Monthly Archives: October 2013

Autumn Is Here!

With a grey sky outside and much gusting the trees are looking weary and troubled – and leaves are falling off in a steady torrent reminding all with gardens that now is the time to get lawns mown, leaves collected and composted, borders and shrubs cut bank, and branches trimmed – in fact the perfect time to rent garden equipment from your neighbour or someone in your community with an allotment and therefore equipment to hire to others.

To much woody greenery and, unless you have garden waste collection like some forward thinking Councils, little place to put it.  So why not rent a shredder and compost instead?  This one is available in Sudbury so if you are in the area and your garden is crying out for some TLC, visit the site and hire it from Rentor Jason – he’s also got a large capacity roof box though we can’t guarantee it will fit the shredder inside! is all about making money, saving money, and being green. Certainly by becoming a Rentee and renting an item such as a shredder from the site you will be helping someone in your local comunity make a little bit of extra cash (and it is very likely they will spend that locally also), you will be saving money by not having to go out and buy the shredder yourself, and you will be being green, in this instance not only by using someone else’s shredder and therefore saving on the materials and energy used to make a new one, but you will also be making your own compost – what could be greener?

So whether it’s a lawnmover in Readinga leaf blower/vac in Perth, or a hedge trimmer in Fordingbridge visit and have a trawl around the site.  And if you have little used garden equipment of you own, or you have tidied your garden for the winter months and all is sitting in a shed, become a Rentor and make a little money instead of that little-used item just gathering dust.

Can I really earn money by renting out my spare room?

Yes you can, and much of it will be tax free to boot!

Thousands of homeowners, and plenty of tenants too are finding it’s easy to make extra cash by renting out a spare room (tenants should get the landlord’s permission first). How else can you make hundreds of pounds a month without doing any work?

The taxman, in his generosity, allows you to earn up to £4250 a year from renting out a spare room in a home you live in, absolutely tax free. You don’t even need to do a self-assessment form. Find out more about the Rent a Room scheme.

If you don’t know anyone who needs a room to rent, you can find someone lovely through SpareRoom, the UK’s no. 1 site for flatsharing. SpareRoom makes it easy, guiding you through the process, and giving you tips, like on how to interview potential flatmates. You can even advertise completely free.

Watch the video to discover how SpareRoom works.

What’s all this about Collaborative Consumption?

Named by TIME as one of the “10 Ideas That Will Change the World”, collaborative consumption describes the shift in consumer values from ownership to access. Together, entire communities and cities around the world are using network technologies to do more with less by renting, lending, swapping, bartering, gifting and sharing products on a scale never before possible.

Are you interested in finding out more about peer to peer rental? Find out more at

Or check out this video from Nesta:

How does peer to peer rental work for the storage industry?

If you have spare space and would like to turn it into extra income – we are here to help! Storenextdoor introduces people who need storage to people that have space to spare, and all of our peer to peer rental contracts are covered by Aviva insurance.  As our video demonstrates it’s a really easy process and all communication, contracts and payments are done via the website. In fact the whole thing only takes around five minutes and if that means you earn an extra £20+ a week from home (£1040+ a year) that’s not a bad rate of return in our book!

But don’t just take our word for it, go and check out how much your space is worth with our earnings estimator as it could be an even more £££ per minute’s worth of listing time!

Rosie Bennett, Community Director at Storenextdoor