A new year is upon us and at GUARDHOG, our resolution is to get even more involved in the sharing economy. How about you? All over the world, platforms and apps are appearing that enable people to take part, and there are plenty of ways you can share right here in the UK. It’s good for your pocket, the environment and it gives you the chance to have new experiences, too. Here are GUARDHOG’s top five ideas…
- Share your home
At GUARDHOG, homesharing is one of our favourite ways to share. Thanks to platforms like Airbnb, it’s now easy to let out part or all of your home to guests – while you’re there or while you’re away. Explore other platforms available too, like onefinestay, Homestay and Couchsurfing. Or, you might want to try homeswapping – check out LoveHomeSwap and HomeExchange. And if you have a pet, housesitting is a great sharing economy way to get a live-in doggy-nanny, or travel for less yourself – try TrustedHousesitters.
- Share your skills
Your skills are an asset just like your home – and the ‘gig economy’, the sharing economy’s sister, is the term used for sharing them. TaskRabbit and Deliveroo are great platforms for quick and easy work. Or try skill sharing via sites like Helpfulpeeps – why not teach someone to bake a cake in return for a French lesson? Bon appetit! And for niche industries, investigate some of the specialist gig platforms like EventProFinder, which focuses on professionals in the events industry.
- Share your space
So, you’ve ticked off one New Year’s resolution and cleared out that cupboard under the stairs. But now it’s empty, have you ever considered that you could make some cash out of it? CityStasher describes itself as the ‘Airbnb of left luggage’ – and lists ‘stash points’ on its app in London where you can leave your cumbersome luggage from £5 a day. They’re looking for hosts, so if you want to make some cash out of thin air, this could be your best new year’s resolution yet!
- Share your food
If, like us, you’re reading more and more about food waste in the news and its impact on both the economy and the environment, then food sharing could be for you. OLIO is a brilliant idea for a sharing economy app: households or businesses simply snap a photo of their spare grub, add a brief description and provide pick-up details. And if you want food, you can just browse what’s available nearby (everything is free or for donation to charity), or request anything that takes your fancy and message to arrange a pick-up.
- Share your pet
We have a resident pooch at GUARDHOG HQ in the shape of Goose, a Sealyham Terrier – so we know how time-consuming dog ownership can be. Thankfully, we also know about pet sharing, which benefits owners (who can find dog lovers to look after their best friend when they can’t) and borrowers (who can enjoy the fun of dog-time without the commitment). Our favourite site is BorrowMyDoggy which has over half a million members in UK and Ireland.
So how are you going to share in 2018? Whatever you choose – don’t forget to check that your insurance covers you – and if not, speak to GUARDHOG, the home of sharing insurance.