooks integration capabilities. 16. Invoice4u: This online invoicing solution has features like high security standards, a customer messaging system, invoice customization options and more. 17. Simplybill: Simplybill is "ridiculously easy to use" and can help non-techies manage and send out professional-looking invoices for all their clients. 18. Invoicera: Consider using Invoicera to take advantage of their user-friendly online invoice billing system. 19. ST Web Invoice: This online invoicing program pulls from the AJAX software tradition of creating a smart, workable system combined with maximum usability. Use ST Web Invoice to create and design invoices and then e-mail them to your clients and vendors instantly. Payments can also be accepted online. 20. PayPal: If you’ve only been using PayPal for your eBay purchases, it’s time to upgrade. Try out their invoicing services for fast, trustworthy transactions.

Rookie Mistakes: 15 Blunders New Freelancers Make and How to Avoid Them

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 1:58am by Site Administrator

Like any novice in the business world, the beginning freelancer is bound to make a few flubs along the way to professional success. After all, nobody is perfect. Most mistakes are harmless learning experiences that help you in your path to becoming a better businessperson, but there are some mistakes that can really make your life difficult, and that you might be better off having never made. Here are a few of the most common, and sometimes most painful mistakes that freelancers make, and some tips on how you can try to avoid them, or just make them less harmful on your path to freelancing success.

  1. Quitting your 9 to 5 without any preparation. While your cubicle may feel more like a prison than a workspace, you shouldn’t just run out on it without any prior preparation. However bad your current job, ending up without a steady income and wholly unprepared for managing your own business is much worse. Before you take the leap into freelancing, make sure you have enough money saved to keep you afloat, at least a rough business plan, some solid contacts and a good understanding of where you’ll fit into your particular market. This will make it much easier on both you and your finances to make the transition from the corporate world to working for yourself.
  2. Working for less than you deserve. One of the biggest mistakes that new freelancers make is not charging clients what their time is actually worth. While you don’t want to charge so much that clients balk at your rates, you also don’t want to be forced to work ridiculous hours just to make ends meet because you aren’t charging enough. You can find a happy medium by researching what the going rate is for freelancers in your field and using that figure to gauge what you should charge. If you’ve got load of experience and a killer portfolio, you might warrant more than the average, while if you’re just starting out in your field you’ll likely have to work your way up to the higher echelons of work.
  3. Choosing the wrong clients. Something freelancers will quickly learn is that not every client is a good fit for your abilities and some may even test the limits of your patience and sanity. Sometimes the money made on a project simply isn’t worth the headaches that come along with it, and can result in you working more hours for less money than you should be, and ultimately being unhappy. Before working with clients, consider their working style, how difficult they will be to work with, whether or not they’ll pay on time, their particular market and how well these things fit with your needs. When choosing clients you have just as much of a right to interview them as they do you. Ask lots of questions and see if you can do a few projects on a trial basis before committing long-term.
  4. Spending too much on equipment you don’t need yet. It can be really tempting to give yourself a sweet office setup, especially since you’re going to be spending so much time in it, but investing in brand new computers, copiers, scanners and other equipment before you’ve got the workload to absorb the cost can cast a shadow over the success of your business before it has even gotten off of the ground. You can avoid overstepping your budget by only investing in the equipment that is required to do your day to day business. Once you build up your clientele, and your need for more office equipment, you can then make an investment.
  5. Working all alone. Just because you work at home and aren’t surrounded with coworkers doesn’t mean you have to completely isolate yourself. New freelancers are prone to take the term "going it alone" a little too literally when in actuality, you don’t have to do it all by yourself at all. Avoid feeling isolated by seeking out communities and resources for freelancers in every field to learn how to get started, network, and make positive and lasting connections with clients. They can also be a great place to get feedback on your ideas and vent when clients are making your life difficult.
  6. Not researching your market. When you’re first starting out and looking for new clients, it can be a daunting task and you can often make pitches for projects that are less than stellar because you haven’t done the appropriate research on your client. Approaching someone asking for work without really knowing their needs, desires, or how the work you will do will really benefit your client isn’t going to win you much business. Avoid this common pitfall by researching your clients thoroughly before ever even attempting to work with them. Check out their website, see what their company is about, and what their long term goals are. Then you can more accurately assess what you have that will be of value to them, and increase your chances of getting hired.
  7. Failing to be realistic about business expenses. Many freelancers make the mistake of underestimating their business expenses and how much they’ll really need to stay afloat during the preliminary stages of their business venture. You’ll need equipment, computer programs, advertising, websites, domain names, business cards, and loads of other small expenses that can add up quickly. Don’t let this scare you away from freelancing, just be honest with yourself about the potential costs you’ll face when you decide to pursue it. After all, you don’t want to end up not being able to afford to put a roof over your head. Before you make the transition to freelancing, carefully lay out your current expenses, as well as any additional expenses you think you’ll encounter when going into business. It’s better to overestimate slightly rather than underestimate, as unexpected expenses always seem to come up when you’re short on cash. Once you have this estimate, you can figure out how much you’ll need in the bank before you start your business.
  8. Not educating yourself on the basics. Even if you’ve been in your particular line of business for a while, there may be things that are different when freelancing that you might not expect. New freelancers can be taken advantage of if they don’t take the time to learn about how to work with clients on a one on one basis. For instance, when you’re drafting or signing a contract with a client, will you know what makes a good contract and what makes one you should avoid? You can avoid getting tangled up in messy legal battles or stuck with the client from hell by taking the time to learn about contracts before you ever have the need to sign one. The same holds true for managing your business finances, taxes and marketing. If you’re at a loss, try asking others in the business or take a class online from the Small Business Administration.
  9. Not keeping set business hours. Now that you make your own hours, you can work whenever you want, right? While that might be the case, if you want to maintain your personal life you might want to lay down some ground rules with yourself and your clients. Without set hours you could end up working all hours of the night not only to get things done, but dealing with client calls and last minute changes, which is probably not what you had in mind when you decided to become a freelancer. By setting hours, you will create a time when you’ll force yourself to sit down and work, with few interruptions from friends and family, and later have time to spend with friends and family with few interruptions from work.
  10. Taking on too many projects at once. When you finally start finding work, it can be tempting to take every client and assignment that comes your way in an attempt to build a more solid portfolio and get your name out there in the freelancing world. While the money may be good, chances are pretty good that you won’t get much repeat business this way. You’ll be so busy juggling projects you won’t have time to give each one the attention it deserves and your clients may start to feel like they aren’t important to you. Avoid stretching yourself too thin by only taking on what you can actually handle, no matter how tempting those additional projects might be. You don’t want to get overwhelmed and burnt out in your first few months of freelancing.
  11. Getting too personal. Every once in awhile as a freelancer you will have a client that you simply love. They’re easy to work with, you get along great, and have a great rapport. But it’s very easy to fall into the habit of becoming a little too personal with your client and that can ultimately make working with them much more complicated. Feelings can become hurt at decisions that are simply business related, or you can start to appear unprofessional. You can avoid this by keeping your correspondence friendly, but professional, and making sure that while you’re working together, your relationship is strictly business.
  12. Having only one income stream. For new freelancers, figuring out how to make ends meet with assignments from clients can be difficult. If you find a client that’s willing to give you continued work, that’s great, but don’t stop looking for other work just because you’ve found a reliable client. After all, if your client goes out of business or suddenly no longer has a need for your services, you could be left out in the cold, quite literally. It’s better to rely on a few different clients for your income, so that even if you lose one, you have something to fall back on. When you’re starting out that might be difficult, so consider taking on a part time job to supplement your freelance work, just in case.
  13. Allowing yourself to slack off. Everyone has days when they wake up and simply don’t feel like doing a thing, and as a freelancer you are perfectly capable of taking advantage of that feeling and curling up on the couch all day to watch reruns of Full House and eat junk food until your stomach hurts. And every once in awhile, that’s totally fine. But a little slacking can turn into a lot, and soon you’re not making money and not getting work done on time. It’s fine to allow yourself the flexibility to work with your natural productivity highs and lows, but at the end of the day, you have to get your work done. Push yourself to make deadlines, please clients, and further your business. Once your hard work has paid off, reward yourself with a few days of guilt-free slacking.
  14. Not communicating effectively. This isn’t a problem just for freelancers, but for people from all areas of business, and it can have a big impact on your success at running your own business. In order to deliver a good product, you’ll need to know what questions to ask, how to conduct yourself in conversations, and how to not lose your temper or get overly emotional when your work is criticized. And in order to make sure that you’re happy, you’ll need to know how to ask for the pay you want and terms you can live with. While you won’t become a savvy, confident businessperson overnight you can give yourself a leg up on communication skills by tying to be honest, clear and professional in all of your communications with clients. Don’t leave room for interpretation and don’t be afraid to ask questions if you’re unsure.
  15. Failing to create a business plan. It’s very easy to go into freelancing without any idea of where your business will end up in six months or a year. You may be the fly by the seat of your pants type, but you’re really doing yourself a disservice not to mention taking a risk when you fail to plan for the future of your business. Figure out who you are and where you want your business to go before jumping in or you could find yourself way off track when you reflect on it after a few months in the field. Having a basic outline of what expenses you expect to incur, what your target market will be, how you will find clients, how much you’ll charge, and a plethora of other issues should be addressed before you ever take the leap to avoid unhappy consequences later on.

