Everyone’s doing itThe Sharing Hub claim that 1 in 10 Australians are “significantly boosting their income through the shared economy”. These individuals work an average 5 hours to boost their income by $1,100. And on the other side of the coin, they state that almost half of all Australians use the sharing economy several times a month. Mostly to save money.
How you can get involved in the sharing economyFrom dresses to drills, campervans to cots, why buy when you can borrow? We’ve rounded up a number of ways to get involved in Australia’s blossoming share economy:
Rentadress – Women’s clothing with over 3,000 items from over 1,000 lenders across Australia.
Tumnus – Member-based platform where you can connect with someone locally that has similar tastes to you and swap.
Glam Corner – Dress rental. Think race day, wedding guest and all the accessories.
Designerex – Women’s designer clothing rental, eg rent an $800 dress for $120.
The Clothes Library – Rent pre-loved clothes for a variety of occasions.
Le Tote – Rent clothes from active wear to formal wear. Then buy for 50% off retail.
Her wardrobe – Designer dresses, strong forcus on formal and special occasions.
The Volte – The self-proclaimed “Airbnb of fashion” with designer clothes and accessories.
Outdress – Clothes for women, men and kids. Includes formal wear and ski gear.
Storage & Carparks
Spacer – Storage space or car parks. Ideal for apartment dwellers.
Parkhound – Carparks to rent by the day, week or month.
Travel and transport
Car next door – Borrow cars from your neighbours, an hour, a day or a week at a time.
Airly – Access empty jet capacity on shared charter flights. Includes luxury airport transers (cars, helicopters).
Uber – Share rides – one that needs little explanation.
Shebah – An all female version of Uber.
Drive My Car – a peer-to-peer car sharing service, much like Car Next Door.
Coseats – Ride-sharing. List where you’re going to and from and see if you can hitch a ride.
Get My Boat – Boat rental in Australia and abroad.
Accommodation & holidays
AirBnB – Accommodation in Australia and around the world. Whole houses, part houses or rooms.
Camplify – Caravans and campervans that are otherwise sitting idle.
Couch Surfing – Almost 400,000 hosts with spare rooms and couches across Australia offering free accommodation.
Love Home Swap – Swap your home with another, in Australia or internationally.
Homestay – Rented out spare rooms for a night, a week or a month.
Home Exchange – swap your home with one of the 65,000 member across the world.
Flip Key – Trip Advisor’s take on AirBnB – holiday rentals across the world.
SocietyOne – Marketplace lending, a P2P (peer to peer) lender for investors and borrowers.
ThinCats– A P2P lender for businesses
Sharewaste – connects people (often apartment dwellers) who have food scraps with people that have compost bins and chooks.
Libraries – books,music, online magazines and journals. The classic share economy location.
Streetbank – a wide variety of stuff available in your neighbourhood. Sign up like a Facebook group.
ToolMates – power tools, wheelbarrows, ladders and more to start or finish that job around the house.
Airtasker – Known and favoured by many people to get small jobs and tasks done such as furniture assembly, cleaning or delivering a parcel.
Quipmo – surf, bike and snow gear. Borrow near your destination and save lugging stuff about.
Mad Paws – Find pet sitters in your local neighbourhood to care for your pet pet in your home or theirs.
Borrow My Pooch – Similar to Mad Paws, find locals that will care for your dog – walks, dog sitting and play dates.
Pet Cloud – Another pet-sitting site to give you peace-of-mind that your fur baby is being cared for when you’re away.
Toy libraries – 280 locations across Australia with toys, games and puzzles for kids.
Kindershare – Baby equipment such as prams, port-cots, toys and feeding equipment.
Two Space – Coworking spaces in unused cafes and restaurants.
Rubberdesk – Affordable spare desks and work spaces for freelancers, small businesses and start ups.