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Ask the Entrepreneurs: 11 Noteworthy Businesses Monetizing the Shared Economy

Ask the Entrepreneurs: 11 Noteworthy Businesses Monetizing the Shared Economy

Ask The Entrepreneurs is a regular series where members of those involved in the Young Entrepreneur Council are asked a single question that aims to help Lifehack readers level up their own lives, whether in a area of management, communication, business or life in general.

Here’s the question posed in this edition of Ask The Entrepreneurs:

Shared economy is big business. Name one sharing service that’s catching a buzz among your fellow business owners for making life easier.

1. SittingAround for Mompreneurs

    Babysitting coops is a concept that many mompreneurs find interesting in the early stages of startup when you can’t justify paying a babysitter or nanny, but you also can’t justify not. Sharing the responsibility with other trusted parents is a great way to work around the expense of childcare while building your business. Services like SittingAround makes it easier to manage!

    Jennifer Donogh, Young Female Entrepreneurs

    2. Soar With SurfAir

      SurfAir

      is getting a lot of buzz, despite not having launched or owning any planes yet. The concept is simple — “all you can fly” short-haul routes on small, private planes for a flat monthly fee, without all the hassles of big airports or the TSA. I’m hoping they succeed; it’s a great and very disruptive idea.
      Matt Mickiewicz, Flippa and 99designs

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      3. Exec Offers Assistant

        Exec

        , a new startup, allows you to hire an assistant for $25 per hour. A few of my startup friends use the service when they need to quickly increase temporary staff (i.e. during a big sales day). Another uses Exec staff to run personal errands, thereby freeing up the entrepreneur’s time to run her business. Sharing an hourly assistant provides incredible flexibility for startups.

        Aaron Schwartz, Modify Watches

        4. Carpool Through Ridejoy

          Collaborative consumption meets carpooling with Ridejoy, an awesome service that helps you find and share rides with friendly people across the country. Sounds scary, maybe, but it disrupts a market that too many people trust to Craigslist and opens up an entirely new one.

          Derek Flanzraich, Greatist

          5. TaskRabbit Gets It Done

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            TaskRabbit

            , the site that helps you get tasks done efficiently, is part of the collaborative consumption economy. Anyone can post a task that needs completion, and other people on the platform can bid to complete the task. Whether someone needs a courier, an editor, or someone to help set up IKEA furniture for the office, TaskRabbit is used a lot by business owners.

            Doreen Bloch, Poshly Inc.

            6. Overnight With Airbnb

              Business owners today are more mobile than ever, and sometimes we feel like we don’t have a home when going from hotel to hotel. Airbnb still allows us to stay in a home in the cities we’re traveling to and do it for rates that often trump the best deals you can get in a hotel. In the next few months, I’ll be in NYC a lot, and I’ll use Airbnb and the reviews there to locate where I’ll stay.

              Shaun King, HopeMob

              7. Coworking With Regus

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                Shared office space is great for small business owners who don’t have the money for an actual office, or for those who simply don’t need one. I used a shared space via Regus for several meetings with local clients. Also, sharing office space can provide you with a professional network, as you work side-by-side with like-minded individuals.

                Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance

                8. Settle Down via DeskWanted

                  DeskWanted

                  helps you find coworking spaces all around the world, which is fantastic for us entrepreneurs who are always en route. It helps you find coworking spaces that you can work at for the day, or meeting spaces to meet with clients or partners in the city you’re in.

                  Natalie MacNeil, She Takes on the World

                  9. Drive Anywhere Wtih Zipcar

                    Owning a car can be expensive for an entrepreneur trying to save money and stay lean. With Zipcar, I don’t have to worry about parking, gas, insurance, or maintenance! I can get to all my meetings and save money!

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                    Bhavin Parikh, Magoosh Test Prep

                    10. SnapGoods for Gadgets

                      SnapGoods

                      allows you to easy and safely rent/borrow gear or gadgets for as short as a day. It’s a great way to try out a product before buying it or rent a bike for the day.

                      Josh Weiss, Bluegala

                      11. Hire Help Through Zirtual

                        My Zirtual assistant saves me a ton of time each day. Given the excess demand for the service, you can’t sign up unless a current client invites you. If you message me, I’ll gladly help!

                        Kevon Saber, Fig

                         

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                        How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

                        How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

                        Debt is never a fun thing to be in. But, there are many actions that you can take that will help you rid yourself of the burden of debt once and for all.

                        By coming up with a set plan, eliminating your debt can feel much easier than constantly thinking about it.

                        This post will provide some tips on how you can do this to help you nix your credit card debt in less than 3 years.

                        Hint: there are ways that are easier than you think.

                        1. Consider Consolidating Multiple Credit Cards If Possible

                        This may not be applicable to you, but if you have multiple cards – it is something to consider. Keeping up with multiple bills is time consuming.

