You read that title right! And before you go and accuse this blog of being a scam, give it a chance and read on through. You will not regret this informative 3-minute read.
First off, a slight disclaimer, not all items or tools may prove effective with the use of this method. But later in the article, we’ll be giving you examples of tools that will actively work in applying what you’ll learn.
So, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.
Everybody wants free stuff. But free things are hard to come by these days. While a majority of the world believes in the saying, “nothing in life comes free,” we, on the other hand, beg to differ.
There is indeed a way to get free stuff, and additionally, you can even earn from them over time and still call them your own.
Although this article will focus on one specific kind of tool, you can still take advantage of these steps with other items as well, so read on.
What tools are you buying?
The first thing to do is to determine what kind of tool you’re buying, whether it’s a hand tool or a power tool.
Strategically, you’d buy a tool you know to be useful for something you are working on now and for future projects.
Another thing you’d ideally have to give some thought on is whether the item will be something another person would use occasionally.
There are various kinds of tools homeowners occasionally use but aren’t willing to purchase due to their price, and the usage infrequency relative to that cost.
Think of carpet cleaners for instance. Everybody wants nothing more than to have their carpets cleaned on a regular basis, but most people don’t purchase the cleaner because they only use it once a year.
It’s also good to note that the heavier-duty the item, the better. Let’s take for instance a gas chainsaw; it’s heavy-duty and something a person would need on certain occasions and it’s probably something that most homeowners are not going to want to purchase, again due to the cost relative to the infrequency of use.
Find the best and closest hardware store or visit their website.
The next obvious step is to visit the hardware store of your choice. We would suggest you choose the closest one, just to be on the safe and convenient side.
And if you’re uncomfortable going out in public, for safety and health reasons, you can always opt to visit your favorite hardware store’s website. The best hardware stores often have an official e-commerce website where you can order their products online.
We suggest these well-known hardware stores; Lowe’s, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, and Do it Best, all of which have websites and offer ship-to-home delivery services.
For this method to work effectively, we suggest that you refrain from choosing to buy from hardware stores that vend cheap and less durable products, i.e., Harbor Freight.
Like we mentioned above, you need to consider purchasing more durable products; that way, you’re able to take advantage of the tools much longer and earn more from it over time.
So again, consider the quality of the tool you will be getting. Suggestively, you would purchase an item that costs more on the lines of $200 and above. These are usually much longer-lasting than others.
For the sake of this article, we’re going to use the gas chainsaw as an example.
We can look at this Husqvarna 455 Rancher 20-in 55.5-cc 2-Cycle Gas Chainsaw for instance, which costs $475.99, found at Lowe’s official website.
And before you go complain and say, “I thought you said this was how to get free tools? Why are you telling me to buy then?” Well, we’ll get to that in the following paragraphs.
Put your item up for rent.
Now that you have a new gas chainsaw, the money-making part is putting it up for rent online.
My Garage Rentals is a great peer-to-peer rental platform you can use to put any of your personal belongings up for rent, whether it’s used or brand new.
Registration is easy, and listing your item up for rent is just as simple.
My Garage Rentals allows its users full control over the item’s rental duration; this can come in handy for when you need your tools back during a specific time.
You aren’t only in full control over how much your item will be priced per day, but you also get to choose how much the security deposit will be.
Utilize your item.
And now that you have your chainsaw listed on My Garage Rentals for rent, all that’s left to do is to wait and hope for a customer nibble.
The waiting part is when you use your chainsaw for whatever it is you need it for, and when someone requests it on My Garage Rentals, that’s when you have it prepared for rental and ready to go.
Other types of items.
The best part about this is that it doesn’t have to just be power tools or DIY equipment.
My Garage Rentals caters to any type of item that falls under any type of category, be it a camera, professional audio, sports gear, camping equipment, you name it.
Just make sure that it is something a renter will find useful, or else you may end up unlucky in finding customers.
So, if you’ve been hesitating on buying that heavy-duty tool that you’ve been eyeing for so long, terrified by what was written on the price tag, fret no more!
If you have the money now, I say, “just get it!”
Hardware stores often take tools that cost around $400 in retail and have them rented for $60/day. If you followed this same model on My Garage Rentals, with some patience, you could pay for that tool after renting it out 7 times. Then it will just be pocket money from thereon.Read More
What is it that most Americans have that can be both an advantage and a disadvantage at the same time?
It’s having too many things in their homes and not know what to do with them.
According to the LA Times, there are 300,000 items in the average American home.
While this is something to be concerned about, it too can be beneficial as we continue to spend more time at home during this season.
After you read this article you will be surprised at how most of the stuff you have lying around your homes can be good sources of income.
Here are 10 ways you can earn from what you have lying around your house:
1. Sell and Deliver Food
Is your refrigerator running? Well, you better catch it because food is number one on our list.
Selling food has never been made simpler thanks to e-commerce marketplaces like Shopify, Ecwid, and Facebook Marketplace. People have taken to these websites to sell their fresh, frozen, and baked goods.
