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About Candace

Candace is a 3x Start-up Founder and Certified Event Rental Professional (CERP). She geeks out on brainstorming bold ideas and then actually brings some of them to life. She is currently the CEO of Loanables, where her mission is to reduce overconsumption by making it as easy to rent as it is to buy.


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TGIF – Weekly Wrap Up

Sous Vide Rental

If you have these things, please list them on Loanables.com

These are things people searched for this week that we don’t have on the site (or don’t have enough of):

  • Kids sporting goods – tball, soccer, football gear.
  • Industrial Clothes Iron
  • Legos
  • Concrete saw
  • Record Player

So many cool items were posted this week.  Here are just a few:

Event Space

Sous Vide Rental

Toy Rental

 

If you are looking for something on our site and can’t find it, email me.  We can usually find what you want within 24 hours!

Please comment and let me know what you’d like to know more about!  

Happy Friday,

Candace

How to Make Money From Home Without Working

I made almost $300 last month renting out stuff that has been sitting in my garage. All I had to do was get it out: it took less than 10 minutes total. That is equivalent to almost $1800 per hour!

Here’s what I rented:

Crawfish Boil Event Package – $40 each time x 5 times = $200
Turkey Fryer – $20
Camping Gear – $25 x 2 times = $50
12×12 Pop Up Tents – $10 each x 2 times = $20

It didn’t take much time; it was a good deal for the people that rented it; and, it’s great for the environment (we are sharing resources instead of over-consuming!)

The best part…

My kids want to rent their stuff out now. This is such a great way to teach kids about business. My son is going to rent out his nerf guns and use the money to buy more (the “buy more” part wasn’t what I was aiming for, but I think it’s still a valuable lesson). My daughter is “thinking about” renting out her baby dolls, but she’d rather just have friends over to play with them (it’s a process).

My husband, who was adamantly opposed to renting out any of his tools has now listed most of them. He was hooked after I sent him outside on 3 different occasions to get $40 out from under a potted plant.

Start ups are hard!

But, when you see your family excited to participate in what you’ve created, it’s all the fuel you need to keep going. I feel good teaching my kids about business and protecting the environment all while setting an example by following my dream. (Thanks for reading. I mostly wrote that last sentence so I can refer back to it for motivation on the really hard days when I feel like quitting) 😉

I made $230 for about 10 minutes of work from home!

I’m from Louisiana, and my husband from Indiana makes the best crawfish I have ever had.  That’s why I married him!  I mean really how can a farm boy from Indiana know how to boil crawfish better than the cajuns I grew up with?!?  He’s paradoxical, and I love him. But I’m not writing a love story…


So naturally we own a crawfish boil set up (huge pot with strainer, gas burner, big ice chest, etc,). It all sits in our garage 364 days per year unused.  I decided to post it and a few other things on Loanables.


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Last month, I rented it out 3 times!  I’ve already rented it more than that this month, too, but that’s not included in my $230!  (April is actually more but I’ll save that for another post).  Here’s what I rented out in March:


Crawfish boil stuff at 40/night. I rented it twice for 2 nights, and once for one night  = $200
Table at $10
2 pop up canopies/tents at $20. 

The day of, I texted the person renting and said it’d be outside my garage. They could leave money under my doormat (until someone pointed out I don’t have one), via PayPal, Venmo or the Square Cash. They sent money, picked it up and dropped it off. I never even saw them, though I did enjoy the occasional picture/video of them using it.  It made me feel good, plus I got money for something that has literally been sitting in my garage for over 10 years doing nothing but collecting dust. 

If you have a set-up that someone can pick up and easily have a party, it will rent frequently. Comment or email me if you want help!  

I’m on a rental high,

Candace

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A Plea to Pinterest Moms

After my second child was born, I bought a sewing machine and took 3 lessons.  I sucked, and I didn’t enjoy it enough to focus and try to get better.



