Fluid – Truck Share helps Denver based The Olive and Poppy meet their high demand without the hassle of managing a fleet of vehicles. We recently sat down with Shannon and asked her to share some information on her company and her thoughts on how Fluid helps ease her delivery logistics so she can focus on what matters! Here’s what she has to say.
Q: Tell us about your business, what do you do?
A: We are a high-end floral company that specializes in event design. Focusing on Weddings and Corporate business.
Q: How long have you been in business?
A: We have had The Olive and Poppy since January 2015, but have experience in our industry for the last 17 years.
Q: What do you love the most about your job?
A: That it’s never the same. The relationships we get to build with our clients, the trust that they give us, and that our imagination is our only limit!
Q: What do you think is the best thing about your business?
A: Our customer service and our eye for detail and originality. A referral is the best compliment that someone can give you, so anytime you are able to build that type of relationship with your client, I think we have succeeded. We pride ourselves on knowing that whoever starts out as a client, ends up being a friend!
Q: When did you start using Fluid?
A: We randomly received an email from someone saying that they had a van in the area. I didn’t think too much of it, probably deleted the email because it wasn’t necessary to us. HOWEVER!!!!! that one email definitely planted a seed. There was a weekend we went to go pickup our rental from a car rental agency and they said they were out of vans for the weekend. After sitting there for an hour wasting time. I googled van rental in a panic, saw Fluid pop up as an ad, and remembered the infamous email that had been sent to us.
Q: How did it help your business?
A: I love the accessibility of it. There’s literally no waiting in lines places, paperwork to fill out every time, that there’s vans all over town, price point is fantastic, being able to rent for a few hours and then return without being charged for the full day, the people that we’ve had encounters with have been super friendly. This list could go on and on!
Q: Tell us about your experience as a lender. Why did you decide to list your van on Fluid?
A: Ours is a seasonal
business. So, while we have a van of our own that is usually in use by one of
our employees there are definitely months that it’s sitting around doing
nothing. Being able to put our van on there for other people to have the same
convenience has been awesome!
Q: Would you recommend other businesses to use Fluid, either to borrow trucks, or lend theirs while they don’t use them?
A: Well, that’s a no brainer! I feel like we can’t get the word out fast enough for you guys! Such a necessary market for people in the event industry!
Meet Mike Gumina! Mike is one of Fluids top lenders! Mike joined Fluid as just a lender in December of 2017 and has been growing his presence ever since. Starting with just 1 vehicle, Mike is now managing a small fleet of 7 units! Shortly after listing his first vehicle, a 16-foot Ford Box Truck with great success, Mike saw the ease and potential of supplemental income with Fluid Truck Share. After some research he quickly took on a Fluid Captain role. Mike now manages 7 vehicles on the platform, including multiple 2019 Ram Promasters!
We had a short Q&A with Mike this week to learn about his Fluid Captain experience so far and here’s what he had to say:
Q: You started buying your own truck and listing it on Fluid, how did you end up managing seven trucks? Why did you decide to become a Fluid Captain?
A: One day when our families were out to dinner my son in law asked me if I knew what Fluid was, and if I would like to partner with him on a box truck. I immediately thought it would be a great idea. I was looking for something I could do to make some additional cash, but not wanting to go to a regular type of job. I thought being retired, would give me plenty of time to manage the truck and with his demanding job, he doesn’t have the time, so it was a perfect partnership. Shortly after getting started, I made a one-page flyer that I could hand out to folks and I began calling on some folks in the area near the location that I kept the vehicle. I also sent some mailers to some moving companies that were located close to the truck. Additionally, I put adds on Craigslist and on Nextdoor. This, along with Fluids advertising helped to promote our truck. The rentals started slowly but each month I saw an increase in rentals. After 4 or 5 months our truck was on rent about 25 days or more per month. It went out last November and didn’t come back until mid-January, straight through the holidays. The Fluid Team reached out and asked if I would be willing to take on some additional vehicles late last year. I told them that I was definitely interested. I wanted to do it because it gave me the opportunity to earn additional income from home.
Q: How much time do you dedicate to manage your trucks?
A: I have come to realize managing seven vehicles does not take a whole lot of additional time. I have spent additional time, marketing the vehicles that I currently manage again by talking with, and dropping off fliers and discount cards to folks in the areas where I have vehicles located. What is so great, I can do that when I have the time to do it. It is done at my convenience and I can spend as much or as little time as I wish marketing the fleet. Managing 7 vehicles can realistically take 10 or 15 minutes per week. I spend a little more than that because I choose to. I get a little more involved with our borrowers in some cases where it seems appropriate. I believe if they have a little more contact with someone on a more personal level, there is a better chance that they will keep coming back to us.
Q: Tell us about your relationship with borrowers: Do they come back and rent again from you? Do you get any positive feedback? What do borrowers like the most about Fluid/your trucks?
