Strange Things You Can Rent (Or Make Extra Money Renting Out!)
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Would you rent a bridesmaid (or make extra money being someone else’s?)
This list will blow your mind. 🤯
We recently learned you could rent out a private swimming pool. Cool, huh? We were so intrigued we set out to find other unusual things for rent. The more we discovered, the more our jaws dropped. From bridesmaids to caskets, we compiled a list of unusual things you can rent or lend to others. Not only are people using these services, but some people are making bank by renting theirs out! You’ll never be able to guess what made the list!
23 unusual things you can rent (or make money renting out):
1. Rent a professional bridesmaid
Need a bridesmaid who won’t let you down on your big day? Now you can hire a professional one who will make sure your wedding day goes as smoothly as possible. Nobody ever needs to know she was a hired hand! From grabbing your change of clothes to listening to you vent, a rented bridesmaid will be the long-lost friend you never knew you had.
Do you have what it takes to be a professional bridesmaid? Why not get paid for it? Bridesmaidforhire.com has hired over 150+ bridesmaids and you can be next! If you’d rather start your own bridesmaid business, Bridesmaid For Hire has a course on how to get started! 💍
2. Rent a yard for your dog
Want a private dog park all for your pup? Now you can have it! Thanks to Sniffspot, you can rent a private fenced yard from one of your neighbors. It costs just $5 – $15 an hour per dog. Liability coverage is included and both yards and pets are vetted for safety. Never worry about unruly dogs at the public park again!
Make extra money renting your own yard to others! Sniffspot claims you can earn up to $1,500 a month renting out your yard as a private dog park! 🐶💰
3. Rent a paparazzi
What’s the point of dressing to the nines if no one is going to see it? If you have a big event coming up, capture your big moment by hiring paparazzi for a day. Companies like Famous For A Day and Scarlett Entertainment will ensure you feel like a star. Make sure to practice your Hancock because you might just fool a bystander into asking for your autograph!
4. Rent a flash mob
Want to serenade someone special but don’t want to do the dancing or singing yourself? Book A Flash Mob is the answer! Whether you want musicals or stunts, this company is ready to help you make a moment to remember.
5. Rent a pool
Skip the community pool and rent someone’s pool instead! Private swimming is no longer a luxury thanks to Swimply, the Airbnb of swimming pools. Rent for an hour or an afternoon. Most pools we’ve seen on the site are going for just $25 – $60 an hour.
In 2022, Swimply is expanding to include tennis courts, private gyms, and other unique, rentable spaces. With affordable prices, wide availability, and safety protocols, it is no wonder the company is growing!
Have an unused pool? Rent it out to make extra money. You can make thousands! Plus, Swimply offers liability insurance and can even supply you with an outdoor restroom for guests.
6. Rent chickens and a chicken coop
Credit: Rent A Coop
Have you ever dreamt of owning a chicken coop but were afraid about the upkeep? Companies like Rent A Coop and Rent The Chicken will let you rent a chicken coop and chickens for a short period instead. Enjoy the fresh eggs and learning experience without the commitment!
Are you a farmer or homesteader with chickens? If you’d like to join the program and make extra money renting out your chicks, contact Rent The Chicken to find out how! 🐔🍳
7. Rent luxury fashion.
Fashion goes out of style fast. Why waste money on high-end clothing when you can rent the clothes instead? Rent the Runway is one popular service that lets you do just that! Their rental packages start at $69. Sign up and you, too, can strut your stuff in pieces from Stella McCartney or Marc Jacobs.
Nuuly, another rental service, aims to let you try before you buy. This highly-rated service will lend you 6 pieces from major brands like Anthropologie and Yumi Kim for $88 a month. Buy any items you love and send back the rest!
If a regular subscription isn’t in your budget, you can still rent couture clothing. Rent the Runway offers one-time rentals, but websites like Wardrobe and Style Lend were made just for this reason. These sites let you rent fashionable clothes on a one-time basis from people just like you. Want to bring a Coach purse to a weekend event? For under $30, you can!
8. Rent jewelry
If you get sick of jewelry styles fast, Rocksbox is your solution. For $21 a shipment, you can rent three pieces and wear them until you are done with them. Purchase any items you want to keep or ship the items back for free!
