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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.




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.




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.




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












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