For my son’s 3rd birthday party and my daughter’s 1st birthday party, I threw lavish birthday parties. Again, I sucked at it, and it stressed me out.  Now they get a cake and a pinata and we call it a day.

For Easter one year, I went and got all the stuff for a craft day with the kids.  We were going to make and decorate an egg-shaped pinata.  I got all the step-by-step directions from a super-cute blog ironically named Oh Happy Day.  I can follow directions so shouldn’t be any problems, right?!  Well, you use a balloon as the form for the egg.  Ours blew up about half way through the project, giving my daughter PTSD and requiring us to repaint the ceiling in our kitchen (that flour mix does NOT come off).  

And then there was Christmas.. I  attempted to make a gingerbread house out of graham crackers this time from a blog lovingly named Happiness is Homemade.  By the time my kids were 2 and 4, I came to terms that I am NOT a Pinterest Mom.  Better than that: I’m ok with it. We all have our strengths; being crafty is not mine.


However, my kids go to these amazing parties, and they say, “can we do that at my next birthday?”  And, my response?  “No. because it makes mean mommy come out.”  I went to an awesome party Sunday, and it got me thinking…why don’t all you crafty, Pinterest moms put up the supplies and decorations for the rest of us to rent on Loanables.com?!?  




You could recoup some of the cost of your party, and do a good deed by helping a mom like me look like the super-mom I am not.  It could be a party in a box.  I’ll even create a category on Loanables just for these packages.  What do you say?!?

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How are you protected when you use Loanables?

My husband DID NOT WANT TO RENT HIS TOOLS! But I pulled the “you have to support me” card; so of course he did. He had the same question we hear all of the time: What happens if my stuff is damaged or if someone hurts themselves while using them?This is one of the main reasons you should use Loanables (even if you just want to lend your stuff to a friend). Both parties are protected by a loan agreement. I’m not an attorney so I have to say this: ask your attorney for legal advice. Treat this blog just like you’d treat a friend giving you advice (take it or leave it at your own discretion).


How the agreement protects you:
  • The person renting the item is responsible for any damage – they have to pay the rental fee plus have the item either repaired or pay replacement cost.  
  • The person renting the item agrees to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and operating instructions.
  • If the person renting the item is harmed in any way during use of the item, he/she holds both the owner of the item and Loanables harmless (Use at your own risk)

My Advice on the Security DepositThe security deposit could simply be the replacement cost of the item, or what the item is worth to you. Keep in mind, renters will consider this number as something they have to come up with at the start of the rental (even though it is refunded when the item is returned) so if the number is ridiculously high, people will be less likely to rent it. So, if it’s a family heirloom that is worth a MILLION dollars to you, let’s just not list that. Okay? Accordingly, if an item is nearing the end of its useable life or after several rentals when you feel you’ve earned enough to cover the money you invested in the item, consider reducing the security deposit so it is more enticing to renters.   Personally, I don’t follow my own advice (do you?). I actually don’t ask for a security deposit at all because I typically only rent to people in my hyper-local market (people that live really close or are part of a community I belong to (school, church, etc). I figure if something goes wrong, we will both want to work it out amicably. If you want us to create a private group link that allows you to rent with a group you know, like and trust, email us at info@loanables.com. Let us know the name of the neighborhood or type of group and we will get you set up with a link to invite your tribe.

Most importantly…Our community is built on trust, and this trust is fostered by our rating system.  We use the rating system to filter out bad users and continually improve service. After a transaction, both sides get the opportunity to rate each other. We are proud that the average user rating on Loanables is 4.8 out of 5 stars.

 

 

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Earn an Average of $3000 a Year Renting Stuff You Already Own

I’ve done an unscientific survey of stay-at-home moms and have found that most have at least 20 things on the list below.  You could earn an average of $3000 per year renting these things!


