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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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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




eBay
http://eBay.com/

eBay delivers one of the world's largest online marketplaces to customers via any connected device, connecting people with the things they need and love. With 157 million active buyers globally, eBay is one of the world's largest online marketplaces, where practically anyone can buy and sell practically anything. Founded in 1995, eBay connects a diverse and passionate community of individual buyers and sellers, as well as small businesses. Their collective impact on ecommerce is staggering, and approximately 800 million items are listed on eBay. 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




Swap.com
https://Swap.com/

The online consignment sales model lets item owners get more value for their items while combining the convenience and enjoyment of online shopping with the effortlessness of getting rid of items at a local thrift or consignment store. For buyers, Swap.com offers great prices, which are typically 50-95% off retail. Swap.com offers its customers... Unbeatable low prices (50-95% off retail); Excellent customer service (see what our customers say about us); Best value for the unneeded items (see what our sellers earn); Huge selection of kids' items, women's apparel and maternity wear. Wikipedia Page












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