Mobile Workers, Too, Gain in the ‘Sharing Economy’

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Does anyone want to own anything anymore? From Airbnb to Zipcar to SnapGoods, the “sharing economy” has blossomed almost overnight into a $26 billion or so consumer market. And it’s proving to be equally disruptive in the business world (think Salesforce.com).

For mobile workers, an explosion in sharing-based applications is also changing how jobs get done — making it increasingly easy to rent space, time and expertise on the fly. For companies, this means lower costs and less risk.

5 Sharing Tools for Mobile Workers

Here’s a snapshot of how sharing-based platforms are easing daily workloads:

  • Desktime rents shared spaces, empty desks, conference rooms or entire offices by the day, week or month. Share Your Office and ShareDesk have comparable offerings. 
  • Djengo is a web and mobile app for corporate carpooling. It lets users organize ride-sharing within company groups and gives employers monthly statistics related to carpooling. While Djengo is largely a European service, Enterprise Rideshare has similar capabilities for U.S. companies.
  • Car-sharing service Zipcar offers a Zipcar for Business membership that includes access to cars parked near the office. Members use cars for client meetings, team lunches, etc. without worrying about who’s bringing a car or where to park. 
  • TechShop is a membership-based workshop that takes place offline. For $125, members gain access to a variety of industrial tools and costly software programs in addition to classes in topics like patent acquisition and how to use equipment. Currently there are six locations in the United States. 
  • Storefront is an online marketplace for small businesses, artists, online sellers and brands to find short-term retail spaces for rent. It connects retailers with owners of empty spaces, and also will promote and market events at a rented location.
  • Meetup‘s popularity points to the appeal of knowledge sharing. Users can sign up via web or mobile app to meet with groups to learn about “Sales Practice for Entrepreneurs” and “Analytics for Business Managers,” for example.

Tell us what you think: which resources do you think businesses should share using mobile technology? Post a comment below.

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