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Shared Space Project

Turn unused space into profit

About the project

Shared Space Project is a platform for people to make money from the space they are not using by connecting with people who need that space.

Think of it as Airbnb for smaller pieces of your home...

... like your desk, your garage, a section of your basement, dead hours in your yoga studio or even your closet!

Are you a Space Craver?  This is you if you’re running out of space (like so many of us), need specialized equipment or crave an alternative to writing on your laptop at a cafe, you can rent what you need from a neighbour who's got it but doesn't use it enough. You save cash because there's no expensive, oppressive contracts and you have the flexibility to try a bunch of options without any pressure to commit. 

Or are you a Space Sharer? In which case you can turn your underused space into cold hard cash. Make anywhere from $2000 to $500 (or more) extra per month by renting out stuff that would otherwise just be sitting there, gathering dust.

Think about about it, instead of leaving your dog home in a crate while you work your 9-5 job, you could rent your desk to someone who would keep your pooch company AND pay you for the privilege of using your space.

Put the sharing economy to work for you and expand your possibilities via the Shared Space Project and share space to grow!

What are the funds for?

SAFETY FIRST

The funds that we will be collecting with this campaign are going to help refine the platform to add additional safety features and functionality. User safety is paramount and we've been researching and developing plugins and that will verify and track the online presence and reputation of each user.

If you're going to someone else's space or inviting a user into yours, you want to know what you're dealing with before you actually deal with it. This software ain't cheap. Or even available! But your safety is priceless, so we're on it.

PROMOTION

The success of Shared Space depends on growing its user base. Whether you're offering space or wanting to rent it, the more options you have to choose from, the more fulfilling (and profitable for you) the experience will be. So we gotta get the word out - the more users we can get signed up, the more likely everyone is to get exactly what they want.

We're planning a promotion blitz including paid advertising, social media and PR outreach.

LEGAL MUMBO JUMBO

Let's face it, the whole reason people don't already share their space the way we're proposing is because it raises all sorts of questions and grey areas that feel complicated and overwhelming. Having a clear set of guidelines, terms and conditions and legal protections becomes crucial. And the kind of lawyers who know about this stuff, they *ahem* have their price.

 

 

About the project owner

I'm an accidental entrepreneur. I blame my wife. I had a cushy 9-to-5 job as a TV producer at Radio-Canada when she decided to launch her own business. That decision introduced our family to the wild and crazy world of going for your dreams. It's terrifying, but once you've tasted it, you can't ever go back.

The idea for Shared Space came to me as an answer to a conundrum we faced: we were trying to fit two kids, two cats and a dog and two home offices into a 2-bedroom condo. We looked into co-working spaces, a second rental and other options but none seemed like the right fit.

All we really wanted was a clean, quiet desk for my wife to write and record her videos at. Something close to home that wouldn't add a huge commute. She really only needed the desk during regular work hours, so renting a whole office seemed like an unnecessary overhead.

We had the idea to post in a local Facebook group and to our surprise, she received multiple offers from folks willing to offer their unused desks for her to work at. They welcomed the additional revenue, and she got her quiet work space. Win-win.

That's when I started wondering why no one had launched a site that could connect users with micro-spaces and vice versa.

The more I thought about it, the more I oscillated between exhilaration and terror - building a site with this level of functionality required a team of developers working round the clock. The fact that we're as far along as we are is nothing short of a miracle. We found a way.

And now it's time for you to be a part of this story. Because at its heart, Shared Space is about bringing people together to achieve more than they ever thought possible.

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