Flex

Build a marketplace that is uniquely yours.

Sharetribe Flex is the most flexible platform solution on the market. Get the complete marketplace feature set at a fraction of the time and cost. Customize freely.

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What makes Flex different?

Flex is the only solution designed to power your unique marketplace at every growth stage.

Advanced features at the ready

Flex is ideal for service and rental marketplaces similar to Airbnb, UrbanSitter, or Fiverr. Flex offers you all their features out of the box.

Users & listings

Complete user profiles and engaging listings.

Powerful search

Help your users find exactly what they’re looking for.

Availability & scheduling

Let your users control when their listings are available.

Messaging & notifications

Users never need to take communications off your platform.

Online payments

Stripe Connect ensures smooth payment processing.

Admin Console

Monitor and manage users, listings, reviews, and messages.

Community & trust

User authentication, reviews, and reliable data storing.

Flexible transactions

Full control over how your users interact and create value.

And a lot more!

Check out the complete Flex feature set and the Flex roadmap.

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Sharetribe Flex features and structure.

The Flex architecture — built for full flexibility

Powerful core, intelligent toolset, engaging UI. Ready for you to adapt, adjust, and build upon.

Hosted by you

Website or app. Your unique user interface. Build your website on top of Flex Template for Web or start from scratch.

Hosted & maintained by Sharetribe

Core. Flex’s Marketplace API powers all the essential marketplace features and connects with third-party software.

Admin Console. Shows the users, listings, transactions, and reviews on your marketplace. Allows you to monitor & manage all activity.

A solution for uncompromising ideas

Flex adapts to your marketplace idea — not the other way round. See what our customers have been building.

Studiotime is built on Sharetribe Flex
Mike from Studiotime

Studiotime, the “Airbnb for record studios”, is the world’s largest studio marketplace. It has 5% of all the record studios in the world listed in its platform.

“Sharetribe Flex allows me to build Studiotime just the way I want, both in web and mobile, for 10% of the time and cost investment compared to building it from scratch.”

Mike Williams, CEO, Studiotime

“With Sharetribe Go, we were able to test our idea quickly and with a small budget. Now that we've validated our concept, Sharetribe Flex helps us take our business to the next level.”

Krista Pohjanlehto, CEO, Kinspiring

Kinspiring is built on Sharetribe Flex
Krista from Kinspiring

Kinspiring is Finland's largest
peer-to-peer marketplace for renting strollers and other baby gear from other parents. Their goal is to be the global leader in baby gear rentals.

“Sharetribe Flex allows us to customize the design and user experience of our platform as we wish, without blowing up our budget. Flex also makes it easy to adapt our platform based on our user feedback.”

Raphaëlle de Monteynard, CEO, Swimmy

Swimmy is built on Sharetribe Flex
Raphaëlle from Swimmy

Swimmy, the “Airbnb for swimming pools”, is the leading French marketplace for swimming pool rentals. It has hundreds of pools and thousands of users all over the country.

Flex pricing starts at $329 per month

When your monthly transaction volume exceeds $30,000, we charge 1% for the additional volume.*

  • Free development phase! The monthly fee starts running only when you move your marketplace to production.
  • Environments for development and production.
  • Full access to the Flex API and documentation.
  • Access to Console.
  • Flex Template for Web.
  • Premium support from the Sharetribe Team.
  • All future updates on API & Flex Template for Web.
  • Transaction volume of $30,000 per month without transaction fees.

*For example: if your transaction volume is $50,000, your total fee for Flex would be $329 + 1% * $20,000 = $529 per month. The Flex offering doesn’t include website hosting, so budget around $15–$50 per month for that.

Transaction volume in the millions? Get in touch to discuss volume discount.

Software that doesn’t get in your way

Our two goals for Sharetribe Flex: full flexibility and outstanding developer experience.

Become a Sharetribe Flex developer partner? If you want to help our prospective customers build their unique marketplace ideas, get in touch.

Frequently asked questions

1. What is the difference between Sharetribe Flex and Sharetribe Go?

The biggest differences between Go and Flex are the level of customizability and the technical skills needed.

With Go, you can set up a marketplace in a matter of minutes without any technical skills. It offers you a complete marketplace feature set, comprehensive admin tools, and a well-designed user interface. However, there’s a limit to how much you can customize your marketplace.