Even armed with the knowledge of what to avoid, you’re bound to make a few mistakes in your freelancing career. Don’t let it get you down-everyone has been there at one time or another. So long as you learn from what you’ve done, and improve for the future, there are few mistakes that you can’t recover and come back even more successful from.

102 Ways to Slow Down Aging

Friday, January 18, 2008 at 4:21pm by Site Administrator

Even the young at heart can’t escape the slow progression into old age. This inevitability doesn’t have to be an entirely bad thing, however, as with each one of those wrinkles and gray hairs comes a little bit of wisdom. While you can’t stop your body and mind from aging, you can help to slow down the process and keep yourself in the best health possible. Here are a few tips to help keep you healthy as you age.

Skincare

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and the one that frequently is hit hardest by your lifestyle. Here are some tips on helping your skin to age gracefully.

  1. Drink plenty of water. Find a real fountain of youth in a glass of water. Drinking water moisturizes your skin from the inside out. Water is also essential to maintaining elasticity and suppleness and helps prevent dryness, making your skin look young and fresh longer.
  2. Always use sunscreen. Few things age your skin more quickly than overexposure to sunlight. Any time you’re going outside, make sure to apply sunscreen to your face and arms and try to avoid extended exposure during the hottest parts of the day in the afternoon.
  3. Reduce your exposure to pollution. The air is full of harmful toxins and chemicals that can damage your skin, especially if you live in a big city or sit through traffic jams every day. Try to reduce the amount of time you expose yourself to pollutants.
  4. Use an anti-aging moisturizer. Moisture is important to maintaining young skin, so make sure to keep yours looking as good as it can by using a moisturizer daily. Get one with an added bonus of anti-aging ingredients.
  5. Exfoliate. Get rid of the surface layer of dead skin on your face by exfoliating. As you get older, it will become increasing important to slough off these dead cells. It will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and help your skin to look younger and more glowing.
  6. Stop all that frowning. Stress affects all parts of your body, your skin included. Continued frowning, furrowing of brows, and just general unhappiness can cause you to age prematurely.
  7. Choose a good cleanser. Keeping your face clean is an integral part of keeping it looking young. Use a gentle cleanser to wash dirt, pollutants, and other impurities away.
  8. Wear sunglasses. Squinting into the sunlight won’t do your eyes or your skin any favors. When you go out in the sun, toss on a pair of your favorite shades to save your eyesight and avoid worsening crow’s feet and fine lines.
  9. Don’t use straws. Believe it or not, the pursing of the facial muscles used to drink from a straw can cause wrinkles, just like smoking. So drink your beverages straight from a glass.
  10. Avoid harsh chemicals. The harsh chemicals in many cleansers and facial products can dry out skin and make you look older than you are. Keep your skin looking young by avoiding chemical laden products. Go organic or use products with a more gentle recipe.
  11. Take some lecithin. Lecithin is substance that is found in the cells of all living organisms. When taken as a supplement, it can help soften skin and help other skin preserving elements better penetrate the surface.
  12. Use products with natural oils. Unless you have oily skin naturally, using products with natural oils added can help your skin look more moisturized and supple. They can also help hold in moisture and keep your skin from drying out.
  13. Pay special attention to skin around the eyes. The skin around your eyes is more delicate and sensitive than that on the rest of your body, so you should treat it with more care than the rest of your face. Use products that contain gentle, non-irritating compounds that are oil free and that will plump and add vitamins to your skin.
  14. Try a moisturizer containing retinol. Retinol is a form of vitamin A and it’s used in a variety of anti-aging products. Applied topically, retinol should increase the rate of skin turnover and collagen production, giving skin a more youthful appearance

Lifestyle

How you choose to live your life day-to-day can have a big impact in your health in years to come. Here are some ways you can change your lifestyle to keep feeling young.

