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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.




PaperbackSwap
http://PaperbackSwap.com/

Trade Books with Our Online Book Swapping Club... It's easy: List books you'd like to swap with other club members. Once a book is requested, mail it to the club member. In return, you may choose from 4,087,745 available books! - You pay postage for the books you send out; the books you receive come to you postage-paid. - Books you request are yours to keep, or swap again! We're NOT just Paperback Books! Enjoy trading Hardbacks, Audio Books, Textbooks and more. Wikipedia Page




Myngle
http://Myngle.com/

Myngle is a fully integrated and global language learning school, amongst the first players to deliver professional one-on-one language tutoring over the net, and now the global leader in its segment. Myngle is transforming traditional language education by offering hundreds of professional online teachers and courses in a wide variety of languages. Our fully integrated virtual classroom provides students with an interactive, efficient and convenient way of learning or improving a language. Wikipedia Page




Zookal
http://Zookal.com/

Zookal is a global student support platform that provides a variety of services and products to help make student university life easy. Our mission is to save you time and money and make education more affordable and accessible. Simply search for your uni textbooks online and you can either buy them brand new or rent them for the semester. We promise to give you the best price and if you find it cheaper in a local bookstore we'll beat it! Once you've completed your order you'll get an email confirming when your order is ready and we'll deliver the books right to your door or you can pick them up from our office. If you rented your book you can quickly and easily return it for free (nationwide) to us at any local postal office. If you purchased a brand new or used book from us you get to keep it and can on sell it if you wish.




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.




BookMooch
http://BookMooch.com/

BookMooch is a community for exchanging used books. BookMooch lets you give away books you no longer need in exchange for books you really want. Give & receive: Every time you give someone a book, you earn a point and can get any book you want from anyone else at BookMooch. Once you've read a book, you can keep it forever or put it back into BookMooch for someone else, as you wish. No cost: there is no cost to join or use this web site: your only cost is mailing your books to others. Points for entering books: you receive a tenth-of-a-point for every book you type into our system, and one point each time you give a book away. In order to keep receiving books, you need to give away at least one book for every two you receive. Help charities: you can also give your points to charities we work with, such as children's hospitals (so a sick kid can get a free book delivered to their bed), Library fund, African literacy, or to us to thank us for running this web site . Wikipedia Page




Glovico
http://Glovico.org/

Bored by learning languages in school without much progress? Learn another language with a native speaker and do good at the same time. Whether you are interested in Spanish, French or Arabic or you want to learn something as exotic as Tagalog, Burmese or Pashto, our teachers fit their lessons to your needs! You can find a complete list of the languages that we offer at the bottom of the page. The money you spend improves the lives of teachers in Africa, Asia and Latin America. And to make it really easy for you your first lesson is on us and we offer a total satisfaction guarantee.




Livemocha
http://Livemocha.com/

Livemocha is committed to creating a world in which every human being is fluent in multiple languages. As the world's largest online language learning community, Livemocha fuses traditional learning methods with online practice and interaction with native language speakers from around the world. Livemocha delivers an unparalleled learning experience that promises conversational fluency. Since launching in 2007, the Livemocha community has grown to over 16 million members from over 195 countries, highlighting the international demand for an engaging and collaborative approach to language learning. Livemocha was purchased by Rosetta Stone in 2013. Wikipedia Page




Skillshare
http://Skillshare.com/

Skillshare is a learning community for creators. You'll have access to our online classes that you can watch on your own time, and you'll get to collaborate with our vibrant and active community on student projects. We believe that everyone is creative, and that giving people tools to harness their creative power has the potential to change lives for the better. Not creativity defined as an artist but creativity defined as a mindset, as a mental toolkit, as a set of building blocks, as a way of solving problems, and as a means to live a more interesting life. That's why our mission is to unlock the world's creativity. Doing so helps people live adventurously and create really great things. We're dismantling the traditional barriers to learning so that anyone, anywhere in the world, can learn whatever they set their minds to.




Sparkbox Toys
https://sparkboxtoys.com/

For a monthly fee, you receive a box of toys shipped directly to your home…and when you're done, you simply return them with free shipping. The most rapid physical, emotional and mental growth takes place during a child's first 5 years of life. At each stage of this development period a child needs different kinds of stimulation. SPARKBOX's variety and expert team ensure access to different kinds of toys and different play strategies. Research on the benefits of play is universal. It is the very fuel children use to explore the world, develop their mind, relate to others, solve problems, acquire skills and gain confidence in themselves. Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children. Through play, a child's learning, development, exploration and creativity multiply exponentially. We believe, the essence of a happy childhood is every child's natural drive to discover the world through play.




BookRenter
https://BookRenter.com/

Like most students, BookRenter founder Colin Barceloux was frustrated with the high cost of textbooks, paying over $500 each quarter while at Santa Clara University. To help pay for textbooks (and other necessities like beer, food, and clothes), he worked as a campus mailman, and noticed a large number of discarded textbooks around campus. There were even huge stacks of books on the bookstore's "Zero Value Table," containing books that the bookstore wouldn't buy back. To Colin, something seemed wrong with the fact that a book's value could drop from $100 to $0 in a few months. He started to collect all these unwanted books, and sold them online to students around the country. He realized that the practice of buying a book, using it, and selling it is really just a textbook rental, and the idea behind the company was born. After working at a few other companies, Colin teamed up with two Santa Clara engineers Chris Williams and Philippe Huibonhoa to start BookRenter. Wikipedia Page




Floqq
http://Floqq.com/

Our vision is to generate employment by providing useful life-long learning. Floqq is aiming at democratising continuous education by empowering people to learn and teach what matters to them. In order to succeed in a fast-changing business world, there is a growing need to acquire the skills that are currently demanded by companies, but not provided by traditional academic education. On our community marketplace you can find compact courses with practical orientation, taught by experts from the business world who are passionate to share their knowledge and experience with you. By selecting from a range of skill-oriented course units you can compile your continuous education according to your interests and needs and build your own professional brand. Take charge of your future and live up to your potential!












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