How a 30 year old new mom earned extra cash by sharing items online from her sitting room
When I moved to Dublin after spending many years in London, I found myself at a loss as to how to make money. Although Dublin was bustling and busy, having a small baby in tow made it much more difficult for me to commit to a regular job. Each and every day, I searched online for suitable work to no avail. This continued for over a month until one day I stumbled across an article that really caught my attention. It was by a 56-year old grandmother who had earned thousands by renting her possessions such as electrical items online in exchange for money. I realised straight away that I had quite a lot of suitable items with most of them still lying idle and unpacked in boxes!
I decided to look further into her success story and to figure out how to share items with people online in exchange for money. I went on to discover the term ‘Sharing Economy’ which translates as an economic system in which assets or services are shared between private individuals (either free of charge or for a fee) typically using the internet. I continued to search for a reputable sharing economy platform that would allow a newbie like myself to share their products and start to earn money without any stress. I discovered that there was quite a lot of sharing economy websites online to make money online, but many of them were not really geared towards Irish residents. I continued searching until I discovered Tryilo.ie a sharing platform specifically targeted at and catering to communities right here in Ireland.
At first, I was quite skeptical about using the platform since I was still in doubt about the credibility of the website. However, having discussed the issue with my husband later that night we decided to go ahead and give it a try. Cycling is a very popular activity here in Dublin so I initially decided to list my bicycle as available for rent. I set the rate to 7 euros per day and within 24 hours I was contacted by a gentleman who lived very near my home and wanted to rent it for 10 days. At first, it sounded too good to be true, but when we discussed and closed the deal on Tryilo my mind was put at ease. I organised the meet and handed over my unused bicycle while Tryilo facilitated the payment – 70 euros just like that.
I gradually began to list more of my unused items on Tryilo and continued to receive payment right here in the comfort of my own home. Today, I can take care of my baby while I make money every day. To date, I have successfully rented out several of my unused items including my hair dryer, GoPro camera, my husband’s push reel mower and a whole host of household equipment I no longer use regularly. Tryilo has really proven to be a fantastic little side earner for me and I would highly recommend it.