Is the New Freelance Economy Such a Bad Thing for You?


One of the trends becoming apparent following the recent global financial crisis and worldwide recession is that the "new economy" is likely to be a freelance economy. Since the economic troubles that swept much of the globe, there has been an increase in temp jobs, freelance jobs, and adjunct jobs. I've seen this trend first hand. First of all, my client base has expanded dramatically as I've done more work for corporate clients. When companies hire me as a freelancer, they don't have to pay overhead for my office space, and they don't have to worry about payroll taxes and…

Should You Get an Eco Technology Loan?


Do you have an older home?  If you do, you know all of the quirks an older home can have--newspapers stuffed into walls instead of the insulation we use today, old windows that let in drafts and are not energy efficient, sloped floors and crooked doors that let air in.  You know what I'm talking about.  If you're house isn't that old, you still likely could find things that you'd like to change about it to make it more energy efficient. You may drive down the highway and see houses with solar panels and wish that you, too, could install…

3 Tips for Eating More Sustainably and Saving Money


One of the hang-ups that many people have about changing their habits to live more sustainably is that there is sometimes a financial cost. Indeed, boosting your sustainability sometimes means paying a little more up front, and this seems especially true when you are trying to eat in a way that is more sustainable and healthy. The good news is that you don't have to break the bank to eat more sustainably. Here are 3 tips that can help you reduce the impact your food has on the environment and save money to boot: 1. Look for Community Supported Agriculture…

Frugal and Fabulous: How Utilizing Your Fashion Instincts Can Boost Your Income


Susan Gregg and Eric Koger met while completing their studies at Carnegie Mellon University. Eric was a tech-savvy, business-oriented gentleman, and Susan was a fashionable free-spirit, with an infectious energy and a love for all things vintage. Together, they tried to figure out a way to confront Susan’s overflowing closet and rapidly-shrinking bank account. Eric designed a website from which Susan could sell and trade vintage dresses with customers around the world. And thus, ModCloth was born. Now, Susan and Eric are spouses and co-owners of one of the most successful vintage clothing markets online. What started as a side-project…

Paying for College in Canada


As every job seeker knows, having a fulfilling career starts with the right education. The job market is incredibly competitive, and it's becoming more difficult than ever to find a good job without some form of post-secondary education. Depending on the type of education and program you choose, the cost of your education can really add up. The expenses start with tuition and textbooks, but can include special materials or tools, transportation, housing, food, those unexpected expenses that always seem to come up. So how can a would-be student pay for all these things? In Canada, you have several options.…

Get Back to Basics with a Trombe Wall


Since humans started to build houses of stone or adobe, they have used the walls of their houses to trap the heat of the daytime sun so that they can benefit from it at night, when it is released. We have a multitude of methods for heating our homes now, but most of them are anything but passive, burning gas, oil, coal or wood in a bid to keep our spaces warm. In recent years we’ve developed the concept of the passivhaus, in which all the elements of a dwelling or workplace are designed to work together to warm and,…