How can I rent out my belongings to help the environment and make money at the same time?



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    Perhaps you have thought about making some money with your idle belongings that have not been used in quite some time.  A new trend called “person-to-person renting” has emerged online and is quickly gaining momentum.  In a person-to-person rental marketplace, you can post your items online for rent.  Aside from being a great way to make some extra cash, it’s also a great way to help save the environment by encouraging re-use through renting.  Renting helps reduce the consumption (and demand for the production of) new items, thereby reducing the creation of waste.


    1. Go through the items in your closet, garage, and other storage areas to determine which items have not been used often and whether they are viable items for rent.  The chances are that most of them are good candidates for rental.
    2. Find an online person-to-person website, such as, where it is free to register and free to list your items for rent.
    3. Register/set up a free account.
    4. Click on “List an Item”; then fill in all the details of your item(s).  Including a photo of the item is always helpful.  You can specify the price, a deposit amount, and whether or not you would like to pre-approve the renter.
    5. Once you have posted your item(s) for rent, other users of the website who are looking for your type of item will be able to find you via the website’s search feature.
    6. Once you and a potential renter have made contact and agreed on a rental arrangement, you can make plans to meet for exchange of the item.  Rentalic uses PayPal to ensure sufficient funds are available to meet the rental price and to facilitate the exchange of funds.  It also uses a proprietary mobile payment verification process, which involves the exchange of a secret code used to validate the authenticity of the renter.
    7. Once the item has been returned, you can decide whether or not to refund the whole deposit, based on the condition of the item.
    8. It is highly recommended that both the renter and owner to provide feedback about each other (and the item) on the online ratings system.   Such ratings systems can help weed out any frequent offenders and make the online marketplace safer.
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