Park At Mine parking start-up offers driveways for rent
Two mums have become part of Australia’s new generation of online entrepreneurs after deciding to put their empty driveways to good use.
Toni Smith and Katrina Kapke have together developed “Park At Mine”, which will allow people to but their driveways up for daily rent like an Airbnb for parking.
“Our kids were having to park on the street and getting tickets and there was just not enough space,” Toni said.
Park At Mine aims to cater to everybody from students to commuters, sports fans, people heading to hospital and even just shoppers.
“You just type in the suburb that you want to park in, and it will tell you all the ones available, you pick one, you know exactly where you’re going on the GPS,” Katrina said.
After 12 months in development, Park At Mine is set for a November launch, with driveway registrations now open.
An app for the business will follow.
Park At Mine will launch first in Brisbane, where Efrat Suadi has just registered her driveway.
“We have two car spaces and only one car, so I thought we might rent the other one,” she said.
“A lot of people come to West End to shop, to eat, to work here, and it’s pretty hard to find a car park.”
Inner city driveways in Brisbane will cost about $20 a day.
On the city fringes, the going rate will be about $15 a day, while those with room near a hospital, beach or shops could make about $10 a day.
“We were just two suburban women that saw a gap in the market and we wanted to make a difference,” Katrina said.