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Lex DeVille's - 200 Mostly Offline Rental Business Ideas

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  1. Lex DeVille
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    Looking at the 100 Unsexy Business Ideas thread had me thinking about rentals. Thought we could separate the discussion so we can have rentals all in one place.

    Below is 100 ideas off the top of my head that could be rented. These are in no particular order and by no particular industry. I tried to add a range of things from stuff you have around the house, to stuff you will have to invest serious cash in. Feel free to add more.

    1. Lawn Mowers
    2. Camping Tents
    3. Portable Toilets
    4. Christmas Lights
    5. Concrete Barriers
    6. Road Signs
    7. Parking Lot Space
    8. Mobile Home
    9. Extra Room in Your Home
    10. Garage Space
    11. Moving Truck/van
    12. Pickup Truck
    13. Musical Instruments
    14. Furniture
    15. Trailers
    16. Road Barrels
    17. Kids Toys (slides, swings etc.)
    18. Party lighting
    19. Audio equipment
    20. Barn (for weddings, parties etc.)
    21. Canoes and Kayaks
    22. Ski Gear
    23. Carpet Cleaning Van/equipment
    24. Restaurant Equipment
    25. Indoor Cannabis Grow Rooms/Kits
    26. HD Camera
    27. Drones
    28. Livestreaming Setup
    29. Computers
    30. Soundproof Studio
    31. Casket
    32. Portable Swimming Pool
    33. Bounce House
    34. Storage Units
    35. Appliances (Fridge, Washer, Dryer, Microwave)
    36. Plastic or Metal Tables & Chairs
    37. Laser
    38. Wood working tools
    39. Metal working tools
    40. Tractor
    41. Plumbing tools
    42. Attic Storage (I wonder if you could post this on AirBnB?)
    43. ATV/Golf Cart
    44. Video Games / Video Game Systems
    45. Home Staging Supplies
    46. Halloween Props
    47. Halloween Costumes
    49. Christmas Props
    50. Fake Christmas Trees
    51. Children's Supplies (Toy box, bassinet, play pin)
    52. Storm Shelter or Doomsday Fallout Shelter
    53. Metal Fencing
    54. Electronic Radar Speed Signs
    55. Yard Tools for Neighbors
    56. Wheelchair, crutches, leg brace
    57. Exercise equipment
    58. Office chairs or desks
    59. Standing desks
    60. Home cooking supplies
    61. Lawn chairs
    62. Barbecue Grill
    63. Construction Equipment (bulldozer, steam roller etc.)
    64. Chains for transporting heavy equipment on diesels
    65. Wall decor (like fancy artwork)
    66. Props for influencers and gurus (clothing, jewelry, brand supplies)
    67. High-speed internet connection
    68. Projector
    69. Private home theater
    70. Popcorn machine
    71. Food Truck
    72. Medical Supplies
    73. Curtains
    74. Air soft Gear
    75. Boat or Jet Skis
    76. Camping Space
    77. Small building for private community events
    79. Outdoor festival canopies
    80. Carport
    81. Storage Shed
    82. Meditation Space
    83. Survival Gear or Supplies
    84. Solar Panels
    85. Generator
    86. Large Fans (like you used to find in a high school gym)
    87. Water pumping equipment (for pumping flooded basements)
    88. Scaffolding
    89. Hazmat Gear
    90. Digital Billboard Space
    91. Shuttle Service
    92. Horses
    93. Greenhouse
    94. Moving Gear (dolly, straps, trailer hitch)
    95. Security Cameras
    96. Cots, Inflatable Beds, Other bedding
    97. 5 Gallon Gatorade-Style Jugs
    98. Office Space
    99. Isolation Tanks
    100. Tanning Beds

    Looking forward to what you come up with. Go as big or small as you want. As wild or reserved too.
     
