Jamie Sparks

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Read These 5 Books On Writing In Lieu of Spending $40,000 On An MFA

Back in the pre-Internet days, if you wanted to land an agent and a book deal you had two choices: spend a million dollars on postage cold-querying …

Writing

10 Red Flags That Could Trigger a Tax Audit in 2018

Most tax returns don't get audited, but these red flags can dramatically increase your chances.<p>Less than 1% of tax returns get audited by the IRS, …

Personal Finance

The 7 Cheapest Franchises on the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 List

Seven inexpensive franchises you can buy for less than $5,000.<p>Associate Editor, Contributed Content<p>Starting a business isn't cheap. You have to worry about all sorts of costs, from finding a location and hiring employees to more mundane things like buying supplies and paying bills. If you're …

Small Business

The 4 Types of Problem-Solvers (and Why Knowing Which One You Are Will Make You More Successful)

There is more to motivation than ambition and work ethic. Learn how to recognize and maximize key drivers for business success.<p>Entrepreneurs are typically highly motivated individuals. Driven and ambitious, they see the reward in taking less predictable approaches and embracing routines that stray …

Self-improvement

Redecorating your home? This is the bathroom trend you need to check out

Moroccan-style bathrooms are a big trend among homeowners at the moment. With bold colours, creative patterns and elegant wall finishings, it is hard …

Interior Design

5 Old Kitchen Design Trends That Have Totally Made a Comeback

For proof that everything that is old will eventually become new again, you need look no further than the kitchen, where plenty of once-reviled …

Kitchens

Google Just Launched a New Tool to Help You Find Cheap Flights. Here's How to Use It

It'll help you find good quality flights on a budget.<p>The introduction of “basic economy” fares in the last couple of years has made finding a deal on …

Flying

A Calif. bill would jail people for handing out straws. It may be based on a child’s research.

The majority leader of the California State Assembly has introduced a bill that would, as written, impose jail sentences of up to six months if a restaurant worker hands out a single unsolicited plastic straw.<p>Ian Calderon (D) has blamed a miscommunication for the bill’s strict criminal penalties …

San Luis Obispo

9 High-Yield Dividend Stocks to Buy on the Dip

The market has experienced a meaningful rotation in recent months thanks to a combination of accelerating economic growth, corporate tax cuts and …

Investing

Tapas Recipes

Popular throughout Spain, tapas are festive and delicious appetizers and snacks that are perfect for get-togethers or summer dinner parties. …

Cooking

Hiring tips: Resume styles that will get you the job

Job hunting today is serious business. Simply put, the competition is tougher than ever for available jobs, which means that every aspect of your job hunting game needs to be <i>razor sharp</i> — including your resume.<p>Don’t forget, in many ways your resume is your “calling card” — it will make your first …

Employment

8 Uncommon Cuts of Meat Butchers Wish You Knew About

A visit to my local butcher shop, Sweet Cheeks Meats, in Jackson, Wyoming, is something I look forward to every week. The atmosphere is friendly and …

BBQ

As Day Zero nears, Cape Town should rise to the occasion

I GREW up on post-apocalyptic literature – The Day of the Triffids, The Kraken Wakes, The Death of Grass, stories about major disasters crippling …

South Africa

Thousands of people in Kenya are getting basic income for 12 years in an experiment that could redefine social welfare around the world

WESTERN KENYA — In a Kenyan village, cows with visible ribs saunter in the fields, here and there bowing their heads to graze. The countryside is sprawling, dry, and, above all, poor.<p>Gathered at a community meeting in October 2016, villagers listened as a representative from the charity …

Income Inequality

If you want a pollution-free, stress-free & refreshing home - Bring these top 10 Plants in

If you want a pollution-free, stress-free & refreshing home – Bring these top 10 Plants in<p>On January 27, 2018 by admin<p>Our nature has a way of keeping …

Plants

11 Personal Finance Blogs That Will Help You Manage Your Money This Year

Blogs your checking account will approve of.<p>Even though I'm a financial planner, I still pay close attention to the financial advice and opinions of the smartest money experts all over the web. Why? Because no matter how money-savvy you are, there's always something more you can learn.<p>If you're …

Personal Finance

One way to play the new tax law: Start an LLC

Spurred by ambiguities in the new tax law, accountants are coming up with novel strategies to help entrepreneurs slash their taxes.<p>One of the most notable provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a 20% deduction for qualified business income from so-called pass-through entities, including S …

Retirement

26 eco-friendly alternatives for things you use every day

As I'm writing this, it isn't possible for millions of humans to live on Mars. The closest we've gotten so far is watching Matt Damon try to grow …

Sustainability

6 New Cryptocurrencies That Should Be On Your Radar

New cryptocurrencies offer great opportunities, albeit with great risk, as they promise to revolutionize various aspects of the human experience.<p>Today, there are, of course, several major cryptocurrencies that are widely traded, as well less many less-well-known (AKA alt-) cryptos that have been …

Blockchain

I Took a Shot of Apple Cider Vinegar for a Month and I Won't Stop

What's ACV?<p>More literally, apple cider vinegar is made out of the liquid of crushed apples. Bacteria and yeast are added to it to start fermentation …

Alternative Medicine

How to Earn Passive Income: 15 Ways to Consider

It's hard to beat passive income. Instead of toiling for it, you can sit back and let the money flow in. Here are 15 examples of how you might …

Personal Finance

Here's How the Rich Choose Their Friends—and How It Makes Them Richer

The people you spend the most time with can have an effect on your wealth.<p>Who you associate with on a regular basis determines the circumstances of …

Wealth

Trick Your Brain Into Making You Richer

Our brains are often working against us, leading us to make dumb financial moves -- or to not do anything at all. Here's how to fight back.<p>We all …

Science Says, If You Want People To Respond, Tell A Good Story

A slight creaking sound could be heard as the room sat silent, waiting for the door to open. No one knew what to expect. Would lives be changed forever? Anxiety amongst the group continued to grow.<p>We’ve all found ourselves in this circumstance at some point in our life. As children a teacher would …

Leadership

A Month-by-Month Guide for the Best Time to Buy Everything in 2018

Plan your shopping with this calendar of bargains.<p>In 2018, you may resolve to save more, spend less or budget better. Whatever your money goal, the …

Shopping

The $62 Billion Tax Break Anyone Can Claim -- but Only 4% Do

Even tax cuts will still make this a lucrative way to save.<p>The efforts that some people will make to avoid having to pay income tax are …

There are 3 distinct types of narcissists — here's how to spot them

To be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder, someone needs to express five of nine specific traits. People with the disorder are often characterized as having a lack of empathy, a grandiose view of themselves, and a need for admiration.<p>Though many follow similar patterns, such as love …

Narcissism

100 Beautiful Bedrooms And Their Dreamy Interior Decors

Beauty is indefinable. It depends on too many aspects to be able to establish a set of specific rules or features which could be applied in …

Interior Design

Cannabis: Brain alterations may explain feelings of alienation

New research has revealed altered brain activity in young adults with cannabis addiction. The findings suggest a mechanism that may explain why the …

The Brain

Research Shows You Should Use This Communicative Tool When Dealing With Difficult People

Here's some insight into how you can get understanding in a confrontational work situation.<p>Explaining your perspective to someone who doesn't want to hear what you have to say is extremely frustrating.So what do you do when you are in a professional setting and can't seem to get your point …