9. Rent a casket
A casket is a large expense that may not make sense for every family. A common reason for a rental is to have a viewing prior to cremation. Other families rent a casket for the viewing and choose a more economical casket for burial. If you are considering renting a casket, check with your local funeral home to see if it is a service they provide.
10. Rent a pooper scooper
Yes, you read that right. Never pick up your dog’s poop again! Instead, hire a service called DoodyCalls for your pet waste management needs!
11. Rent a garden
Land is a hot commodity! If you love to garden but don’t have a yard, you can rent gardening space from others using YardYum or Shared Earth. You can also check with your local park district to see if you have a community garden.
12. Rent baby gear
Babies outgrow their belongings faster than you can say, “1, 2, 3” and replacing items can be costly. This is where companies like BabyQuip and Rents4Baby come into play. You can rent items you need for a short period of time. Plus, if you need to travel with your baby, you can leave the big items behind and borrow them instead!
13. Rent a Christmas tree
Leave the holiday decorating to someone else this year. If you don’t want to worry about set up or take down, consider hiring Rent-A-Christmas. You can rent a tree and even the decorations!
14. Rent a grandparent or friend
*Note that their app is no longer available, however you still sign up on their website.
15. Rent luggage
Luggage sets can cost a pretty penny. If you just need luggage for a quick trip, consider renting instead. Rent Luggage offers affordable prices for traditional luggage. They also offer roof racks and travel gear for sporting goods!
16. Rent camera equipment
Do you need high-end cameras or video equipment for an event or project? Borrow Lenses can ship you the equipment you need in as fast as 48 hours!
17. Rent a wedding cake
Save hundreds of dollars by using a fake wedding cake! Both FunCakes and Mary’s Cake Design use fake cakes with one real slice for the bride and groom to cut. When done, wheel the cake out of the room for cutting and serve less expensive cake to guests instead. You’ll get the look of luxury for a fraction of the cost!
18. Rent a private camping site
Home Camper can hook you up with one of 58,000 private camping rentals. From backyards to gardens to vacant land, you can rent a space that fits your needs! For affordable camping gear rentals, check out Outdoors Geek or Arrive Outdoors.
Make a side income off your extra land when you sign up to be a private camping site with Home Camper.
19. Rent extra space for storage or parking.
Are standard storage centers above your price range? Is city parking too expensive? We hear you! Luckily, websites like Neighbor, Stache, and Spacer are offering you an alternative. These companies let you rent out your neighbor’s extra storage space or parking space for WAY cheaper – sometimes between 50% – 80% less! If you need to store your old belongings or even your boat, these sites can make it easier on your wallet!
Have extra space to rent out? You can make thousands a year in passive income renting out your parking or storage space. Spacer hosts make up to $450 a month and Neighbor and Stache hosts make even more! Did we mention liability coverage is included?!
We aren’t the only ones talking about this savvy business strategy. Major publications have featured all three of these companies. Neighbor has caught the attention of Business Insider and Fortune Magazine. Meanwhile, Spacer has been mentioned by the likes of Financial Times and, like Stache, The New York Times. If you’re looking to make passive income, visit these companies to find out what the buzz is all about!
20. Rent solar panels
Interested in solar energy but worried about the upfront costs of equipment and installation? Try Sunrun instead. This company offers wallet-friendly leases on solar panels. Plan start at 0% down!
21. Rent goats… yes, goats
Credit: Rent A Goat
Save money clearing your land by hiring a herd of goats to do it! This rental service may sound strange, but customers are giving it rave reviews. Goats use no pesticide, can work through rough terrain, and naturally fertilize your lawn. Californians are loving Rent A Goat and other states love Goats On The Go.
Own goats? Become a Goats On The Go affiliate and launch your own goat grazing business!
22. Rent a kitchen
Calling all food professionals! Have you been running your catering or home-baking business out of your home? Take your small business to the next level by renting a commercial kitchen. The Kitchen Door is a website that will match you with a commercial or commissary kitchen in your area. You’ll keep overhead costs down by avoiding the cost of utilities, expensive equipment, and underutilized space.
Do you own or run a commercial or commissary kitchen? List your kitchen on The Kitchen Door to make extra money renting it out.
23. Rent tires
We don’t recommend renting tires as you may end up paying more in the long run. However, we all find ourselves in a pinch sometimes. If tires or rims just are not in your budget, consider renting from a company like Tire Agent or Rent A Wheel. They offer plans for as little as $0 down.
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