The idea of sharing with your neighbor is as old as time. We share an egg when our next-door neighbor runs out, we share a ride with our workmate when their car breaks down, and we happily share our time to help our child’s teacher at the class holiday party.
However, with the recent advent of such peer-to-peer exchange companies as Airbnb, Turo, and of course, ParqEx, sharing and exchanging both services and products has been combined with the wonders of the internet and taken to a whole new level.
So how can you take advantage of the many new peer-to-peer rental companies out there? There are actually a number of ways these types of companies can help improve your day-to-day life. In this article we will review four ways you can use the sharing economy to make your life better.
#1: Make Money
Perhaps the most obvious way to take full advantage of the many new sharing-based businesses popping up is to rent out your things. From houses and cars to parking places and RVs, if you have something that others may only need to use once (or for a very short amount of time), you can rent it out.
This is a win-win situation, as it means you will have some extra money in your pocket while your customer will have the item they need for the amount of time they need it.
#2: Save Money
Perhaps your plumbing is giving you trouble and you need a heavy-duty tool to remove the clog, or maybe you are heading out of town and need a ride from the airport to your destination. These are just a couple of the many instances when peer-to-peer renting and services come in very handy.
For instance, by renting that plumbing tool from Fred who lives a couple miles away, you save yourself some cash by renting instead of buying that tool you will likely only use once, and renting it only for the amount of time you need it. Additionally, individual people who are lending out their personal items, or those offering simple services, are more likely to offer them for a lower price than a big corporation might—another factor that saves you some cash.
#3: Out with the Old…
When you need to get rid of something you no longer use, you might be tempted to simply toss it in the trash can. However, that’s not always the best option.
There are a number of peer-to-peer sales sites out there just waiting for you to list your old things, and many of them make it as simple as it could possibly be to get your items seen by eager buyers. Which means you can get rid of your items and make a bit of cash while you’re at it.
#4: …In with the New
Whether you need winter clothes for the toddler, a new lawn mower, or a pair of dance shoes to wear to your first ballet class, you can probably find it on a peer-to-peer sales website in excellent condition and for a fraction of the price you might have paid at the store. This is just one of the reasons it is always a good idea to shop for new items on used-item sales pages.
In addition to the money savings, used-item shopping helps out your fellow people, helps keep the world a greener place, and helps you find the thing you need quickly by allowing you to search the items of millions of people.
Interested in learning more about becoming a part of the sharing economy revolution? Please contact us today at ParqEx. We would be happy to chat with you!