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How to Afford Living in the City

The “city” is often more expensive to live in when compared to the suburbs. That’s for good reason. The city is where all the modern conveniences are. It’s where many of the jobs are. Plain and simple, it’s where the money is, and if you want to live in the center of it, chances are good that you’ll have to shell out some good money to do so.

If living in the city would put you near your job and everything else you need, you might not be willing to compromise on it. So, how can you afford city living if it’s a bit expensive for you?

It turns out there’s a way to do everything. Don’t turndown that real estate in Toronto just yet. Here are three ways to afford living in the city.

Get a Roommate

If you’re looking to save money on some swanky city apartment, one great way to do it is to split the costs right down the middle with a roommate. The right roommate shares the expenses and even does half the work of upkeeping the place. That is in an ideal world, of course. Finding the right roommate is important, so be sure to interview closely.

Don’t Spring for Luxury

As with anything, the more luxurious it is, the more it will cost. Ask yourself if you really need the best of the best city apartments. Do you need that multi-bedroom suite that’s above the historic bank on the best block of the city? It would surely be nice to have it, but if you’re doing this on your own for the first time, maybe go for something more modest and affordable. One bedroom, a kitchenette, a living area, and a bathroom sounds fine for one person. It saves money, too!

Live Within Your Means

Now that you have this city apartment, you have to do everything you can to save your money. It can be easy to overspend if you don’t pay attention to finances. In this case, you should make a budget that you adhere to at all times.

Set a monthly limit on your spending. Factor in all the important things you need to buy, with rent, bills, and groceries as top priorities. Try to limit impulsive buys, and do whatever you can to reduce your spending even more. You can walk instead of paying for gas or taking a bus.

All these things together should give you some good ideas on affording that city apartment you’ve been wanting!

Different Jobs That Require Good Typing Skills

Have you been interested in learning more about the different types of jobs that you can get with good typing skills? Having good computer keyboard typing skills can lead to several interesting professions. Many companies and organizations rely on the expertise of a good typist to perform various tasks. 

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Work for the Local Court

For many years, good typists have shared their craft with courthouses around the country. To transcribe what goes on during a trial, court reporters use a special typewriter to write what the parties say. They use a sort of shorthand language so they can type at the same speed which people are speaking.

Transcribe Audio Files

Another great job that people with good typing skills can get is an audio file transcriber. Every day, companies all around the world need subtitles written for a corresponding audio file. These professionals listen to a given file, and they type what they hear in the recording. 

Type Lines of Code

Every website that exists is built on some sort of coding language. These lines of source code might be typed by a coding professional. When people get proficient in a coding language, they can offer this skill to anyone who needs a website created or updated. Writing code isn’t just for the internet. It is used to create software and to run other electronic programs as well.

Enter Important Data

When companies have data that needs to be entered into a spreadsheet daily, they usually turn to a data entry specialist. To keep books up to date and free of errors sometimes takes the work of a person who is good with entering data.

These are just a select few of the many occupations you can get with good typing skills. There are many other possibilities available out there.

Allow Only Fully Vaccinated in Malls, Restaurants, and Others Establishments in NCR After ECQ

With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila, where the transmission rate has exceeded the average countrywide rate of COVID-19 infections, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion said that it is time for both the government and the private sector to consider implementing stronger measures in the National Capital Region (NCR) to effectively mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion

“We are pushing for establishments in NCR, such as malls, restaurants, and others, to allow only fully vaccinated individuals so we can create safer bubbles. For example, dining areas with fully vaccinated restaurant crew serving fully vaccinated dine-in customers. This is of course upon having enough fully vaccinated residents in a certain city in Metro Manila,” Concepcion said.

He cited data from the Philippine General Hospital which found 187 individuals out of the total of 265 COVID-19 patients admitted as of August 15 were unvaccinated. The San Lazaro Hospital, meanwhile, reported that 82 percent of the total severe and critical cases of COVID-19 were also unvaccinated individuals.

“Implementing stronger measures during the ECQ in NCR, even if it is extended, will preserve the benefits of the lockdown. It will prevent us from compromising what we have already achieved so far, and what we can achieve in the future. We’ll finally reap the benefits of our sacrifices,” he said.

Concepcion added that the Philippines must benchmark against similar measures in other countries. In Jakarta, malls reopened at 25 percent capacity, but only to fully vaccinated individuals. Singapore, which has vaccinated 75 percent of its population, is allowing the fully vaccinated to resume activities that require the removal of masks and even gather in groups of no more than five people.

“We have seen in France under President Macron’s leadership that restricting the mobility of unvaccinated individuals is not only effective in preventing the spread of the virus, but also in encouraging people to get vaccinated,” he said.

Concepcion said that limiting the mobility of unvaccinated individuals, especially in Metro Manila, is not impossible given the aggressive inoculation rollouts already in effect during the ECQ.

“It will not be imposed unreasonably. That’s why there is a milestone in terms of the percentage of vaccinated individuals. We are aware that we need to vaccinate more people before we drastically do this. That is why we are aggressively rolling out our vaccination program in the country especially here in NCR even during the current lockdown,” Concepcion said.

“In the end, these measures will also encourage people to do their civic duty and take the vaccines. There may be more variants to come, but we have to realize that vaccination is the only key. The private sector wants to see an end to these lockdowns. A ‘close open’ type of economy is something we cannot afford to have.”