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    1. Gumball Machine
    2. Arcade Games
    3. Phone Charging Stations
    4. Freezer / Commercial Cooler
    5. Suits
    6. Paddle boats
    7. Advertising space in a free local magazine
    8. Plastic Storage Boxes
    9. Workshop
    10. Office phones or phone system
    11. Party Bus
    12. VR Gear
    13. Ladder
    14. Coin operated massage chairs
    15. Mall booths
    16. Car cover / Car Bra
    17. Race wheels / rims / spoiler / lowering springs
    18. Airplane
    19. Helicopter
    20. Hunting Stand
    21. Vehicle ramps or other moving ramps
    22. Auto Shop & Tools
    23. Restaurant decor
    24. Children's ball pit
    25. Fake Flowers
    26. Safes
    27. Land for raising cattle
    28. Sandbags for flood-prone places
    29. Dog walking park
    30. Lakeside Boat Storage
    31. Private fishing dock
    32. Pickup truck camper shells
    33. Recreational vehicles
    34. Retail display glass or stands
    35. Ice machine
    36. Food trailer
    37. Rugs
    39. Sports equipment and gear
    40. Wood chipper
    41. Tree Trimmer/Truck
    42. Mobile home park space
    43. Bicycles
    44. Hot tub or portable hot tub
    45. Watches
    46. Flea Market Space
    47. Snowmobiles
    48. Firepit
    49. Private Roads?
    50. Photo booth
    51. Portable changing rooms
    52. Beach chairs / umbrellas
    53. Scooters
    54. Themed party homes (rent to wealthy)
    55. A church (rent for community events)
    56. Retail store location
    57. Farm irrigation system
    58. Police / Military tactical training equipment (mock buildings / towns, land for other field training)
    59. Canning or bulk food packaging equipment
    60. Label maker
    61. Private Garden
    62. Gazebo
    63. Portable Bar
    64. Airplane Hangar
    65. Private island
    66. Warehouse space
    67. Professional weight scales
    68. Wood shipping crates
    69. Pallets and pallet jack
    70. Private prison (full-time or maybe just for overflow from govt. prisons?)
    71. Parking garage
    72. Cattle pins, gates, feeders, shelters
    73. Portable air conditioner or heaters
    74. Luggage
    75. Diner tables / booths
    76. Pallet racks
    77. Fork lift
    78. Shipping containers
    79. Mannequins
    80. Air compressor
    81. Hand soap dispensers
    82. Hand dryers
    83. Trash cans
    84. Asphalt patching machine
    85. Cubicles
    86. Fire extinguishers
    87. Emergency eyewash stations
    88. Drink cooler
    89. Bar stools
    90. Gas station fuel dispensers
    91. Office water cooler
    92. Foldable wagons for kids outdoor activities
    93. Car wash paystation or other kiosk systems
    94. Vending machines
    95. Exam tables / chairs
    96. Hair salon chairs / hair dryer chairs
    97. Highlift / Scissor lift
    98. Go cart
    99. School desks
    100. Shopping carts or motorized carts
     
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    Cannot believe I didn't think of this. Just last week I found myself carrying two car seats and a pack and play slung over my back while trying not to trip over my 2 year old's leash walking to the bus in one of the satellite lots at DFW.

    It would seem there are already marketplace type websites. Strategy would be to buy a lot of equipment and pay uber drivers to make the deliveries.

    Travelling with kid crap is one of the biggest a$$ pains I've ever experienced. And half the time with what you pay for the extra luggage, you could almost just buy the crap at your destination and throw it away.
     
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    My wife keeps selling all our old kids stuff at rock bottom prices on Facebook. Every time a $100 item goes for $10 or $20 I see a little money bird fly right out the window. But I guess that's what I get for not getting around to renting it out. At least she's taking action and making money with it lol!
     
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    If you could figure out how to not get your stuff to turn to crap you could even just do longer term rentals. Your up front cost is ridiculous when you get a new kid, and none of the stuff is usable for very long because they grow so fast. .
     
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    You need to make more kids @Lex DeVille ...
     
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    Ha! I don't think I have enough remaining sanity for that.
     
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    You could then place items into a themed category. Like a long term rental-package for the kids youth.
     
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    Valuable post as usual. In my country people lease pool/billiard tables to bars. That might be an idea. I'm going to run down this list and see if anything resonates with my situation.
     
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    Printers.
     
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    I love the other post about unsexy ideas and this post is great too.

    I just ebayed some of the things to rent out like christmas lights, popcorn machines etc. and you can get started pretty easy. The hard thing is to reach the unique selling point. Why should the consumer rent my popcorn machine and not someone elses? Good food for thought.
     
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    In Denmark it's popular to rent out hot dog stands for big parties like birthdays and weddings.
     
