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UTD Sharing economy US ambassador

UTD Sharing economy US ambassador

 

The sharing economy is the next railroad

The sharing economy is transformational for society, just as railroads were over a century ago. It is a move from a centralised and hierarchical society to a decentralised society – but at scale. This is a fundamental shift creating flexible opportunities for more people and changing the principles of asset ownership.

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2015:The sharing economy takes off

DoorThe Evening Standard highlights an emerging trend. Increasingly Londoners are seeing the benefits of opening their homes to guests. Renting an extra room is a great way to achieve that, and even more exciting is the opportunity to rent your whole home when you aren’t living there yourself (traveling for work, holiday or staying at your partner’s place) which generates far more income per night.

Sound like a lot of hassle? It can be, which is why a service that manages everything for you so you can come to a freshly clean home, with the safety and security of someone looking after your home and your guests while you are away might be the right answer for you to reap the rewards of this opportunity which is growing in popularity!

 

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Evening Standard: ‘Turn your spare room into money spinner’ 

By Steve Lodge on 30 September 2015

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New Trade body Sharing Economy UK – UnderTheDoormat

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UnderTheDoormat is now among 20+ members of a new UK trade body that will represent the UK’s growing sharing economy!

SEUK is an important milestone for the growing industry which comes as a result of the government report in November.

As stated on the website SEUK will strive to champion the sector, ensure it is represented it at its best practice and will act as a single voice of the industry.

It is exciting as a business to be a part of shaping the industry from the start, everything from insurance, to tax policy to health and safety standards.  Our goal is to work to set the benchmark high and to represent best practice in the way UnderTheDoormat operates.

Our approach is to be open in sharing the processes we have already developed and continue to improve as well as the knowledge and experience in our team as we believe there is more to be gained from sharing and helping to create a strong industry with consistently good standards in place than a holding our cards close to our chest.

UnderTheDoormat signed the Code of the Conduct that ‘provides a clear framework of values and principles that members are expected to follow. This Code of Conduct was designed to enhance the operation, image and reputation of the sharing economy industry.’

We are attending an upcoming meeting on tax policy with HMRC to encourage the government to consider extending the Rent a Room scheme  to cover all sharing economy activities as well as increasing the threshold.  The IoD has recommended a threshold of £10k in their December report.

Being a member also means that UnderTheDoormat will be working together with SEUK members to ‘develop a kitemark for responsible sharing practice’ so customers can see which companies are working to the agreed standards.

We look after our customers and we are confident that we can bring a lot of innovative solutions in the development of the sharing economy in the UK and hopefully internationally.

 

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Homejoy and UnderTheDoormat partnership

 

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We know how much easier it is to relax and take pride in your home when it’s clean, tidy and fresh! Our homeowners are busy people and we are often asked about who we work with to provide clean homes after our bookings.  We’ve partnered with Homejoy to deliver consistent high quality cleaning in the homes we look after – they only work with the very best and train all of their cleaners with their ‘Gold Standard’ approach.  For your peace of mind, all Homejoy cleaners are background checked and all cleanings are fully insured (you wouldn’t expect anything else from an UnderTheDoormat partner company).

We are happy to offer a special discount for UnderTheDoormat customers who want to take advantage of this partnership.  Simply go to  www.homejoy.com/underthedoormat500 to get £20 off your first clean.  Book your cleaning in literally seconds for a time that suits you. Pay with your credit card, manage your account online and see your assigned cleaner’s profile. 

We hope that through our partnerships we can help to make your life easier and your home an even nicer place!

 

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