You are reading this which means you have access to the internet
But, do you know
Internet is like a knife
Yes, you read it right
But should I tell you why?
You know if a knife is in the hands of a doctor it will save a life
The same knife in the hands of a thief will kill a life
Internet is just like that
It totally depends on you how do you use it
Yet, the world has transformed a lot after the widespread of internet
Come along, let us have a look at how things have changed after the arrival and usage of internet
Get ready to scroll your screens
First, let us have a look at how the internet has made our lives easier
If you want to cook anything and are a newbie search for tutorials and make delicious dishes easily or even better order online
You want to reach a new destination, no need to look around or ask someone for help, GPS is there for you or even want to check the traffic in your route you can do that as well
You are tired, need a makeover you can beauty and saloon services which come provide service to your home
You don’t want to go out to buy groceries and vegetables, you can order them online
You don’t want to clean your home this weekend and want to spend time with your family, you can book home cleaning services online
You want to talk to a friend abroad and see his/ her face, well you can opt for a video call
You want to learn from the best people in the world, well you can do that as well, no need to travel anywhere, you can buy their online courses and save your time and money but no need of compromising with knowledge
You want to give a job interview abroad, no need to travel, skype comes to your rescue
Even now you don’t have to type, you have the option to give voice commands
Even better you are tired, come home sit on your couch and tell Alexa to play your favourite music, just Wow right? No need to open phone and type
In short of clothing, order quickly on Amazon or any other e-commerce stores
If you are sick, consult your doctor over the internet, and order medicines online
Want to learn new courses and technology, no time? No issues, learn from home at your own convenience
Want to get any knowledge, you have it at your fingertips
Want to become famous? You can upload more content on social media
Many unsung heroes got recognised because of the internet
Example: Ranu Mandal who used to be on the streets became so famous only because of one video
You never know which video of yours go viral and help you become famous
Talking specifically about India, after the introduction of Jio network by Reliance, internet usage saw a steep hike
It is late night and you need to transfer money immediately, e-banking comes to your help
Want to pay bills no need to standing in long queues, any time at your own convenience pay online
Are you all also wondering so much is changed because of the internet
But, there is a lot more
Have to conduct an urgent meeting overnight, webinars help you
No need to travel overseas to deliver a presentation, you can do it through webinars
Imagine the amount of time and money what you will save
Want to get into the film industry and you might have that needs a lot of money and influence
But now one smartphone with internet can get you that, upload more content and results will follow
Want to watch a movie, you have NetFlix watch any movie anytime, no need for anyone’s approval
Grow your knowledge to the next level
Want to date or marry someone?
Well, you have websites for that as well
You name it and you have it on the internet
Have a message to convey, post a video on every social media platform free of cost, no need to get it printed in newspapers
Apart from all these, most people think the internet means only Social Media
That is not true
Yet let’s talk about Social Media
Want to communicate and learn about other cultures or countries, well you can use any social media platform
Want to network with professionals and want to get a good job, post valuable things on LinkedIn
“Only by being a consumer you get so much of advantage but by being a producer you can do wonders”
“You always have a choice to chill using NetFlix or watch educational and productive stuff”
You can communicate what you have on your mind and help a lot of people
Internet is a massive power and new technology which spread really quickly around the world, within the network people can communicate, find answers, got information’s, socialise, entertain and much more. It’s a technology which will change and determines the shape of our society.
It has become so much a part of how we live that few recall what life was like without it. But so deeply has the Internet burrowed into the social fabric that it is tempting to ask: What should we be doing with it?
Think, for a moment, of the breathtaking pace of its takeover. Instant messaging has long supplanted the crafted epistle (or even the email) as the vehicle of communication. For prose, read ping!
For a long time earning money has always been associated with traditional ‘offline’ ways found in the real world.
With the Internet taking over a large part of our lives, more people are looking to ways to earn money online to increase their financial inflows.
However, you have to be careful of the platform that you opt for. While there are numerous ways that help you earn money online, some of these could end up being scams, so you have to be careful. Also, do not expect to earn a huge amount quickly when using online avenues to earn money.
Here are few such online platforms, websites, and resources that can help you earn money online.
Freelancing has always been a popular way to earn money online, the Internet has a plethora of options. There are several websites offering freelance tasks for people with varying skills. All you need to do is to create your account, browse through the listings, and apply for the task that suits you.
Some websites may even require you to create a personal listing with the details of your skillset so that the interested clients can contact you directly. Outfiverr.com, upwork.com, freelancer.com, and worknhire.com are some websites that provide freelance jobs.
2. Start your own website
There is enough material available online to help create your own website. This includes choosing the domain, templates, and the design for your website.
Once ready to service the visitors with the relevant content, sign up for Google Adsense, which when appear on your website and clicked by visitors help you make money.
The more the traffic you get on your website, the more will be the potential for higher earnings.
