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How To Get In On The Sharing Economy

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By Molly Blake Next Avenue Contributor You ve probably heard about The Sharing Economy — renting or borrowing everything from guest bedrooms to garden tools. Maybe you employ sharing-economy businesses like the Uber car service or Airbnb s in-home vacation lodging. But have you thought about entering into in this hot trend to earn some extra money on your 50s or 60s by sharing what you own or offering up your services? If you re not fond of supplementing your income by having a complete stranger sleeping on your sofa maybe you d be more inclined to temporarily take in the fluffy 4-legged kind — or profit by sharing in another way

 

Pocketing Cash: An eBook From Forbes In spite of how much you’re making now it never hurts to make a few extra bucks. From freelancing to participating in the sharing economy this simple guide will show you how. (MORE: Earn Money From the Passion for Pets) Boarding Dogs for Fun and Profit Sandra Tjader 52 boards dogs at her Santa Cruz Calif

 

property through DogVacay. com (there s also a CatVacay. com). Previously Tjader — who has four dogs of her own — boarded a few hounds now and then mostly through word of mouth. The income was spotty though and Tjader didn t like chasing down payments or marketing her services. A chum told her about DogVacay two years ago and she signed up partly because the operation eliminates the pesky billing and marketing tasks Tjader loathed

 

She s been delighted. We are slammed with business says Tjader who is often booked three months in advance and can host up to 15 dogs at $45 a night each. In fact business is so brisk Tjader quit her part-time office job. She says she really enjoys building relationships with such nice clientele and loves hosting dogs 10 million times more than working inside

 

(MORE: Retirees and The Sharing Economy) Hiring Out Your Handy Services The list of sharing-economy services where you may be able to get paid is growing exponentially lately through firms consisting of ridesharing Uber Lyft and Carpooling. com and businesses like TaskRabbit which hooks customers up with helpful people like Timm Turnblad

 

Turnblad 50 is an Alameda Calif. consultant who can also fix basically anything. So he s putting his talents to good use through TaskRabbit doing things others don t be able or time to do. Turnblad now earns around $4 000 a month picking up TaskRabbit assignments — troubleshooting appliances installing light fixtures assembling IKEA furniture and the like

 

It s really fun interesting and fulfilling work he says. And Turnblad says he has found it an easy way to supplement his income during the winter months when his other business a San Francisco Segway tour company slows down. The sharing economy has opened doors for a great number of midlifers like Tjader and Turnblad who want more control over their lives are glad to earn additional cash but most of all enjoy helping others

 

Paolo Parigi a Stanford University assistant professor of Sociology isn t surprised. Parigi says the sharing economy — attributable to peer and client reviews and intimate face-to-face interaction — often facilitates trust and cooperation. The sharing economy really breaks down barriers he says. The platforms can quickly connect people to a community

 

A Moving Experience in The Sharing Economy Sometimes that occurs when you need a hand. The sharing-economy moving service Schlep connected Chris Broxon 55 to a guy with a truck when she needed help transporting two dressers from a chum s apartment in Evanston Ill. to her home in Chicago

 

Broxon requested a Schlep (what the firm s part-time movers are called) through a web form and a friendly vetted guy moved the bulky furniture for a reasonable fee. Hunter Riley co-founder of Schlep understands why the sharing economy is benefiting people who aren t quite twentysomethings. When his company started in 2013 its first customers were in their 60s or older

 

They needed the muscle and the vehicle says Riley. We deliver trust too that is paramount with the sort of transaction. 3 Easy methods to Share and Earn Here are three other noteworthy sharing-economy businesses you might want to use to supplement your income or to receive services you d like: Instacart: It s a grocery delivery service in some parts of the U

 

S. where you can make up to $25 an hour helping get fresh groceries to people on your community or you can be a customer. To get paid you should have a contemporary smartphone be ready to lift 25 pounds and be ready to work some nights and weekends. SpinLister: Dust off your bike surfboard snow skis or stand-up paddle board and rent it out; or use SpinLister to hire someone else s

 

Spinlister takes a 17. 5% cut of your listing fee so if you charge $20 an afternoon the company will keep $3. 50. Feastly: With this peer-to-peer dining experience you host a dinner at your place for local visitors and you put the cost (Feastly keeps 20%). Alternatively you can use Feastly while traveling to immerse yourself in a community through a different meal at someone s home as a substitute for impersonal restaurants

 

Molly Blake is a Next Avenue contributor and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Entrepreneur magazine and on Forbes. com Today. com Inc. com and elsewhere

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