More collaborative economy platforms offer transport services
You have to transport something but you don’t have the right vehicle? The collaborative economy can be of service for you. This collaborative economy platform, approved by the Federal Public Service Finance, gives individuals who offer their service the opportunity to benefit from a favourable tax regime. Thanks to the collaborative economy, an individual can earn up to 6.250 euros per year without having to change status.
Transport or large goods
Imagine you have just bought a large piece of furniture or you have just sold one on a second-hand platform and you want to take care of its delivery but you don’t have a car or it’s too small? Then you can surf to howdy-apps.com – the app is under development – to order in a few clicks the services of a carrier, a ‘Howder’.
As a first step, Howdy – a platform intended for the transport of large goods with drivers – will offer you a free estimate of the transport to be performed by defining a collection time and location. The fixed prices are guaranteed. You choose the truck of your choice, as well as the number of carriers you need.
A journey in a ‘microvan’ (2-3 m³ of available space) costs 21 euros, a fixed price, to which must be added a variable amount of 0,75 euros/km. For more space in the van (from 20 to 25 m³, expect a flat-rate amount of 59 euros and a variable rate of 1,10 euros/km
At the precise moment
A request can be made up to 30 days in advance or even in an ’emergency’ on the same day with a 30-minute delay. “Moreover, our added value is to deliver customers at the precise moment they decide, whereas a conventional transport service will generally impose a particular day and/or a relatively wide range that goes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., for example,” says Mouhcine Snoussi, one of the platform’s co-founders.
Currently, this service is available from Brussels, Charleroi, and Ghent, regardless of the destination in Belgium. Howdy has been active for almost six months and obviously intends to be accessible everywhere in Belgium. They already have 25 active carriers who carry out a few dozen trips a day, and about thirty waiting.
The platform also specifies that they are “professional transporters”, all in the possession of a company and a transport license, and selected beforehand. In addition, each delivery is covered by an insurance policy from the moment your items are in Howdy’s hands.
Rent a vehicle
The collaborative economy also makes it possible to just rent a van from a neighbor. This is the case with CarAmigo, a platform that also covers vehicles in the event of theft, accident, or breakdown. They rent a Renault Kangoo (39 euros/day), a Volkswagen Caddy (50 euros), an Opel Combo (73 euros), a larger Ford Transit (79 euros), or a Renault Traffic (90 euros). According to CarAmigo, the proposed rates allow you to save 30 to 50% compared to a traditional rental.
You can also use individuals to have goods delivered directly from your doorstep. This type of service is offered by platforms such as PiggyBee, Parcify or Vengo. Prices are relatively variable.
There are also other collaborative economy platforms that offer you a carrier service. This is the case of Dajobs, Pwiic, YoupiJob, or Listminut. The latter lists 2.881 individuals ready to help you with a move, delivery, or to get rid of your bulky item. Just describe your needs and the platform will send you an offer within four hours.