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The New Sharing Economy
Peer-To-Peer Platforms for Endless Aspects of Life
Matthew Lesko of interviews Neal Gorenflo of Shareable.net
The new sharing economy provides endless ways for you to make easy extra money in your free time, or buy things or services from other people doing the same. You can also use these tools to bring your independent freelance work to a consistent level where it really becomes your own business.

And if you don't find a peer-to-peer solution for something that you need, perhaps you can build a peer-to-peer solution and start your own business in that unfulfilled niche of the sharing economy. It is becoming easier and easier to build these platforms, even without technical skills, with tools like Sharetribe.com. If you need funding to create your new platform, you can probably use crowdfunding to raise whatever resources you need.

On this page you can explore a relatively tiny list of popular peer-to-peer platforms currently available on the internet. Most of these provide tools you can use to solve common needs OR make money providing services like you have a flexible freelance job. Compared to this little collection, you can find ENDLESS more possibilities here: CollaborativeConsumption.com Peer-To-Peer Directory.
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Shareable
http://Shareable.net/

Shareable is an award-winning nonprofit news, action and connection hub for the sharing transformation. What's the sharing transformation? It's a movement of movements emerging from the grassroots up to solve today's biggest challenges, which old, top-down institutions are failing to address. Behind these failing industrial-age institutions are outmoded beliefs about how the world works – that ordinary people can't govern themselves directly; that nonstop economic growth leads to widespread prosperity; and that more stuff leads to more happiness.




Mechanical Turk
https://www.MTurk.com/mturk/

The Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a crowdsourcing Internet marketplace that enables individuals and businesses (known as Requesters) to coordinate the use of human intelligence to perform tasks that computers are currently unable to do. It is one of the sites of Amazon Web Services. The Requesters are able to post tasks known as HITs (Human Intelligence Tasks), such as choosing the best among several photographs of a storefront, writing product descriptions, or identifying performers on music CDs. Workers (called Providers in Mechanical Turk's Terms of Service, or, more colloquially, Turkers) can then browse among existing tasks and complete them for a monetary payment set by the Requester. Wikipedia Page




Fiverr
https://www.fiverr.com/

Fiverr is a global online marketplace offering tasks and services, beginning at a cost of $5 per job performed, from which it gets its name. The site is primarily used by freelancers who use Fiverr to offer a variety of different services to customers worldwide. Currently, Fiverr lists more than three million services on the site that range between $5 and $500. For Buyers... You can browse the homepage, category or subcategory pages, or use the search to find a Gig you wish to purchase. All Gigs start at $5 and some contain extra services, which you can purchase as well. Just click Order Now to make a purchase. You have several ways to pay for the service. Note: All purchases are subject to a processing fee, $0.50 on purchases up to $10 and 5% on purchases above $10. For Sellers... Buyers pay Fiverr for orders in advance. Each $5 Gig you sell and successfully deliver, accredits your account with a net revenue of $4. Fiverr accredits sellers once an order is completed. See our Terms of Service for a definition of a completed order. Wikipedia Page




Sharetribe
https://Sharetribe.com/

Powering the collaborative economy. A growing part of our economy is powered by online marketplace technology that helps individuals and small organizations to effectively sell or rent products, services and spaces to each other. Marketplaces are everywhere. It might be makers selling their creations on Etsy or Tindie, individuals renting out their properties on Airbnb or Getaround, or service providers pooling their resources together on Uber, Fiverr or Homejoy. Creating an online marketplace used to be an expensive and time-consuming task. You'd have to hire developers, who would spend months coding before you got the first version of your site out. Building things like payment systems, geolocation and messaging can be rather complicated. Thanks to Sharetribe, this is no longer the case. Our technology makes it easy for anyone to create their own marketplace website without any programming knowledge. The setup only takes a few minutes, and the cost is a fraction of what a developer would charge. Sharetribe works all over the world, in multiple languages and currencies. We want to make online marketplace technology accessible and affordable to anyone.




Upwork
https://www.UpWork.com/

Say hello to talent without boundaries. The best companies win with the best talent. But great people can be hard to find. We've created an online workplace for the world – connecting clients with top freelance professionals from San Francisco to Sao Paulo. Whether you need one writer or an entire team of programmers, we help you find the right experts to fuel your success. Our platform lets you work effortlessly with freelancers anywhere. Say goodbye to business as usual. 9 million registered freelancers. $1 billion worth of work done annually. 3 million jobs posted annually. 4 million registered clients. Formerly Elance-oDesk.




