It’s the most wonderful time of the year (come on, you starting singing there didn’t you!) Christmas has come to end; you’ve had the presents, you’ve had the food and you finally got to watch Home Alone without getting funny looks. It all goes too quickly…
But one thing you’re probably now left with is the presents. Everyone loves presents: the silly ones, the gimmicky ones, the ‘big’ ones, the ones you actually need and the outright weird ones. And you’re bound to have that one present that doesn’t quite live up to the hype.
The thing I always remember about Christmas is that I get all these presents and a lot of them go unused for a lot of the year. Not because I don’t like them, but because you only need to use them once a week, or even once a month. Say you get a brand new DSLR camera for Christmas; for the first week, you’ll most likely be using it to take pictures of this, that and everything. But before long, you may only use it when you go on holiday or for the odd shoot or project you have coming up. For most, a camera isn’t something you’d use all day, everyday. So what should you do when you aren’t using it? Why not rent it out to a fellow photographer and earn some money? You could rent out your camera for between £30 and £200 a day. That way, even if you were using your camera 4-5 times a week, on the two days you weren’t using it, you could rent it out to someone who really needs it. You’re not only helping out someone in need; you’re also earning some extra cash on the side.
This photo of Emma Tappings’ present-laden tree went viral last year.
That is just one example of how peer-to-peer renting can squeeze a little bit extra out of your Christmas presents. That bike you got for Christmas, don’t let it sit in the garage resting whilst you sit inside all year. Lend it out to a fellow traveller and provide them with a cheaper alternative, making you a hefty sum in the process. The same principle applies to other gifts you might have received; that raclette machine for instance – great for a toasty night in, but what about the other 364 days of the year? You could rent it out just 3 or 4 times and it would pay for itself – all thanks to the sharing economy.
You weren’t just bought the best Christmas presents ever, you were bought a new form of income. Thanks mum!