Forget Fantasy Football. Investing with Fluid pays off.

We had the chance to catch up with Chris Murphy, who began lending four box trucks on Fluid six months ago. Chris, a Denver-based mortgage lender and a liquor store owner, decided to buy box trucks to lend on Fluid as he saw synergistic opportunities with his existing businesses. In the near term, Chris was interested in generating cash by renting out his box trucks to the Fluid community, while longer term, he aims to integrate the trucks into his business models by providing moving and delivery services for his customers.

Chris earns about $900 per month per truck, for a total of over $3500 each month — that’s more than $42,000 annually. What’s most important for Chris? His investment in renting trucks on Fluid doesn’t cost him a significant amount of his own time. He finds it easy to communicate with borrowers through the in-app messaging feature, and receives great customer care support from the Fluid team. Chris is also seeing several repeat customers, including moving companies who need to increase their own fleets. He keeps his trucks parked in high profile locations, ensuring their accessibility for borrowers.

“Lending trucks on Fluid has been a super profitable experience for me, putting over $3500 in my pocket each month. The best part? I put in about the same amount of time I do on my Fantasy Football app,” said Chris Murphy, Fluid lender. “The Fluid team has helped me at each step of the way — from sourcing the vehicles, to maintenance, to customer care — allowing me to save valuable time. Given the demand from borrowers I’m seeing, I’d like to expand my fleet on Fluid — if I can make it work for four trucks, I can make it work for 100 trucks.”

Listing your vehicle on Fluid takes less than ten minutes and can put thousands of dollars in your pocket each year. Interested in learning how you can get started? Check out our lender success page and connect with us: customercare@fluidmarket.com

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Need a truck? Borrow it!

Whether you’re gearing up to move to your new apartment, make a big run to Home Depot for your next DIY project, or an Amazon Flex driver ready to deliver, you need the right vehicle (and your hatchback is just not going to do the trick). Fluid Market peer-to-peer truck share to the rescue! Whatever job you have to tackle, you can borrow the truck you need on the Fluid Market truck share app starting as low as $5/hour. No more awkwardly asking your neighbor to borrow their truck, and no more standing in line for hours at an expensive corporate truck rental company. Fluid Market saves you time and money by helping you find the vehicle you need in just a few clicks.

Borrowing a truck on Fluid Market is easy and quick:

  1. Download the Fluid Market truck share app on the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Sign up and upload a picture of your driver’s license, a quick selfie, and your credit card information. The first time you rent, we’ll verify your driver’s license and credit card, which generally takes just a few minutes.
  3. Search for the vehicle you need by category, location, and availability.
  4. Reserve your truck!

Vehicle pick up and drop off is also a piece of cake. Once you reserve a vehicle, we’ll send you the vehicle’s location and specific instructions both via email and in the app. At pick up and drop off, you’ll be asked to take pictures of the interior and exterior of the vehicle to share the vehicle’s condition. Throughout the reservation, you can communicate with the lender directly through the in-app messaging feature.

Want to learn more? Check out our borrower guidelines.

Welcome to the truck sharing revolution and our Fluid Market community! #TruckYEAH

Own a truck? Put it to work for you on Fluid Market!

Did you know that truck owners in the United States only use their vehicles 5% of the time? That’s a whole lot of lazy trucks. Your truck could be making money for you when you’re not driving it, and Fluid Market is here to help you do just that, backed by our insurance and our comprehensive borrower background checks.

How much can you earn by renting your truck on Fluid Market? Check out average annual earnings below. With Fluid Market, you can pay for your next vacation, save for your new home down payment, or simply pay your bills. Your earnings will depend on several factors, including the make, model, and how you promote your vehicle.

Vehicle type Average earnings per year
Midsize Box Truck (20 ft. +) $20,400
Small Box Truck (12-19 ft.) $15,000
Van (Sprinter, TransitVan, ProMaster, etc.) $14,000
Pickup trucks $10,000

 

Listing your truck on Fluid Market takes less than 10 minutes. Follow these easy steps to put your lazy truck to work:

  1. “Add Item” from the menu in the Fluid Market app and select your vehicle category — box truck, cargo van, pickup truck, or other.
  2. Take (great!) photos of your vehicle. Fantastic photos perform for our lenders, with borrowers reserving vehicles 3-4x as frequently when they include high quality photos from a variety of angles.
  3. Add vehicle info, including your license plate, VIN#, make, model, and year. Create a descriptive, eye-catching title to capture the attention of borrowers, briefly describe your vehicle, and confirm the location.
  4. Choose a rate. You can select up to three rates — hourly, daily, or weekly. You’ll see suggested prices in the app, and you can check out comparable vehicles on Fluid Market to get a sense of pricing.
  5. Instant Book. If your vehicle is accessible anytime without you being there (for example, by lockbox), you can select our Instant Book feature to allow borrowers to automatically book your item. Turning on Instant Book is a great way to increase your reservations.
  6. Add pick up & drop off instructions. Provide borrowers detailed instructions for vehicle pick up and drop off, as well as key access, and any additional fees.
  7. Publish your listing and watch your bank account grow! You’ll be paid via direct deposit.

