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7 Best Peer to Peer Commerce Sites for Making & Saving Money

7 Best Peer to Peer Commerce Sites for Making & Saving Money

In the internet age, it’s possible to enjoy an unprecedented variety of luxuries and creature comforts without having to buy from a business.

Just take AirBnB, which allows you to rent other people’s homes when you travel – or Uber, which lets anyone with a mobile phone and a car drive others around for money. Both services have been extremely successful because they’re an affordable – and often better – option than hotels and taxis.

And that’s what “Peer to Peer Commerce” is all about: getting goods and services directly from other people and businesses. What most people don’t know, however, is just how many apps let you participate in Peer to Peer commerce. Below are our favorites for 2016.

A few of these apps and sites are completely new; several became significantly more popular this year; all of them are definitely a fun way to make and save money.

1. Dog Vacay

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    Going on vacation? Wondering where you’re going to leave your dog?

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    You could take your pet to an expensive doggie hotel, where it’ll live with dozens of other dogs…or you can save money by leaving your favorite canine with a caring, loving dog-sitter while you’re away.

    You can schedule to get daily photographs of your dog playing, going outside and getting love from the people it’s staying with. Cool, huh?

    2. Turo

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      Turo – previously Relay Rides – allows users to rent their neighbors’ cars via a convenient online website and mobile app.

      This means you can get a car when you need it, and get access to a large S.U.V., a jeep or even a sports car without having to own one. And if you’re a car owner, you can make money by letting others use your car when you don’t need it for yourself.

      3. TaskRabbit

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        TaskRabbit lets you hire people to run small errands, from grocery shopping to fetching coffee to your office from Starbucks.

        Now you can feel like Meryl Streep in the Devil Wears Prada – minus the aggressive demeanor – without having to hire a full-time personal assistant! Even better, you can trust more complex tasks – from cleaning and moving to home repairs and handyman work – to TaskRabbit contractors…

        And, of course, make a side income in your free time while doing chores for other users.

        4. Amazon Marketplace

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          Surprised to see Amazon on this list? Don’t be!

          Amazon Marketplace allows businesses and individuals to sell their goods to each other. With eBay traffic falling significantly over the last couple of years, Amazon Marketplace is the hot new platform for P2P commerce.

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          And if you do end up enjoying how the platform works, you can easily transition from selling things you no longer need to running your own business with services like Fulfilled by Amazon.

          5. Fon

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            Have you ever been in an unfamiliar city without an internet connection? Have you ever wished you could use one of the many password-protected WiFi networks around you?

            With Fon, you can!

            Fon is a little different from the other businesses on this list because it’s more about sharing than P2P commerce. It lets you use other people’s WiFis in different cities around the globe in exchange for them using yours.

            Having said that, I love the idea behind Fon – and couldn’t not include it on this list.

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            6. Spinlister

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              Doing sports when you’re on vacation is fun. Unfortunately, some kinds of sports equipment – snowboards, high-end mountain bikes, surfboards – can be extremely expensive to buy, and difficult to take with you on vacation.

              Spinlister solves this problem by letting you rent sports equipment from other folks when you’re abroad or at home. With users in 100+ countries, this is a great way to connect with locals and do your favorite sport without overpaying.

              7. JustPark

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                Tired of trying to find a parking spot near your home or job? Consider paying your neighbors – or the nice folks who live close to your office – to use theirs instead with JustPark.

                Users report saving 60% on their parking fees on an average – not to mention that, in cities like New York, JustPark spots are often an alternative to circling the same block for hours, trying to find someplace to leave your car.

                Featured photo credit: blog.bazaarvoice.com via blog.bazaarvoice.com

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                How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

                How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

                After a few months of hard work and dozens of phone calls later, you finally land a job opportunity.

                But then, you’re asked about your salary requirements and your mind goes blank. So, you offer a lower salary believing this will increase your odds at getting hired.

                Unfortunately, this is the wrong approach.

                Your salary requirements can make or break your odds at getting hired. But only if you’re not prepared.

                Ask for a salary too high with no room for negotiation and your potential employer will not be able to afford you. Aim too low and employers will perceive as you offering low value. The trick is to aim as high as possible while keeping both parties feel happy.

                Of course, you can’t command a high price without bringing value.

                The good news is that learning how to be a high-value employee is possible. You have to work on the right tasks to grow in the right areas. Here are a few tactics to negotiate your salary requirements with confidence.

                1. Hack time to accomplish more than most

                Do you want to get paid well for your hard work? Of course you do. I hate to break it to you, but so do most people.

                With so much competition, this won’t be an easy task to achieve. That’s why you need to become a pro at time management.

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                Do you know how much free time you have? Not the free time during your lunch break or after you’ve finished working at your day job. Rather, the free time when you’re looking at your phone or watching your favorite TV show.

                Data from 2017 shows that Americans spend roughly 3 hours watching TV. This is time poorly spent if you’re not happy with your current lifestyle. Instead, focus on working on your goals whenever you have free time.

                For example, if your commute to/from work is 1 hour, listen to an educational Podcast. If your lunch break is 30 minutes, read for 10 to 15 minutes. And if you have a busy life with only 30–60 minutes to spare after work, use this time to work on your personal goals.