A: I have numerous stories from our borrowers, all of which have one thing in common: “What a great experience it has been using Fluid”, “I will be using your vehicle again”. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have heard that both on messages and verbally from our borrowers. I have had a borrower call me to let me know that the street that my truck was kept on will be getting road work done to it. They wanted to let me know so I would move it and not get a ticket. They didn’t realize that I had moved it the day before. It is great when your borrower is looking out for you. One of my repeat borrowers has a small moving company and uses our truck frequently. One problem he has however, he works hard, so when he is done with his job for the day, he often goes home, has dinner and sometimes takes a nap prior to returning the truck. He usually has it reserved until 11:00PM. Sometimes, however, his nap goes longer then he plans. I see on Zubie [the GPS tracker provided by Fluid] that it is parked at his house, so when the time is getting close to his scheduled return, I send him a quick message reminding him to get the vehicle back and within minutes the truck is on the move back to its parking spot and he closes out the rental. This person has rented at least 20 times from me and will continue to do so. Those kinds of relationships keep people coming back. Perhaps if I let the clock keep ticking on him with overtime, we may all make a little extra money on that one rental, but then perhaps he would not keep coming back.
Q: What do you like the most about being a Fluid Captain?
A: What I like most about being a Fluid Captain is the flexibility it offers. It allows me to be as engaged as I would like and it offers me the ability to make the necessary decisions with our borrowers to benefit both Fluid and myself. Additionally, I enjoy interacting with our borrowers and developing relationships with them. I am planning on adding vehicles to the fleet that I currently manage as soon as they are available and I have already decided on areas that I plan to put them.
Q: Any advice for future Fluid Captains?
A: Future Fluid Captains should be easily accessible if folks have question and respond back to them very quickly. If you don’t, chances are, they will go elsewhere. It is important to treat people fairly if there is a misunderstanding.
Fluid is happy to have Mike in our arsenal and we are thrilled it helps him put a extra money in his pocket so he can enjoy his retirement even more!! The opportunities Fluid has are easy for anyone to enjoy! Are you interested in adding a side hustle to your income? Become a Fluid Captain! Email email@example.com to get more info about the position. If you want to list your truck, hop on over to our lender page and learn more! #TruckYeah!!
Did you know that truck owners in the United States only use their vehicles 5% of the time? That’s a whole lot of lazy trucks. Your truck could be making money for you when you’re not driving it, and Fluid Market is here to help you do just that, backed by our insurance and our comprehensive borrower background checks.
How much can you earn by renting your truck on Fluid Market? Check out average annual earnings below. With Fluid Market, you can pay for your next vacation, save for your new home down payment, or simply pay your bills. Your earnings will depend on several factors, including the make, model, and how you promote your vehicle.
Average earnings per year
Midsize Box Truck (20 ft. +)
Small Box Truck (12-19 ft.)
Van (Sprinter, TransitVan, ProMaster, etc.)
Listing your truck on Fluid Market takes less than 10 minutes. Follow these easy steps to put your lazy truck to work:
“Add Item” from the menu in the Fluid Market app and select your vehicle category — box truck, cargo van, pickup truck, or other.
Take (great!) photos of your vehicle. Fantastic photos perform for our lenders, with borrowers reserving vehicles 3-4x as frequently when they include high quality photos from a variety of angles.
Add vehicle info, including your license plate, VIN#, make, model, and year. Create a descriptive, eye-catching title to capture the attention of borrowers, briefly describe your vehicle, and confirm the location.
Choose a rate. You can select up to three rates — hourly, daily, or weekly. You’ll see suggested prices in the app, and you can check out comparable vehicles on Fluid Market to get a sense of pricing.
Instant Book. If your vehicle is accessible anytime without you being there (for example, by lockbox), you can select our Instant Book feature to allow borrowers to automatically book your item. Turning on Instant Book is a great way to increase your reservations.
Add pick up & drop off instructions. Provide borrowers detailed instructions for vehicle pick up and drop off, as well as key access, and any additional fees.
Publish your listing and watch your bank account grow! You’ll be paid via direct deposit.
If Fluid Market is new in your neighborhood, active promotion is key to helping neighbors and your local community learn your truck is available to rent. To jump start your side business, share your Fluid Market listing (along with a picture) on Nextdoor or other community bulletin boards. This simple promotion generates on average two reservations per post, and helps create repeat business. Check out our blog for Nextdoor promotion tips.
Now that your truck is earning for you on Fluid Market, go ahead and give it a big hug. It’s no longer lazy. #TruckYeah
You’ve listed your vehicle on Fluid Market, set a price, and arranged your availability calendar in the app. Now what? Time to let borrowers know that your vehicle is available to rent!
