The Language of the Sharing Economy

Today, the internet has made it easier than ever to connect people who need something, with people who have that specific item.

The “sharing”, “collaborative” or “gig” economy is revolutionizing the way people view their potential opportunities. Where once you may have needed training, education and experience in a specific field in order to take advantage of skills you may already have, today we can immediately and easily engage the assets we have at our disposal in order to augment our income, and even help others and the environment along the way. Today, the internet has made it easier than ever to connect people who need something, with people who have that specific item.

With the biggest hits of the booming, sharing economy – an economy that PwC estimates will be worth $335 billion by 2025 - household names Airbnb and Uber, allow people to take advantage of their “latent assets” to earn extra cash. With the rise and rise of Uber and Airbnb, the sharing economy discourse has focused on assets such as your home or your car. Such major investments are not everyone’s path, but a latent asset that you can certainly leverage is your native language.

In an increasingly international and globalized economy, English has become the de facto language of business and digital communications across the globe. Businesses, sharing economy entrepreneurs, students and more, need native-English speakers to help them edit and proofread everything from emails to marketplace listings to Facebook statuses.

Imagine a scenario, a Chinese businessperson wants to sell products to a company in Australia. They reach out but their email is hard to understand, awkwardly phrased, or simply unprofessional. A perfectly good business opportunity could be completely thrown away because of poorly written correspondence. Or take another example, a Hungarian student wants to study at an American university and emails a certain professor to ask for advice and mentorship. Writing this email might take the student an extraordinary amount of time and stress and after all that, will likely still have grammatical errors or etiquette blunders when cultural nuances are unknown.

That’s where you come in. Using your native English skills to edit emails and blurbs for individuals, entrepreneurs and businesses around the world is an excellent way to use your latent asset and your free time to boost your income. One way to utilize this asset is through Mailfixer. Mailfixer connects non-native English speakers with native-English speakers who are trained to edit emails and blurbs for both grammatical and contextual precision. An easy application and a short training are all that are required to jump right in and begin using your latent asset to help your peers across the world improve their communication, and make some extra money.

Part of the beauty of the sharing economy is that it’s open to everybody. Through the power of the internet, connecting people around the world who have a skill with those who need it, anybody can find creative ways to solve problems and to supplement their income. With platforms like Mailfixer, you can join in too.

By Ronit Zimmer, first published on March 17, 2016 on