Driven by growth collaborative consumption companies, sharing economy has been hailed as the "next big thing", and one of the "10 ideas that will change the world." But what the hell is it and why should we care? Our friends why everyone is excited about sharing and how you can save money, time, and even rejuvenate your social life.
Every day we lose energy, space and money, because we are obsessed with the idea of owning things. Most of these things, be sure to use about 10 minutes before moving to the next "must have" item. The things we use every day are designed to fail, and when they do, we throw away our way out the door to buy replacements.
By sharing economy, access is more important than ownership. This is not the CD you want is the joy of listening to music. This is not the cordless drill that we need, but the hole he made. Collaborative consumption companies, it is easy to pay a little more to get access to what you need without the high cost of purchasing or charging to maintain. The sharing economy focuses our attention on the connection and collaboration, becoming neighbors in a system of assets lost support and affordable solutions.
There are two basic types of sharing economy: B2C (Business to Consumer) and P2P (Peer to Peer). B2C Services generally functions as a normal business where you pay a fee to access a shared resource. P2P services are available to help people to share what they have with others. P2P exchange can take the form of rent, barter or exchange, but either way you slice it, is by and for the people.
Already we are seeing all budgets these days, we decided to launch the series with a selection of stellar sharing services can save money without sacrifice. If you have a story about how the sharing economy has helped save money, please share in the comments!
There are some examples of sharing economy in our life:
1. Sharing economy for entrepreneurs
These days everyone had an idea for a startup, but nobody has enough capital. Coworking spaces are communities where the location independent professionals come together to share the costs and talent. Most are very social, a home for collaboration and provides printers, conference rooms, and lots of coffee. Need to update their knowledge in HTML, but do not have the time or the money for a college course? Skillshare lets you learn anything from anyone, MaestroMarket allows you to pick the brains of industry experts and crowdfunding platforms provide access to much needed dollars when the time comes.
2. Sharing economy for parents
Why buy new when your kids grow out of it in six months? thredUP is online store where you can find second-hand clothes at a fraction of the price. reCrib done the same for reports to ensure a market where parents can register and buy everything from toys to baby swings. If you're feeling a little more adventurous, meet some friends to share a nanny or baby food exchange.
3. Sharing economy for fashionistas
You know how much you love your best friend borrow held? Now, imagine you have thousands of best friends, all with large closets full of clothes impressive. Rent the Runway works directly with more than 170 designers so that you can rent dresses, accessories and more for a fraction of the price. Bag Borrow or Steal uses the same concept, only the best brand handbags, jewelry, watches, and more. Looking for ways you can keep? Attend a clothing swap or browse the site Swapstyle.com.