How to Reduce Distractions When You Work from Home


One of the things I love about what I do is the fact that I get to work from home. I enjoy sitting at my home office, setting my own hours, and being home for my son if needed. It's a great setup. Unfortunately, working from home also comes with distractions. The kitchen is a few steps away, and if I'm working while my family is home, it's a little harder to get things done. I've learned a few things in the last 10 years of working from home, however. Here's how I reduce distractions while I work from home: Create…

Review: JORD Wood Watches


In the last few years, since the rise of the cell phone, watches have largely become a fashion statement. Many of us don't need them to tell the time, but they can still make a powerful fashion statement. If you are looking for a chic watch that is made with sustainable materials, consider the unique JORD Wood Watches. JORD sent my Mrs. SPF and I wood watches for review. I received the Sully Natural Green, and Mrs. SPF received the Ely Cherry, which she absolutely loves. It's important to note, first of all, that wood varies in color and grain,…

Should you pick gold as your alternative currency?


There are a lot of alternative currencies right now. Sustainable Personal Finance has mentioned a couple of ones in the past including the Canadian Tire Money and the Salt Spring Island's local currency. Using alterative currency helps boost your purchasing power especially when your country’s official currency is weak. While purchasing alternative currencies that are specific to a certain nation is good, it’s better if you have something that most countries around the world consider as legal tender. Gold's remains as the most popular alternative currency because it's finite, can be accepted as payment in most countries, and is backed…

Cost effective POS Systems for your Small Business


In the summer of 2005, a friend of mine opened a small coffee shop in Thailand that was supposed to cater to expats living and working there.  The place was cozy and the coffee was great. The only problem was he didn’t factor in a POS system. What a major oversight! His rationale on why he skipped the POS system was that he was going to be managing the store daily anyway, so he and the staff can tally all the receipts and sales after each business day. After just several weeks of operations, his stress levels over sales, missing…

Will Most Of Canada’s Oil Ever Be Extracted?


The folks in charge here at Sustainable Personal Finance are pretty staunch environmentalists. If you need confirmation, just look at the name of their site. There are hundreds of articles in the archives that look at the environmentally friendly way to do some of the things we take for granted. But what about investing? On the surface, it looks to be an easy decision. People who are conscious about the environment can choose to avoid the energy sector completely, since it is the main contributor to greenhouse gases. Especially in Alberta's oil sands, even the act of producing energy creates greenhouse…

How to Show You Care without Breaking the Bank


We all like to feel loved -- and we like our loved ones to feel loved. At times, though, it can seem as though showing you care goes hand-in-hand with spending money. Whether it's buying an expensive present, or whether it's helping pay the rent, showing you care can get really expensive, really fast. But do you really need to spend a lot of money to "prove" that you care? Of course not! Here are some ways to show you care for someone without breaking the bank: Listen Active listening takes effort. It's not just about hearing someone else; it's…