  1. Get plenty of sleep. Not getting enough sleep may be doing more harm than just making you groggy at your morning meetings. It can also accelerate aging by hindering your metabolism and hormone production, which can put you at higher risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and even memory loss. While everyone’s sleep needs are different, average people need about eight hours to feel fully rested.
  2. Reduce stress. Everyone experiences a little stress now and again, but chronic, long-term stress can age you prematurely and even make you sick. Recent studies have shown that stress shortens the life span of cells, thereby shortening your life span as well. Cut back on the stressors in your life to stay healthier and happier.
  3. Have sex. Most people don’t need much additional motivation to engage in sexual activity, but an added bonus is that it could be helping you stay young as well. Sex boosts endorphins, triggers the release of growth hormones that improve bone strength, and has even been shown to slow aging and reduce wrinkles.
  4. Keep laughing. The ability to find humor even when things are getting you down could be a key factor in helping you look and feel younger. Find ways to put a smile on your face every day.
  5. Quit smoking. You’ve heard it time and time again, but it bears repeating: stop smoking. The sooner the better. Smoking accelerates aging, causes wrinkling, and makes you look and feel older.
  6. Treat your body like a temple. You only get one body to work with, so treat yours with respect. Eat well, exercise, and avoid putting harmful substances into your body. It may not give you eternal youth, but it sure won’t hurt.
  7. Be an optimist. Research has shown that those with a positive outlook on life actually live longer and feel like they have more productive lives than those with more negative outlooks. Those with optimistic dispositions are less prone to illness, too. So the next time you feel yourself slipping into a foul mood, count your blessings and take a look at the bright side.
  8. Turn off the TV. Sitting in front of the TV might by entertaining, but it’s not challenging your body or your mind. Instead of spending your evenings watching the latest reality shows, take a walk, get some exercise, or just talk to your friends and family.
  9. Keep a daily schedule. Getting into a routine of when you go to bed, get up, eat, and exercise can help you feel happier and healthier. It can help you stick to healthy habits and help your body get into a reliable rhythm.
  10. Be flexible. You’ll save yourself loads of stress and maybe even a few gray hairs if you adopt a more flexible attitude about day-to-day events. Things may not always turn out how you planned, but being able to work with these changes instead of against them can help take a great weight off your shoulders.
  11. Nurture positive relationships. Human beings are inherently social animals, and part of our well-being depends on having others we can rely on and relate to in our lives. Cultivate relationships with those who share similar outlooks, hobbies, and a love of life as you do.
  12. Go to the doctor. If you are having unexplained pains, unusual symptoms or just don’t feel right, getting yourself to a doctor promptly could help you out in the long run. Even if you don’t have any symptoms, you should get yearly physicals and exams as well. Getting early medical treatment is key to curing many diseases.
  13. Don’t be a worrywart. Meditating on things that are wrong or that are troubling you can stress you out, making you get less sleep, feel bad and generally aging you more quickly. Do what you can to better situations that worry you, then let them go. Worrying about things you can’t change won’t help, and the stress will show in your face.
  14. Brush your teeth. Keeping your teeth healthy not only makes you look younger but can help you more easily eat nutritious foods. Brushing and flossing and seeing a dentist regularly can help keep your teeth in good chomping condition.
  15. Check your cholesterol. While all cholesterol isn’t bad, having an excess amount of it in the body can injure your blood vessels and make you more prone to heart attacks and strokes. Have your levels checked by your doctor regularly so you can take measures to correct this problem
  16. Slow down. You might feel like you need to rush around to get everything done, but the constant stress of an overly busy lifestyle can take its toll on your body and mind. Take a moment to slow down, stop, and appreciate the smaller things in life every once in awhile.
  17. Enjoy the ride. Getting older is a fact of life, more inevitable than even those pesky taxes. So, do what you can to make your journey comfortable and enjoy the new experiences that come along with every stage of your life.
  18. Stay young at heart. You might be getting older, but you hold off on feeling older by keeping in touch with your inner child. Don’t lose your sense of wonder or enjoyment at the world around you.
  19. Take a vacation. There isn’t much point in getting that raise or putting in those extra hours of work if you don’t get to enjoy the benefits. Give yourself a break now and then to rest and rejuvenate. Your body and mind will appreciate it.
  20. Find someone to love. Whether it’s your spouse, a child, your parents, a friend or even a pet, having a person you love and that loves you back can have an incredibly positive impact on your health and well being.
  21. Don’t let misfortunes take over. Bad things happen in everyone’s life, but don’t dwell on the negative. Give yourself a chance to grieve, be sad, or mourn things you’ve lost, but don’t let that become your entire life. Deal with them and move on to happier experiences.
  22. Start now. The best time to start working on keeping yourself feeling younger is right now. No matter how old you are it’s never too late to make positive changes in your life that will affect your well being and overall health.
  23. Lose some weight. Obesity has been found to greatly accelerate the aging process and make you look much older than you actually are. Not everyone can be supermodel thin, but everyone can reach a weight that is healthy for them.
  24. Get a pet. Pets do more than just keep you company. Pet owners tend to visit the doctor less, recover from heart attacks more quickly, and have fewer problems with depression and high blood pressure.
  25. Be careful. Conscientious people have been shown to live longer than those that are more careless and impulsive. They’re also less prone to Alzheimer’s. It may not be in your nature, but it could be to your benefit to put more thought and consideration into your decisions.
  26. Get checked for diabetes. Many people, especially those with a family history of the disease, can become at risk for diabetes as they get older. If you feel that you might be exhibiting some of the symptoms, make a trip to your doctor to find out so you can begin working to reverse some of the effects of the disease.
  27. Learn your family history. Family history plays a big role in whether or not you’ll develop a wide variety of illnesses. Find out what your parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents had if anything so you can get tested and plan accordingly to reduce your chances of getting ill yourself.
  28. Be proactive. As you grow older, it’s very important to get checked for colon, breast, testicular and cervical cancers, among others. Make annual trips to your doctor to undergo screening. Finding out early on can help you more effectively fight the disease.

Diet

Traditional wisdom states that we are what we eat, so make sure what you take in will make you healthy. Here are some foods and diet tips to help you look and feel healthier.

