The following is a guest post by Christopher Wallace.
Whether you’re flat broke or just looking for a simple way to up your income stream, chances are you’ve got more options than you realize. The concept of ‘collaborative consumption’ got a big leg up thanks to the recession. Suddenly, when people needed a new TV or refrigerator, they were turning to Craigslist before the big box store.
That tendency might not bode well for official job numbers and economic outlook estimates, but it’s a testament to the power of localized goods-based economies that continue to thrive even when the big picture looks bleak.
With the goal of helping local small businesses survive in a down national economy, the federal government created the Startup America Partnership. By compiling deeply discounted resources like payroll help and discounted office supplies from corporate providers, the feds have taken an unprecedented role in helping the little guy, including webinars and Q&A sessions.
Most surprisingly, however, is the recognition the government has given to collaborative consumption. Who would have thought that Washington would be encouraging people to rent out their video gaming systems, upping their income $200 per month?
This Startup America infographic is full of gems and new discoveries, even for people already tuned into sites like AirBnb.com and Freecycle.com.
Digging a bit deeper, here are a few of the favorites we turned up here:
Dig into that This Startup America infographic graphic and you’ll find even more ideas, from hiring yourself out for odd jobs to leasing your spare bedroom. The concepts make sense, and the successful ones integrate social media like Facebook so you can background check people before meeting up (or inviting them into your home). When it comes right down to it, there’s not much difference in renting out your video game collection and setting up a lemonade stand on the corner. It’s entrepreneurship at its very core, and it’s a positive sign that the federal government recognizes and encourages that.
Christopher Wallace, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Amsterdam Printing, has more than 20 years experience in sales and marketing. At Amsterdam Printing, a leading provider of logo
pens and other promotional items such as imprinted apparel and customized calendars, Christopher is focused on providing quality marketing materials to small, mid-size and large businesses. He regularly contributes to Promo & Marketing Wall blog.