In addition to sites that you have all heard of, I use Uber, FoundersCard, Evernote, Tablet Hotels, AirBnB, Evernote, Rentalic – things that save me time and money that you may not have heard of. If you continue to read this, you owe me a comment about a tool or service that you use that I haven’t covered. If you can’t commit to this, then stop reading now. OK, I’m kidding but I know that you use stuff that I would benefit from that I don’t know about, so please leave a comment if you have one in mind.
Uber (formerly know as UberCab, I’m an investor) is a service on your mobile device that allows you to place an order for a limo that will arrive in minutes. It’s currently available only in San Francisco but will hopefully roll out to additional cities soon. I use it because it’s fast, efficient, friendly, reasonably priced, and I don’t have to deal with cash or tipping since my CC is stored online. It’s about 30% more than a cab but it’s well worth it for the time I save and the other reasons I mentioned. On one of the three rides I went Uber last Saturday, we had 7 passengers in the car so I actually saved a bunch of money.
FoundersCard provides discounts to everything related to travel and a growing list of businesses. There is an application process and fee but it’s well worth it. I would have saved $200 on StubHub service fees had I joined prior to the SFGiants playoffs and World Series. They have great hotel deals, event deals, business deals, and food and beverage deals. You just have to check it out as there’s too much to list. I’m certain that I’ll save more than $1,000/year with the service, and I’ll save several hours because I won’t have to search a bunch of sites for the best deals. If you do any traveling, it seems like a no-brainer to me. Some of the discounts that I’ll use immediately are for Uber, ATT Wireless, a Boston hotel, an upcoming tech event, winelibrary and others. These discounts alone will pay for the initiation and annual fee. They also have a social network as part of the service. I can see some real business deals happening through the site it since applicants are vetted, though they let me in so maybe that’s not the case .
Tablet Hotels provides a paid service for additional discounts, free upgrades and other perks and special deals. I like it because it’s all about boutique hotels, the best deals online, last minute deals and member specials and they provide a great user experience. It saves me time and money. I’m pretty sure that I’ll only ever use tablet hotels, FoundersCard and Priceline to find my hotels for now on. When I can’t find something that fits my budget, which is unlikely to happen any longer, I’ll use AirBnB.
AirBnB allows you to rent one’s unused apartment or room. I’m not likely to use this too often in the future. The only time I’ll consider it is when I can’t find a room for under $250. Though I’ve had mostly good experiences with it and recommend you check it out, it just takes too much time to secure a place and time is money. It’s a possible money saver but a potential time sync. Depending on your money/time and hassle/value curves, it’s worth checking out.
Evernote is like a second brain. It allows you to capture everything that you currently email to yourself, notes that you take but never revisit and tasks that you record but forget about. I just started using it and it’s awesome. I’ve captured photos of things I want to remember or follow-up on, voice recordings related to a project, written notes, web clipping (like a bookmark) and other stuff. It organizes everything for you and syncs your mobile to the cloud (this term annoys me). It’s a huge time saver. I’ve also photographed receipts, membership card numbers and other stuff that I don’t want to dig around for.
Rentalic (I’m an advisor and shareholder) is a peer to peer rental site. It allows you to post stuff to make money and find stuff in your neighborhood that you just don’t need to buy but may want to borrow. I like it because it saves me money and time. I don’t need to go buy something that I’ll hardly ever use which means that I don’t have to run to the store or have the item clutter my garage. It will save you time, money and decrease your carbon footprint by creating less junk.
I’m sure there are a few other things that I benefit from that may show up in an update. I would really appreciate it if you will add the tools and services that you benefit from.
Tell us – what are they, what do you use? Please share this so we get others to make us all more efficient.