Online services have been absolutely booming in the past decade. At this point, you can find a website selling services for practically anything. Here are the top 8 services you can find online that you may not have expected.
Whether it’s learning how to write a well-structured essay or learning how to code, online training and certifications are becoming rapidly more popular. While they don’t yet have the prestige of an in-person institution, they are often cheaper and can give you a leg up in your job or your hobbies.
There are a plethora of ebook services that allow their members to self-publish their own writings and read those of others. Some of these services are free, such as Archive Of Our Own, while others specialize in “true” self-publishing for profit, such as Amazon Kindle. One thing, though, remains constant. Ebooks published outside the traditional publishing industry have a greater variety of subjects and interest than traditionally published works.
3: Freelance Artists
The internet is full of artists who are willing to draw, paint, and design works to your specifications. Some belong to official freelancing websites, while others offer commissions through their artist Instagrams or Twitters. It can sometimes take a while to find someone who has the art style you want, but once you do the experience of having a beautiful work of art made just for you is a unique and rewarding one.
4: Box Subscription Services
From the practical Dollar Shave Club to more eccentric and fun companies like Lootcrate, box subscription services have exploded in popularity over the past few years. Ranging from just a few dollars to incredibly luxurious and expensive, you will be able to receive a little something on a regular basis.
5: Vacation Rentals
If you’re looking to stay in a different place for vacation but you don’t want to shell out huge amounts of money for a hotel, online vacation rentals might be the right call. AirBnB, HomeAway, and other websites allow you to book a room, apartment, or entire house for a short period, often at a much lower cost than a hotel.
6: Trade Services
Many trade services, such as Fix It Right Plumbing, have online booking services. Some also offer online consultation, where you can talk to a tradesperson about the issues you are having and get an idea of what kind of bill you will be looking at in the future and how urgent the issue is.
7: Restaurant Reservations
Sites such as Resy and apps such as OpenTable can help you with your restaurant reservations in a variety of ways. You will be able to see at the restaurants in your area and when they have tables open for booking, taking the guesswork out of trying to book a table over the phone. You will be able to easily change reservation times and cancel without worrying about the message getting lost in the shuffle. Finally, you will automatically be alerted when your reservation time is nearing.
Whether you’re looking for a new sofa or a TV show to watch, there are a number of review aggregating sites online that will help you get the lay of the land. While you always have to be careful of possible paid review spammers or bots, looking at both the complaints and compliments will help you get a good idea of the quality you can expect.