                Create a morning routine that will set you up for success every day. Start waking up 1 to 2 hours earlier to have more time to work on your most important tasks. Use tools like ATracker to break down which activities you’re spending the most time in.

                It won’t be easy to analyze your entire day, so set boundaries. For example, if you have 4 hours of free time each day, spend at least 2 of these hours working on important tasks.

                2. Set your own boundaries

                Having a successful career isn’t always about the money. According to Gallup, about 70% of employees aren’t satisfied with their current jobs.[1]

                Earning more money isn’t a bad thing, but choosing a higher salary over the traits that are the most important to you is. For example, if you enjoy spending time with your family, reject job offers requiring a lot of travel.

                Here are some important traits to consider:

                • Work and life balance – The last thing you’d want is a job that forces you to work 60+ hours each week. Unless this is the type of environment you’d want. Understand how your potential employer emphasizes work/life balance.
                • Self-development opportunities – Having the option to grow within your company is important. Once you learn how to do your tasks well, you’ll start becoming less engaged. Choose a company that encourages employee growth.
                • Company culture – The stereotypical cubicle job where one feels miserable doesn’t have to be your fate. Not all companies are equal in culture. Take, for example, Google, who invests heavily in keeping their employees happy.[2]

                These are some of the most important traits to look for in a company, but there are others. Make it your mission to rank which traits are important to you. This way you’ll stop applying to the wrong companies and stay focused on what matters to you more.

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                3. Continuously invest in yourself

                Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. Cliche I know, but true nonetheless.

                You’ll grow as a person and gain confidence with the value you’ll be able to bring to others. Investing in yourself doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, you can read books to expand your knowledge in different fields.

                Don’t get stuck into the habit of reading without a purpose. Instead, choose books that will help you expand in a field you’re looking to grow. At the same time, don’t limit yourself to reading books in one subject–create a healthy balance.

                Podcasts are also a great medium to learn new subjects from experts in different fields. The best part is they’re free and you can consume them on your commute to/from work.

                Paid education makes sense if you have little to no debt. If you decide to go back to school, be sure to apply for scholarships and grants to have the least amount of debt. Regardless of which route you take to make it a habit to grow every day.

                It won’t be easy, but this will work to your advantage. Most people won’t spend most of their free time investing in themselves. This will allow you to grow faster than most, and stand out from your competition.

                4. Document the value you bring

                Resumes are a common way companies filter employees through the hiring process. Here’s the big secret: It’s not the only way you can showcase your skills.

                To request for a higher salary than most, you have to do what most are unwilling to do. Since you’re already investing in yourself, make it a habit to showcase your skills online.

                A great way to do this is to create your own website. Pick your first and last name as your domain name. If this domain is already taken, get creative and choose one that makes sense.

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                Here are some ideas:

                • joesmith.com
                • joeasmith.com
                • joesmithprojects.com

                Nowadays, building a website is easy. Once you have your website setup, begin producing content. For example, if you a developer you can post the applications you’re building.

                During your interviews, you’ll have an online reference to showcase your accomplishments. You can use your accomplishments to justify your salary requirements. Since most people don’t do this, you’ll have a higher chance of employers accepting your offer

                5. Hide your salary requirements

                Avoid giving you salary requirements early in the interview process.

                But if you get asked early, deflect this question in a non-defensive manner. Explain to the employer that you’d like to understand your role better first. They’ll most likely agree with you; but if they don’t, give them a range.

                The truth is great employers are more concerned about your skills and the value you bring to the company. They understand that a great employee is an investment, able to earn them more than their salary.

                Remember that a job interview isn’t only for the employer, it’s also for you. If the employer is more interested in your salary requirements, this may not be a good sign. Use this question to gauge if the company you’re interviewing is worth working for.

                6. Do just enough research

                Research average salary compensation in your industry, then wing it.

                Use tools like Glassdoor to research the average salary compensation for your industry. Then leverage LinkedIn’s company data that’s provided with its Pro membership. You can view a company’s employee growth and the total number of job openings.

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                Use this information to make informed decisions when deciding on your salary requirements. But don’t limit yourself to the average salary range. Companies will usually pay you more for the value you have.

                Big companies will often pay more than smaller ones.[3] Whatever your desired salary amount is, always ask for a higher amount. Employers will often reject your initial offer. In fact, offer a salary range that’ll give you and your employer enough room to negotiate.

                7. Get compensated by your value

                Asking for the salary you deserve is an art. On one end, you have to constantly invest in yourself to offer massive value. But this isn’t enough. You also have to become a great negotiator.

                Imagine requesting a high salary and because you bring a lot of value, employers are willing to pay you this. Wouldn’t this be amazing?

                Most settle for average because they’re not confident with what they have to offer. Most don’t invest in themselves because they’re not dedicated enough. But not you.

                You know you deserve to get paid well, and you’re willing to put in the work. Yet, you won’t sacrifice your most important values over a higher salary.

                The bottom line

                You’ve got what it takes to succeed in your career. Invest in yourself, learn how to negotiate, and do research. The next time you’re asked about your salary requirements, you won’t fumble.

                You’ll showcase your skills with confidence and get the salary you deserve. What’s holding you back now?

                Featured photo credit: LinkedIn Sales Navigator via unsplash.com

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