CrowdFlower
http://CrowdFlower.com/

One billion tasks. Five million contributors. We Solve Data Problems. CrowdFlower is the world's leading crowdsourcing service, with over one billion tasks completed by five million contributors. We specialize in microtasking: distributing small, discrete tasks to many online contributors in assembly line fashion. Put the World to Work. Everyone deserves the opportunity for meaningful work. CrowdFlower gives anyone, anywhere the chance to earn what they want, where they want - with the help of an Internet connection and a computer or smartphone. Wikipedia Page




Gigwalk
http://gigwalk.com/

You've developed great channel relationships. You've created programs that are proven to build demand. You've got the right placement, pricing and point-of-sale merchandising. But how do you know, at the retail level, that each critical piece of your strategy is being executed correctly? Gigwalk was founded in 2010 with the goal of reinventing work in a mobile world. Today, Gigwalk helps brands and retailers better collaborate, find and fix retail execution problems and drive in-store sales. Using mobile technology, enterprise software and data to mend the retail experience, we are improving returns for consumer brands and retailers through real-time feedback from local operations, advanced analytics and mobile workforce management tools.




Gigbucks
http://gigbucks.com/

Gigbucks offers a free and easy to use platform for freelancers and talented people from all walks of life to offer their services priced from $5 to $50 bucks per gig. What do you have that someone might be willing to pay up to 50 bucks for? Maybe you're an online marketer, programmer, singer, writer, video artist, translator, seo wizard, advertiser and business guru offering advise or if do anything else that people want to pay money for, sell it on Gigbucks.com Posting is absolutely free and you can post as many gigs as you like. Take a few minutes to think about what you're good at and you'll easily be able to come up with 3-5 gigs to post! Post quality gigs, set fair prices and deliver quality work and the community will thank you with positive feedback which in turn attracts more new sales.




Zaarly
https://www.Zaarly.com/

From housecleaners to handymen, from landscape architects to electricians – some pretty amazing businesses have started and flourished on Zaarly. The home service businesses on Zaarly are, first and foremost, customer service businesses. All of them honest, diligent, fair and just plain nice. Homeowners are blown away because they expect the opposite. They just expect to get taken advantage of. And that's the sign of something really broken. A Better Way To Grow Your Business. Zaarly is the marketplace for small business owners with superior customer service, looking to grow. We connect you with quality customers, give you tools to grow your business, and provide personal hands-on support. Wikipedia Page




Lending Club
https://www.lendingclub.com/

Lending Club is the world's largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors. We're transforming the banking system to make credit more affordable and investing more rewarding. We operate at a lower cost than traditional bank lending programs and pass the savings on to borrowers in the form of lower rates and to investors in the form of solid returns. Lending Club uses technology to operate a credit marketplace at a lower cost than traditional bank loan programs, passing the savings on to borrowers in the form of lower rates and to investors in the form of solid returns. Borrowers who used a personal loan via Lending Club to consolidate debt or pay off high interest credit cards report in a survey that the interest rate on their loan was an average of 7.0 percentage points lower than they were paying on their outstanding debt or credit cards. By providing borrowers with better rates, and investors with attractive, risk-adjusted returns, Lending Club has earned among the highest satisfaction ratings in the financial services industry. Wikipedia Page




RedBeacon
http://RedBeacon.com/

Big projects or small repairs, we'll help you find the right pro for your project. You tell us about the work you need completed. The more we know about the size and scope of your job, the more accurately we can find the right pros for the work. We match you with background-checked pros whose expertise is just right for your request. Their responses go directly to your inbox. You get a list of pros perfect for the work. Sit back and relax, because our pros will call you to talk about the cost and the timing of the project. You select the pro that works best for you. Read their reviews. Ask them questions. Decide if the price is within your budget. You own the selection of the right pro for your home's needs. Your pro completes the work. You're free to work out a schedule, pay, and review your pro. You always have final say on the quality of your pro's work.




