On your next weekend trip or holiday abroad, instead of booking a hotel, check listings on the home rental platform Airbnb. In pretty much every city in the world you can now find affordable listings on Airbnb. Remember to read reviews and check the verification status of your potential host to avoid disappointment and always remember to give a review after you have completed your stay to contribute your part in the sharing economy.
Probably the most prominent sharing economy startup next to Airbnb is the taxi service Uber. Uber is currently available in over 80 countries so you can save money on taxi rides both home and abroad. Not only does Uber charge less than traditional taxis, the convenience of ordering a car using their app makes it an excellent service that you should definitely take advantage of.
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Use rideshare services when commuting to work
While carpooling with neighbours or co-workers is nothing new, rideshare apps such as Hitch-a-Ride make it easier and more efficient to reduce the cost of your daily commute by sharing with your extended social network. When using Hitch-a-Ride, payments are agreed upon directly with the designated driver and will be cheaper than using your own car or Uber.
Use AirTasker to get work done
Aside from transport and accommodation, you can also have home repairs done for less by leveraging the sharing economy. The Sydney-based sharing economy startup AirTasker matches people who require services, such as cleaning, computer repairs or home repairs, with individuals who have the skills to provide these services, but at a lower fee than traditional suppliers of these services would charge.
The sharing economy is rapidly growing in Australia and the big benefactor is the consumer and his or her wallet. So next time you need a ride, rent a holiday home or have something repaired, try out one of these services and save money.