If you’re not aware of what the sharing economy is, what planet have you been on in the last few years?
In a incredible changing world, the way we use, buy and sell things are very different to that of yesteryear. Rollback 60 years ago, and the assets in a person’s life were very different to what’s needed now. Besides, 60 years ago the way money was earned, the way people were employed, the way life was, the way life was lived was different also.
Now most young adults can’t afford the luxury of owning their own home, either settling for overpriced rent in smaller apartments working in big cities for good jobs or moving home with their parents.
In recent years, we own a lot less than the older generation. But owning less means we somehow have taken a need to share more. As a teenager I had a CD player, a cassette player, a hi-fi system and a computer, all things I now have within one or two devices – my iPad and iPhone. I live in a world where less stuff is the way forward.
Compared to my parents and my grandparents, I don’t have shelves and shelves dedicated to books, magazines and endless CDs in my home. I live in a world where I can fit a large amount of music, reading material, apps, games, movies and so much more on a mobile device and if I like something, I can tell a friend or a large amount of people with just a click of a button.
Now it’s a world of ridesharing, flat/house lending, peer-to-peer lending, reselling, coworking, space lending, the opportunities are endless. All in all the sharing economy is the way forward.
The sharing economy now includes companies including Places to Stay (AirBnB, Beds on Board), Rental Cars (Car & Away, HiyaCar), Pre-Owned Goods (Gumtree, eBay, Fat Llama), Funding (JustGiving, CrowdCube) and Space Rental (StashBee).
Now that the sharing economy is in full swing, people are tapping into ways to earn money from the things in their life, with some even using their own home storage spaces to earn a few extra bob. Sharing economy is on the rise and as per PwC analysis UK’s key sharing economy sectors could deliver £140 billion by 2025. Of course, you can make anything these days if you’ve been on eBay or Gumtree or even rented your home on AirBnB.
Whatever you decide to do to take part in the thriving sharing economy, have a look at some of these great companies taking the world by storm.
Here are my top 10 sharing economy companies you need to get involved with now…
1) Car & Away
Car & Away are a peer to peer car sharing platform who launched at, and in collaboration with, London Gatwick Airport. Airport car parkers (or Owners) buy their ‘rent and earn’ parking product via Gatwick’s official on-line parking website, drive to the airport and park with their own concierge service. They then run a roadworthiness check on their car, clean it and rent it out to carefully vetted incoming passengers (the Renters) who find the cars via both their partners Rentalcars.com and their our own website. Owners can earn income to off-set their parking costs. Renters avoid the busses, counter queues, up-sells and hidden charges of traditional car rental businesses. When the Renters return the car to Gatwick, they inspect it, clean it and return it the Owner. All Owner and Renter drop-off and pick-ups take place outside the terminal making it the quickest way in and out of the airport – and at great prices.
Their excellent product and service is reflected in their Trustpilot reviews.
Andy Hibbert, Founder of Car & Away says:
We’re all used to, and comfortable with, the sharing economy. Many of us share our homes via Airbnb and some even share their most personal of possessions – pets – via the likes of borrowmydoggy.com! So, sharing a car while people go away isn’t such a big step. Especially when owners not only make money out of it, but benefit from dropping the car right next to the terminal and get a professional valet to boot!
Get More Done in Less Time – Our same-day service platform instantly connects you with skilled Taskers to help with odd-jobs and errands, so you can be more productive, every day.
TaskRabbit is providing opportunities to people around the world to earn a living by connecting with others in their community. We are working to generate change and we are committed to playing a role in increasing underrepresented populations in the tech industry.
TrustedHousesitters launched in 2010 with a simple mission: to keep pets happy and safe in their own homes. Since then, they have quickly grown into an incredible global community of pet lovers, who help each other travel.
Every day, they connect thousands of home and pet owners with care-orientated sitters who will look after their home and pets for free, in exchange for a place to stay.
4) Fat Llama
Fat Llama is the platform that lets you rent out your belongings to others nearby. Everyday, we connect people who need things, with others in their neighborhood that have it to lend.
Car share for less with Liftshare, the UK’s biggest car sharing community. As prices at the pumps continue to soar, you could cut £2,000 from your motoring costs by sharing a lift in the morning. The UK’s biggest network LiftShare says it has been running red hot with new applicants. To find a lift share, users simply register for free and input their details, destination and time of departure, and how flexible on time they can be.
Space has never been at such a premium, and we live in an era where people have more belongings than ever before. Stashbee aims to reinvent the way we store stuff for the sharing economy generation.
“Our easy-to-use platform connects those who need space with individuals & businesses that have it to spare. Think of it as Airbnb for domestic and business storage.
For our Guests, we offer secure, vetted, local spaces at affordable prices. Meanwhile we empower our Hosts with an easy way to earn additional income.
Our platform automates the end-to-end booking process, seamlessly processes payments, and offers a powerful and easy-to-use dashboard for Guests and Hosts to interact and manage bookings. We make the process safe and secure by running ID checks. We also provide insurance, which is powered by Guardhog and underwritten by Hiscox and is specifically designed for peer-to-peer storage, to cover people’s stored items.”
Bringing people with unwanted travel plans together with those wanting incredible last-minute deals. Welcome to a world of opportunities.
They say “We’re an ever-growing community, revolutionising the travel world. One person’s pre-booked cancellation is another’s last-minute opportunity. From holidays, flights and hotel bookings to cruises, even concert tickets, buy or sell safely and securely at TransferTravel.com.”
Limitless turns your customers, who believe in your products and know them best, into trusted brand ambassadors, and rewards them for providing great customer service on-demand.
Rated as one of the “50 websites you can’t live without” by The Times, this service enables you to borrow items from your neighbours. From rollerblades to a fondue set, you could save a lot of money with this generosity-powered website.
Over the years, Streetbank has grown to be one of the biggest neighbourhood sharing websites in the world, rated by the Times as one of the 50 websites you can’t live without.
Every day, people across the world are using the site to share stuff. From the weird and wonderful, to the practical and useful – but everything that’s shared is valuable in some way, to somebody!
Friendlier neighbourhoods, money saved and less stuff wasted and ending up in landfill.
You’ll find driveways, garages, off-street parking spaces and car parks UK-wide – spaces owned by homeowners, businesses and car park operators. Whether you need parking for a few hours whilst shopping, a day or two if you’re staying in the area, or a monthly space near work, we have it covered.
If you’re looking to earn some extra cash and reap rewards from the sharing community, I have an exclusive offer to my readers. If you’re looking to Rent & Earn with Car & Away, give me a shout and I’ll ping you my exclusive code!