The Aussies with six-figure side gigs - you can do it too
AUSSIES are cashing in on the share economy - sometimes without having to lift a finger.
While most people have heard of Airbnb and Uber, there are many lesser known platforms allowing users to rent out resources that are gathering dust.
From boats and cars to campervans and garage space, there is a market in the share economy.
Sydneysider Chris Cooper brought in about $100,000 last year sharing his property and his time.
On top of renting out real estate through Airbnb and Stayz - which he admitted is his biggest earner - Cooper drove for Uber and GoCatch, rented out his Tesla through Car Next Door and Car Hood, rented out his driveway space through Spacer, and took delivery jobs through Zoom2u and Airtasker.
"It started about three years ago. I kicked off with Airbnb then transitioned to Uber. It got me thinking that these things are a good model to earn income or reduce your costs of living and it's interesting on a social level as well," he said.
"It's about sharing your assets rather than having them lay idle."
Instead of paying to park his car at the airport, Mr Cooper came back from trips to hundreds of dollars and a newly washed vehicle by handing it over to Car Hoods who rented it out from the airport while he was abroa
He said he enjoyed picking up Uber passengers when he went into the city so someone else would pay his Harbour Bridge toll.
In one instance, he combined a trip to a work meeting with two Uber drop-offs and a parcel delivery for Airtasker.
"I got paid $100 to drive into where I was going anyway," he said.
On the other end of the spectrum, former fly-in-fly-out boilermaker Luke Bird from Brisbane focused his sights on a single peer-to-peer platform: Camplify.
In less than a year, he managed to leverage the caravan-sharing concept to establish his own business and quit his day job.
"I bought the first camper trailer (and listed it on Camplify) with the mind to make some extra money so we could afford to have it," he said.
"We've grown to five of our own camper trailers, a caravan, two four-wheel-drives and a tow vehicle and I manage two camper trailers and a pop top for other people as well."
In a year, Bird brought in more than $60,000 from his fleet.
He looked into starting his own business from scratch but it was cheaper to set up through the established platform - which takes 5 per cent of the hire price.
"I was about to pay a solicitor about $2500 to write us a hire contract but going through Camplify I didn't have to pay that money because they have that in place. All your bonds and that sort of stuff is taken care of. All your advertising and SEO gets out there a lot quicker," he said.
Hobart semi-retiree Tom Helmich also rented out his caravan through Camplify and said he only had nice people that brought it back in good condition.
Lisa Hodgkins, from Sydney, was more hands-off in using Spacer to rent out a garage for $350 a month and a storage cage for $150 a month.
"They pretty much do everything for us. It's very easy. We just get paid. It just all happens," she said.
"You can incorporate it pretty easily with your day-to-day life."
In the past, she has also used Mad Paws to pick up work pet sitting and dog-walking - earning about $220 a week.
She said it was a good way for her children to be involved with pets even though they didn't have their own.