To make ends meet in today’s tough economic environment, a second source of cash is needed – a “side hustle.”
And South Africans know a thing or two about it, from selling goods on the curb to using social media to promote small businesses.
Now there’s another way to make extra money – by renting out unused items for the day through an online marketplace called Strapp.
Strapp, a place where you can rent the weird and wonderful for the day for cash, is the brainchild of SA entrepreneur Darren de Abrey.
According to the businessman, Strapp is an online rental platform “based on community and trust.”
Talking to Cape Conversation, Darren argued that the platform gives South Africans the ability to “securely monetize items they often don’t use”. At the same time, “using the advantages of the country’s second hand”.
From lawn mowers to golf clubs and gym equipment, electronics and even vehicles, users are making extra money by renting out unused items.
There are also some quirky items such as a lounge, chocolate fountain and fruit juice which can be rented for just 25 rand cash per day.
Of course, we live in South Africa, and the obvious question is, will users return the items in a day or run away with your items?
According to the site, there are many security features to prevent this, including a rating and review system, user verification, security deposits, insurance and quality checks.
NEED TO BORROW A POOL?
Meanwhile, with summer just around the corner, many will be looking for affordable ways to cool off. And for those who do not have a pool, there is always the option of “renting” it for the day.
Swimply – the “Airbnb” of swimming pools – offers the public the opportunity to rent a private pool by the hour in exchange for some quick cash.
The service can be filtered according to location preferences, pool width and depth, and available amenities that are included.
Unfortunately, the service is not yet available in South Africa, but with the warmer weather coming, we hope to relax in the infinity pool at Camps Bay for a few hours.
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