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Live walking distance from a stadium, beach or airport? Did you know you could rent your unused driveway for oodles of cash? Websites like Parking Panda and JustPark allow you to list your spot by the hour, day or month. Residents typically charge about $1 to $2 an hour, but just think how much you could rake in when the Super Bowl comes to town.
Got a stunning $3,000 Celine bag collecting dust in your closet? Rent it out for upwards of $30 a day with Bagsly. This new website facilitates high-end purse rentals between fancy bag owners and the woefully bagless. As of now, the bulk of renters and rentees are in New York, but there’s no reason you can’t start a borrow-my-Chloe revolution in your hometown.
Think your humble abode has what it takes to be a movie star? Snap a few photos and list it on LocationsHub. If your pad is chosen for a shoot, you could earn up to $5,000 a day. (Just be prepared for a lot of strangers to manhandle all of your prized possessions.)
There’s a new trend in green energy that could be good for your wallet. A handful of utility companies and building developers are looking to rent residential roofs where they can install solar panels (at no cost to you). In exchange for “earning” energy for these companies, you can either get a deep discount on your electricity bill or a monthly check (about $250 for the typical home).
It was Vera. It was gorgeous. But now it’s eight years later and you haven’t once opened the garment bag. Make a little money off that puppy by listing it on Borrowing Magnolia, a website that helps cash-strapped brides borrow dresses from married folks like you. What’s the going rate? About 15 percent of the dress’s retail value each time you loan it out. (So $600 for a $4,000 gown.)
We're not exactly sure who this would appeal to, but if you’ve always dreamed of being a bank, you can now lend your money to companies or individuals--to be returned with significant interest. Through peer-to-peer loan websites like Lending Club, anyone can select loan requests to invest in, and then contribute as little as $25 to the cause. You’ll receive monthly payments of principal and interest as borrowers repay their loans.
Unless you’ve been living (or vacationing) under a rock, you know you can rent your home out to guests through websites like HomeAway and Airbnb.
But did you know you could also rent out your handbags? Or your driveway? Or your roof?
Check out our list of surprising ways to rent out your life... then start thinking of ways to use that extra spending money.
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