Our parents taught us to share. It was part of being a good little boy or girl. The economy is reminding us adults about the value of sharing.
Home for Sharing
For example, some people are now sharing living space. More and more people are accepting the idea of having a roommate again by renting out a room to help pay bills.
There are a number of people who are out-of-work and looking to save money every way they can. “Necessity is the mother of invention” as we’ve heard.
Another popular idea is sharing workspace. Freelancers across the country are creating co-working stations in their communities where they can share office facilities and other resources.
Instead of going it alone – signing a long-term lease, paying utility bills, buying office furnishings and equipment – they pay a fee and share space with other freelancers and entrepreneurs.
The spaces are usually nice and bright. They have a conference room and maybe even a full-time receptionist.
It’s not just about money. For freelancers who are starting to feel like loners, it gives them a chance for in-person human interaction during the day.
Sharing infrequently-used items
We started thinking about other ways to share. One example is a lawn mower. We only use our mowers once or twice a week. In our area of the world, we only use it for about half of the year. Would it make sense to share a mower with a neighbor?
As long as both people don’t feel the need to mow on the same day at the same time, it would probably work. There are issues – you have to both agree to take care of the mower and those sorts of things.
This makes me think of my dad. If he owned something, he took really good care of it. If he used something that someone else owned, he took really, really, really good care of it!
Sharing for fun
I had an event coming up and I didn’t know when I would find time to go shopping. I told one of my girlfriends about it. She said that she had the perfect dress. We went over to her house and, sure enough, she did!
I needed a pressure washer to do some clean up around the house. I told one of my friends that I needed to go rent one. It turned out that he had one that he let me use for the weekend.
Just so we don’t give the wrong impression, we also share our stuff with our friends!
A fun way to share
Since we like to do everything in a bigg way, let’s ramp up this idea of sharing more. Why not organize an event with a group of your closest friends?
Hop from house to house. If you want, you can have appetizers or organize a full meal as part of the activities. You can do it all in one day or create a series – this month at our house, next month at yours.
At each house, let the host show off the wares that he or she is willing to share.
It could be a Fashion Show – from clothes to accessories. Try them on if you want. Parade around. Show them off.
Or a Home Show … from power tools to hand tools. Test them out. Complete a project together. It’s your show; do what you want.
You could have a Home Entertainment Show. Show off DVDs, books and Wii accessories.
You can all see what each person in your group has to share. Then the next time you need that certain something, you won’t have to go out and buy it – you’ll know Joe or Jane has it.
This is a fun way to spend some time with your close friends. You’ll find that it will spark a lot of fun conversation and you’ll learn more about each other.
It’s also a creative way to save some money by pooling resources. That’s a bigg idea!
What have you shared with your friends?
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