Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Unusual Things That You Can Rent In The Sharing Age – (Part 2)

Not so long ago we covered some of the unusual things that you can rent in the sharing economy. The sharing economy is definitely not a boring industry. We have now discovered even more unusual things that are possible to rent / borrow / swap in the sharing economy.
In our previous article, we introduced you to some of the odd services in the sharing economy and presented strange things that you can get in this modern era. We presume that some of the ideas inspired or even amused you to a point where you would like more. Therefore, we have decided to come up with a second list of unusual stuff that you can get through the sharing economy services out there. Here it goes:

Goats as Lawn mowers (US)

Do you remember how many vines were made with goats? Besides being viral animals, they can also be rented out. Instead of using machines and chemicals for your lawn or farm maintenance, it is better to rent an eco-friendly goat. Seriously, these animals are natural landscapers because they are eating harmful plants and weeds, which means that you do not need pesticides anymore. Moreover, kids and other animals can play safely on lawns sustained by goats.
So, if you feel like you could use a goat, a few different companies can help you out. Amazon has a goat renting service, or you can try Rent a Goat and We Rent Goats.

A Chicken (US)

Yes, that’s right, you can rent a chicken. If you are considering having chickens in your backyard, you can choose to have a try out period. Getting all the supplies you need for them will cost you more than 500 USD, and renting will only be around 90 USD. If you are tempted, you can get in touch with Rent the Chicken and Rent a Chicken. Additionally, you can also order non-GMO feed for a higher price, depending on your preferences. At the end of the rental period, you can either buy the chickens or return them. As funny as it may seem, this idea supports a sustainable environment.

Pet Sitter (US and DK)

Are you planning on travelling and you are worried about your furry friend(s)? On DogVacay and Dogley you can find a caring home for your dog during your vacation. Through this platform you can also hire dog walkers and house sitters.  

A Safe Ride for Drunk College Students (US)

Driving and drinking is a very dangerous practice among youngsters, being the cause of many accidents and deaths. However, Sobrio’s mission is to reduce this practice by connecting educational institutions with their students through ride sharing. All you have to do is to find a ride from one of the designated drivers by entering your location, destination, and number of passengers. The request will be automatically sent to all the drivers from your school and you will receive a notification when you get an offer. The service is completely safe and it was launched in 2012 by college students. Since then, driving and drinking rates among teenagers decreased by 40%. Well done!

Someone Else’s clothes (DK and DE)

Do you need to go to a party and the budget is too tight to afford an expensive dress? If you live in Denmark, you can easily rent a dress with Closay, a platform that connects you with other women from your area in just one click.
Do you always like to change your clothing style but it will often cost you a lot of money? Do you also get stuck with clothes that you don’t like anymore? If you are from Germany, you don’t have to worry about that anymore. Myonbelle is a service that sells clothes through a membership acquisition. It allows you to create your own virtual closet from the clothes available on their website. Accordingly, you can choose a style that you want to wear and the company will send you the entire outfit. When you don’t want it anymore, you can just send it back and order another set. If it happens to fall in love with some clothes, you can also buy them to a special membership price. Amazing, right?

Someone to Shop for You Abroad (Anywhere)

Do you recall how many times you wished to get again something that you bought in a different country? What would you say if I told you that the sharing economy can make your wish come true? You can get your favorite things no matter where you are, from anywhere in the world. All you have to do is go on Carrywithyou or Entrusters, connect with a traveler and he/she will deliver your products safely to your destination. Pure awesomeness!

Other People’s Toilet (US and SWE)

No, this is not a joke! If you are in a situation when you really need to use the restroom, all you have to do is install an app, find people who live nearby and rent their toilets. In US, AirPnP started as a joke until the founder of the company realized that there is actually a demand for this service on the market. It became such a sensation that now the business is requested to collaborate with the UN for helping to supply bathrooms in poor countries. Apparently, Sweden followed the example by launching Rentl. This is mind blowing!

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