Thank you, Internet

When I started working full-time in the early 1990s, there was no Internet (it was in existence but it wasn’t mainstream yet). If you had a job, you went to an office. Period.

I remember as a reporter having a hard time focusing in the newsroom with all the hustle and bustle. Oftentimes, I would write my articles at home, print them out and then retype them into the computer (the kind with the big monitor and the green typeface) at work. It didn’t strike me that this was inefficient. Mostly I thought about how cool I was that I had a computer at home and could write there at all.

A few years later, e-mail started to emerge. At that point, I was an editor and managed freelance writers who worked from home. With email, they no longer needed to save their articles to floppy disks and then FedEx them to me. They could email their articles to me. It was amazing!

Around that time, I had my first child and I wanted to stay home with her – but I also wanted to work. At that point, very few people were working from home but I thought I could be of value to companies whether I was in their office or not. So I sold myself as “I’ll get your writing projects done all while staying out of your hair – and this technology thing will help me do it.” And people bought it!

Fourteen years later, my business is still going strong and I have to give credit where credit is due. I would not have the business I have – or the wonderful clients I have – without the Internet. So thank you Al Gore, or whoever invented the Internet, for giving me the platform for creating a rewarding career and business!

Bridget Ingebrigtsen

Bridget Ingebrigtsen owns Write On Command, a company that provides writing and editing services to businesses and not-for-profits. Bridget describes her six-year stint as Anchor Advisors' writer/editor as being "mutually beneficial" -- she helps Anchor Advisors keep their written projects on track and Anchor Advisors helps her keep her business on track. When she's not running her business, Bridget is running after her four children, two dogs and the latest in entertainment news. Connect with Bridget on Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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