GETTING PUBLISHED

Publishing your book on the Kindle or the iPad is free and open to anyone, but the steps involved can be tricky. A company called “Tablo” will do it for you.

Tablo is new to the field and charges $8 a month to publish to the iPad and Kindle, but you can use the service for free until you’re ready to publish. They assign the “ISBN” number and handle the technical parts. All you have to do is upload a Word document.

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RENTING YOUR VACATION HOME

We’ve used the website “VRBO” (vacation rentals by owner) to rent a house instead of the typical hotel room. If you’ve got a home to rent to others, the website HotSpotTax.com takes some of the tax complications out. We didn’t like the one we rented, but maybe you have something better.

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THE SIMPLE DOLLAR

TheSimpleDollar.com has tips for saving money. Example: A handwritten note on a blank card may mean more to someone than an expensive greeting card. Also check out: “50 Free Activities My Family Enjoys.”

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BALANCING YOUR CHECKBOOK ON THE COMPUTER

A reader told us his disability is making it tough to balance his checkbook with pen and paper, and he is unhappy with software like Quicken. Here’s an easy way to do it using a free program.

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THE NUMBERS REPORT

BitWage.co  surveyed 150 companies to find out how they felt about paying employees in Bitcoins. Thirty eight responded. Half said they’d considered it. Four are doing it.

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WEBSITE SHOWS MOST AND LEAST SUCCESSFUL NEW STOCKS

Biz.Yahoo.com/ipo– This hard-to-find page lists the biggest gainers and losers among companies that have recently gone public. Look back over three months, six months or a year, and get links to company info. Yahoo has terrific financial information, and a search system that seems to have been developed in the Stone Age.

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ELEVEN STEPS TO A PERFECT LOGO

“Eleven Steps to a Perfect Logo” has good tips.

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SQUARE CASH

“Square Cash” allows you to send cash by email. You use a debit card after you make a deposit to a bank to make sure the cash is there.

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POINT OF SALE

If you’ve ever been in an Apple store, you’ve noticed that you don’t have to go to the cash register to pay. There is no cash register and no checkout line; every clerk can take your credit card on their phone, using a small add-on device.

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SAVE IT AND STORE IT

A $500 scanner sounds like $400 too much. But the “NeatConnect” is so useful we’re going to buy it. This is our ultimate test for any product: can you sell it to us?

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