So what’s the best way to gain visibility for your vehicle? We recommend that you use Nextdoor to get the word out to your local community. Nextdoor is a private social network that connects you with nearby neighbors, giving you the opportunity to share your vehicle’s availability within a close community.
As a Fluid Market lender, you are running a business. And your business is built on creating connections and sharing experiences that highlight the ease, cost, and time-savings of renting a vehicle on Fluid Market. Nextdoor is a fantastic community that can help you maximize your Fluid Market side hustle.
The numbers speak for themselves: our lenders who post vehicles on Nextdoor see more frequent transactions and have more repeat customers. Pickup truck lenders can expect to earn on average $10K per year on Fluid Market, and about $200 additional per month by promoting their vehicle on Nextdoor. Lenders use creative ways to engage both new and repeat borrowers, including offering $20 in rental credit through the personalized invite code in the Fluid Market app.
To help you out, we’ve created this guide to walk you through best practices for NextDoor. Read on to maximize your side hustle!
Nextdoor tips & tricks:
Already on Nextdoor? Great! Not yet on Nextdoor? No problem, just download the app and register by verifying your address.
Go to the “For Sale & Free” section, where you can list your vehicle for rent.
Important to note: Nextdoor’s community guidelines do not allow individuals to post rental items outside of this category–if you do so, your posts may be removed.
Create a title for your vehicle. Make it short, punchy, and direct. We recommend something like: “Rent my pickup truck on Fluid Market”.
List the price — can be your hourly, daily, or weekly rate.
Write a brief description in the “Details” section. Be sure to include the Fluid Market link for your vehicle so potential renters can go directly to your site.
Add high-quality photos that show off your vehicle. We recommend you include interior and exterior photos shot in good light. Share seasonal pictures of your vehicle.
Post your vehicle in the “Automotive” category.
Finally, choose who can see your item. We recommend that you select “Your broader local area” to ensure that both your immediate neighbors and close communities see your vehicle.
Our lenders see great engagement with their local community on Nextdoor, including comments, thanks, and inquiries. To make sure that your vehicle stays at the top of the Nextdoor “For Sale & Free” feed, be sure to respond promptly to any questions and regularly post a brief comment. This will push your listing back to the top to maximize visibility.
Got a great story from promoting your Fluid Market vehicle on Nextdoor? We’d love to hear about it! Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike G. recently retired after decades as a senior sales executive and had some extra time on his hands, so he began exploring ways to stay engaged and make some side hustle cash. He first heard of Fluid Market through his son-in-law, and he immediately jumped on the opportunity to bring in a few extra bucks by lending a truck to his neighbors. Mike purchased a 16 feet box truck, posted it up on Fluid Market two months ago, and has already earned hundreds of dollars renting the vehicle.
“Who wouldn’t like to bring in some extra money with so little work?”, quipped Mike G., a Fluid Market lender and a recent retiree. “Renting my box truck on Fluid Market has been a lot of fun, allowing me to put my sales background to use as I market my vehicle to my neighbors and in the greater Denver community. This is my first money-making side hustle since I retired, and I’m having a blast earning some cash while making so many new connections.”
Mike G. & his 16 ft. box Fluid Market truck!
Mike G. has been successful getting word about the availability of his truck out there, by doing everything from posting fliers around his neighborhood, to sharing the link to his Fluid Market truck on various social networks, including Nextdoor’s “For Sale & Free / Automotive” section. By creatively marketing his truck, Mike G. sees his truck rented out most weekends, and he’s looking forward to a busy spring and summer season.
Mike G. offers this pro tip to Fluid Market lenders: respond quickly to any inquiries you receive on your vehicle. “I try to always respond within a few minutes of receiving a message from a prospective renter,” shared Mike G. “It’s so simple to stay in close touch through the Fluid Market app and it pays off tremendously. Renters regularly thank me for my quick responses and return to rent the vehicle again. Quick responses pay off!”
Sara is a super busy single mom of three kids. Beyond the daily madness of raising her children, Sara also has a part time job as an in-home health care provider. She was looking for a way to put a bit more cash in her pocket and heard about Fluid Market truck share. Sara joined the community as a lender about eight months ago and is now earning hundreds of extra dollars every month.
“Fluid Market has definitely become my favorite side hustle,” said Sara. “I’m making reliable cash by renting out my Ford F-250 pickup truck at least once per week. The best part is that lending my truck on Fluid Market requires almost none of my time — I’m simply managing my reservations through the mobile app and it couldn’t be easier.”
So how does Sara do it? First, she posted up pictures and a brief description of her vehicle via the Fluid Market app. She then set the rate at $6 per hour or $32 per day with unlimited mileage, a big plus for borrowers. Finally, Sara promotes her vehicle on Facebook, Nextdoor, and OfferUp to generate more visibility in the greater Denver community. Through this simple process, Sara is earning on average $500 in extra income per month by renting out her truck.
