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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