Flex is a lot more flexible than Go. Like Go, it offers you the basic marketplace functionality out of the box. Unlike Go, Flex allows you to custom-code additional features and build a completely customized user interface. This means you get a unique marketplace website with 5–10% of the time and money it would take to build a platform from scratch. The built-in flexibility also makes Flex a scalable solution that you’ll never grow out of. However, you do need development expertise in your team and getting into the market will take slightly longer.

If you have difficulty choosing, check out this comparison of the most important features of Go and Flex.

2. Should I choose Flex or Go for my marketplace idea?

This is mostly up to you, your budget and your technical skills.

Go is the fastest and easiest way to set up a marketplace platform. If it offers you all of the features you need, we always recommend getting started with Go first. If you plan to keep your marketplace a small business or a hobby, Go is probably the right choice then, too.

If, however, you already know what extra features your users will need and plan to grow your marketplace to tens of thousands of users, Flex is usually the better solution. It offers more flexibility and customization and can handle any future challenges.

If you do not have a developer on your team, you need to consider if you are willing to invest in hiring someone to build your Flex marketplace for you (we can help with finding a developer!). If you are unsure, you might still want to validate your marketplace concept with Sharetribe Go first, for which you don’t need a developer. You can easily migrate from Go to Flex later.

If you have difficulty choosing, check out this comparison of the most important features of Go and Flex.

3. Can I upgrade from Go to Flex?

Yes. We can export your data from Sharetribe Go and import it into a Flex marketplace. Studiotime, Kinspiring, and Swimmy all started with Sharetribe Go, and later their users and listings were moved to their new, Flex-powered sites.

Note, though, that your entire Go marketplace won’t be imported to Flex. You need to build an entirely new, Flex-powered user interface when you move from Go to Flex.

4. I’m not a developer. Can I still use Flex?

It’s not possible to use Flex without doing any development. How much of it you need depends on your marketplace idea.

At the very least, you will have to set up Flex Template for Web, host it, do the necessary configurations, and customize the look and feel. All of that is done with code. We have written thorough documentation that will guide you through all of the steps, but the documentation expects that you are familiar with basic front-end development tools.

However, we’d be happy to help you find a qualified Flex developer to partner with. , and we’ll help you forward from there.

5. What’s the point in using Flex if I still need to hire a developer?

Marketplaces have a lot of features that are almost identical across platforms. However, many aspects of the essential marketplace user experience, like availability calendar, advanced search, or transaction processes, are complicated and time-consuming features to build even for large, highly skilled dev teams.

Flex gives you all of these essential features out of the box. The Sharetribe team has years of experience working with marketplaces, so they know exactly how to build a platform where the user experience is smooth from day one. According to the development agencies we work with from around the world, the cost of Flex is around 5–10% of what it would take to build a similar marketplace from scratch.

By letting us do the heavy lifting for you, you don’t need to spend your development budget on re-inventing the wheel with marketplace basics. Instead, you can use your development resource on things that make your marketplace truly unique.

6. I requested access to Flex. What happens next?

Next, we’ll take a look at your replies to see if Flex is a good fit for your marketplace idea. At the moment, Flex is an ideal match with marketplace concepts that deal with rentals or services. For buying and selling products, for example, Flex isn’t a great choice.

If your marketplace is a match, you will receive a welcome email and credentials to your Admin Console. That’s where you manage and monitor your marketplace. You’ll find information about the next steps after you log in to Console.

7. When do I start paying for Flex?

You can develop your marketplace on Flex as long as you need to, completely for free. You only start paying when you move your marketplace from the test environment to the production environment.

8. What programming language should I use to build my Flex marketplace?

You can use the programming language of your choice to work with the Flex API.

If you want to use Flex Template for Web to create your marketplace site, you need to be familiar with its technology stack.

Here are the main technologies the Flex Template for Web uses:

  • JavaScript: the programming language for the whole application
  • React: library for creating user interfaces with components
  • CSS: styling the user interface using CSS Modules
  • Redux: state and data flow handling
  • Final Form: forms
  • React Router: routing
  • Express: server
  • Node.js: server rendering

You can find a comprehensive guide to working with Flex Template for Web in the Flex documentation.

Hit the ground running

With Flex, you get a head start on building your platform.

Start building your unique marketplace today.

The development phase is free with no time limit.