Using the internet to save time and money is as easy as just doing it. In fact, there is no better way to save both time and money than by getting on the web. What are some of the ways you can save time and money? Let's have a look.
First of all, let's have a look at the ways you can make more time for yourself using the internet. If you have important writing to do, sure you could do it the old fashioned way and sit down next to the fireplace with a pad and pen and start making notes. Or, you could go to the internet and do a search for virtual assistants and then outsource your writing work to someone else. Think about it, your time is valuable. Even if you are a professional writer, a fast writer, and you really know your stuff, chances are that you can find someone more qualified than you to do the writing for you. While they are doing your writing you can be focusing on the next project, catching up on family time, or even writing something else. Time is money, after all and your time is probably worth more than the money you will spend to hire someone else to do your work for you.
By the same token, you can easily use the internet to find someone to do all the other things that take up your time. Need someone to take your clothes to the cleaners? Need someone to wash your car? need someone to figure out the menu for your daughters wedding reception? No problem. The internet is filled with experts who are ready to help you solve all of your problems. A simple search on Craigslist or Fiverr will find you plenty of people willing to do anything for $5 or less.
So that's one way. Another is to think outside of the box. When you have to go somewhere, what is it that you spend the most time on? If you are like most people, the chances are that you spend the most time on commuting or going from place to place. Things like traffic and weather can cause huge delays that not only time but also money since your motor is running and your meter on life is running too. By using the internet or a web enabled device, you will be able to find the quickest route, see where the traffic is snagged, and probably you can even find a store or business closer to where you are so that you don't have to spend so much time and money to get there.
Another factor to consider is telecommuting. Why should you spend your time and money to go to your job when you can just as easily do your work from your home? This is a god send in the increasingly expensive and inflationary world since it means you no longer need to spend your hard earned cash paying the baby sitter or nanny to watch your kids while you go to the office for a virtual meeting. A net meeting is a much better idea.
In fact, I use the internet to make myself a better person all the time. I've used it to figure out the best diet for my lifestyle and blood type and to plan a regular workout that takes into account my age, body mass index, and work experience. At the moment, I am working with a life coach to learn what is really important to me. We meet three times a week on Skype and have long video conferences about my past, my present, and my future. She has referred me to a number of websites that have told me my personality type, what kinds of things I like, and how I should be spending my time.
Furthermore, last year, I actually used the internet to launch myself into a new career. I got on the job boards at Monster. and I paid someone to revamp my resume using oDesk. There was a resume and a sample writing necessity for getting the job, so I outsourced the writing to an Indian in Mumbai and then I submitted the completed application using a Skype phone number. the interview was a breeze since I had a silent keyboard in front of me and could look up the answers to each question the interviewer asked. By the way, she was from a call center in Bangladesh. Once they had made certain I knew what I was doing, I was offered the job. Since then my virtual assistant in Mumbai handles all the correspondence and another source in the Philippines does all the actual work. I simply collect the check and distribute shares to everyone. It's a win for everyone.
Whenever I need to buy something online, I always find the product and then I look for a coupon or discount code. By simply typing the name and the words 'coupon' and 'discount' code in Google, I can usually find reductions of anywhere from 35-60% on just about anything. The one exception is gas, but I actually use an application on my iPhone to find where the cheapest gas is so that I don't needlessly spend money on more expensive gas. It's a small savings, but over time, things like this really add up.
Would you believe that I actually had groceries delivered to my house last week from a website and it ended up costing me less than if I had gone to the shops myself. I don't know how they do it, but I think I'll be using that service again.
Some people say that the internet can't provide love, but I met both of my last girlfriends online and I've used sites like PlentyOfFish to meet single women that just need some male companionship with no strings attached. Not to mention, I've found more than a few ways to 'up my game' in the real world and my track record with women has, as a result, gone from zero to hero.
So, as you can see, the internet makes me feel better, gives me love, does my work for me, and overall improves my life in ways that I would have never imagined. Thank God for the internet.Advertisement
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