1 Ladder
2 Sewing Machine / Embroidery Machine
3 Power Washer
4 SUV
5 Tools (From Hammers at $2 to Saws at $50)
6 Kids Bikes
7 Theme Party Supplies (don’t throw them away after the party is over)
8 Musical instruments
9 Toys by age (don’t give them away put them in groups of 10 by age)
10 Kids Electric Vehicle
11 Skateboard / Hoverboard
12 Cooler (more for brands like Yeti)
13 Camping Gear
14 Sports gear
15 Kids Special Occassion outfits
16 Wii / Playstation / Nintendo / Xbox
17 Ski Clothes / Winter Wear
18 Formal Wear
19 Lawn Mower / Weed Eater / Edger
20 Steam Cleaner
21 Dog / Cat Crate
22 Table
23 Fold up chairs
24 Wagon
25 Fitness Gear (weights / bands / yogo mat, etc
26 Stroller
27 Car seat / booster
28 Ice cream maker
29 Crock pot / Slow Cooker
30 Tea Party Set
31 Glassware
32 Fishing Gear
33 Maternity Clothes
34 Dolly / moving blankets
35 Hammock
36 Shoes / Accessories
37 Meat Slicer
38 Freeze Drier
39 Dog / Kids Gate
40 Beach Gear
41 Highchair
42 Vaccuum cleaner
43 Animal Trap
44 Luggage
45 Tent / canopy
46 Outdoor furntiure
47 Metal Detector
48 Painting Gear
49 Picnic Basket, blankets & portable games
50 Board Games
List your Stuff at www.loanables.com and Start Earning some Passive Income!

Healthy-ish Margarita Recipe

It’s getting warmer which means it’s Margarita Season (my name for Spring).  In order to justify my indulgence, I came up with this yummy “Healthy-ish Margarita” recipe.

1 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice 
1 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
1.5 oz Organic Tequila (no pesticides or fertilizers = no hangover according to some experts)

Put the ingredients in a shaker, and fill it with ice.  

Shake well then strain into a margarita glass (if you’re feeling fancy) or a solo cup (if you’re like me 😉

If you like it sweeter, make your own simple syrup: 1 Tablespoon Date Syrup + 1 Tablespoon Warm Water (can also use Maple syrup or coconut sugar).  Or, put these ingredients in a blender with your favorite fresh fruit (skip the artificial colors and refined sugars)



You can even make it a party with a margarita machine:
https://www.loanables.com/items/2948

Margarita Machine Rental in Austin,TX

For a margarita machine, you use:
1 Litter Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
1 Litter Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
2 Litters Tequila
1 Litter Simple Syrup (only if you want sweet)

And, if you don’t want to work this hard, you can just use the mix that comes with the margarita machine rental. Let’s face it: “being healthy” is probably not at the top of your concerns when drinking margaritas anyway. 

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3 Easy Things You Probably Haven’t Thought of That Can Dramatically Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

1. Reduce Beef Consumption

No one’s asking you to go vegan; just eat a little less beef. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization states “14.5% of all greenhouse gas pollution can be attributed to livestock.”  65% of that comes from raising beef and dairy cattle. Some studies even show that becoming a vegan would reduce your carbon footprint more than giving up your car! When you really need a hamburger, eat local! Transporting food requires petroleum-based fuels and accounts for an estimated 13% of greenhouse gases.

 2.  Reuse Face Cloths 

More insecticides and pesticides are used to grow cotton than most other crops. It also requires more water to produce, and that water is then tainted with all those chemicals before it seeps back into the ground. So instead of using a cotton ball to clean your face, reach for a washcloth or facial cleansing muslin cloth.  


3.  Recycle Other People’s Stuff

Rather than buying items you use only a few times per year, rent them.  Besides lowering consumption and saving money, renting has endless benefits.  Not only can you always use the latest technology, you don’t have to worry about storage. And if you loan out your stuff, you’ll earn some money back on those purchases.  

Want to know what impact your carbon footprint has on the world?  Check out Consumer Consequences and answer a few questions about your lifestyle. You will quickly find out how many earths worth of resources we would need if everyone in the world lived like you do. What a wake-up call!   

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