We love the sharing economy – not only does it make it easier for people to make money using basic resources and skills they already have, but it also makes it much simpler for customers to find the services they need without overpaying. Since this concept started a few years ago, it’s exploded, and now there are so many sharing economy sites, it’s hard to choose which ones are worth using. Here are our favorites.
We’ve all heard of Uber, but even though it’s one of the original sharing economy services, it still makes our list for pure convenience. No longer do you have to worry about picking a designated driver for a night out or finding a ride to the airport, because you can get a cheap cab anywhere. Many cities now have UberPool, which allows you to split your fare with other riders heading to the same place. Another awesome innovation has been UberEats, which uses Uber drivers to deliver food right to your door.
This international app allows you to buy fashionable clothes, accessories, and more from trendsetters around the world. You can also sell your old clothes and goods that you don’t want anymore, so it’s a great easy way to make extra money and upgrade your style at the same time. Most items are priced very affordably, so it’s a fun way to shop without breaking the bank.
Need a dogsitter? This is one of the easiest ways to find one in your neighborhood cheaply. The site offers a wide variety of services, from dog boarding to house sitting for long trips, or daycare and dog walks while you are at work. You can browse through profiles to find a sitter that you feel comfortable with, and read reviews of previous services as well. You can also sort by price to find something within your budget.
If you’re constantly struggling to find parking in a big city, this app lets you connect with people who are willing to rent out their parking spaces for low fees while they’re away or at work. You’ll save money on meters, and you can find a convenient and safe parking space, even in neighborhoods that are really crowded.
If you have a conveniently located wifi network and you travel often, this is a great way to save money. You can rent out your wifi network to other travelers, and then you’ll be able to connect to other Fon hotspots around the world for free. There are over eight million accessible networks, so you’ll save tons of money on data while you’re on the go.
This app provides a super-simple way to rent a car. You can connect with other users and rent their cars while they aren’t using them for a fee. It’s a really easy way to make money if you don’t use your car too often. For travelers, it’s a great way to save money and get convenient access to a great range of cars.