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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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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




NeighborGoods
http://neighborgoods.net/

NeighborGoods is a safe community where you can save money and resources by sharing stuff with your friends. Need a ladder? Borrow it from your neighbor. Have a bike collecting dust in your closet? Lend it out and make a new friend. Save Money! How much money do you waste on stuff you only use once or twice? How much stuff do you have hidden away in closets or storage that isn't being used? NeighborGoods is a social inventory that helps us all get more value out of the stuff we already own. Save Resources! Did you know that Americans are spend $22 billion a year on self-storage? According to The Self Storage Association, there is over seven square feet of self-storage for every man, woman and child in America. That's a lot of unused stuff! NeighborGoods helps us get more use out of that stuff, which means less waste and less production of unnecessary items. Strengthen Your Community! Not only does NeighborGoods provide a way to save money and resources - it also connects neighbors in meaningful ways making for happier, healthier neighborhoods.




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




FreeCycle
https://FreeCycle.org/

The Freecycle Network is made up of 5,255 groups with 8,806,728 members around the world. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers (them's good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on 'Browse Groups' above the search box. Have fun! Wikipedia Page




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












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