3. Affiliate marketing
Once your website is up and running, opt for affiliate marketing by allowing companies to insert web links on to your site. When visitors to your site buy products or services by clicking on such links, you earn out from it.
4. Surveys and searches and reviews
There are several websites offering money to undergo online surveys, carry out online searches, and write reviews on products.
To get the credit, one needs to disclose certain information to them including one’s banking details. This is why you should use this route with utmost care.
5. Virtual assistantship
Doing all the corporate stuff from one’s home is what a virtual assistant (VA) does. VAs basically work remotely with their clients and manage the aspects of their business that they are too busy to handle themselves.
When you work as a virtual assistant, you can choose to work as an employee or you can set up your own business.
Knowing a language other than English may even help you earn some extra bucks. There are several websites that offer translation projects that require translating a document from one language into another.
This may include Spanish, French, Arab, German, or any other language to or from English.
7. Online tutoring
If you are an expert in a particular subject, you can earn by tutoring people online. Online tutoring provides a means to connect online with students of all ages, across the country to provide homework help and tutoring in the subjects for which you have demonstrated expertise.
8. Web designing
Not all business owners are tech savvy but the need of the hour is to have a website of their own. Those who have a knack for all- things- tech, especially related to websites, can help small businesses set up their own websites and earn from it.
Coding and web designing are essential ingredients in setting up websites.
9. Content writing
Online platforms can be a good starting point. Depending on the quality of the articles, one gets paid.
One may be asked to work upon articles with specific guidelines as well. Develop a niche in your area of expertise and build strength in that domain to increase the revenue stream.
It starts with a hobby, interest, and passion and soon blogging becomes a career option for many bloggers.
There are a number of full-time bloggers in the country. There are two ways to start a blog: you can either create a blog through WordPress or Tumblr, which requires no investment or go for a self-hosted blog.
If you are not comfortable in penning down your thoughts through blogs and content writing, make use of your camera to create a video presentation.
Create your YouTube channel, upload videos and start monetising them. Choose a category or subject that you want to make videos on and get started, but make sure it’s a topic that will interest a lot of people.
Apart from these,
A few major advantages of the internet are
- Network with like-minded people
“Your network is your net worth”
Most people give an excuse for less growth is not surrounding
themselves with like-minded people
But seriously speaking today you cannot give that excuse
You can network with the best and like-minded on social media
- Communicate easily with anyone across the globe
Just write a mail, no need to write letters and go to courier or post
- You can depend on the internet and built a scalable business model– it means experience doesn’t change irrespective of the place
Like me writing this article can be done from any part of the world,
provided I have a good internet connection and my laptop
Sounds cool right?
Thank you internet!
- Create a personal brand for yourself
It is the only way to survive on a long run today
- Help people
There are a lot of people who don’t have as much knowledge you possess, help them
- Empower lives
You think you have something in you to add value in a lot of lives, social
media helps you
- Follow and learn from great people
Not need to wait for them to release their books, get their updates on a
daily basis on social media
Most influencers are on social media and provide value regularly
- It is fast and reliable
You don’t have to wait for approvals
You have everything at fingertips or even a voice command
But taking about social media, it depends on you whom you follow and who not!
Just like everything has advantages and disadvantages, the same thing applies here
Let me be honest and tell you some
When you have everything sitting at home, somewhere you become
lazy and lack of physical activity
If I ask you to stay away from the internet for a week, how many of you
can actually do it?
For most of you, it is a big NO
But, when you see small kids getting addicted, it is not good
Kids should play, learn, fall and grow not only to watch things over the
In extreme cases, suicides take place because of addiction
When physical activity is decreased, obesity comes into the picture
- Eye problems
If you gaze the screen for longer times, your eye blinking reduces and
causes eye irritation and other eye-related issues
irritation and other eye-related issues
- Time waste
If you don’t use it wisely and do unproductive things like play games or
watch funny things always, it is a mere wastage of time
- Harmful information
Unfortunately, there is a lot of information which is not needed and
harmful, it is our responsibility not to fall in that trap
There is a hike in cybercrimes, it is our responsibility again to be safe and know our limitations
There are so many people whom we remember as they have risen above easy content and influenced billions of lives without relying on the clickbait, without on that thumbnail, they built an empire!
The internet has become our playground, it is where millions of kids spend the most time
It is not the streets anymore, it is Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, even kids as young as 4 years!
It is our responsibility as creators and your responsibility as a viewer to build an internet safe for kids
And free of objectification
Filled with kindness, meaning and respect and that responsibility lies on all of us
I would just tell that Internet is the game-changer today, but you got to use it for your benefit
Use the internet for your benefit but don’t get used by internet
Everything is good provided you use it in a good manner
Internet is a tool which can change your life
Use the internet to impact lives and not impress lives
Let us together build an internet we can be proud of!
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