If Fluid Market is new in your neighborhood, active promotion is key to helping neighbors and your local community learn your truck is available to rent. To jump start your side business, share your Fluid Market listing (along with a picture) on Nextdoor or other community bulletin boards. This simple promotion generates on average two reservations per post, and helps create repeat business. Check out our blog for Nextdoor promotion tips.

Now that your truck is earning for you on Fluid Market, go ahead and give it a big hug. It’s no longer lazy. #TruckYeah

Want to learn more? Check out our lender guidelines.

College students get their move on with Fluid Market

College students move a whole lot — into and out of the dorm, into off-campus housing, and back home at the start of the summer. Fluid Market offers a great way for students to save time and money as they transition to a new dorm, apartment, or shared house with their friends. Students can find the truck they need to get the job done with just a few clicks on the Fluid Market app, starting as low as $5/hour. We take the stress out of truck rental so students can get back to the important stuff — hitting the books!

We’re so excited to feature Emma, a student at the University of Colorado, who rented a small box truck on Fluid Market for her recent move into her new apartment. Emma picked up the box truck super early in the morning to start her move, taking advantage of the 24/7 accessibility of the vehicle. With a little muscle help from her friends, Emma completed her move in one day, and saved hundreds of dollars by using Fluid Market.

“Renting a truck on Fluid Market couldn’t have been easier and saved me a ton of cash,” shared Emma, a student at the University of Colorado. “I downloaded the app and found the perfect truck just a couple of miles from where I live. I’ll definitely use Fluid Market truck share for my next move.”

Whether you’re tackling your first move or your tenth, hack your next moving experience by using Fluid Market to find the right vehicle at the lowest cost. Download the app today to get started!

Great new features on the latest Fluid Market app & web experience

One thing we love at Fluid Market is shipping more, great features to our users. Our team constantly updates our mobile app and website to bring the best possible experiences to our lenders and borrowers.

We’re excited to announce some new features for our app and website that make sharing trucks on Fluid Market even easier.

  • Safety & security enhancements: We are committed to creating the safest truck sharing community. We’re proud to announce that we’ve developed our own proprietary, state of the art user vetting system that’s connected to 51 DMVs in the U.S. Our intelligent platform verifies new users based on over 80 points of reference, ensuring a safe and secure experience for our community.
  • Auto-approval for new borrowers: We’ve greatly reduced the time required to approve a new borrower. The majority of our new users are now approved within two minutes.* We know how important it is to lock in new reservations as quickly as possible, ensuring lenders build their side hustle and borrowers can get the vehicle they need as quickly as possible. This feature is available for both our iOS users on the App Store and our Android users on Google Play.
  • Optimized image uploading: We’ve optimized image upload in the app, allowing users to upload images in less than one second, down from 8 seconds previously. This helps ensure that lenders have more information on their vehicle, and that borrowers can more quickly move through the pickup and drop off inspections. This feature is available for our iOS users on the App Store and our Android users on Google Play.
  • Website: We recently relaunched our website enabling users to upload and book a truck as they would from our mobile app. Our website is now a key component of driving additional transactions and ultimately growing the community.

We hear fantastic ideas from our users for future product features, and we’d love to hear your feedback! Please send all product feedback and feature requests to feedback@fluidmarket.com. We’ll share regular product updates here on our blog so you can stay on top of the latest and greatest. #TruckYEAH

*Depending on the state DMV, the approval process could take a few hours and up to one business day. If it’s your first time renting, we recommend booking one day in advance. After your ID is approved, all of your future transactions will be approved instantaneously.

Fluid Market lender pro-tip: Use Nextdoor to promote your vehicle

You’ve listed your vehicle on Fluid Market, set a price, and arranged your availability calendar in the app. Now what? Time to let borrowers know that your vehicle is available to rent!

So what’s the best way to gain visibility for your vehicle? We recommend that you use Nextdoor to get the word out to your local community. Nextdoor is a private social network that connects you with nearby neighbors, giving you the opportunity to share your vehicle’s availability within a close community.

As a Fluid Market lender, you are running a business. And your business is built on creating connections and sharing experiences that highlight the ease, cost, and time-savings of renting a vehicle on Fluid Market. Nextdoor is a fantastic community that can help you maximize your Fluid Market side hustle.

