I am one of those lucky people who works from home all thanks to my trusty internet connection. I run a virtual business, which means that for me, the internet is my most important resource.
In 2014, I graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a multimedia journalism degree. At the time I knew I wanted to be a journalist, but I also knew that to make it as a journo I would have to move to London, a city that might be wonderful to visit but isn’t somewhere that I would want to live – I’m a Devon girl through and through. I did a lot of thinking and decided that instead of following all of the other journalism graduates to London or another large city, I would go my own way.
I decided that I would work virtually as a freelancer providing content creation and content marketing for people all over the world. I invested in a good laptop, got the telecoms provider in the area, and set up shop.
Fast forward three years, and I am still running a virtual business from home, but I now not only specialise in content marketing and content creation but also digital marketing, social media management, and PR. The fact is that without my trusty internet connection, my business would not be able to run effectively – because, for a virtual business, the internet really is everything.
As well as using my internet to run my business, I also use it for blogging and running my social media channels. Instead of reading the news via a newspaper or staying up to date with the newest trends via magazines, I use my phone and social media channels. Today, thanks to the power of the internet, news is instant – there’s no waiting around for newspapers and magazines to be printed, as a news story is breaking it’s instantly posted online and shared.
The internet has changed the way that we live as a society. From changing how we get news to overhauling the ways in which we learn, work, and socialise, the internet has changed everything. The world is a different place today than it was pre-internet – everything is different to what it was, which is why there are a lot of people from older generations who struggle to understand new technology, such as the internet, because they didn’t grow up in a time where smart technology was a part of everyday life, whereas I was lucky enough to be a part of the millennial generation.
To me, #BroadbandAndMe means being able to effectively run my business, keep myself entertained, and make all of my dreams a reality. The internet is a resource that I wholly rely on, and quite literally, could not live without.