As resources grow scarcer and costlier, budgets tighten, and an ever-growing consciousness about environmental considerations proliferate through societies across the world, gravitation towards shared resources seems like a natural evolution. Uber, Airbnb, Task Rabbit, and similar sharing innovations are prime examples of such services which seek to optimize and streamline resource utilization while minimizing economic and environmental impacts, both for individuals and society at large.
From a traditional economic perspective, one might think of buying a car when looking to accommodate transport necessity, similarly, one might invest in a drill machine merely to periodically hang a photo on the wall. The Sharing Economy is an economic model that focuses on sharing existing resources rather than every person buying resources every time. Sharing takes place between peers who are linked via an online network, normally in exchange for a relatively small fee. From book sharing to child-caring; vacation rentals to workspace; odd jobs to specialized gigs; we have witnessed the rise of hundreds if not thousands of sharing services crossing virtually every sector of the economy.
However, convenience and cost-effectiveness notwithstanding, with every innovation, new considerations may arise. While on the go, for instance, every country and every locality may have rules and considerations which are unique to that region.
Who can loan out a banjo for a week in Vancouver? Which homestays have ocean views in Alicante? What ride-sharing options are available to get from Jaipur to Patna? Who can build a deck in Tuskegee?
How does one navigate the ever-growing slew of services to optimize efficiency while maintaining quality and budget constraints?
Well, Whistlebee.com, a crowdsourced, review-based, shared service online hub startup out of Norway, hopes to provide the solution.