Celebrating two years of Fluid Market with a $25K donation to Denver non-profits

We launched Fluid Market in Denver just about two years ago, and our vibrant community of entrepreneurs, lenders and borrowers inspires us everyday. As we approach our second birthday, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to give back.

We’re proud to announce that we’re committing $25,000 in Fluid Market credit to non-profit organizations in the greater Denver metro area. Twenty-five organizations will receive $1000 of Fluid Market credit each to help further their mission. The wide variety of items available on Fluid Market can be incredibly helpful for local non-profits as they host events, transport their teams and goods around town, and run their daily operations.

Our partnership with Trips for Kids Denver Metro is a great illustration of how Fluid Market credit can help jumpstart charitable efforts. Trips for Kids Denver Metro is dedicated to giving underserved and at-risk youth the opportunity to experience and learn about the natural beauty of Colorado from the seat of a mountain bike. Fluid Market has partnered with Trips for Kids Denver Metro to provide box trucks to transport the bikes to the foothill and mountain parks that the kids explore.

Here’s the best part of our birthday gift: we’re looking to our Fluid Market community of lenders and borrowers in the Denver area to nominate local non-profits making a difference. Know a great local non-profit that could benefit from the items available on Fluid Market? Submit your nomination here by Friday, May 11 @ 5 PM MT. Our team will review nominations and announce the winners in weeks following.

Fluid Market is thrilled to give back to the Mile High City, and we thank you for your help in nominating fantastic local non-profits committed to improving our community.

Questions? Reach out to suzanne@fluidmarket.com

Earn some cash with Fluid Market while you’re waiting on your 2017 tax refund!

Real talk: one third of Americans wait until the last minute to file their taxes. Lots of us are rushing around now that the big day is finally here. Expecting a refund? Most taxpayers receive their refunds within 21 days, but that could be delayed for a few reasons, including if you choose to have your refund deposited directly into your account. While you’re waiting on your refund, why not make some side hustle money with Fluid Market?

Lending a truck or any other vehicle is easy and rewarding. Our lenders make on average $331 per month, investing just a few minutes per week of their time. Many of our users make far more, including one of our lenders that rents her cargo van and raked in over $950/month for six months! Here’s how it works:

  1. List your truck or other vehicle. Each vehicle takes about 10 minutes to list by sharing some basic information and photos. Check out our tips on taking glamour shots of your car!
  2. Promote your vehicle. You can double your reservations by cross-posting your Fluid Market listing on NextDoor, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist and other community groups.
  3. Set your listing to instabook and set up a lockbox for the keys. Now people can reserve your vehicle and pick it up even when you are not available. Our team will ship you a lockbox and a Zubie to track your vehicle at no extra charge.

Rest assured that you’re always insured with Fluid Market. We protect your vehicle up to $300,000 in liability insurance and coverage against theft and physical damages. We also verify every renter with a DMV background check.

Delay all you want, Uncle Sam. With Fluid Market, you’ll be earning cash from your vehicle in no time. So…what will you do with your extra income?

Want to learn more? Check out our lender site.

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Fluid Market makes #TruckShare even easier for our users in Colorado and beyond

Since we launched almost two years ago, tens of thousands of people have rented the items they don’t use everyday with their communities — earning money, saving time, and making better use of existing resources. We’re humbled to see people building businesses on Fluid Market, making hundreds, thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars each month while helping their community get their jobs done.

We listened closely to you — our Fluid lenders and borrowers — and we heard you loud and clear: vehicles, including pick up trucks, cargo vans, cars, SUVs, box trucks, RVs and trailers, are the most popular items on our platform. Why? The answer is simple and awesome: having the right vehicle at the right time makes life so much easier. No one wants to deal with long lines and paperwork at the traditional rental corporations, or beg friends to borrow their vehicle. And our lenders are earning impressive side hustle money by listing their vehicle on Fluid Market.

Based on this, we’ve shifted our platform to make it even easier for you to find the perfect vehicle for your needs exactly when and where you need it. We recently redesigned our mobile app and our website to facilitate #TruckShare. We’ve also made it a piece of cake for folks interested in earning an income from their vehicle to list on Fluid Market by posting up some basic info and pictures. Finally, the quantity, quality and variety of vehicles available on Fluid Market continues to expand and improve.

And one more drumroll: we’re thrilled to announce our expansion beyond Colorado. Now anyone in the U.S. can download the Fluid Market app to easily find the right vehicle for your job in your own community. We’re already seeing early engagement in a dozen states including California, Michigan and Texas, and we can’t wait to see our network continue to scale across the country.

So, take a stroll through our new app (on the App Store & Google Play) and website, and send us your feedback! We’ll continue to share stories from our borrowers and lenders around how Fluid Market #TruckShare is helping people get their jobs done, and earn real money across the U.S.