Udemy
https://Udemy.com/

Our mission is to help anyone learn anything. We're the world's online learning marketplace, where 6 million+ students are taking courses in everything from programming to yoga to photography–and much, much more. Each of our 25,000+ courses is taught by an expert instructor, and every course is available on-demand, so students can learn at their own pace, on their own time, and on any device. We serve a huge, global community of students and instructors and we're growing every day. 6,000,000+ students, 25,000+ courses, 14,000+ instructors, 20,000,000+ course enrollments, 5,000,000+ Minutes of Video Content, 80+ Course Languages. Wikipedia Page




Apprentus
https://Apprentus.com/

Apprentus is the best way to find high-quality teachers in hundreds of different subjects. From math tutoring to yoga, our mission is to provide thousands of searchable and bookable classes. Find The Right Teacher For You. Your search for the right teacher starts with the subject you'd like to learn. Search results will update when you change the location or move the map. Use the filters on the left side of the search results page to narrow your search. Filter by price, class location, age, experience and more. Use all the tools at your disposal to find your perfect teacher. Reviews, experience, verification, photos, location and more help you evaluate and find the teacher that's right for you.




Artsicle.com
http://Artsicle.com/

Artsicle is making it easy to discover new artists you'll love around the world & to share your creations. Artists who can't imagine being anything but an artist, who put their souls into their artwork everyday. Artists who create - and deserve to earn a living. We believe artists are valuable members of our community and work to support them. Original art. Art that sparks conversation, brings us joy, makes us think, and brings us closer together as people. We don't mean visiting art in a local museum - we mean right there, on your walls. In your home, and in your office. Because living with art improves our lives, everyday.




Expertbids
https://Expertbids.com/

Get your legal and accounting work done by the right expert. The right expert comes from a combination of many things: price, experience, education, license(s), practice area(s), location, reputation and more. We provide you this information so you can select the right expert. From there, complete the process online and get your legal and accounting needs done!




DesksNear.Me
https://DesksNear.Me/

We are changing the way people work around the world. Our platform allows anyone to list and book workspace anywhere, any time. From Barcelona to Berlin, Rome to Rotterdam; the world is your workplace. We offer two types of services. First, we help professionals easily find work spaces within businesses that have unused, spare space to share. Using our platform, guests can search thousands of spaces around the world, in businesses of all sizes. Private desks and offices, conference rooms, and a variety of other work spaces can be easily booked for hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly use, both online and via our mobile app. We are also a marketplace for businesses that want to list spare space. Using our platform, they can reduce overhead, expand networks, and access tools to easily manage space rental and guests.




TechShop
http://TechShop.ws/

TechShop is a vibrant, creative community that provides access to tools, software and space. You can make virtually anything at TechShop. Come and build your dreams! TechShop is a playground for creativity. Part fabrication and prototyping studio, part hackerspace and part learning center, TechShop provides access to over $1 million worth of professional equipment and software. We offer comprehensive instruction and expert staff to ensure you have a safe, meaningful and rewarding experience. Most importantly, at TechShop you can explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment. Each of our facilities includes laser cutters, plastics and electronics labs, a machine shop, a wood shop, a metal working shop, a textiles department, welding stations and a waterjet cutter. Members have open access to design software, featuring the entire Autodesk Design Suite. Huge project areas with large work tables are available for completing projects and collaborating with others. Free coffee and fresh popcorn are always available for your enjoyment. We also offer a number of experience-driven corporate events developed specifically to bring teams together and engage them in the act of making. Wikipedia Page




Zilok
http://us.zilok.com/

Zilok.com is an online marketplace that allows individuals and professionals to list any kind of items for rent, so that anyone can rent them. Zilok shows listings of all the items for rent in a given location along with their price, conditions and available dates, conveniently mapped around the location of the user. Zilok is currently the only website that provides this kind of online service for locating anything that you want to rent. For professionals in the rental market: Boost your business visibility through a user-friendly and widely used website. Access a powerful and flexible online reservation service for your products. Manage online and cost-efficiently your inventory and business. Get new clients and improve your bottom line. For everyone: Find whatever you need, whenever you need it, wherever you are in our one-stop rental platform. Access new fun and useful goods and discover new activities. Make money out of your closet and garage Rent anything you can possibly imagine, not just apartments and cars! Do it all quickly, safely and cost-effectively.




Prosper
https://Prosper.com/

Prosper is America's first peer-to-peer lending marketplace, with more than 2 million members and over $2,000,000,000 in funded loans. Prosper allows people to invest in each other in a way that is financially and socially rewarding. On Prosper, borrowers list loan requests between $2,000 and $35,000 and individual lenders invest as little as $25 in each loan listing they select. Prosper handles the servicing of the loan on behalf of the matched borrowers and investors. Wikipedia Page












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