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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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Airbnb
https://Airbnb.com/

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world - online or from a mobile phone or tablet. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions. Wikipedia Page




9flats
http://9flats.com/

With 9flats.com, the alternative to hotels, you will find a variety of affordable vacation rentals offered by individuals around the world. Choose from over 200,000 locations, which include vacation apartments and rentals of all types. Whether you want a romantic apartment in Rome, a loft in the center of New York City or a chic guest house in Berlin, you'll find the perfect place to stay when you book through 9flats.com. Discover the world through the eyes of the local residents, while traveling in comfort and staying in prime locations that won´t break the bank. 9flats.com is transforming the world of travel by offering unique vacation rentals and apartments personally rented out by the owner. Wikipedia Page




CouchSurfing
https://Couchsurfing.com/

We envision a world made better by travel and travel made richer by connection. Couchsurfers share their lives with the people they encounter, fostering cultural exchange and mutual respect. You have friends all over the world, you just haven't met them yet. Couchsurfing is a service that connects members to a global community of travelers. Use Couchsurfing to find a place to stay or share your home and hometown with travelers. Couchsurfers organize regular events in 200,000 cities around the world. There's always something to do and new friends to meet. The website provides a platform for members to "surf" on couches by staying as a guest at a host's home, host travelers, or join an event. Wikipedia Page




Globetrooper
http://Globetrooper.com/

Globetrooper is a tool to find travel partners for group trips and world adventures. More specifically, Globetrooper is a tool for adventurous travellers to create trips and invite people from all over the world to join them. The Globetrooper website also contains detailed information about regions, adventures and personal experiences. For example, you can read about the Middle East, about Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro or about how Words Can't Explain a Life-Changing Travel Experience.




ZOZI
https://ZOZI.com/

Enriching lives through experience. From adventure to rejuvenation, ZOZI turns daydreams into reality. ZOZI Advance® is the fastest growing web-based bookings, payments and customer management software for tour, activity and event businesses. ZOZI.com® helps people discover and book thousands of activities and getaways, and get the gear they need to Get Out There™. ZOZI has nearly 5 million customers, and thousands of businesses trust ZOZI Advance across 50 countries to power their passions.




SideTour
https://SideTour.com/

SideTour is an online marketplace for experiences that help you explore your city. Find handpicked activities, tours, and memorable things to do, all hosted by talented local people. SideTour is all about trying something new and seeing the world through the eyes of others. Our community is full of talented, fascinating, and passionate people. Each SideTour host is screened to ensure every experience is memorable. Whether you're looking for one-of-a-kind dining, a tour of a city's secrets, or something a little adventurous, you'll find an amazing way to experience it on SideTour. Bring your friends, co-workers, and families along for the ride. Or come by yourself and meet a new group of amazing people who enjoy the same things you do.




Social Bicycles
http://SocialBicycles.com/

Social Bicycles can be found in cities and at universities, corporate campuses and residential properties. Find and reserve a bicycle from a web browser or mobile device. Don't have internet access? You can also make a reservation directly from the keypad interface on the bike. Once you make a reservation, just enter your 4-digit personal PIN-code to unlock the bicycle. Park the bicycle at a hub location or any bicycle rack in the system area. Share your mapped rides and statistics, including miles traveled, CO2 reduced, calories burned, and money saved versus driving.




Vayable
https://vayable.com/

Go around the world in eighty bites with an underground ethnic food journey in Queens. Cast yourself in your own photography exhibit in the hidden streets of Paris. Fish with a Fijian king on your own private island. We live in a beautiful world with amazing people. Anything is possible. Vayable is changing the way people experience the world. Vayable's mission is to become the global platform for real-life experiences. We are enabling locals to use their time and knowledge to earn a living by generating new sources of income, while creating a better world where people can experience richer, more meaningful lives.












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