The numbers speak for themselves: our lenders who post vehicles on Nextdoor see more frequent transactions and have more repeat customers. Pickup truck lenders can expect to earn on average $10K per year on Fluid Market, and about $200 additional per month by promoting their vehicle on Nextdoor. Lenders use creative ways to engage both new and repeat borrowers, including offering $20 in rental credit through the personalized invite code in the Fluid Market app.

To help you out, we’ve created this guide to walk you through best practices for NextDoor. Read on to maximize your side hustle!

Nextdoor tips & tricks:

  • Already on Nextdoor? Great! Not yet on Nextdoor? No problem, just download the app and register by verifying your address.
  • Go to the “For Sale & Free” section, where you can list your vehicle for rent.
    • Important to note: Nextdoor’s community guidelines do not allow individuals to post rental items outside of this category–if you do so, your posts may be removed.
  • Create a title for your vehicle. Make it short, punchy, and direct. We recommend something like: “Rent my pickup truck on Fluid Market”.
  • List the price — can be your hourly, daily, or weekly rate.
  • Write a brief description in the “Details” section. Be sure to include the Fluid Market link for your vehicle so potential renters can go directly to your site.
  • Add high-quality photos that show off your vehicle. We recommend you include interior and exterior photos shot in good light. Share seasonal pictures of your vehicle.
  • Post your vehicle in the “Automotive” category.
  • Finally, choose who can see your item. We recommend that you select “Your broader local area” to ensure that both your immediate neighbors and close communities see your vehicle.

Our lenders see great engagement with their local community on Nextdoor, including comments, thanks, and inquiries. To make sure that your vehicle stays at the top of the Nextdoor “For Sale & Free” feed, be sure to respond promptly to any questions and regularly post a brief comment. This will push your listing back to the top to maximize visibility.

Happy lending!

Got a great story from promoting your Fluid Market vehicle on Nextdoor? We’d love to hear about it! Please reach out to suzanne@fluidmarket.com 

 

Moving mulch sucks. Fluid Market truck share to the rescue. #TruckYEAH

Sprucing up your yard? Borrow a truck on Fluid Market to help you with all of your gardening needs. And don’t risk losing your phone in six bathtubs of gorilla fur bark mulch. #TruckYEAH

Download Fluid Market today on the App Store or Google Play.

Moving furniture sucks. Fluid Market truck share to the rescue. #TruckYEAH

Let’s be real: moving furniture sucks. Especially when you’re creating modern art towers on top of very small hatchbacks. Fluid Market truck share is here to make your life easier. Next time you’re in moving day mode, borrow a truck when and where you need it, starting as low as $5/hour. You’ll thank us for saving your windows from shattering.

Don’t let friends smoosh your cupcakes. #TruckYEAH

Fluid Market is here to serve the almost 30 million small business owners across the US who need the right vehicle to get the job done. Take our friends at Valhalla Cakes in Denver, who make exquisite cakes and cupcakes, and need to deliver their delicacies to their clients just as beautifully as they came out of the oven. For that kind of job we recommend a cargo van, available for as little as $5/hour on Fluid Market, instead of this (admittedly very cute) ’78 Volkswagen beetle.

Find the vehicle you need on Fluid Market, and don’t let your friends smoosh your cupcakes.

 

Forget the tie. Dad wants a truck.

It’s time to break out of old school Father’s Day gifts. For real…who needs another tie, one more set of tongs for the grill, or more golf tees? This Father’s Day, give Dad the gift he actually wants: hassle-free truck rental on Fluid MarketGot a Dad that isn’t into trucks? No problem, we’ve got those Dads covered, too, with some unforgettable options. Just keep reading.

 

Top 5 Trucks

Here are our top five truck picks for Dad, so he can tool around the neighborhood in style this Father’s Day.

  1. Dodge Ram Driven by the most loyal half-ton pick up owners. Starting at just $6/hour.
  2. Ford F-150 Great performance and efficiency. Starting at just $5/hour.
  3. Chevy Silverado The most dependable full-size pickups on the road. Starting at just $5/hour.
  4. Toyota Tacoma Built for the endless weekend. Starting at just $5/hour.
  5. GMC Sierra Serious horsepower. Starting at just $5/hour.

 

And for those Dads that aren’t truck fans, here are two awesome options that will no doubt earn you first prize with your Pops, and some unforgettable photo ops for the ‘Gram.

School Bus

Throw Dad a tailgate party for Father’s Day with the whole family in this short school bus that seats up to 14 people. $249/day – click here

 

Tesla

Let Dad experience the future of driving, complete with awesome Falcon Doors on the Model X. Starts at $249/day – Click here

 

Whatever your vehicle of choice, our Fluid Market team wishes all of the awesome Dads out there a fantastic Father’s Day.

Download the Fluid Market mobile app on the App Store and Google Play.

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