 

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The story of Fluid Market — and how you can make $1200/month renting out a box truck

“Why would I pay $18K for a company to move us from Virginia to Denver, when I could buy a box truck and do it myself cheaper?” Fluid Market’s founder, James Eberhard asked me. He and his family needed to relocate, but the moving fees were outrageous — as a DIY man, he decided to buy a box truck himself for $15K and pay a few contractors to help him with the heavy lifting. (Needless to say, his wife wasn’t very happy when he arrived home with this new toy — but that’s a whole other story.)

Once he got situated in Denver, he still had the box truck on his hands — instead of selling it, he decided to rent it out on his app, Fluid Market. For those who don’t know, Fluid Market allows you to make income off renting vehicles to your neighbors. Users can rent out anything from a pickup truck to a Tesla Model X — and they can offer it to borrowers for a hourly, daily, or weekly rate. Within the first 100 days he was in Denver he rented it out 50 times, at $75/day. He paid the box truck off within the first year, and continued renting it out after his payoff for profit.

Ironically, the moving company that helped James move into his Denver home ended up renting out that box truck to start their moving company. They couldn’t afford the cost of purchasing their own truck, so with the protection of Fluid Market’s insurance, rented the box truck for their jobs going forward. From there James purchased a few more box trucks (and convinced others to join him), and built Fluid Market into what it is today — a place where you can rent just about any type of vehicle or tool.

How can you also start making $1200/month on a box truck? It’s a lot easier than you think. Here’s how you can get started:

  1. Research Craigslist for 14′ to 24′ box trucks, or reach out to local branches of truck companies (like Penske or Uhaul) if they’re planning on selling any used trucks. The average purchase price is anywhere from $8K to $20K — once you list it on the app, you can rent it for $40 — $100/day to pay it off within the year.
  2. List the truck on the app — add photos, a description with specs, and your hourly/daily/weekly rates.
  3. Park the truck near an Amazon Fulfillment Center (for Amazon Flex Drivers to use), storage facility, or around your neighborhood (you’d be surprised at how many neighbors need to use it!).
  4. Fluid Market’s team is here to help: They provide their lenders with tips to promote their vehicles, where to find vehicles to purchase, and other lender tips to get your side hustle off the ground. They will also provide you with a tracking device and lockbox for autonomous lending!

Get started today by downloading the app, creating a user profile, and listing your vehicle.

– The Fluid Team

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Budget Crunch: Taking Glamour Shots of your Car

This is the fifth installment in our Budget Crunch series, Fluid’s top tips on how to save money throughout the year. Stay tuned monthly for more!

So, you’ve posted your car to the app and are ready to start making money. When your vehicle looks better on your listing, users will be more inspired to rent it – it’s really that simple.

However, paying for a professional photographer can be expensive – so why not just do it yourself? We put together a mini-glamour photo shoot for our model (ahem, a Hyundai), and put together these tips so anybody can take amazing, high quality photos of their vehicle.

We’ll be going over how to take amazing:

  • Angled Exterior Shots
  • Interior Shots
  • Well-lit Images

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Budget Crunch: Fluid’s New Referral Credit

This is the fourth installment in our Budget Crunch series, Fluid’s top tips on how to save money throughout the year. Stay tuned monthly for more!

Have you heard the exciting news? For a limited time only, we increased everyone’s referral code amounts to $20 per referral as a token of our appreciation for joining the Fluid Market community! Now you can share your referral code to give someone $20 off to try us and receive $20 in your account automatically when they complete their first reservation!

With all this credit racking up in your account, you must be thinking: What kinds of items are on Fluid that I can rent with my credit? We put together a few ideas for you, so check them out below!

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3 Ways to Save Major Bank on your Next Vacation

Summer is fast approaching, and vacation season is right around the corner. But with boarding costs, hefty rental car bills and activity fees, your savings usually disappear before you can say cowabunga. Use Fluid to save up for your vacation elsewhere, or save money while you’re vacationing in Colorado!

Ready? Here are three super easy ways to start saving!

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3 Ways to Host an Epic Park Day on a Budget

Colorado has some of the best parks in the nation, and the weather is practically begging you to take advantage of them. The key to any successful afternoon in the park is showing up fully prepared with the right gear. While it’s usually cheap or free to spend a day at the park, some of the items you may want to bring may be more on the pricier end and not readily accessible at the last minute. Enter Fluid Market. We did a round-up of park day must-haves that can be rented at a moment’s notice near you. We even did some super intense financial projections** on your savings if you opted out of purchasing at full retail so you can host an unforgettable afternoon in the park without breaking the bank.

Ready? Here are three super easy ideas to get your park days started!

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User Spotlight: Hauler App

Meet Benjamin, one of Fluid’s 5 star users. He operates and owns his own moving app, Hauler, out of the Denver Metro Area. He rents vehicles on Fluid for his movers, and also rents out his own pickup truck! We spoke with Benjamin to learn a little bit more about how Fluid has improved his business, and helped the movers on his network save a ton of money.

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3 Reasons You Should List Your Vehicle On Fluid

Let your car make money for you!
Listing your car is so simple on Fluid. Here are three solid reasons why you should!

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