How would you like to become a rental buddy? It’s an actual term and in Japan, for example, it is a popular trend earning some people a fair deal of money by charging to share their company. In fact, a Japanese company known as RentAFriend has users that are earning up to $2,000 a week and they have now shifted their focus to the North American market – and this is where you can earn money as a paid friend.
Australia also has a service known as Friends For Hire. Essentially what these do is connect people who may be tourists or new to an area with someone who is familiar with a specific request. That could be going on a sightseeing tour or sharing some kind of experience or knowledge for a fee.
The average rate for being someone’s friend for a short period of time ranges between $20 and $50 per hour. Some fees are lower as it is really up to you what you think your time is worth to someone else. It is important to note that this is really a sharing of time, information or knowledge between client and ‘friend’ and not a dating or any other kind of relationship arrangement.
The guidelines at RentAFriend are clear on that. Once you join you would enter your location and a number of potential and available ‘friends’ will be revealed to you. Each would have a short resume telling a little about themselves and most importantly, what kinds of activities they are available for. For example, do you need to work on your golf swing? How about learning a new recipe or two? Need some company going on a hike? Want someone around just for a bit of extra company? These are all possibilities that can earn you extra cash as a rental friend.
Plus, you are not obligated to do anything you don’t want to do for someone who hires your services. What makes this a great income opportunity for seniors is that you can leverage your vast knowledge base and promote those talents as rentable offerings.
This is how you would earn money as a paid friend. You can do this as little or for as long as you’d like offering only so many hours of service a week if you wish. The rental friend opportunity also puts you in complete control as you would be your own boss. You would also keep every penny you earn through the renting of your service/friendship/company.
Many of these rental friend websites screen users to add some level of protection, but you will have to be able to use your own judgment on whether or not a particular ‘friend request’ is worth following up on. That being said, RentAFriend has been able to prove that members at their service are making some rather easy and substantial income by just being at the right place at the right time.
This could be your next step to retirement, working a little bit to earn money as a paid friend and sharing quality time with someone who needs it. You may even be able to develop a network of clients who will become regular friends with you based on your shared interests. Who knows? Being a paid friend could enhance not only the life of the person hiring you, it could do wonders for you as well.