Hey, there… you, on the couch, looking up career advice so you don’t have to go back to your job for much longer:

Check this out: How to Earn a Six-Figure Income in the Sharing Economy (7/1/15)

You’ve probably heard all about the ‘sharing economy’ and how it’s going to radically transform the way we work, yadda yadda.

Well, that nice cozy couch- could it be something you occasionally rent out on AirBnB (while you stay with friends or go on your own trip)?

Or your car- could it be something you occasionally use for Uber or Lyft?  A few of our friends, some of whom have masters’ degrees, drive Uber shifts on nights and some weekends, to add extra cash.  I have met some extremely accomplished Uber drivers, many of whom are in the corporate world and are earning extra money to set aside for their eventual dreams, or who’ve left the corporate world and are participating in various sharing-economy start ups.

Do you have things you could sell on eBay?  I met a nice woman near Boston who makes $70K a year selling part time on eBay.  Seriously.  She has a few companies that give her their old equipment to sell for them, and she makes a profit when she does, but she also sells her own/her family’s things when they’ve outlived their usefulness.

Do you have a few minutes here or there to add your expertise to sites like www.fiverr.com (mentioned in the article above), or run some errands for www.taskrabbit.com?  Host a dog for a week through www.dogvacay.com?

I know a main concern is – if I don’t have a “job” – how will I pay for health insurance?  Well, TaskRabbit may provide it (http://www.cnbc.com/id/), and other sharing economy companies may follow.

I’ll leave you with this pro/con debate on the sharing economy from the Wall St Journal.  In my view, there are going to be a lot of these companies – just like the early dot.com growth- that don’t get traction, and don’t survive.  But- some will, and we’ve fundamentally changed the way we acquire goods and services.

And a question: is there a way you could make some money and build a lifestyle based around your own initiative?  Or your own car?  Or your own living room?

Kathy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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