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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!
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!)
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.
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’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:
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?!?
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 email@example.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.
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!
|2||Sewing Machine / Embroidery Machine|
|5||Tools (From Hammers at $2 to Saws at $50)|
|7||Theme Party Supplies (don’t throw them away after the party is over)|
|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)|
|15||Kids Special Occassion outfits|
|16||Wii / Playstation / Nintendo / Xbox|
|17||Ski Clothes / Winter Wear|
|19||Lawn Mower / Weed Eater / Edger|
|21||Dog / Cat Crate|
|23||Fold up chairs|
|25||Fitness Gear (weights / bands / yogo mat, etc|
|27||Car seat / booster|
|28||Ice cream maker|
|29||Crock pot / Slow Cooker|
|30||Tea Party Set|
|34||Dolly / moving blankets|
|36||Shoes / Accessories|
|39||Dog / Kids Gate|
|45||Tent / canopy|
|49||Picnic Basket, blankets & portable games|
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.
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.
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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