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!

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.

Fluid Market lender uses personal touches to create great experiences for her truck renters

Lender Success: How a personal touch drives repeat business

Lots of folks dream of visiting Paris, but Amy H. is realizing her dream of returning to the City of Lights by getting her side hustle on through Fluid Market. Amy H., an executive administrator at Denver-based NIMBL, first heard about Fluid Market in September 2017 through a recommendation on Nextdoor. She immediately saw the opportunity to earn some extra money, and posted up her 2006 Dodge Ram. Amy H. now has hundreds of side hustle dollars in her pocket to help finance her next dream vacation: a return to Paris, where she and her husband spent their unforgettable honeymoon.

“I love the ease and convenience of renting my truck on Fluid Market,” shared Amy H., Fluid Market lender and Denver-based executive administrator. “All it takes is a few clicks a week and sharing a few messages in the app with prospective renters, and my Dodge is out earning for me while I’m at my day job. So many of my renters thank me for making their lives easier, allowing them to inexpensively and easily bring home their purchases from Home Depot, move furniture, and transport mulch. Fluid Market is an awesome and super easy way to earn extra money.”

Amy H.’s pro tip for Fluid Market lenders? Go a bit further for your renters and it will pay off. “I take that extra step by making sure there are bottles of water, extra windshield wiping fluid, tow straps, and tie downs in my truck,” shared Amy H. “I also leave my renters a note in the car thanking them for using Fluid Market — it’s a personal and simple touch that I see translate into return business. I’ve been amazed to see that my renters treat my vehicle well, returning it in the same condition they found it.”

With that kind of successful side hustle, Amy H. will be boarding a plane back to Paris soon!

Interested in becoming a Fluid Market lender? Check out these easy lender success steps.

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

No Time? These Side Hustles Don’t Require Any.

If you’re looking for ways to earn some extra cash with a side hustle, you’d likely encounter tons of ways to make more money. If you have a full-time job, children, or already have multiple jobs and very little spare time, most of those options aren’t realistic (unless you give up sleeping). At the end of the day, time is a precious commodity and most side hustles require it. For example, popular side hustle apps like Uber, Task Rabbit or Dolly can generate real money but are time suckers.

However, there are a number of side hustles that don’t require a lot. We’ve gone through the lists for you and found some side hustles that require little to no time. Check them out below and kick off your 2018 year with some extra money in your bank account!


 

Rent out property on AirBnb

If you have spare rooms, renting them out on AirBnB can really rake in some cash with minimal time spent. By taking advantage of features like minimum night stays and additional fees, the average AirBnB host makes anywhere from $850 — $950 a month. If you rent out two rooms at $800 a piece per month, you’ll have $19K by the end of the year.

Pro Tip: Read blog posts by hosts like this and read AirBnB’s host guide to get started, learn more about the process, and get insider tips.


 

Spend Money through Ibotta

The mobile app, Ibotta (also based in Denver!) helps you make money off your shopping or grocery receipts. It’s basically a rebate app, so you can earn anywhere from 25 cents to 5 dollars off everything you buy. Just buy the things you normally do and make money off your purchases!

You can connect your bank account or PayPal to Ibotta and get paid out within minutes of earning the rebate.

Pro Tip: If you’re a coupon-er, you can still use Ibotta and get a rebate for your purchases. This will often result in getting an item for free!


 

Rent out a pickup truck on Fluid Market

Fluid Market is a mobile app that 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. The side hustle on a pick up truck is incredible —  with the average truck lender generating $500/month. This means you can buy a ten-year-old extended bed pickup truck for $4,000 (or $140/month financed over 3 years) off Craigslist, and start making $360/month or $4300/yr. Lenders often buy a few trucks and their numbers multiply exponentially!

To get started, read more on Fluid Market’s website — there’s a blog post specifically geared towards vehicle lenders.


New year, new side hustle — start 2018 off with some side income! Try these apps out and start down the path of turning your side hustle into your main hustle.

– The Fluid Team

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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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Business User Spotlight: SquirrelBox

Meet Cameron, one of Fluid’s 5 star users! He operates and owns his own valet storage business, SquirrelBox, out of the Denver Metro Area. SquirrelBox rents vehicles on Fluid to transport items, and switched over from UHaul when he discovered we were cheaper and more reliable! We spoke with Cameron to learn more about how Fluid has improved his business, while helping them save a ton of money on vehicle rentals.

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