Sunday, September 2, 2007

Meeting people is the best part of loaning

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the extra money that I earn from renting out stuff I'm not using anyway. In fact, I believe that for most people, their unused stuff can be the best investment in their "portfolio" when rented to neighbors for a small fee. But that's a story for another post...

I've found that the best part about loaning out my stuff through Loanables is meeting the Borrowers. I've formed friendships with some of the of the people who have borrowed my stuff. This was somewhat of a surprise to me. When I first started using Loanables, I thought that meeting Borrowers would be a hassle. After all, these were random people that I had no connection with. Isn't this the mentality that is so prevalent these days? If I don't know you, then I don't trust you. From what I see in the media, everybody is bad!

But it turns out that most of the people out there are -- believe it or not -- good people! Most of them are folks who live in my neighborhood, or at least my part of town. In a time when people seem to be drifting farther apart, it's nice to find something that brings neighbors closer together.

No comments: