What is the sharing economy? According to the dictionary the sharing economy is “an economic system in which assets or services are shared between private individuals, either free or for a fee, typically by means of the Internet.” But don’t get hung up on the definition, if you’ve ever taken an Uber or stayed in an Airbnb you know what the sharing economy is.
Here’s a list of 25 of the coolest sharing economy companies.
Roost — Roost helps travelers find roommates to share hotel rooms and Airbnbs and split the cost. Travelers cut their lodging bills and get to make a “travel buddy” while away from home.
Airbnb — A popular alternative to hotels, Airbnb lets travelers rent people’s homes all around the world.
LoveHomeSwap — LoveHomeSwap is a free service that lets you switch homes with another traveler. It can’t really help you earn any money, but traveling for free is a great reason to try this.
Uber — Uber is probably the most popular sharing economy app in the world. Uber can help you get a ride to and from basically anywhere and nearly 3 million people worldwide drive on the platform.
Lyft — Lyft is similar to Uber and can help you get from point A to B.
HopSkipDrive — A great alternative to Uber and Lyft for kids, HopSkipDrive prioritizes safety and calls it’s drivers “caregivers”.
JustPark — JustPark allows you to rent your parking space out for as long as you want. It can be used for a few hours while you’re out of town for the weekend, or for six months while you’re traveling abroad.
Splacer — Splacer lets you rent space for your next private event.
Luxe — Luxe brings the sharing economy to the car valet.
SharedEarth — Allows people to use your garden. In return you’ll get a share of the harvest.
Getaround — Getaround allows you to share your vehicle and earn money. Renting from Getaround is usually much cheaper than from a traditional car rental company.
Turo — Turo is similar to Getaround.
Boatsetter– Boatsetter lets you rent out your boat and earn money. Owning a boat is expensive so this is a great option if you want to spend a day on the water.
RV Share — Just as the name says, rent out your RV.
Spinlister — Want to go for a bike ride? Splinster helps people share bikes.
Bird — Rent a scooter and drop it off wherever and whenever you want.
Lime — Similar to Bird.
EatWith — EatWith lets chefs host meals in their own home.
GrubHub — Get your favorite restaurants delivered to your door.
Postmates — Similar to GrubHub, but with convenience stores and some grocery stores as well.
Instacart — Hate going to the grocery store? Instacart will deliver your groceries.
Rent the Runway — Wear something new everyday.
Poshmark — Buy and sell used clothes.
Scribendi — Do you struggle with writing? Scribendi can is a peer-to-peer proofreading website.
RentaFriend — Everyone needs a friend right? Get paid to be someone’s friend for a night.