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5 Things You Can Do Online That Make Life Better
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Every day, more and more demands are made on our time. We have to eat healthy, work out, learn new things, go travelling, go to work, play music, tend the garden, spend time with loved ones – the list goes on. There just isn’t enough time in the day to accommodate all that.

Thanks to the Internet, however, you can now do a lot of things online and that just makes life so much easier. Cut out the hassle of travel, parking, and having to stick to the same schedule as everyone else. Now you can do what you want at your own pace!

1. Shopping

Even the fastest mall visit averages around an hour or so, especially if you’re buying clothes. You’ve got to drive there, search for parking, browse the shops, wait in line to pay, and then drive home again. That’s assuming there’s no traffic on the roads, too.

Online retail sites make it so much easier to do your shopping. You can browse multiple items at once, read the reviews of other customers, and even compare prices between different sellers in an instant. When you’ve settled on what you want, all you have to do is pay and wait for the item to be delivered to you so you don’t even have to pick it up.

When shopping is this easy, you can lose track of your spending so make sure not to go too crazy!

2. Learning

Most people like to learn new things, but the main factor holding them back is time, distance and money. It can be difficult to commit to a regular class if your schedule is erratic, the teacher is far away or the course itself is expensive.

But now you can find tons of video courses online, many of them available at a much reduced price or even for free. You can learn everything from arts and crafts to academic subjects like economics and math at your own pace and on your own schedule. If you run into problems, you can correspond with the teachers over email or voice chat if you have questions.

If you’re not using videos from reputable websites or learning institutions, be careful to verify the quality of the material you’re learning.

3. Eating

People hardly have time to cook these days, let alone make a healthy meal. Drive-ins are only marginally more convenient because you still have to get your car and drive out. If you use public transport and don’t have a car, then you’re just out of luck.

Happily, there are many online food delivery services that will deliver food right to your doorstep from your favourite restaurants. All you have to do is go online, choose your food and restaurant, then pay and wait for your food to show up. Some companies even turn it into an end-to-end service by making and delivering the food instead of just picking it up.

There’s a demand for healthy food delivery now as people become more health conscious, so even if you don’t have the time to cook healthy, online ordering ensures you can still eat healthy and on time.

4. Problem solving

Sometimes you’ve got a problem and you want a fix, but it’s time-consuming to ask around for the answer. Or, it could be a question that you don’t feel comfortable bringing up to other people.

Someone’s almost definitely asked the same question that you have on the Internet. A quick online search will turn up any answers that people have tried, saving you time by narrowing down the most likely solutions to work. Industry-specific forums, especially in regards to IT-related issues, are great for this.

If the fix is simple, now you don’t have to wait for someone to help you or answer any awkward questions. But as with everything on the Internet, make sure you verify the answers from different sources to ensure that they’re legitimate.

Some people believed a prank video saying that iPhones could be charged in the microwave…as you can imagine, that didn’t end well.

5. Job hunting

It’s a job seeker’s market for the tech-savvy these days. Instead of circling newspaper job ads and looking at ‘Help Wanted’ signs in storefronts, now you can just hop on to a job search website and access thousands of listings instantly. If you’re on a professional network like LinkedIn, headhunters will even chat you up if your profile matches the job they’re looking to fill.

Thanks to the easy connectivity that the Internet offers, looking for freelance work is a lot simpler too. You can put your profile on freelancing websites and pitch for jobs by emailing over your resume and work samples. When your work is done, you just send it over via email and payment can all be done online – without ever having to meet in person.

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