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This platform enables hosts to offer short-term accommodation to skilled guests, who can help with their choice of tasks around the house.

Airbnb and holiday rental providers have made it possible for travelers to rent accommodation directly from their peers. They help visitors find unique and affordable places to stay and enable homeowners to earn an extra income. Now, a new platform called GigRove wants to make the process even more mutually beneficial by swapping out monetary payments for personal services.

GigRove enables hosts to offer short-term accommodation to skilled guests. Helping with tasks such as house renovation, language lessons or babysitting can all be utilised in return for accommodation. Hosts can either list their homes on the site for free or pay a one-off fee of USD 3 to create a verified profile. There are already a wide range of locations and requests. A house in Australia needs a video editor, and a solar paneling company in Portland seeks someone to help in the kitchen.

Travelers pay a monthly subscription of USD 6.99 to use the matchmaking service. This enables them to browse or search the offers and connect with potential hosts. The platform also supports private video chats between hosts and travelers. Both parties can then get to know each other better before confirming their arrangements.



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