  1. Limit drinking. A glass of wine now and then won’t do you much harm, but drinking to excess can catch up with you. Limit your alcohol intake to one or two drinks a day to keep your liver and heart healthy.
  2. Have an apple a day. An apple a day really might keep the doctor away. New research has shown that the anti-oxidants and flavinoids in apple can help prevent Alzheimer’s and other degenerative brain diseases as well as help prevent cancer and diabetes.
  3. Cut out excess fat. Cutting out bad fats in your diet can help reduce your risk of heart disease, obesity, and many other diseases. If you’re going to eat fats, try to get more of the good, unsaturated kind.
  4. Up your fiber intake. Complex carbohydrates like fibers found in fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, and bran can have more than a positive affect on your digestive system. They can also help you feel more full, improve control of diabetes, and even lower cholesterol.
  5. Have a little vitamin A. Vitamin A is an integral part of cell restoration and growth of new skin cells, but it is a vitamin that needs to be taken in moderation as too much can actually cause damage to internal organs. Foods high in vitamin A are milk, egg yolks, carrots and dark leafy-green vegetables.
  6. Eat your veggies. Studies have shown that eating vegetables can help slow the rate of cognitive decline. Eating about 3 servings of veggies a day can help reduce your rate of decline by up to 40%. So make sure to include vegetables as part of your daily diet.
  7. Get your organosulfurs. Foods high in organosulfurs include garlic, onions, leeks, chives, broccoli, and cauliflower. It is believed that these foods, and the organosulfurs they contain help the body to fight off cancer, heart disease and stroke.
  8. Eat breakfast. Start your day the right way with a healthy breakfast. Eating more calories in the morning and during the middle of the day leaves less unburned calories when you go to bed, leading to less weight gain, and a healthier life for you.
  9. Enjoy tea time. Green tea is rich in antioxidants which can help fight the damaging and aging effect of free radical oxygen in your body. Have a cup a day to relax and get your vitamins in liquid form.
  10. Eat foods rich in antioxidants. While you may not be consciously aware of it, your body is under constant attack from free radicals, molecules that are generated during the process of oxidation. Studies have shown that substances that fight these molecules, known as antioxidants, can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, improve arthritis, reduce wrinkles, and even improve brain function.
  11. Make sure you have enough calcium. Calcium is a key component to strong bones and teeth, two things that you definitely don’t want deteriorating. Keep them strong by taking calcium supplements or by getting your calcium through foods rich in it.
  12. Try organics. Don’t take in any chemicals you don’t need to. Pesticides, hormones, and herbicides can have unpredictable effects on your body, even in small quantities. When possible, buy organic produce to reduce your exposure to these.
  13. Make eating enjoyable. Just because you aren’t loading up on fast food and cookies at each meal doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to enjoy eating. Eating healthy should be an experience that’s not just good for you but delicious as well, as good food is one of the great pleasures in life. Even the most adamant of veggie haters can find a way to eat them, so try out new things and see what works for you.
  14. Get some phytochemicals. Phytochemicals, like those found in broccoli, other green veggies and fish are powerful anti-inflammatory agents. Inflammation, when it’s chronic, can damage arteries, nerve cells, and ultimately your immune system as a whole, so battle it by eating healthy.
  15. Take a vitamin E supplement. Vitamin E is a powerful age-fighting antioxidant, but one that isn’t easy to get from diet alone. Try taking a supplement containing the valuable vitamin to help you fight off the early signs of aging, especially when taken in conjunction with an exercise program.
  16. Consume more fish. Fish are full of omega-3s, which are great for helping keep your heart healthy. Societies with high levels of fish consumption have much lower levels of heart disease and lower blood pressure. Health organizations recommend 2 servings a week.
  17. Have some red wine. Red wine contains resveratrol, a substance that has been linked to reduction in the risk of cancer, atherosclerosis, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. While you’d have to drink quite a bit of wine to get the full benefits of this substance, having a glass or two at dinner has still been shown to reduce the risk of several heart related illnesses by thinning the blood and reducing the risk of dangerous clots.
  18. Cut back on the caffeine. A little bit of caffeine here and there won’t hurt you, but finishing off a whole pot of it by yourself on a daily basis just might. Caffeine might give you a pick-me-up in the morning, but consuming too much can put you at risk of heart problems, kidney stones, and can decrease your mineral absorption. You don’t have to cut it out of your diet altogether, but limiting yourself can help prevent many age related illnesses.
  19. Have some dark chocolate. Research at Tufts University has shown that dark chocolate may help lower your blood pressure, not to mention that it contains beneficial antioxidants that can help slow down the aging process. So the next time you’re craving a sweet treat, grab a bit of dark chocolate and indulge guilt free.
  20. Take vitamin C. It’s not only an apple a day that can help keep you young, but an orange might just do the job as well. New research has shown that people who ate foods rich in vitamin C had fewer wrinkles than those that didn’t. While many factors influence wrinkling, it can’t hurt to add that glass of orange juice to your morning meal.
  21. Eat whole foods. Eating foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and complex carbohydrates is good for you. These kinds of foods, loaded with phytochemicals, nutrients, and other beneficial substances, can help you make the most of the nutrients you’re taking in and keep those wrinkles at bay.
  22. Eat smart fats. Not all fats are bad. In fact, some are essential to the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals. Try to avoid the artery clogging kinds of fats, and instead get more omega-3s and unsaturated fats.
  23. Reduce your caloric intake. Studies have shown that restricting your caloric intake can have a big impact on your longevity. Eating less fatty, high calorie food will keep you healthier, improve your heart, and possibly add years to your life.
  24. Eat a superfruit. Superfruits include cranberries, pomegranates, blueberries and acai. They’re loaded with antioxidants and preliminary studies have shown that drinking pomegranate juice might reduce the risk or prostate cancer and improve blood flow. And as a bonus, it’s delicious too.
  25. Avoid heavily processed foods. Processed foods are often high in salts, fats and other substances that aren’t great for a nutritious diet. They can raise blood pressure and cause you to put on weight, both things you want to avoid if your goal is feeling young.
  26. Limit sugar intake. Sugar can leech valuable minerals needed to keep your metabolism running smoothly, and can even suppress your immune system. Avoid foods high in processed sugars and you’ll reduce your risk of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and heart disease.
  27. Embrace the food pyramid. Eating a wide variety of foods is essential to maintaining a healthy body and mind. You don’t have to be a slave to the food pyramid, but do try to use it as a guideline to what you should take in each day. Hate dairy? Get your calcium from a vegetable instead.
  28. Indulge in moderation. There isn’t much point in living out those extra years if you’re not going to enjoy them. Let yourself indulge now and again in things you love but know aren’t the best for you. Having one slice of cheesecake or the occasional fast food dinner isn’t going to ruin your health, so let loose on occasion.
  29. Get your vitamins from food when possible. You might think taking that multivitamin every morning is giving you all the nutrition you need, but you’d be wrong. Often, vitamins and minerals taken in pill form have little impact. You’ll get a much bigger effect from the same substances if you get them from foods instead. You’ll not only be getting the nutrients you need, but also eating healthier.

Exercise

Sitting on the couch isn’t going to help you keep your youthful look or feel, no matter how much you might enjoy it. These are some ways you can break your couch potato ways.

  1. Get in some cardio. Get your heart pumping with a daily cardio workout. Getting your heart rate up through exercise has been shown to slow aging through reducing cholesterol and helping you maintain heart capacity. It can also help you build muscle, burn fat, and generally feel better and more energetic.
  2. Lift weights. Cardio may get the most attention, but weight lifting is just as important to keeping your body from aging prematurely. From 40 onward your body can lose up to a quarter pound of muscle mass per year which can often be replaced with fat instead. You can help prevent this by lifting weights a few times a week which will boost your muscle mass and fight fat at the same time.
  3. Get outside. When you can, get your exercise outdoors. The fresh air will feel great, and the suns ray’s will help your body produce vitamin D, which is essential to good health.
  4. Do yoga. Yoga isn’t just good exercise, it can also help you to reduce stress. Engaging in yoga a few times a week can help reduce wrinkles, slow weight gain, ease pain, and even help you sleep better at night.
  5. Work on your balance. Many people find that as they age, good balance is one of the things that they begin to lose. Work on yours by increasing your strength and taking classes like yoga and pilates that can help you build it up.
  6. Bring a friend. Working out alone can be tedious, so bring a friend along to motivate you and keep you company. You’ll not only get in better shape, but you’ll get valuable and enjoyable social interaction at the same time.
  7. Monitor your lung volume. By the time most people reach 60 they’ve lost over 40 percent of their lung volume. You can get yours tested at your primary physician to see if it needs some improvement. An exercise program that raises your heart rate and gets you breathing hard can help improve lung function and get you some of your lung capacity back.
  8. Keep your body fat low. While you might be focused on lowering your overall weight, what is more important to watch is your percentage of body fat. Extra fat can have negative effects on your overall health, like increasing your risk of arterial clogging and diabetes.
  9. Play sports. Sports aren’t for everyone, but if you have a hard time getting motivated to work out, joining a team can be a great way to make exercising fun and social. Whether you’re playing a quick pick-up game of soccer or shooting hoops in your driveway, every little bit of activity helps you look and feel healthier.
  10. Take a walk. If you don’t feel fit enough to start exercising hardcore right off of the bat, try getting in a quick walk when you can. Even light exercise reduces you chances of getting diabetes, cancer, depression, dementia and wrinkles.
  11. Do some chores. Don’t have time to make it to the gym every day? You can still get in some physical activity by doing some chores around the house. Whether you’re sweeping, scrubbing out the tub or mowing the lawn, you’ll be burning a lot more calories than you would be sitting on the couch.
  12. Dance. Getting exercise doesn’t have to be all work and no play. You can also dance your way to feeling young and fit. Grab your significant other or your best friends and dance away. It is good exercise, can reduce stress, and can even be romantic.
  13. Stretch. Loss of flexibility is big reason many people experience so many aches and pains as they get older. Hold on to your youthful range of motion a little bit longer by stretching regularly or engaging in exercises that include it.

