Thank You for Sharing

A quick look at what’s on offer in Boston’s burgeoning sharing economy.


RENT A BIKE Try a vintage Raleigh three-speed cruiser for $20 a day on Spinlister.

RENT A CAR Take Ralph’s Chevy Equinox out for a spin with RelayRides ($63 a day).

SHARE A ROAD TRIP Catch a ride from Boston to Philly with Zimride (about $35 each way).

HAIL A STRANGER Instead of calling a taxi, use the SideCar app to have a regular driver take you across town (costs are donation-based).

CAPTAIN A BOAT Cruzin lets owners rent their vessels to other sailors (prices vary).

Physical Objects

RENT FROM YOUR NEIGHBORS Brush up on your piano skills by renting a keyboard through NeighborGoods (you negotiate the price with the owner), or use a neighbor’s hedge trimmer for just $10 through SnapGoods.

Human Power

HIRE A TASKRABBIT Have somebody pick up your IKEA furniture and then pay them to assemble it (cost varies based on the job).

TAKE A BOSTON TOUR Explore the Big Dig with an architectural historian through Vayable ($65 per person).

LEARN A CRAFT Sign up for a class in logo design, offered by a former Boston Globe designer, through Skillshare ($20).

PROVIDE DOG-SITTING SERVICES Make about 30 bucks a night by offering up your home to some furry friends on DogVacay.

CATER TO OTHERS Use Kitchensurfing to put your chef skills to use preparing meals for your neighbors (prices vary).

Shared Spaces

RENT A BEDROOM Book a week in Hilary’s “Sweet Little House in J.P.” using Airbnb ($65 a night).

RESERVE A PARKING SPOT Book a weekend parking space near the Pru using ParkatmyHouse ($40 a day).

—Molly Mirhashem


Find out more about the sharing economy and “The End of Ownership.”