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posted Jun 21, 2014, 1:01 AM by Siamak Ebarhimi

When it comes to sharing economy companies, Airbnb and Uber lead the pack as two of the oldest, most used and most loved examples — but at the same time, they're the most hated by the workers they displace and the most controversial because of the taxes and fees they don't pay.CrowdFunding advertizing

Airbnb has been fighting fires in different cities, where it's been said to facilitate the running of illegal hotels, and Uber has been getting resistance from established taxi drivers in almost every city it expands to. Looking at just these two companies, you might conclude that the sharing economy is about skirting regulation quicker than the regulators can catch up.CrowdFunding marketing

But apartment and ride sharing are just two verticals in this new P2P economy. Anything that has a high value and isn't used all the time could potentially be rented out on a P2P rental web site. For example, if you wanted to get some extra mileage out of that old 15-speed, you might post it on the P2P bicycle sharing service Spinlister. When a renter offers you fifty bucks for the week, you don't have to worry whether this will get you evicted or turned over to the bicycle police. Spinlister is just one of several companies in the P2P rental space that are completely legal. And with the recently added feature of listing snowboards and skis, Spinlister is becoming a new sort of "ride" sharing service that may disrupt traditional bike and board rental shops.Kickstarter Marketing

You might think Yard Club is a P2P lawn mowing company, but they're much closer to land “moving.” If you're in the construction business, Yard Club can take your underutilized equipment (think dump trucks and bulldozers) and rent it directly to other contractors. And as a renter, contractors are finding they can save 30 – 40 percent over market rates using Yard Club instead of traditional rental shops. Lenders can earn thousands of dollars per rental on equipment that would have otherwise sat unused. Yard Club takes care of the insurance and paperwork, provides support, and takes a small operating fee from each rental.Indiegogo Marketing  

If you've got a camera collection you don't use, the sharing economy has a solution for you as well. My camera rental startup CameraLends has been connecting camera owners to freelance renters for over a year in San Francisco. One of the most surprising things is that most of our rentals happen last minute or off-hours — in situations where traditional rental shops wouldn't have been able to help. Because the inventory is distributed and not in a warehouse, a rental can happen outside of normal business hours and in your neighborhood.crowdfunding websites

While Airbnb and Uber battle the regulatory blues, these P2P lending startups and others are able to save renters money and earn lenders extra income. As people become more comfortable sharing with strangers and as our ideas about goods shift as a society toward access-over-ownership, we can expect many more P2P rental services in niche verticals to gain in popularity.indiegogo marketing

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