This is a guest post by Saul Of-Hearts: a writer, video editor and all-round freelancer. After 5 years of living in LA, he recently made the move to Portland, Oregon. His e-book, The Lateral Freelancer, goes even more in-depth into his experiences with the Share Economy.
Over the recent winter holidays, I spent most of my time relaxing in my backyard in LA, working on a few blog posts and earning about as much as I would have earned at a day job. All of the pieces that I’d set up had fallen into place.
A few days earlier, I’d lent out my car to a woman through a site called RelayRides. Her driving record had been verified and she was covered with a $1m insurance policy.
I was also hanging out with a friendly dog called Louie. His owners had dropped them off that week after finding me on a site called DogVacay. Likewise, the exchange was covered with a substantial insurance policy and 24/7 on-call support.
Gone were the days on hunting on Craigslist for jobs, negotiating with clients, tracking down late payments and squabbling over invoices.
A significant portion of my income over the past year came from the Share Economy. In this post I’m going to explain the concept and perhaps inspire you to join me in a rather unusual approach to Leaving Work Behind.