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ShareZen helps take the hassle out of sharing and makes it a pleasure to own things in ... More

Editor's review

Published 1 Oct 2011

Don’t let ShareZen’s short description above fool you into thinking that this site is all about sharing the odd meal out with friends or splitting the cost of a group holiday. On no, this is all about the sharing of big ticket assets and overcoming the hassle attached to that if serious organization is lacking.

May people do it and a good example would be friends or family members buying a vacation home together. Whether or not this purchase was made with the intention of renting it out or just for use within that particular group, things like availability, maintenance and the repayment of any finance all need proper scheduling.

This site does everything and asset owners signing up are obviously given privilege access status allowing them to manage every aspect of shared ownership. An availability calendar shows planned usage at a glance and a maintenance and to-do tracking system sends reminders to all owners when anything needs doing.

Any money spent on the asset can be recorded including any finance payments and each owner will always know their position as the system can automatically assess fees to share costs based on usage or time.

The ShareZen application widens out greatly to accommodate those using the asset but not involved in ownership. Renters for example can have visitor access to the site which acts as a central hub for all communication between them and the owners. Directions and instructions of any kind can be relayed along with personal touches like recommended restaurants or visitor attractions nearby.

The communication function also makes it easier for issues to be overcome at the beginning or end of a rental period. Guests can fill out any sort of online questionnaire and confirm the state of key appliances and features. Comments and ratings can also be left which can form an online visitor’s book.

Of course a vacation home is just one good example. The same could apply to boats and planes or any major asset owned on a shared basis and requiring organization and scheduling to maintain its value.

This site looks to have every possible angle covered both from the owners and guest’s perspective. Having everything in one place and accessible to everyone should result in a very smooth shared asset operation.

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