You will have to look for a meat supplier first if you’re planning on selling either frozen meat or packed cooked meals. But the internet cannot make that step any easier than it already is with just a Google search.
If it’s vegetables you’re choosing to sell, various articles and videos online provide a step-by-step guide on how to grow leafy greens and root crops in your backyard. For instance, Thompson & Morgan have a whole article on the Top 10 Easy to Grow Veg, Fruit & Salad.
2. Sell Stored Photos and Videos
If you’re a photographer, videographer, or a graphic artist, you may still have some unused media all stocked up in your hard drive.
Why not put them to good use instead of just leaving them there, taking up storage?
Phillips accepts photos, paintings, graphics, and artworks of any kind, which they will be posting up for auction online.
3. Sell Original Music
Musicians are at a leveled advantage during these times. If you have your instrument with you, which I’m sure you do because you are a musician. And once you have your recording equipment ready, with just a bit of hard work you will be making money in no time.
Soundtradr helps musicians publish their original work online and allows them a platform to sell.
TuneCore, on the other hand, can help you spread your music through the vast majority of social media and music platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube Music, TikTok, and oodles more.
The best part is, TuneCore promises that 100% of the revenue you earn from your music goes solely to you. In other words, they do not get a single cut from your work, zilch.
4. Sell Arts and Crafts, Sculpters and DIY Projects
If you’re into arts and crafts, DIY, clay sculpting, or woodworking; surely, you’ve got your chisel set and crafting tools with you at home.
Marketing platforms such as Facebook Marketplace, Shopify, and Ecwid can help you sell your handmade projects online. All you have to do is go through an easy signup and listing your items up for sale should be a piece of cake from there!
Not to mention there’s Etsy, another e-shop website made especially for original and unique handcrafted items.
5. Rent Your Dogs
This might come out as strange to you, but hear us out! Renting your dog to others could actually do you some use.
This allows you to finally be able to clean up the house, finish a project you never thought you could finish, or just lay back on your couch to watch Netflix without worrying about walking the dog, feeding him, or cleaning up his poops for a certain amount of days.
Additionally, Borrow My Doggy provides its lenders with user feedback from other dog renters which you can review. This gives you the peace of mind knowing that your dog is in good hands.
6. Blog or Sell Your Writing
Everyone’s a writer nowadays, even those who never really studied writing attest they are writers. In that case, let me tell you that you can earn in the security of your own home by writing!
An article by Vanessa Gowora states that the highest-paid blogger of 2019, Gina Horkey, founder of the Horkey Handbook blog, earns roughly $25,000. Although you won’t instantly be making that sum of money writing blogs at the beginning, writing as early as now can give you a head start toward there.
You can also have your work published as an e-book over at Amazon if you’re confident your writing deserves to get out there.
7. Sell Your Old Toys
Toys are another addition to our list of items to earn from! Whether you’re a collector, a father, or mother, or just have that old toy from when you were younger, you can always choose to sell those old toys or figurines online.
Neat Stuff Collectibles is a website made especially for hobbyists and toy owners to sell their toys online. Or you can always just post your toys up for sale on Facebook Marketplace or on Facebook “Buy and Sell” Groups, like The LEGO® Group.
8. Sell Your Old Books
Do you have way too many used books? Do you need to make more room on your shelf for newer ones? You may want to consider finally letting go of some of the older ones.
Amazingly, you don’t have to feel the bitterness or guilt when you choose to de-clutter away. Thanks to a few websites we found online, throwing your books away doesn’t have to be an option!
Decluttr is a great way to sell your used hardbound books online! They even allow you to sell other things of other categories too, i.e. LEGO toys and old DVD’s.
Bookscouter, on the other hand, focuses more on the buying and selling of textbooks; although, in some cases, they’d still allow you to sell hardbound books.
Now, if you’re the kind-hearted sort of fellow and wish to have your books donated instead, you can do so at BetterWorldBooks. But in case you happen to change your mind, you can also choose to sell your books there as well.
9. Rent Anything Useful
You read that right! Anything in your house that you deem useful, can most probably generate some income.
How you ask? With the help of My Garage Rentals, you can post your tools, bicycle, toys, your guitar, DSLR camera, and many more up for rent for people to use and for you to benefit from.
My Garage Rentals consists of a community of trustworthy lenders and provides its users with safe and secure transactions.
You can always review a lender or renter’s profile for feedbacks and comments, this helps steer you toward verified and careful borrowers.
10. Rent Your Home
If you’ve checked your entire house and have not seen a single thing you can use to benefit from, even with the help of the websites we’ve shared with you here; then we’re left to say, use your house!
Just make sure you have the place sanitized afterward or at least check if your renters are healthy, just to be on the safe end.
These are just some of the many ways you can take advantage of your stuff, we’re sure there are countless more out there.
What do you think of our list? Let us know if there’s something we’ve missed that you think should be on this list. But we sure hope this helps you get-by during this time of crisis.
For anything rental-related, message us on our Facebook page or visit us at My Garage Rentals.