With the economy the way that it is today, many St. Louis residents find themselves looking for more ways to earn money. Simply having a 9-to-5 job that provides you with a livable salary and benefits like paid vacation time and healthcare is not as easy as it used to be. It used to seem like an American birthright, but now it is more like a privilege for the lucky few. Instead, most people are having to fend for themselves, piecing together bits of work here and there, and hoping that they can come up with enough money at the end of the month to afford one’s rent, gas bill, and student loan installments. Some food would be nice, too.
One of the hardest things about holding down multiple jobs is the fact that it often involves you spending three times as much time commuting from one place to the next. Instead of constantly shuttling back and forth between home and the singular office, you are finding yourself taking a bus to one place, biking to the next, and borrowing a friend’s car for the night shift that you are working at the local mall. With all of the time and money that you are spending getting around town, you almost have to wonder if you are even making a profit!
But there is a solution to the multiple jobholders´ dilemma, and it is a little thing called wireless Internet. Most people have this essential technology set up in their homes already, but if you do not, now might be the time to invest. That is because with wireless Internet, not only can you more easily access information whenever you want it and socialize with your extended network of family and friends, but you can also find ways to work from home! There are so many jobs that you could easily do from home, sitting in your pajamas in bed with your computer in your lap. Think about every office job that you have ever had. How many of them really required you to spend 40 minutes on the subway wearing uncomfortable shoes and a button-up shirt in order to get your work done? The answer is probably shockingly few. Unless you work in a field that involves constant collaboration, team projects and the like, most likely you could accomplish a great deal of your tasks from the privacy of your own home. All you need is a computer and a wireless Internet connection, and you are essentially good to go.
There are many ways that you can make this working from home situation happen. You can simply petition a boss to see if he or she would be willing to let you take some days at home. Present the idea formally; do not casually suggest it over cocktails or in the middle of a discussion about that private Lost marathon you hosted in your bedroom last weekend. Explicitly present how you would remain productive while at home, and suggest ways that they can keep up with your progress, like firm deadlines. Or, simply use your wireless Internet connection to search for jobs that are set up for you to do online.