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yours2share has a facelift

| shared ownership, sharing, website business | December 11, 2012

I’ve been quiet for the last nine months, but now I’m going to be making up for lost time.

yours2share underwent a major update in August 2011, but from the start there were some major issues, particularly with the way the website performed on Google. No-one was at fault; even with hindsight I don’t know what I would have done differently.

Since February, I’ve been contemplating whether to continue running yours2share or not. As will be pretty evident to anyone who has been following yours2share for a few years, I strongly believe in enabling private syndicates and rental sharing.

Unfortunately the most obvious way to make a profit doing this is to be part of the sale of the asst and take commission. However I have three issues with this. Firstly it is is a logistical nightmare: the owners can be in several countries and the asset in yet another. Secondly, it’s not something I’m interested in doing!

But the third issue is the most important, I believe that a critical part of the decision to go ahead with a private syndicate is the partners’ personal evaluation of the other members of the syndicate. Negotiating the contract is the perfect way to do this. If you can do this, then you can probably overcome any issues that might arise throughout the life of the syndicate. If I do this for other people, I’m concerned that people will not spend sufficient time getting to know their partners, but just rely on me. I don’t think this is a good idea.

As well as running your2share, I am also an online marketing consultant and I build websites based on WordPress for other people. Until recently, the one thing WordPress couldn’t do well was run classified ads, but this has now changed. I realised a few months ago that I could use WordPress as the basis for yours2share and this is what you will now see.

So the new yours2share is stripped down, just the ads and the guidance. And it works better than any other classified system that I’ve ever tested.

I’ve had a steady stream of people contacting me over the year asking me about yours2share, telling me that they’ve sold shares and generally giving me their support. I really appreciate this.

I also really appreciate the fact that so many people using yours2share have arrived via word of mouth; this has been particularly striking as I’ve been up to my elbows in user data over the last few days. Please keep telling people about us. I’m particularly keen to see more properties from Spain, Greece and Portugal on here. I know they are hard to sell at the moment, and people might like to consider the option of selling a half share, or a couple of one third shares.

Let me know what you think of the new website and if you find something that doesn’t work, please tell me. I hope you enjoy it.

January 2009 yours2share reaches 2000 members

| collaborative consumption, Press, website business | October 10, 2012

January 2009

yours2share, the innovative website helping people to share assets now has over 2000 members and is going strong within these economically turbulent times.

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New yours2share website

| Boat share, fractional ownership, sharing, website business | September 13, 2011

After many months hard work, we’ve now launched the new yours2share website.  Please have a look!

Many thanks to Ruth Cheesley of Virya Technologies for her help with this Joomla based system.

The new yours2share has a forum and directory dedicated to everything related to private syndicates and all things sharing.  Over the next few weeks I will be developing these.

The new yours2share website now charges members to post ads. I’ve reluctantly had to accept that it is better for members if we charge a reasonable fee to post an ad and use this revenue to promote the website more widely.

The cost of posting a new ad, which is then valid for one year, from now on depends upon its category:

  • Aircraft, boats, cars, mobile homes, property and “what else” – £29.50
  • Horses, dogs, Monday to Friday lets – £9.50
  • Landshare – FREE

Existing ads will continue to be displayed without charge until they expire.


Facebook – sharing websites

| environment, sharing, website business, webstuff | May 25, 2011

I’m developing a list of all the websites related to sharing I know about on yours2share’s Facebook page.   As you’ll see sharing and collaboration take many forms including:

  • private syndicates
  • peer to peer rental
  • rental
  • swapping
  • getting rid of stuff that is no longer wanted
  • peer to peer lending

This is a work in progress. If you know of a service that isn’t mentioned, please let me know.

The Mesh by Lisa Gansky

| sharing, website business | April 16, 2011

The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing is an interesting book, Lisa Gansky obviously knows a great deal about the many threads that are coming together to create what she calls the Mesh.  If you are looking for ideas about where business is going in the future, this is well worth reading.  There are some good examples given.

