Visualizing the Profit in Sharing

You might own some tools that you never use, or perhaps you have a backyard that you just don’t have the time to do anything interesting with. Until recently, those pieces of property mostly served as nagging reminders that you didn’t have enough time to do everything you wanted to do.

But ideas about ownership of property are slowly starting to change. The success of Zipcar and of bike sharing programs in a few major U.S. cities are the vanguard of a host of different “collaborative consumption” services and businesses that allow people to monetize their own unused resources, or to find ways to get goods and services without purchasing them.

This infographic, created by Collaborative Consumption in partnership with the Collaborative Fund, shows some of the stuff that might be lying around your house that are just profits waiting to happen—and all the start-ups trying to help you along.

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