The sharing economy is transforming the way Aussies are buying, lending and sharing everyday items. We’re making money from our old stuff and saving money by renting instead of buying. From home cooked meals and Gucci heels to babies prams, these 12 sharing economy apps have got you covered.
Dubbed the ‘Airbnb of fashion’ The Volte is definitely one of the sharing economy apps Aussie fashionistas need to know about. The platform is a modern marketplace that gives you access to high-end designer fashion.
Look like a million bucks without the eye-watering price tag by hiring designer dresses, outfits and accessories for those special occasions.
Gardening equipment, power tools, ladders, agricultural equipment and heavy machinery. It’s all available on tool sharing platform, Tool Mates Hire. Ideal for a once-only hire to get a quick task done around the house or to rent equipment on a weekly basis for bigger jobs like home renovations.
Tool lenders are protected with an item guarantee via the platform which covers tools up to the value of $1,000.
Tree Hut Village is the sharing economy app saving the wallets of new parents everywhere.
The site lets parents rent out their unused baby equipment still in great shape to other parents. Not surprisingly, prams are the most listed item on the site, but you’ll find everything from baby monitors to childproof barriers. One savvy mum even made $3000 hiring out just 4 of her baby items.
We’ve all heard of Uber, but Shebah? It’s Australia’s ride-sharing platform offering the first all-female service.
Available in most states, Shebah is all about delivering safe and convenient transportation for women, at any time of the day. It’s proving to be one of the popular time-saving sharing economy apps when it comes to arranging school pickups for super busy parents.
Move over Hertz and Avis, car rental between peers is now big business thanks to car sharing platforms like Car Next Door. The site matches owners of vehicles they don’t use with people who want to hire them. Book a car to zip around the city, a ute for moving day or a van to take that great Australian road trip.
Each vehicle is fully insured and comes with 24/7 roadside assistance.
The brainchild of a Brisbane based traveller, Quipmo is one of the best sharing economy apps for adventure types.
It provides access to quality equipment like bicycles, surf, snow and hiking gear that is affordable and readily available for short term rent. It’s a brilliant platform for travellers, cutting out the pain and cost of transporting their adventure gear around with them.
Spacely is all about sharing short-term workspaces, whether it’ a meeting room, a desk or co-working space. This platform caters especially to startups, freelancers and any team working flexibly and remotely.
It does away with traditional, corporate style office contracts and commitment. Sharing economy apps like Spacely are a big hit among entrepreneurs with small teams and freelancers.
Available in Australia and the US, Bountye allows you to create and join communities where you can buy and sell pre-owned fashion, including luxury items. The site’s goal is to make buying second-hand stuff as easy as buying something new and reduce the number of fashion items that end up as landfill. A great option for fashion-forward shoppers with an ethical conscience.
One of the original and most popular share economy apps is good old Gumtree!
From cars and real estate to clothing, pets and services, Gumtree has it all. In addition to buying pre-loved items, you can swap stuff and there’s even a freebies section. Be quick enough and you can grab the occasional quality second-hand deal for nothing!
Foodies who love a home-cooked meal will rejoice when this Aussie food sharing app launches. The app will allow you to have a peek at what your friends and neighbours are cooking and put an order in for yourself!
Shareplate putting the call out to home chefs and cooks who can whip up all types of cuisines and dietary requirements. Sign up here.