Strategy | April 10, 2014

Top 5 Coolest “Sharing Economy” Services You Need in Your Life

Top 5 Coolest “Sharing Economy” Services You Need in Your Life

All we really need to know in life, we learned in kindergarten: share everything. Companies and services are quickly popping up to harness the world’s internet users, recognizing the potential of people’s untapped resources. Need a car, parking spot, a dinner companion or couch to sleep on? The sharing economy most likely has exactly what you are looking for. Recent […]

All we really need to know in life, we learned in kindergarten: share everything. Companies and services are quickly popping up to harness the world’s internet users, recognizing the potential of people’s untapped resources. Need a car, parking spot, a dinner companion or couch to sleep on? The sharing economy most likely has exactly what you are looking for.

Recent studies show 24% of Americans have tried sharing services, impressive 91% of which saying they would recommend the last sharing service they used. With the majority of sharing consumers ages 18 – 34, there is no doubt the sharing economy is on the rise.

So what do you need to know? Check out the top five coolest sharing services we think you need in your life.

Your new plus one.

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 10.58.00 AMLet’s face it, eating with others is a lot more fun than eating alone. Now, services like EatWith or Feastly allow the hosts and self-taught chefs among us to open up our dinner tables to whomever signs-up. At Social Driver, we love to cook (and eat), so naturally we’re a big fan of this concept; not only are users exposed to different types of home-cooked food, they also have the opportunity to meet new people and try new foods. In the wise words of Julia Child, “Try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all have fun,” or quite simply, bon appetit!

Hop a ride.

scoots with docks2The launch of Uber and Lyft has flipped the traditional taxi and car service industry upside-down; the same way rental cars were shaken up by ZipCar and Car2Go. The success of these early sharing services has led to a number of spinoff services, such as GetAround, Drivy, and Sidecar, and the competition in this space is getting fiercer everyday. On top of the obvious convenience and pricing benefits, we’re big fans of car sharing and environmentally conscious transportation. For example, Scoot is a network of electric scooters ready for use at the click of button. While we don’t know where this road might take us, it’s definitely a wheel we are happy to get behind.

Swapping skills for skills.

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 11.06.30 AMForget paying for services with currency. The rise of the sharing economy has made skill swapping more popular than ever. While some sites like TaskRabbit and Zaarly still mediate the exchange of skills with money, successful newcomers like TimeRepublik and Swapsee eliminate cash from the equation. These sites focus on bartering time. On these platforms, an hour of coding can ‘buy’ you an hour of translation services or an hour of an electrician’s time. While the idea of bartering dates back to the 1800’s, using online mediums to coordinate these exchanges is a truly 21st century concept.

A roof over your head.

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 11.09.39 AMAlways dreamed of living in your own Parisian apartment or waking up as a local in the city that never sleeps? The sharing economy makes that possible. With sites like Airbnb and Couchsurfing, you can spend your next trip living like a local. These sites allow people to rent out their apartments, couches and homes to travelers looking for an authentic experience. With all the unique residences you have the opportunity to experience, our team’s avid travelers can’t get enough of this concept.

Make parking a breeze.

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 2.01.03 PMAnyone who has ever tried to park a car in a city knows how important having a reserved space can be. With groups like ParkAtMyHouse, driving around in circles for the perfect spot might be a thing of the past. Sites like ParkAtMyHouse let you rent spots that aren’t currently in use saving you both time and money from purchasing permanent parking real estate. Now that’s one idea that revs our engines!

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  • Ifigeneia Konstantinidou

    Your roundup is so cool! Thanks for sharing. Adding to the list, try out Swapdom.com, totally worthy!

  • basil farraj

    Awesome list. Try http://www.freesist.com as well for skill sharing !!