Mental Health

Aging can have a big impact on your cognitive abilities, so keep your brain in tip-top shape by trying out a few of these tips.

  1. Do crossword puzzles. Keep your brain in tip-top shape by engaging it daily in puzzle solving activities like a crossword puzzle or sudoku. Using these mental muscles can help improve your recall rate of all kinds of information.
  2. Read a book. Reading not only engages the brain, but it also can be a great way to learn and expand your horizons.
  3. Stay curious. Even the oldest people in the world don’t know everything there is to know about it. Always keep your curiosity about the world around you, as there is always something new to experience and learn.
  4. Never stop learning. One sure way to age your brain is to stop feeding it new information. Whether you learn from books, those around you, or even the Internet, stay engaged with things going on in the world and keep your brain on the top of its game.
  5. Keep things interesting. Don’t let yourself fall into a mental rut. If you feel like you’re living the same day over and over again, then do something to shake things up. Otherwise, you’ll start losing your mental sharpness.
  6. Challenge yourself. One way to make your day to day life more interesting is to constantly give yourself new challenges. Dare your brain to complete a puzzle or finish a short story, anything to keep it from getting dull and bored.
  7. Stay social. People with large social circles and those that feel they have others they can depend on generally enjoy longer lives and better health than those who are more solitary. Even if you only have a few close friends, spending time with them and those that you love can make you feel and think young.
  8. Listen to music. Music isn’t just entertaining, it also helps to engage your brain and improve your mood. The next time you’re sitting around in silence, try turning on your favorite tunes instead.
  9. Don’t live alone. Humans are highly social animals, and as you age, being around others, especially those who stimulate you, can do wonders for your health and well-being.
  10. Take control. Those that feel in control of their lives and their goals are generally more happy and have better mental and physical health than those who feel the opposite. Take control of your life and reap the benefits.
  11. Have a hobby. It’s important to brain health not to become bored or unchallenged by the things in your life, so pick up a hobby if you don’t already have one. Play tennis, build ships in a bottle, or anything else that stimulates your interest and gets you out of your recliner.
  12. Join a club or group. Becoming part of a group, whether it’s with a church, a community center, or just a small book club, can give you valuable social interaction as well as help you learn something new and keep your brain active and engaged.
  13. Increase oxygen flow. Increasing the flow of oxygen to the brain, like what happens during aerobic exercise, has been shown to slow the death and deterioration of brain tissue and in some cases actually causes an increase in brain volume.
  14. Stimulate your senses. Give your five senses a whirl while you still can. Aging naturally causes a decline in the senses, especially those of hearing and sight.
  15. Play a video game. Video games can act like a mental gym for aging minds. Many are full of challenging puzzles, games, and levels that will keep your brain guessing and working hard to find solutions.
  16. Engage in thoughtful conversations. While yelling matches are hardly good for you, a healthy debate is. It challenges your brain to work quickly and keeps you on your toes.
  17. Learn a language. One way to keep your brain busy is to start learning a new language. It will improve your language abilities, let you communicate with new people, make new friends, and give you a sense of accomplishment for having learned something new.
  18. Meditate. The stress hormone cortisol ages the brain, shrinking the hippocampus, the part of the brain essential to memory. Take a few minutes to calm yourself each day, focus on relaxing, and reducing your stress through meditation.

50 Tools and Resources for Freelancers During Tax Season

Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 1:01am by Site Administrator

Freelancers have a lot to worry about when it comes to taxes. Just thinking about estimated payments, deductions, and extra forms is enough to make your head spin. Oh, and did we mention that freelancers are some of the most often audited taxpayers? Let this collection of advice, tools, and resources ease your stress and get you on the right track for this year’s tax season.

Tips

There’s a wealth of tax advice out there for freelancers, and these articles represent some of the best.

  1. Tax Tips for Freelancers: This article from About.com discusses Schedule C and some of the expenses you need to track.
  2. Freelancer Tax Insights: Learn about depreciation and expenses in this helpful dialogue.
  3. Tax Tips for Freelance Writers: This discussion covers self employment taxes, deductions, and more.
  4. Freelance Tax FAQ: The Anti 9-to-5 Guide discusses deductions and more in this simple question-and-answer session.
  5. Working at Home: Kiplinger offers tax advice for freelancers and independent contractors that work at home.
  6. Freelance Tax Tips: This former CPA goes over the basics of income, deductions, and how to pay taxes.
  7. Is it Time to Upgrade Your Accounting Software?: Find out if you need to step up your software to meet your needs.
  8. 7 Things That Every Blogger Should Know About Tax: TaxGirl discusses important tax issues for bloggers that apply to nearly every freelancer.
  9. Tax Tips for Freelancers, Contractors, and Consultants: Find great ways to save on your taxes in this article.
  10. Business or Hobby? Answer Has Tax Implications: Learn about the difference between a business and a hobby, and how it affects your taxes.
  11. Planning for e-business: Don’t Forget the Financials!: This article discusses things freelancers need to know when working online.
  12. Tax Rules for Your Side Business: This article covers issues that freelancing moonlighters face.
  13. 9 Ways to Get Your Tax Return Noticed by the IRS (and that’s not a good thing): TaxGirl discusses the many ways you can get red-flagged by the IRS, and why you should avoid doing so.
  14. The Self-Employment Tax: Learn about self employment tax and estimated taxes in this article.

Accountant Advice

If you’re going to bring in a professional, check out this advice first.

  1. What’s a Reasonable Price to Pay for Having My Taxes Prepared?: This article offers a good accountant pricing guide to get started with.
  2. How to Find a Good Accountant: Get tips for finding an accountant that works for you in this article.
  3. Five Steps to Hiring a Tax Pro: Here’s what to do when it’s time to call in a professional.
  4. Building Your Small Business Accounting Team: Understand whether or not it’s necessary to hire a financial professional with this article.
  5. Tax Pros Give Bad Advice: June Walker advises self-employed taxpayers to be wary of advice from inept CPAs.

Documentation Details

Get details about keeping your papers and forms in order from these articles.

  1. What Kind of Records Should I Keep?: The IRS goes over guidelines for saving documents.
  2. Use one debit card: Lifeclever offers a useful tip to keep track of expenses.
  3. Schedule C-Reporting Business Income and Deductions: Learn about filling out the Schedule C form in this article.
  4. 8 Reasons to Ditch Your Shoebox Accounting System: The shoebox method of accounting is bad for business, and this article explains why.
  5. Freelancers, Meet Schedule C: Kipliner offers a guide to Schedule C, Schedule SE, and some ideas for lowering what you owe.
  6. Keeping Good Tax Records: Follow this guide to record-keeping, and tax time will be much easier.

Deductions

The silver lining to every freelancer’s taxes is a great opportunity for deductions. Make the most out of this opportunity by taking advice from these people.

  1. 46 Tax Deductions that Bloggers Often Overlook: Tax Girl goes over a number of deductions that bloggers and other freelancers have an opportunity to make, but often don’t think about.
  2. Can You Take a Home Office Deduction?: Freelancers who work out of their homes should pay special attention to this piece of advice.
  3. 20 Tax Deductions for Freelancers: This list goes over a number of deductions freelancers can make, including magazine subscriptions, health care, and bank fees.
  4. Convert equipment and supplies from personal to business use: June Walker discusses how you can calculate equiment deductions for materials that used to be personal.
  5. Tax Deductions A to Z for Freelance and Contract Workers: This CPA-authored book goes over relevant tax deductions for freelancers.
  6. IRS Business Expenses: Check out this guide from the IRS to better understand deductible business expenses.