Having said that, even though the subject is dear to my heart, I didn’t find it engaging to read and the constant use of the phrase The Mesh and meshing was irritating.  I also didn’t findthe argument as to why sharing is so fundamental for business in the future came through clearly and coherently (I am convinced that it is, but not by this book).  As I write this, I’m flicking through the chapters to remind myself of the structure which kind of implies that the framework of the book isn’t as strong as it should be.

There are very few books about sharing so I’m well disposed to any that come along, but I think that Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers book, What’s Mine Is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing the Way We Live is both more readable and coherent with many more relevant examples – here’s my review of it.

Newsletter archive

| fractional ownership, fractional rent, sharing, website business | February 18, 2011

I’ve been writing a newsletter for yours2share for nearly four years now.  Except for the first few months all of them have been managed through the excellent ConstantContact.  I only recently realised that I could have an archive of newsletters.  So here is the yours2share newsletter archive.

Click here if you’d like to subscribe: you can unsubscribe at any time if you wish.

Floating offices

| sharing, website business | February 19, 2010

Not a straightforward sharing proposition, but these novel floating offices could enable people to make much greater use of marina space.  And what a great place to have an office.

I’m busily working on my new office for yours2share at the moment and offices with a great view are close to my heart.  Fortunately yours2share’s new office overlooks a very pretty garden: I’m looking forward to moving in.

Meet me @ WREF

| environment, sharing, website business | February 17, 2010

yours2share is taking a stand at the WREF (Women, Research and Enterprise Forum) Showcase being held at the Forum in Norwich on Wednesday 17th March from 10am til 4pm.

The Showcase is part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, held in collaboration with the National Science and Engineering Week and the John Innes Centenary.

If you’d like to find out more about yours2share, come and see us there.

Facebook Fans

| website business, webstuff | February 12, 2010

After much fiddling last night, I managed to get the Facebook fan box into the widget on my blog.  So now you can sign up to be a fan of the yours2share page on Facebook.  Please do!

Just click “Become a fan”.

Facebook has improved greatly recently, it used to drive me mad every time I touched it.  You’d see something one day, go back the next and find it impossible to get back to that interesting section.  I’ve not had that sensation for about six months, but yesterday as I was amending the page, I saw the link to the fan box.  I did a little more work on the page, and went back to find the Fan Box.  I went round and round in circles.

In the end I Googled and found this great explanation of how to set up the Fan Box.  The link I was looking for was buried in the page.

Growth does not equal happiness

| environment, networking, sharing, website business | January 25, 2010

I read with interest this post on the monbiot blog I’ve recently discovered about an interview with Lord Turner in the Guardian.  Lord Turner is the head of the Financial Services Authority and is quoted as saying: “All the evidence shows that beyond the sort of standard of living which Britain has now achieved, extra growth does not automatically translate into human welfare and happiness.”

For the last 50 odd years we all appear to have been enslaved to the view that the only true measure of success is growth.  Growth of individual companies, the stock market, the economy is taken to mean growth in our standard of living and our happiness.  In the last 20 years it has become increasingly obvious that once you get to a certain level, this isn’t so.  One can only consume so much.

On a small scale, I had become aware that something was out of kilter in my own life.  I run a local networking group for women (WIRE – Women in Rural Enterprises).  All the literature and emphasis of the national bodies tend to focus on conditions for growth of small businesses.  But speaking to a great many owners of small businesses, most simply want to achive a certain level and stay there, or maintain the perfect level they have already attained.  Many don’t want to employ staff: they just want to take people on contract when they need them.  Growth beyond a specific point simply means that they no longer have time for their family or the rest of their life, and why would they consider trading this for money they don’t actually need and can’t actually spend, because they no longer have the time.

In yours2share world, the increase in sharing and private syndicates is further evidence that people are shifting from the long held view that ownership is king.  People are starting to consider only buying what they need.  At the same time, many syndicate owners also get to own part of a better asset than they would enjoy if they bought outright.  As sharing becomes more established, people will also realise that the community of like-minded syndicate partners is a further benefit.

I think that once you have reached the standard of living that Britain has now achived, the route to greater human welfare and happiness is about strengthening communities and environmental harmony.  Sharing has a role in this.

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