From bike shares to spare couches, from swapping clothes to trading tools, the sharing economy has picked up steam in the past five years. Some trend watchers point to Millennials as the source of the national uptick. Others say that a renewed interest in all things green as well as a new brand of thriftiness that started in the recession has led to the growth in collaborative consumption.
Whatever the reason, entrepreneurs are — somewhat ironically — eager to make money from the movement that encourages Americans to consume less. And in the process, these new companies create micro-entrepreneurs who hop on board to sell their unused parking space on Parking Panda; their power tools on GoodShuffle; or, their Chanel handbag on Snobswap.
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