Support

Get help understanding your taxes from these professionals and tax support communities.

  1. Tax Forum: Check out Tax Forum for advice from tax professionals and other freelancers.
  2. TaxGirl: This blogger offers general tax advice and answers specific questions from readers.
  3. Don’t Mess With Taxes: Texas journalist Kay Bell discusses ways to make taxes less troublesome, and even offers a handy tax calendar.
  4. IRS Small Business: Believe it or not, the IRS wants to make it easy for you to pay your taxes. Check out their small business section for guidance.
  5. June Walker: June Walker has been a tax advisor to the self employed for almost 30 years, and she’s got a wealth of information in her blog. You can also ask her a specific question.
  6. TaxHelpOnline: Get help from a tax expert on TaxHelpOnline.
  7. Fun With Taxes: Gail Perry’s Fun With Taxes offers loads of support and tools for freelance taxpayers.
  8. IRS: Free Tax Help Available: The IRS offers a number of ways to get free tax assistance, and the methods of contact are listed here.

Tools

These items come in handy during tax time and beyond.

  1. Turbo Tax: A perennial favorite, TurboTax prepares tax documents for you as you answer easy questions.
  2. H&R Block Deduction Finder: This tool from H&R Block makes it easy to find deductions related to your occupation.
  3. TaxACT: With TaxACT, you can prepare a free simple tax return, and if you want more help, their upgrade options are affordable.
  4. H&R Block TaxCut: Follow the interview in this software, and you’ll find deductions that help you get the maximum refund you deserve.
  5. TaxACT Tax Calendar: TaxACT’s calendar breaks down important dates by both month and taxpayer type.
  6. Valuation Table: This table offers low and high end valuations for commonly donated and deducted items.
  7. H&R Block Tax Tools and Calculators: Check out this calculator from H&R Block to estimate your taxes for the year.
  8. EFTPS: Enroll in this system, and you can pay your tax bill electronically.
  9. TaxBrain: TaxBrain offers web-based tax returns.
  10. Guide to Tax Tools and Calculators for Small Business: This guide offers advice and tools for freelance and small business tax payers.
  11. Tax Terms Glossary: If you’re confused by tax vocabulary, this glossary will help you understand.

75+ Tips on Becoming a Better Networker

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 12:26am by Site Administrator

Networking can open you up to new opportunities, relationships, and more. But you have to know what you’re doing, or your attempts may quickly become an exercise in futility. Follow these tips to sharpen your skills and make networking work for you.

The Basics

Before you can become a better networker, you’ve got to master these essentials.

  1. Always introduce yourself: Don’t get caught up in a conversation and forget to tell someone who you are. Be sure to say your name clearly and offer a business card when appropriate.
  2. Shake hands: Create a physical connection and open yourself up with a handshake.
  3. Bring lots of business cards: Never network empty-handed. Always have something to give to others for them to remember you by.
  4. Outline your goals: Have a clear plan in sight for every event or contact, and you’ll be better prepared to reap success through networking.
  5. Be genuine: No one wants to talk to someone who presents themselves awkwardly. Be authentic, and people will trust you.
  6. Stay positive: Be an energizing force to those around you, and others will be attracted.
  7. Keep a generous mindset: Don’t go to a meeting thinking about what you want. Rather, think about how you can help others, and you’ll earn what you’re looking for.

Your Body Language

When you’re meeting with others, it’s important that you convey yourself in a friendly, but professional manner. Make sure you’re communicating the right message with these body language tips.

  1. Maintain good eye contact: This should go without saying, but be sure to look a person in the eye when you’re talking to them.
  2. Smile: You should always convey that you’re a positive person, so smile and be happy.
  3. Learn forward: You don’t need to get in someone’s face, but leaning slightly foward to get closer will show then you’re interested in what they have to say.
  4. Stand confidently: No one wants to network with a person who lacks confidence. Present yourself proudly by throwing your shoulders back and standing up tall.
  5. Walk like you know where you’re going: Walking around aimlessly will just make you look silly. Even if it’s just to the bar, make sure you look like you’re going somewhere.

Choosing Groups and Contacts

You can’t, and shouldn’t, attempt to join every group possible to talk to every person you possibly can. Rather, focus on the ones that matter using these tips.

  1. Define what you’re looking for: Do you want to attend meetings for pure networking, or would you like to learn and volunteer at the same time?
  2. Visit a variety of groups: When you’re just starting out or even if you’re shaking up your networking routine, try out a number of different groups until you find a handful that work for you.
  3. Be strategic: Consider the value that each group brings, and only participate in those that offer something useful.
  4. Join a news group: Seek out a group that will keep you updated on the latest news and developments in your industry.
  5. Get targeted: Look for trade groups and meetings that have a narrow reach so you’ll be more likely to meet the right people.

Conversational Skills

Keep others engaged and interested by developing your conversational skills with these tips.

  1. Ask open-ended questions: Don’t ask questions that can be answered with yes or no-keep the conversation going with questions that beg more information.
  2. Have a concise description of yourself: Even if you’ve got your hands in a number of different industries and projects, make it easy for others to understand you in a nutshell. This will make it easier for them to refer you to others.
  3. Ask lots of questions: By asking questions, you’ll actively engage the person you’re talking to, and you just might learn something new.
  4. Be clear: Don’t make people read your mind. Ensure that the person you’re talking to knows exactly what you do and what you want from a relationship with them. Otherwise, they aren’t likely to help you.
  5. Start small: Discuss the event’s turnout or current events, and move on to more interesting topics once you’ve broken the ice.

Relationship Building

Once you’ve made inital contact, use these tips to forge strong relationships with your new networking partners.

  1. Make good: If you say you’re going to do something, do it. Whether it’s a referral, phone call, or favor, your actions reflect your strength as a networking contact.
  2. Always follow up: When you meet someone that can be a valuable networking resource, give them a call and express how much you enjoyed meeting them. This will give you an opportunity to further develop your relationship and discuss ideas that you may not have thought of in your initial meeting.
  3. Find common ground: Forge a relationship through something you have in common, whether it’s personal or professional, to stay visible.
  4. Offer something: Give people something they want, whether it’s an idea, contact, or other resource, to stay visible and helpful.
  5. Share your contacts: Become a networking node by introducing two people who can benefit from each other, and you’ll be able to both reconnect with them and deepen your relationship at the same time.
  6. Focus on quality over quantity: Don’t worry about talking to everyone in the room. Rather, seek to build relationships with the people who have something of value to offer.
  7. Go slowly: Don’t force your relationship to move too quickly. Get to know your contacts before asking them for huge favors.
  8. Offer introductions: Flatter your networking friends by taking the time to introduce them to a group of people.
  9. Form an inner circle: Once you’ve found a number of contacts, determine your inner circle and work to cultivate relationships and ask for referrals from these people more than anyone else.
  10. Find the right person: Your intial contact isn’t always the right person for what you want. Don’t be shy about asking them to introduce you to someone more appropriate.

Looking Inward

Much of networking takes place with people you don’t know too well, but strong relationships can be built upon with people you already know. Use these tips to help build your network through those that are already close by.