                        It will depend on the balance you have on each. Consolidate ones you can but do not do it to the point that you get too close to the maximum limit. Also, it is ideal to pick the card with the lower interest rate.

                        Consider if there are any fees or alternatively, rewards, with transferring a balance to another card. Watch out for fees. Note that some cards offer rewards for transferring a balance to them. This is extra cash that can help go towards paying off your debt.

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                        Having one or two cards can make nixing your debt much simpler than keeping up with the balance of a bunch of cards. Keeping track of paying the minimum towards a bunch of cards is time consuming. Spend the time to consolidate instead to make the overall process simpler going forward.

                        My tip: Have one main credit card. Have a second one that you use for necessities – such as groceries or gas – that offers rewards for those purchases (a lot of cards do) and set the second one on auto-pay. You should be able to pay off a smaller amount on auto-pay if it is a necessity. If you think you cannot, then you may need to cut down a lot on expenses.

                        Why do I suggest doing this? Having one thing set to auto-pay is one less thing to think about. One less thing to waste time on. Same idea with consolidating to one main card. Tracking down too many is a hassle.

                        2. Try to Pay the Full Balance You Spent Each Month at the Very Least

                        You need to pay off the amount you are spending each month when that bill comes in. This is the amount you spent THAT month.

                        Do not let the debt keep accruing while you work on paying any unpaid debt that has accrued. It will become a never-ending battle. Try as best as you can to be current on paying for each month’s expenses when that month’s bill comes out.

                        If this is a strain, consider why. You may need to cut expenses. Or you may need to consider other cards. Or look at where this money is going.

                        3. Pay Extra When You Can – Every Small Amount Counts

                        This cannot be emphasized enough. If you are looking at a lot of credit card debt, it can look daunting, but each extra amount that you can put towards the debt will really add up – no matter how small it is.

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                        It does not just reduce the principal amount that you have left to pay off, but it reduces the amount that is collecting interest. You will always save money with that reduced interest.

                        4. Create a Plan on How to Pay Extra

                        Back to the main point, having this plan is giving you one less thing to think about.

                        This plan should be a plan that works for you. If it does not work for you, your spending habits, and your views on debt, then it will not be an effective plan.

                        For instance, if a set plan of an extra $50 (or another amount that you know you can afford) works for you, then do that. Set that aside every month and pay that extra amount. Treat it like a bill. Choose an amount that works for you and pay it like clockwork as though it was a bill you had to pay each month.

                        Little amounts will not nix it entirely, but they will help tackle it and having a set plan can make it less of a chore. Creating a new plan of how much to put towards it each month is an unnecessary added stress.

                        5. Cut out Costs for Services You Do Not Use

                        If you are signed up for subscriptions that you do not use because of some free trial or for some other reason, cut it out. Your overall financial position will look better.

                        In turn, that will make cutting your credit card debt easier. Look at your statements to find these expenses. If you do not use them, you may forget you are paying some unnecessary amount each month. Cutting it out can really add up in savings that you can put towards other needed expenses.

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                        6. Get Aggressive About It

                        Consider these points:

                        Depending on the interest and the level of debt, you may need to give up a few indulgences. For example, instead of ordering delivery or going out to eat, cook at home. Everything adds up.

                        Other things may be more of a sacrifice. It may be a trip you wanted to go on, or a daily latte habit you’ve picked up. In these instances, consider how important it is to you and if it’s worth the sacrifice. And if it is a costly expense, think whether you can wait to indulge.

                        Cutting an extravagant expense can really help make a dent in your overall debt. Try not to add to debt when you are trying to pay it off. It will be a never-ending battle. Make it less of a battle with these tips and it will feel easier.

                        Bottom line: Do what you can to make this process easier for you. Implement steps that do this. It takes time now, but will help overall. Also, keep track of your spending and paying down of your debts. Which is the next point.

                        7. Reevaluate Your Progress at Set Intervals

                        Doing a regular check-in can help you see your efforts pay off or maybe indicate that you need to give this a bit more effort. If you check every 3-6 months, it will not feel so much like a chore or feel so daunting.

                        By doing this, you will be able to better understand your progress and perhaps readjust your plan. Bonus: if you see it pay off, it will feel great to do this check-in. You will get there.

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                        Finally (and most importantly)…

                        8. Keep Trying

                        Do not get discouraged. Pushing it off will make it worse. Just keep trying.

                        Once your debt becomes lower, each monthly payment will reduce the balance more. Why? You are paying less towards interest. It will be a snowball effect eventually and it will become much easier to manage. Just get to that point. And know once you do, it will feel easier and motivating.

                        Start Knocking out Your Debt Today

                        The best way to eliminate debt is to get started right away. Begin by implementing the above steps and watch your debt just melt away. Try out some of the above strategies and see what works best for you. Soon you’ll be on your way to a debt free life.

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