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Mom-Founded Startup Rents Infant Gear to Tourists

Busy mom in Chicago uses a peer-to-peer sharing platform to earn extra money for her family and help visiting parents get all the baby gear they need for their trip.
Family Service Sharing Economy Starter Platform

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What It's About

A busy mom becomes delivers baby gear to families visiting the Chicago area

Business Model
Service
Skills Required
Communication & Product Knowledge
Complexity
Low
Profit Potential
Medium

Words of Wisdom

Lindsey got her start on Babierge, a niche starter platform focused on helping traveling families and those who host them. The fact that Lindsey was able to start quickly, earn back her $1,000 investment, and now make $500 a month while she does everything else shows why these platforms are so powerful.

Fun Fact

Making extra cash is always great, but for Lindsey, it's also been a lot of fun starting this side hustle while having flexibility with her 3-year-old daughter. Her daughter often joins her on deliveries, which is not something that could happen at her day job.

Notes from Chris

Episode 61

The challenge of starter platforms is that you run the risk of your income being fairly limited. The benefit is that you can start right now.

This is why as you make decisions, you need to relate them to your goals. Some people want extra income. Some people want reliable, sustainable income... something that earns money for them and becomes an asset. Others want to match the income from their day job or exceed it and maybe even quit that day job.

If your goal is one of the second things, then you shouldn’t stay on starter platforms for too long. Use what you learn to build something for yourself.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Babierge: the platform Lindsey uses to list her services
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Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,

Chris Guillebeau

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Quote of the Day
"I feel empowered by doing this. That I could have a full-time job, be a busy mom and also start my own business in a matter of days was a big surprise."
—Lindsey Meyer #SideHustleSchool

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