  1. Go to company events: You may not be crazy about golfing, but participating in your organization’s annual tournament can give you time to socialize one on one with people you may not have considered networking with.
  2. Seek out a mentor: Find an experienced friend within your company to help you build relationships and meet new people.
  3. Start a happy hour group: By organizing social events like happy hour outings, you’ll have a chance to connect with others in a relaxed setting.
  4. Organize a company picnic: Create an internal networking event with your coworkers and encourage everyone to invite their favorite clients and other contacts.

Shaking Nerves

Networking is a little daunting for introverts, but these tips are designed to make you feel a bit more relaxed at networking events.

  1. Be a volunteer: Give yourself an official reason to be at an event as well as something to do by signing up to help out.
  2. Dress comfortably: Wear something that makes you feel good about yourself to boost your confidence.
  3. Call when your energy is highest: Save conversations for when you’re more upbeat.
  4. Show up early: Networking is often intimidating because there are just so many people, but if you get there earlier, you’ll be able to chat with just a few people in a more intimate setting.
  5. Remind yourself of your worth: Think of the people who aren’t as capable and talented as you are that are mingling and making connections with the contacts you should be working with, and use this competitive ammunition to motivate yourself.
  6. Bring a friend: If you can’t face the crowd by yourself, bring a friend from your industry and work the room together.
  7. Go to events with a purpose: Events that are purely based around conversation can be intimidating, so go to gatherings like seminars, interactive classes, and workshops.
  8. Know what to say: Create conversations in your mind and think of key points to bring up to help train your brain and calm your nerves.
  9. Take a break: If you’re attending a long networking event or have plans for both the day and evening, make sure you take some time to yourself so that you can recharge.
  10. Go one step at a time: You’re not going to become a master networker overnight, so don’t try to be. Focus on baby steps to ramp up your networking experience.

Getting Connected

Use these methods to find new people to network with.

  1. Stand close to the entrance: Make small talk with new arrivals while they’re alone and looking for someone to talk to.
  2. Pick a nametag: Stop by the registration table to see who will be attending, and if you see someone you’d really like to speak with, ask if you can put a note on their name tag to ask them to find you.
  3. Seek out loners: Open up the shy and nervous types to get quality one-on-one networking.
  4. Hang out near the grub: People are generally accessible around food and often linger near the food table, so seek out new contacts in this area. You can even use food conversation as an opener.
  5. Diversify: Investors do it and so should you. Speak to a variety of different people to improve the quality of your contacts.
  6. Don’t sell at meetings: Selling your services at a meeting is generally inappropriate and usually a turnoff. Instead, focus on developing relationships and schedule a time to get together later, at which point it will be appropriate to sell.
  7. Differentiate yourself: Stand out from the crowd so the people you connect with will remember you after the event.
  8. Stay active: Don’t stay too long in one place. Keep moving to meet lots of people.

Online Networking

Take your networking efforts online with these tips.

  1. Keep an updated profile: Make sureyou’re offering the right impression about yourself by keeping information current.
  2. Avoid inappropriate material: Don’t post photos of you and your drinking buddies in a place where networking and business contacts can see them.
  3. Keep a moderate number of contacts: Be aware of the number of contacts on your profile. Too many will make prospective associates wonder how they’ll fit in, while too few will make you seem like you’re not connected enough.
  4. Be connected to appropriate people: Make sure you’ve got your bases covered where contacts are concerned. For example, if you’re a wedding photographer, you should be connected with venues, florists, dress makers, and others in the wedding industry.
  5. Check in with school: Check out your alumni organization’s website to see if they have an online community.
  6. Find an industry-specific community: Build higher quality contacts by joining a group specifically made for people like you.

Following Up

Keep things going with these follow-up tips.

  1. Say something interesting: Don’t just send a generic email to everyone you meet. Bring up something you discussed or share an anectode instead.
  2. Make future plans: Following up is useless unless you have a clear plan for how you’ll help each other or build your relationship in the future.
  3. Follow up quickly: Don’t let too much time lapse between your meeting and follow up, or your contact just might forget about you.
  4. Call just to say hi: If someone pops into your head for some reason, call and say hello, even if you don’t have an agenda.

Cashing In

Once you’ve got strong networking relationships in place, take advantage of them using these tips.

  1. Don’t wait until the last minute: Make sure you’ve built relationships before you actually need them. People will be turned off if you’re desperate and have nothing to offer.
  2. Reciprocate: If you’ve helped someone in the past, don’t be shy about asking for their help in return.
  3. Don’t be selfish: You shouldn’t always be the one looking for a favor in the relationship. Offer to do something for your contacts once in a while.
  4. Ask for advice, not favors: Go for the soft sell. If you’re looking for a job, ask for their opinion on how to get the job you want instead of asking them who they know that would like to hire you.

Business Cards

These are just a few ways you can use business cards more effectively when networking.

  1. Make notes: When you receive a person’s business card, make notes on it about follow up items, or just items you’d like to remember.
  2. Never deal out cards impersonally: Always wait until it’s appropriate to hand a business card to a contact and avoid giving them out before you’ve even started making conversation.
  3. Get creative: Business cards are generally boring and don’t spark a second thought. Make your business card interesting with an engaging design, and contacts may be more receptive to remembering you and giving you a call.
  4. Carry them everywhere: You never know when a networking opportunity will pop up, so always be prepared.
  5. Be generous: Give out two cards at a time-one for your new associate to keep, and one to pass along to someone you should get to know.

Going Further

Take networking to the next level with these tips.

  1. Be a leader: Hold a visible position within a group so you’ll be more noticed and respected.
  2. Become a resource: Make yourself knowledgeable in your industry, and other people will come to you for advice, ideas, and connections, which will strengthen your relationships and make you more visible.
  3. Go low tech: Email isn’t always the best way to communicate. Pick up the phone, send a handwritten note, or arrange for a face to face meeting, and your message will come across stronger.
  4. Create a newsletter: Keep your contacts updated on new developments in your professional and personal life with a newsletter on a yearly or quarterly basis.

Carnival of Business and Entrepreneurship #5

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 6:30pm by Site Administrator

Greetings! Welcome to the 5th edition of the Carnival of Business and Entrepreneurship. We have selected 53 posts for this edition. These posts are listed in the order they were received. Here you go:

Lorraine Cohen presents Creating A Theme Year posted at Powerfull Living. Consider a different approach to resolutions and goal-setting by creating a theme year. Learn how to use a theme to inspire and motivate you!

Ivan Rios presents Why Do We Argue? posted at artofleading.net.

GP presents Navigating the New Year posted at Innside Montana-Your Home at the Range. Would we live our lives differently if we knew how much time we actually had here in this life? The four deadliest words in the English language are said to be would’ve, could’ve, should’ve and if.

Vishal Gupta presents The Unknown Entrepreneur! posted at A Business Professor’s Weblog. Forget Bill Gates and Michael Dell! Let’s celebrate The Unknown Entrepreneur- Those who work silently and behind-the-screen to make a radical impact on our lives through their entrepreneurial businesses.

Kingsley Tagbo presents HOW TO OVERCOME PROCRASTINATION IN 8 EASY STEPS posted at HOW TO LEARN COMPUTER PROGRAMMING FAST OR GET A JOB EASILY.

Aaron Anderson presents Are These 3 Blogging Mistakes Costing You Readers? posted at Online Business Blog.

