Like so many others, I too celebrate the invention of the internet as well its integration into our everyday lives. It has become a necessary tool in business all across the world. People use the internet to communicate and to exchange ideas with others across the globe. Working for a fence company, I can explain from first hand experience how the internet has changed the way business is done.
There are so many web pages the can help someone do everything from bake a cake to rebuild a carburetor. One way they have dramatically improved my work life is the web page Map Quest. Since I work sales, I have to travel everyday. I use this website to print pages of maps as well step-by-step instructions to the location of the prospective client. Another feature with this resource is the ability to time out my route perfectly. It gives the distance between the two locations as well an approximate time it will take to get there.
Before, the only resource available was something called a Key Map. They were huge binders with thousands of pages mapping out the entire county. It's not so easy driving with an orange mammoth on your lap! Luckily, with the internet, all I have to do is spend 2 minutes to find and print myself instructions. The pages are more easily accessible and can be stored away in a folder or recycled.
When it comes to money I, like most Americans, always try to get the sweeter half of any deal. I detested it when I would be out shopping and found a particular item recently I purchased at another store for a lesser selling price. I couldn't get mad? How was I to know? Fortunately, now with the internet it is possible to view many businesses websites in search of hot deals. I use this method when I shop for building materials. When producing fences, it is wiser to shop in bulk. Whether it is a pallet of 60lb bags of RediMix or a bundle of pressure treated pickets, it is very important to check prices! For example, let's say 1 picket at Home Depot costs me $1; whereas the same picket at Lowe's cost me $1.05. Now, that one nickel may seem insignificant alone, however taking into consideration that there are about 242 pickets in a pallet, it starts to add up. Doing the math, that would be a loss of about$12 per bundle. Let's say I purchase 50 bundles in a 6 month period. That would be equal to about $600 in half a year or $1200 in 1 year. I'm sorry but I just don't have that kind of money to just give away. The internet has given me a useful tool to help me save money! Like the Geico commercial says" Just one click can save you hundred on car insurance".
The internet played a major role in the advancement of the banking industry. Since Fridays are pay days for my staff, it is important for me to know that every check I write will be covered. I remember a time when I would have to stand 15 maybe 20 minutes in a teller line just to check the balance on my checking account. Long dead are those days! Now I type away at my "magical information box", log into my bank account and I can check my balance with ease. If by some unspoken possibility I can't cover the payroll with that account, funds can easily be transferred with a few more clicks. I also use the option to print out a statement off all the expenses for the month. I can revise the statement for any discrepancies. All this done, without leaving my chair.
I have found the internet an intricate part of my everyday life. From work, to school and play, it has benefited me and so many others. I find it a necessary tool in today's world. This planet is so vast; it's boggling how our forefathers survived without it. Granted the world wasn't as complicated a few hundred years ago. I find myself privileged to live in a time where knowledge and information can be so easily shared throughout the world.