If you haven’t heard of Sharing Economy companies already, it’s about time you did. These up-and-coming businesses organize the sharing and reusing of goods or services by renting, loaning, swapping, and other forms of shared ownership.
Tired of driving around in circles searching for a parking space? Need someone to watch your dog for a few days? Check out these companies which provide alternative solutions for issues such as these and more.
Going on holiday? Economy Sharing company, DogVacay, finds you dog sitters at affordable rates.
Booking with Airbnb allows travelers to stay in exotic and unique places around the world for a fraction of the cost.
Founded in 2008 and based in San Francisco, Airbnb provides a community marketplace for people to list and book unique accommodations around the world online or from a mobile phone. Stay in Manhattan for $60/night, rent an apartment in Amsterdam for under $100/night, or kick it in a beach villa in Fiji for as low as $40/night. Airbnb also lets you select criteria such as a hot tub, pool, or fireplace, kitchen, pet-friendly, and more.
Lyft allows users to find a ride with local drivers
Currently available in the United States, Lyft provides a mobile app that coordinates people living in the same neighborhood to share rides.
Need a ride and don’t have a car? The Lyft mobile app finds local drivers, all previously screened to ensure safety. Simply enter your desired destination and Lyft sends a request to drivers nearby. You may monitor the location of the driver in real-time as they arrive.
3) Park at My House
Park at My House provides a mobile app for people to rent out parking spaces.
For drivers, looking for a parking space can make you want to smash your head into the steering wheel. With the Park at My House mobile app, the days of driving around in circles for parking are finally over. Drivers can book a parking space a half hour or up to a year in advance. People can also rent their parking space and earn some extra money.
Similar to Lyft, Sidecar represents another “share a ride” application for mobile phones.
The Sidecar mobile app connects users with community drivers willing to share a ride. You simply enter your destination. Then the app automatically matches you with a local driver. The app also allows you to track of the driver’s location on GPS. Finally, you rate your driver and your driver rates you in order to keep the community safer.
Use the TaskRabbit mobile app to outsource errands or give your neighbors a helping hand for some extra cash.
From house cleaning to food deliveries, TaskRabbit connects you with neighbors to outsource small errands. Forgot to pick up something from the grocery? Use this mobile app to check if a neighbor can pick up what you need or provide other small tasks.
Spinlister offers an online database for rental equipment including bikes, skis, and snowboards.
Want to go for a bike ride this weekend, but don’t have a bike? Spinlister provides an online community that allows users to rent bikes, skis, and snowboards to and from each other or with rental shops. Individuals can decide how much they would like to charge for rentals while renters can browse the database for the best deals around the world.
Use Snapgoods to borrow a tent and other gear for that next camping trip.
Snapgoods provides a lending service that connects people who want to borrow or rent things from their neighbors. Need to borrow a tent and sleeping bag for your next camping trip but don’t want to buy? SnapGoods hooks you up with reliable, local people willing to lend what you need.
Available in 25 cities worldwide, the Car2Go service allows drivers to rent a car for 38 cents per minute and drop it off at any destination.
Rather than spending absurd amounts to rent a car, check out Car2Go. This company rents out Smart cars for 38 cents per minute including fuel, insurance, and parking. You don’t need to make reservations in advance and may leave the car at the final destination. This way you can save yourself time and get to your destination as fast as possible.
Going on vacation? Forget the kennel! Board your dog in a real home with DogVacay.
DogVacay links dog lovers with people who need pet sitters. Their database includes thousands of dog lovers ready to watch your dog. Users can browse among local dog sitters who have been screened and trained online to ensure safety. Their affordable rates start at $15/night include pet insurance, customer support, and a money back guarantee.
EatWith organizes authentic dining experiences in which people pay to dine in private homes.
Launched in 23 countries worldwide, EatWith has become a popular alternative to the standard night out for dinner. EatWith lets people enjoy authentic and intimate dining experiences in other’s houses. Hosts open their homes and kitchens to share their culinary skills and passion for cooking with people from all over the world.
EatWith is a trusted community marketplace offering authentic dining experiences in people’s homes around the world. Try new dishes, meet local people and experience the hottest new trend in foodie travel.www.eatwith.com
—Article by EatWith blogger and sharing economy connoisseur, Allison D.