Brian Terry presents The Law of Necessity posted at Big Selling Website Design.

Charles Masterson presents Search Engine Myths Exposed! …Actually Myth-Busters Exposed. posted at Chuck Masterson.

Cindy King presents Prepare For International Markets posted at Get International Clients.

Terry Dean presents January Monthly Mentor Club News posted at Integrity Business Blog by Terry Dean.

Fred Black presents Honesty posted at Fred Black: Internet Business Blog..

Brett presents Successful Blogging: 6 Steps To Create Your Blog Plan For 2008 posted at Monetize Your Blog. If blogging is your business, you need to approach it in a businesslike way. This article discusses how to construct a plan for your blog for 2008.

Marcus Hochstadt presents First Class Progress, Or The Power Of Deadlines posted at Marcus Hochstadt. Many of us have encountered times where we are working on a project every day and it seems, somehow, we do not proceed in the way we intended to. What’s the cause? Why is that so? In this article, Marcus Hochstadt provides two techniques that can catapult your accomplishments to new heights, once and for all.

Dave Origano presents How To Setup An Extra Stream Of Income Of $500+ In 1 Day Or Less posted at Online Marketing & Exponential Business Growth Blog.

Matthew Paulson presents New Tax Law Changes for Your 2008 Federal Income Taxes posted at American Consumer News.

David B. Bohl presents Are You Exploiting Your Strengths? posted at Slow Down Fast Today!. “Play to your strengths.” How many times have you heard that one? How many times have you heard it, and within one day had to do something you knew was not a strength of yours, because you felt you had no choice?

Emmanuel presents Business Lesson from the life of an Elephant | PACE with Emmanuel Oluwatosin posted at Emmanuel Oluwatosin: Inspiring Excellence, Realising Ambitions. The reason why we blame others or our situations for what happen to us is because we have not taken time out to reflect. Reflection when things even seem not to be working can open your eyes to what you need to do to achieve your result.

Bonnie Krueger presents How Do I Put Together A Business Loan Proposal? posted at Personal And Business Loans. You have to create a solid proposal to get a business loan or else you could be in trouble.

CA presents Right credentials, wrong personality? posted at Atlantic Canada’s Small Business Blog. Despite talent shortages businesses are working to weed out candidates with the right credentials, but the wrong personality. Why should a business hire you over the other individual? The answer lies in branding.

Louise Manning presents Effective management of capital assets posted at The Human Imprint.

Jason Voiovich presents How to make an abstract concept real: Kiva.org posted at State of the Brand from Ecra Creative Group :: by Jason Voiovich. Matt and Jessica Flannery created a simple system to make microlending work: Kiva.org.

Jim Logan presents 7 tips to boost profits before you close the box posted at Jim Logan. Here’s seven tips to boost revenue after the sale.

Martin Russell presents The Danger Of Free posted at Word of Mouth Marketing, 101. Marketing with the word “FREE” is powerful, but you must be careful.

The Stock Teacher presents Tips For Cutting Down On Trading Fees posted at Stock Investment. Advice on how to cut down on your stock trading fees and improve your returns!

Carol Bentley presents Does your business pass the “Charlie the Plumber test. . . posted at Carol Bentley.

Joshua C. Karlin presents The Single Most Important Thing Your Business (or Charity) Needs posted at Joshua C. Karlin.

Hueina Su presents My Young Living Story and Exciting News posted at Intensive Care for the Nurturer’s Soul. Hueina says, “Ever since a health scare last summer, I’ve found the tools to help me regain my physical & emotional health. My husband and I are amazed at the turnaround I’ve made since last winter. Here’s my healing journey and the amazing business I’m building as a result”.

Raymond presents Musings About Careers And What Would Be My Dream Job posted at Money Blue Book. Musings amount careers and branching out into other fields.

Kenton Newby presents Benefits of Being in the Physical Information Product Business posted at Kenton Newby.

Richard Lee presents The One Thing You MUST Learn To Succeed In Any Business posted at Richard Lee.

Ryan Healy presents Basics of Business Growth posted at Ryan M. Healy. These three business growth principles have stood the test of time. But how do you put them into practice? Read this post to find out.

Charles H. Green presents Selling in Three-Part Harmony posted at Trust Matters. Selling is about understanding others and working in harmony with them, not in opposition to them.

Vahid Chaychi presents To Succeed As a Business Owner, You Have to Be Tough posted at Work at Home Business Solutions. If you have a business owner or you work for the others businesses, you have to learn how to be organized and disciplined. Otherwise you will not have any success.

Sarah Paine presents Create Relevant Articles To Earn Cash Online Now posted at Sarah Paine.

Tracy Coenen presents New site ranking tool takes on Google posted at Sequence Inc. Fraud Files by Tracy Coenen. A new blog ranking system is called IzeaRanks or RealRank, and they claim they’re going to have the “real” rankings: proving how much traffic sites get and therefore how valuable they are to the readers.

Ed Rivis presents Beware of SEO experts. posted at Ed Rivis.

Stephen Dean presents Tapping Michel Fortin’s Brain Volume 2 posted at Stephen Dean.

Mark Riffey presents Bose understands what people want posted at Bose Understands What People.

Ron Ruiz presents Make Your Little Girl?s Dreams Come True posted at The Business Ideas-Making Money Blog.

Anna Farmery presents The Engaging Brand : If Business Embraced the Essence of Twitter…. posted at The Engaging Brand.

Tero Mäenpää presents What is e-business? posted at Where we at, where to. Short introduction to what e-business is in B2B sector.

Paula Gregorowicz presents But I Feel So Bad I’m Not Good with Technology posted at Paula G. Web Design.

Jose DeJesus MD presents Motivating Top Performing Employees posted at Physician Entrepreneur.

James D. Brausch presents Training Your Customers posted at jamesbrausch.com.

Charles Eglinton presents eBay Descriptions posted at AuctionIncome.com – eBay Bidding Tips & Selling Tips.

Timothy Gary presents How to Make Time Out of Thin Air posted at How to Make Time Out of Thin Air.

Investing Angel presents Invest In What You Know posted at Stock. If you are going to beat the market, you will need to do something better than most investors out there. This is no easy task. Remember, most money is managed by professionals. To beat the market, you need to know something that most professionals don’t know about the stocks you trade.

Ian Richardson presents Abbott & Costello – ?Who?s On First?? – A lesson to the Internet Marketing Crowd posted at Make Everything EzyAs123.

Woody Maxim presents Amazon S3 is simply amazing posted at Woody Maxim.

Kenton Newby presents Product Creation Perfectionism and at Least Four Things That Are More Important posted at KentonNewby.com.

Jay M presents Tips for getting grants for your non-profit organization posted at 4 entrepreneur. Tips for getting grants for your non-profit organization.

GreatManagement presents Great Successful People – Cameron Johnson posted at The GreatManagement Blog. Here is a 2 minute extract of my interview with Cameron Johnson (one of the most successful teenage entrepreneurs in the world), where he shares his advice to ‘getting started’ and a personal inspiration story.

Debra Moorhead presents Are You Copying Genius? Or Creating Mediocrity? posted at Debra Moorhead.com. “Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.” –Warren G. Bennis This post is about “studying the exemplary.”

That concludes this edition. Next edition of this carnival will be hosted here on January 22, 2008. Submit your blog articles using our Blog Carnival Submission Form.

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