In addition to the profitability of her side hustle, Sara has made lasting connections in the community, as several of her regular renters use her vehicle to transport donations for local schools, homeless shelters, and others in need.
“As a Coloradan, there’s nothing better than to see my community helping each other out,” said Sara. “And as a mom raising her kids here, it absolutely makes my day to know that I’m contributing in a small way to strengthening our community ties.”
We launched Fluid Market in Denver just about two years ago, and our vibrant community of entrepreneurs, lenders and borrowers inspires us everyday. As we approach our second birthday, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to give back.
We’re proud to announce that we’re committing $25,000 in Fluid Market credit to non-profit organizations in the greater Denver metro area. Twenty-five organizations will receive $1000 of Fluid Market credit each to help further their mission. The wide variety of items available on Fluid Market can be incredibly helpful for local non-profits as they host events, transport their teams and goods around town, and run their daily operations.
Our partnership with Trips for Kids Denver Metro is a great illustration of how Fluid Market credit can help jumpstart charitable efforts. Trips for Kids Denver Metro is dedicated to giving underserved and at-risk youth the opportunity to experience and learn about the natural beauty of Colorado from the seat of a mountain bike. Fluid Market has partnered with Trips for Kids Denver Metro to provide box trucks to transport the bikes to the foothill and mountain parks that the kids explore.
Here’s the best part of our birthday gift: we’re looking to our Fluid Market community of lenders and borrowers in the Denver area to nominate local non-profits making a difference. Know a great local non-profit that could benefit from the items available on Fluid Market? Submit your nomination here by Friday, May 11 @ 5 PM MT. Our team will review nominations and announce the winners in weeks following.
Fluid Market is thrilled to give back to the Mile High City, and we thank you for your help in nominating fantastic local non-profits committed to improving our community.
Real talk: one third of Americans wait until the last minute to file their taxes. Lots of us are rushing around now that the big day is finally here. Expecting a refund? Most taxpayers receive their refunds within 21 days, but that could be delayed for a few reasons, including if you choose to have your refund deposited directly into your account. While you’re waiting on your refund, why not make some side hustle money with Fluid Market?
Lending a truck or any other vehicle is easy and rewarding. Our lenders make on average $331 per month, investing just a few minutes per week of their time. Many of our users make far more, including one of our lenders that rents her cargo van and raked in over $950/month for six months! Here’s how it works:
List your truck or other vehicle. Each vehicle takes about 10 minutes to list by sharing some basic information and photos. Check out our tips on taking glamour shots of your car!
Promote your vehicle. You can double your reservations by cross-posting your Fluid Market listing on NextDoor, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist and other community groups.
Set your listing to instabook and set up a lockbox for the keys. Now people can reserve your vehicle and pick it up even when you are not available. Our team will ship you a lockbox and a Zubie to track your vehicle at no extra charge.
Rest assured that you’re always insured with Fluid Market. We protect your vehicle up to $300,000 in liability insurance and coverage against theft and physical damages. We also verify every renter with a DMV background check.
Delay all you want, Uncle Sam. With Fluid Market, you’ll be earning cash from your vehicle in no time. So…what will you do with your extra income?
Since we launched almost two years ago, tens of thousands of people have rented the items they don’t use everyday with their communities — earning money, saving time, and making better use of existing resources. We’re humbled to see people building businesses on Fluid Market, making hundreds, thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars each month while helping their community get their jobs done.
We listened closely to you — our Fluid lenders and borrowers — and we heard you loud and clear: vehicles, including pick up trucks, cargo vans, cars, SUVs, box trucks, RVs and trailers, are the most popular items on our platform. Why? The answer is simple and awesome: having the right vehicle at the right time makes life so much easier. No one wants to deal with long lines and paperwork at the traditional rental corporations, or beg friends to borrow their vehicle. And our lenders are earning impressive side hustle money by listing their vehicle on Fluid Market.
Based on this, we’ve shifted our platform to make it even easier for you to find the perfect vehicle for your needs exactly when and where you need it. We recently redesigned our mobile app and our website to facilitate #TruckShare. We’ve also made it a piece of cake for folks interested in earning an income from their vehicle to list on Fluid Market by posting up some basic info and pictures. Finally, the quantity, quality and variety of vehicles available on Fluid Market continues to expand and improve.
And one more drumroll: we’re thrilled to announce our expansion beyond Colorado. Now anyone in the U.S. can download the Fluid Market app to easily find the right vehicle for your job in your own community. We’re already seeing early engagement in a dozen states including California, Michigan and Texas, and we can’t wait to see our network continue to scale across the country.
So, take a stroll through our new app (on the App Store & Google Play) and website, and send us your feedback! We’ll continue to share stories from our borrowers and lenders around how Fluid Market #TruckShare is helping people get their jobs done, and earn real money across the U.S.