Make Up to £3,000 a Year from the Sharing Economy
Looking for a room to rent, a car to borrow or a handy¬man to help with a spot of gardening? Discover the shar¬ing economy and either save money or make a bit of extra cash. 租房子？借汽车？还是想找个零工帮着拾掇花园？来看看共享经济怎么帮你省钱或赚点外快吧。
文 /雷切尔•哈利韦尔 译 /李雪梅
By Rachel Halliwell
We’re becoming much more savvy as a nation when it comes to spending and making money, which is why the sharing economy—where people capitalise on their under-used assets, time and skills through online platforms by renting them out to others—appears to be capturing the imagination of the nation.
 PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates the sharing economy in the UK is currently worth £500 million and that the figure could be £9 billion by 2025.
 Meanwhile, the latest figures from innovation charity Nesta reckons that 25 per cent of the UK population used the internet to share assets and/or resources in the past year.
 So, whether it’s a spare room, a designer dress you only wore once or your gardening skills that you have to share, it’s possible to make extra cash out of them.
1. People are making an average of £465 a year renting out their driveway through JustPark. And if you live near an airport, railway station or stadium, that figure can leap up to an impressive £3,000 each year.
1. 通过 JustPark出租自家的车道，一年平均可以挣465英镑。如果你住在机场、火车站或体育场附近，一年挣的租金可高达3000英镑，相当可观。
2. Vrumi allows householders to let rooms for people to work in during the day, and some hosts are earning an av¬erage of £50 a day.
3. House-swapping through LoveHomeSwap is typically saving users in London £3,300 on accommodation costs.
4. No-one to walk your dog while you’re at work? Join BorrowMyDoggy and rent him out to dog lovers who don’t have a pet of their own.
5. If your car spends more time sit¬ting on your drive than on the road, consider sharing it via EasyCar Club, from which people can make £1,800 a year.
5. 如果你的汽车经常闲置，不如考虑通过 EasyCar Club与人共享，这样一年能挣到1800英镑。
6. A ride-sharing service, BlaBlaCar, matches riders looking to hitch a ride with drivers interested in getting some help with fuel costs for long journeys. Riders pay a set fee directly to the driver for a seat, which is enough to help with motoring costs.
7. Got a field going spare? You can rent it out for events, such as weddings and parties, on Fieldlover.
8. Streetbank allows neighbours to share with each other. According to its website, there are currently 64,710 neighbours sharing 68,025 things—everything from tools and instruments to sofa beds, handbags and skills.
 There are tax implications, of course. At the moment you must pay tax on any money you make from shar¬ing above £4,250. And if you’re shar¬ing out your home then you need to check your insurance cover. ■