Every day we see the world heading towards a global recession with the unemployment rate soaring and the quarterly economic state plummeting. Many major companies find themselves declaring bankrupt such as Victoria's Secret in the UK and Pizza Hut in the US, proving to the world that a business no matter how big is effected heavily by the pandemic. But in this seemingly dark decline, we see a rather interesting phenomena that's taking over, with many people opening online stores and services on various social media sites. The popularity of these small pop-up online stores are steadily increasing with no taxation from the government, making it an ideal source of income for people who have nothing much to do but are stuck at home. With people restricted to their homes, they're given plenty of time to create their own business ventures within the walls of their living area in the hopes that it might give them a sense of normalcy and purpose they crave. Although older online marketplaces are available such as Etsy, E-Bay, Patreon, and Amazon, there's a higher marketing and exposure rates for products promoted on social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.
"Just sit back and watch the numbers add in your bank account"
"Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home"
Like most university students, I enjoyed the first week of isolation social distancing. After just a few weeks of coming back and dealing with toxic people, not sleeping due to assignments, and killer lecturers, I felt some sort of happiness that I wouldn't have to handle most of that until the end of semester. I started losing my mind around the third week. Online classes had me lose most of my focus and I found myself spiralling into a deep pit of depression that I haven't fallen into since the end of last year. I felt useless as I had four mental breakdowns in one day, my habit of self-harm came back, and it didn't help that the economical state of the world was crashing more and more each day as the cure to this virus was yet to be found.
It's Friday night and you're stuck in quarantine as you flip through channels, landing on one of Gordon Ramsay's shows. You see him screaming at people cooking risotto, and then you wonder...