March 8, 2016 Chapter Two: Services Questions Answered
Recap: In the first post I asked “who runs the world?”…. the answer is girls! Obviously (shout out to Beyonce). But also services. Girls and services run the world.(P.S. Happy International Women's Day!)
As a twenty-something I have grown up with the explosion of the Internet and individualized technology. The services sector has evolved to innovate and dominate within the digital world we now live in. Last weekend I had to get a new smartphone because my old one could no longer support vital apps I use regularly (read: somehow a phone without Uber doesn’t make sense anymore).
My transportation needs aside, in this post I want to delve into how the services sector fits into our economy on a personalized, local level. In my last post I gave some examples of what services are, so today I thought I’d explore some common questions I had when I first learned about services. Such as:
What is the difference between public and private services?
Public and private services are both vital within the United States. What I really want to emphasize is: they do not compete with each other, they are complimentary to each other. Below are a few examples of public and private services:
- Public services are government/state run programs including Social Security, Smithsonian museums, public libraries, and security personnel—i.e. policemen and the military, etc.
- Private services are provided by individuals and companies outside of the government, including grocery stores, express delivery services, banks, your favorite gym, that Starbucks around the corner (literally...around the corner), the credit card you use to buy the Starbucks around the corner (….ok you get the idea)
Why should I care about services? I don’t own a business or work in the private sector.
Last time I outlined how we use services every day, consciously or unconsciously. Within the digital marketplace we not only use services to make our daily lives easier, but we also use them to take advantage of new opportunities. One of my friends is an excellent printmaker and artist. She sells her things at local fairs, but also has an incredible Etsy account*. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska but has requests for her art coming in from all over the country. She took her talent and utilized the digital marketplace to become a small business owner. I’m guessing you may know someone who does something similar. I would love to do something similar…but I think you need talent, or something? The point is, using/buying services doesn’t just mean supporting Lord Business (thank you Lego Movie). It means supporting your friends, your family, and your local community while improving your way of life.
Really, services helps my community? That sounds super great theoretically, but where’s the proof?
I am so glad you asked that! Yours truly has been sifting through pages of data to figure out how services impacts all 435 congressional districts in this country (that’s a lot of numbers people…you’re welcome). If you’re interested in learning more about how services impacts your district or state, you can either:
I hope today’s post clears up how services fits into our society, and maybe inspires you to start your own business? Looking forward to sharing more about services in my next post, see you then!
*In case you wanted to check out my friend's awesome Etsy account: Printworthy