Updated on 03.12.13

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Open Forum Edition

Trent Hamm

Recently, I’ve started contributing a weekly article about saving money on small business expenses to OpenForum, a site that covers a wide variety of small business topics.

I’m also hosting those articles here on The Simple Dollar in its own “small business” section. If you’d like to visit this section, you can check it any time you like by visiting the “small business” link along the top of any page.

So far, I have two articles posted there:

Dreading the Cost of Software for Your Business? Try These Free Solutions discusses a giant handful of great free software solutions for small businesses, enabling them to redirect their resources to other things.

My favorite one, though, is A Culture of Empowerment, which discusses how my father used empowerment of his fishing employees – myself included – to drive them to achieve more, and also fuel his own business.

Articles from me will be appearing there weekly, and I’ll include new ones in the weekly roundup. Any time you want to browse through them or check for a new article, just hit the “small business” link along the top of any page.

Here are some additional great personal finance articles from around the web.

25 Traits of the Not-So-Well-to-Do This is basically a checklist of financially bad behaviors that I considered completely normal just a few years ago. (@ free from broke via free money finance)

Five Secrets to Sustaining Good Financial Habits I especially agree with the idea of surrounding yourself with like-minded people. If you’re trying to be thrifty while spending your time with big spenders, you’ll find it very hard to save money. (@ frugal dad)

Office Space: Why I Rented a Place to Write I went through almost this same internal debate. My final solution was easy – I just started closing the door to my office all the time. It was a great psychological barrier. (@ get rich slowly)

Argentine Wine Hack: Make Bad Wine Better This is a really clever trick! If you buy lots of inexpensive wines, you’re going to get some lemons, so this is a great way to turn those lemons into lemonade! (@ wise bread)

How to Review Your Equifax Credit Report This is an excellent look at how to read a credit report. Sometimes, they can be really confusing. (@ bargaineering)

Personal Change You Can Measure I find that, if you can make a change measurable and keep measuring yourself on a regular basis, that measurement becomes a great motivator for change. (@ think simple now)

55 Best Ways To Save Money: Frugal Ideas From Our Readers This is simply an awesome collection of tips. (@ digerati life)

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  1. FFB says:

    Thanks so much for the mention!

    Re: computer software, I’ve been using OpenOffice and love it! Certainly right for the price.

  2. Frugal Dad says:

    Thanks for mentioning my post to readers, Trent. I also appreciate you sharing J.D’s post about finding a place to write because it has been on mind lately as well (and I missed the post the first time around at GRS). I think I’ll stick with working out of my dining room–but sometimes the walls sure do close in!

  3. Just finished reading the new financial fiction novella, Men of Gain by Hunter McClelland and know your readers will love it.

  4. Ellie says:

    Hotmail shrunk your article again.
    Not able to read the last words of every sentence again.

    Thanks for your attention to this matter.

    Yours is the only email I get that does this.

  5. Bill in Houston says:

    I smiled when I read the 25 worst traits article. I work with a few guys like this. I can add a 26th trait: Waiting for that big tax refund to augment your lifestyle.

    I used to have some of those traits, myself. I do own two flatscreen televisions, but did wait until last Christmas to buy them. Got them at Costco on sale. They went on my debit card. I don’t use my AmEx now that it is paid off.

    I’ve tried talking to the guys in my office, but they’re young and image is everything. In fact, one tried to throw the fact that I wear Polo buttondowns every day to work. I mentioned that I bought them either at Costco for $25 or at the factory outlet for $29. “Only a fool pays $80 for a shirt.” I’ve had some of my polos for ten years. As I said, these guys are young. They’re either recent college grads or college dropouts. Mid-20s. Lease high end cars. Go out to lunch every day. Designer sunglasses. Both were whining about how long it took to get their tax refunds.

    They’ll learn, one way or another. I have been pushing The Millionaire Next Door at them.

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