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    Chocolate fountains
     
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    That's where the customer service, customer support and general branding goes into play. If people know your renting business as a reputable place, with friendly personel and prompt reaction when issues arise, things should go well.

    I know which U-Haul not go to around my town because some of them are owned by jerks and others are owned by people that will stop the Earth from rotating to fix your problems.
     
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    Good one!
     
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    Unless I'm mistaken, these are not just small potential businesses. Some of these have HUGE profit potential.

    Think about how often you can rent out some of these items. If you live in a relatively well populated area, there should be regular demand for most things on this list!
     
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    Yes, I tried to keep a balance between side hustles and things that could be rented out for a lot of money to businesses, contractors, govt. etc. Even some of the direct-to-consumer rentals could be a legit business.

    One thing I've considered is teaming up with a local music studio to rent my studio out. I could set up the booth in their location and share the profits. They already have the target audience and the space. They already handle customers. It's a value add for them. So they keep half and do all the work and I just collect my paycheck each week or month or whatever. I'm just the guy who fronted the cash for the studio.

    There's probably a lot of different ways you could make these ideas happen. The more expensive the item, the better the opportunity for renting it (in my opinion). But the small stuff can add up with consumers. You might end up doing more footwork for less pay with cheap or easily obtainable items though.
     
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    Just got this idea from reading this thread. Never dealt with this type of business before, but it's really interesting. Hope to get a response on my math below to see (not great at it), if it makes sense.

    I found a niche product. Cost is $1100. Multiple companies are renting this out, some focusing only on this product, others as just another product of their equipment available for rent.

    The daily rate to rent this goes from $40-$75 / day.

    My idea is this:
    It's possible to get a loan for $1100 with a 5% interest on a 3 year periode. I've never taken a loan before, so I don't know if this is good or not. I guess it means I will pay the person back $1265 after the three years. It's around $35 / month in payments (correct me if I'm wrong).

    Since I'm traveling at the moment, I can't personally be there. Thinking about offering a friend 20-50% of the company for doing the manual work with the product and customers.

    I think it's possible to lower the daily rate magnificent, so I will have a price advantage. Could be $20-25 / day.

    I will then have to rent the product out 2 days / month to break even. Everything else is at least 50% profit for me.

    Does this make any sense?
     
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    Why wouldnt your friend not just do it around you?
     
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    It mostly makes sense. The main flaw is relying on "a friend" to do any part of this. Every single friend I've worked with in the past blew it big time. So I don't work with friends anymore.

    If it's just $1100 bucks then it might be worth a shot. The worst that happens is you're out $1100 and some change. But since the monthly payment is low, it's really not a big deal, plus you'll get experience with how loans work.

    Also, depending on the item, you could always check for referral offers. Don't know if you've read my thread on laser engraving, but I make anywhere from $200 to $500+ per month just from people who click my referral link on YouTube and then go on to buy a laser. So far this month I've sold 2 lasers without making any new videos and earned $200 in commissions.

    Two questions I'd have before doing this:

    1. How/where can you earn customers before you buy the item? (presell)
    2. What will you do if your friend blows it and quits?
     
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    The main barrier for most people is the price.

    Average Joe doesn't spend $1k on ideas that might make a profit because he'd rather spend it on a 4K Super Ultra HD Plasma Bendable Curvy television.

    If his friend is an entrepreneur, then he might take the idea and run with it. But then he wouldn't really be a friend, so I guess you'd have the benefit of him showing his true colors!
     
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    He doesn't have the money, and he isn't interested in risks.

    Thanks for the fast reply! Good to know the math makes a bit sense. I did read the thread, and I've already checked for affiliate deals on this product before you replied. It's a really cool idea, and I think it could work.

    1. I can make a website to get leads online to proof the idea / business.
    2. The guy of my mind is a family member, and the workload will be relatively low (1 product in the start, and if it scales, I will be home by then I guess). If it doesn't work, I will learn that lesson and solve the problem.
     
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    I found this site that allows you to rent camera gear... like Airbnb for camera gear. Sharegrid is what it's called. Looks like it's still pretty new, and was only recently rolled out nationwide, but they claim that their top renters are earning over $100k/year. Gonna post my gear up, and hopefully it grows enough that this could be a legitimate business, and not just a way to make back what you spent on gear (although that's better than nothing!).
     
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