Thanks to the social web, it’s now easy to save and make money by sharing everything you own with strangers. Lyft allows you to cut down on travel costs by giving or getting a lift somewhere. At Couchsurfing, you can rent out your spare bedroom for the night or find a place to sleep when you visit another city. Neighborgoods will let you share your stuff with neighbours, like lawnmowers, drills or even cat carriers. Universe aims to tie all of these services together and become a global sharing community. In most cases you can read reviews about who you share with, but trust is an important element. If you can trust a stranger, you have a lot to gain.
Read by Jane Sabey (English accent).
Study the wordsSharing– when two people or more make use of something Own– possess Strangers– people you don’t know Cut down on– reduce lift– a ride in someone’s car rent out– charge money for the use of something spare– extra, free stuff– things lawnmowers– machine used to cut the grass drills– machines used to make small holes carriers– objects used for transporting something aims– plans, intends tie together– unite, merge reviews– evaluations trust (noun)- when you believe someone is reliable trust (verb)- to believe gain– earn
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Do the takeaway test: Save Money and Make Friends by Sharing
- Being Neighborly: how to share your stuff (hb2cents.wordpress.com)
- Spotlight on the Sharing Economy: Q&A with Couchsurfing (triplepundit.com)