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13
September
2013

Sharing Economy Digest

The Sharing economy has been on the rise drastically for the last 4 or 5 years in one of the biggest economies in world, the USA and now the trend is catching on all aroud the world.  We take a look at some of the stories we came across.  One thing is for sure, teh sharing economy is here to stay for some time.  The question is, are you sharing? 

Categories: Collaborative Consumption, General, Tips

29
August
2013

Collaborative Consumption, Crowdfunding and goCarShare

Drummond is the founder of goCarShare - a website that takes a novel approach to cutting transport costs. It matches you with people within your social network, so you can share car journeys through Facebook. Whether its a friend of a friend, or someone who likes the same music - it helps you find awesome people to split the journeys costs with.

goCarShare has recently started a crowdfunding campaign on the Seedrs crowdfunding platform to raise £50k in a bid to create a car share company truly powered by the people.  We find out more...

Categories: Collaborative Consumption, General

01
May
2013

“Consume less; share better.”

Hervé Kempf


Kempf’s is a simple mandate borne out of good, old-fashioned common sense.  After all, how many of us own a tent that we use no more than a couple of days over the summer? How many of us have a slow-cooker that we’ve only ever used once or twice, but we hold on to ‘just in case’? How many of us make a journey in the car with four empty passenger seats? And on the flip side, how many of us have loft space in our homes that is only ever half-full?

It seems obvious that the solution to all this wastage is sharing, but what Hervé doesn’t impart through his little nugget of wisdom, is how one can share better. We take a look at the options...

Categories: Collaborative Consumption, General

24
April
2013

SmS Blog Series Part 6: Impact on Politics

As has been previously alluded to the New Sharing Economy – and by association SmS - will have a greater impact on peoples lives than the industrial revolution; this will clearly lead to new challenges and opportunities for local and central government. There will be some winners and some losers; society overall will become more self reliant and 'connected' leading to an increase in economic productivity, social productivity and micro-entrepreneurship, whilst champions of 'top down' or 'big' government will struggle to find relevance in the face of citizens who are less reliant on their social welfare services.

Categories: Collaborative Consumption, General, Self Storage

12
April
2013

SmS Blog Series Part 5: Impact on ecology

SmS encourages the use of existing secure and dry space closer to where its needed. This concept has to a number of benefits from an ecological perspective.

You only need to take a cursory look at the blighted urban landscape in the Uk to witness how self regulating industries such as self-storage can drastically effect ecology. Over the last 10 years the number of purpose built facilities has risen by over 1000% to 1200 at the last count. Whilst this has had an impact on the environment in general - in terms of construction - the lasting legacy of these bland warehouses is to visually dominate busy the road side; works of art they are not. 

Categories: Collaborative Consumption, General, Self Storage

03
April
2013

SmS Blog Series Part 4: Impact on the culture?

The New Sharing Economy has the potential to have a greater impact than the Industrial Revolution. SmS is at the heart of this disruptive movement.

In the first instance it is the 'selfish motive' of earning or saving money that seems to attract our members but what quickly transpires is the social benefit arising out of regular interaction with people who they have built a trusted relationship with.

Categories: Collaborative Consumption, General, Self Storage

15
March
2013

SmS Blog Series Part 3: Impact on the economy?

SmS encourages 'micro-entrepreneurship' by empowering individuals to make available and manages unused space they have access to in return for rental income. It's a powerful proposition that enables householders to take control of their finances whilst providing a meaningful social service to people in their communities. This also provides local government with an opportunity to harness micro-taxation on a large scale that delivers new, stable and predictable revenue streams.

Categories: Collaborative Consumption, General, Self Storage

08
March
2013

SmS Blog Series Part 2: So What's The Solution?

By working together and approaching the problem from a social perspective individuals and communities can provide a cheaper, friendlier, more convenient and in many cases better value alternative to some of the leading self-storage businesses.

Sharemystorage.com enables people all over the UK and abroad to offer their unused attics, garages, basements and spare rooms to others for the purposes of storage. We believe that communities and individuals providers will treat you as they would wish to be treated and offer storage that...

Categories: Collaborative Consumption, General, Self Storage

01
March
2013

SmS Blog Series Part 1: So What's The Problem?

Back in July 2010 a neighbour asked us if she could use our garage to store her children's bikes whilst their house was being renovated. She explained that she'd had real problems trying to locate a self-storage space nearby that didn't cost the earth.

After a quick browse online we were shocked at the high prices, poor locations and befuddling small print that seemed to be part and parcel of using one of the major self-storage providers. The cost of using what is ultimately secure empty space with a big-brand self-storage company differs depending on where you want it. Just as with the property rental market; where demand is high, space is expensive.

Categories: Collaborative Consumption, General, Self Storage

01
March
2013

Earn £30 when your friends join us!

Here's how it works...

During the month of March we're offering our awesome supports the opportunity to make £30 simply by introducing 5 friends to our unique social self-storage service.

Categories: Collaborative Consumption, General, Tips

18
February
2013

Awards awards everywhere but...

Were we the E3 Sustainable Business of the Year 2013?

Well its not often we dust down the black ties and kick back for an evening but if theres a chance of picking up a prestigious award you can bet we'll book our seats before you can say 'photo opportunity'!

 

Categories: Collaborative Consumption, General, Awards, Seen in

05
February
2013

How To Make Money From Home

How to make money from home without lifting a finger

Capitalism. Some thinks its a good thing whilst others can't stand the concept (not all of them are communists!). One things is for sure its capitalism combined with consumerism that has encouraged us (the people) to acquire more and more 'stuff' in order to satisfy our immediate wants. Notice we didn't use the word 'needs' as if we only bought what we needed that wouldn't help the economy much now would it?

Categories: Collaborative Consumption, General, Self Storage, Tips

06
December
2012

SmS is the GWG's Social Website of the Year 2012!

Having been short listed for thegoodwebguide.co.uk thegoodwebguide.co.uk (GWG) annual 'Website of the YearWebsite of the Year' awards the great and the good from the UK's online start up community gathered together at the Century Club on Shaftesbury Avenue in Central Londonon November 20th to find out who would be crowned the UK's Social Website of the Year 2012.

Categories: Collaborative Consumption, General, Awards, Seen in

27
November
2012

UK Floods Cause Devastation

Homes, shops, towns and cities devastated, people displaced, where will there put their stuff?  ShareMyStorage.com has decided to waive all fees for anyone who is helping people store in the flood hit areas.  

Categories: Collaborative Consumption, General, Self Storage

26
November
2012

Gateway to doing Good

ShareMyStorage.com was featured on GoodnetGoodnet, a media platform that aims to activate people's goodness.  Read on to find out how they work towards their mission and why they chose to include us in their directory...

Categories: Collaborative Consumption, General, Seen in

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