How to Rent Out Baby Gear to Traveling Families to Earn Money

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When you have a baby, you buy a whole bunch of stuff: car seats, strollers, high chairs, bouncy seats, and activity centers. You name it, you probably bought it. But what should you do when your children outgrow all that gear? Rent out baby gear to traveling families to make money, that's what! Using products you probably already own, you can launch an entrepreneurial venture, set your own hours and earn extra income. BabyQuip, formerly Babierge, makes starting your own baby gear rental company easy. Read this Q&A with BabyQuip to learn more about launching your own baby equipment rental company as a BabyQuip Quality Provider.

Have your kids outgrown their baby gear? Rent out baby gear to earn income!

Have your kids outgrown their baby gear? Rent it out to earn income! (Photo credit: Halfpoint, iStockphoto.com)

What is a baby equipment rental company?

Baby equipment rental companies make travel easier and more comfortable for traveling families. “BabyQuip, aims to take the hassle out of traveling with young children by renting out baby gear – strollers, pack ’n plays, cribs, car seats, high chairs, toys and much more – at hundreds of vacation destinations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Once parents visit BabyQuip and type in their destination and travel dates, they’ll see BabyQuip Quality Providers (QPs) who deliver to that area. Parents choose the equipment they want and provide delivery specifics. Once they place the order they receive an email confirmation, then the BabyQuip QP checks back with them a day or so before their travel date. The BabyQuip QP also receives an email with the order confirmation details and the order is uploaded right to her phone’s calendar. On delivery day she loads up her car and heads to the family’s hotel, vacation rental or the private home where they will be staying.”

Help traveling families by renting out your baby equipment with BabyQuip

Rent out baby gear that's cluttering up your garage or basement (Photo credit: Nancee Lewis Photography)

How can parents earn income from renting out baby gear they already own?

Similar to Uber or Lyft, HomeAway, DogVacay and other sharing economy businesses, baby equipment rental companies like BabyQuip use peer-to-peer sharing of goods and services to meet a need. “BabyQuip takes it a step further because they help you launch your own business and train you as an entrepreneur. While you may begin with the gear you already have, you’ll quickly amass a larger inventory of rentable gear. The BabyQuip platform creates a marketplace at which Independent Quality Providers can build their own business, delivering and setting up baby gear they own. Quality Providers really are running their own businesses. They do local sales and marketing, select the gear they want to rent and set their own rental and delivery fees. BabyQuip pays them 81.5 percent of the rental fee and 81.5 percent of the delivery fee on each order. They keep one hundred percent of their tips.”

Traveling babies and parents are happy with the right baby gear!

Traveling babies and parents are happier with the right baby gear! (Photo credit: BabyQuip)

What was the motivation to start BabyQuip?

“BabyQuip’s original founder stumbled upon the idea a few years back when she realized her children, separated in age by only 19 months, were no longer toddlers. After her husband asked her to get rid of the unused high chairs, strollers, step stools and cribs cluttering the family garage, she decided on a whim to build a quick website and offer the gear for rent instead. She realized she had struck gold. Within three days she had made $300 in orders for baby gear she already owned!

There was an underserved market with a real problem. It’s a hassle to travel with all the baby and child gear you need to enjoy a safe, relaxing and fun vacation experience. BabyQuip offers a win-win solution. We empower parents — often stay-at-home moms — to become successful baby gear rental entrepreneurs while also helping families travel easier. The idea took off quickly and BabyQuip is already in most markets families travel to in the U.S., and some in Canada too.”

A full-sized crib and other baby equipment helps families enjoy their travels more

Start a baby equipment rental company with BabyQuip as a rewarding side hustle  (Photo credit: BabyQuip)

What are the benefits of joining the BabyQuip brand?

“At BabyQuip we’re committed to creating a friendly and supportive community for Quality Providers. We give them access to the information and resources that can lead to their success. We want it to be fun too! Launching your business on the BabyQuip platform is easy, and it comes with many benefits.”

Below is a list of the many reasons to join the BabyQuip brand:

  • Quickly become an entrepreneur with customers, inventory and orders.
  • Design a flexible and rewarding business that works around your family’s schedule.
  • Make better-than-average gig economy money.
  • Enjoy the benefits of training, insurance and customized marketing material.
  • No need to master online advertising, as BabyQuip drives online traffic to your website.
  • Learn new skills, including local sales and marketing, public relations and customer service.
  • Leverage your social media networks and favorite mom blogs to grow your business.
  • Build friendships with other mostly mom entrepreneurs on the platform, socialize in the company Facebook community, attend weekly video conference meetings and enjoy gathering at occasional local Meetups.
  • Feel great about doing fun, simple work that really makes a difference.
  • Be appreciated by your customers (sometimes they hug you!).

Join BabyQuip and start making money from your unused baby equipment

What are the steps to becoming a BabyQuip Independent Quality Provider?

Becoming a Quality Provider is easy. You’ll be invited to a brief online orientation then follow with a on-one-one interview conducted by another Quality Provider. Get your questions answered in this meeting and learn more about the company. Once you’ve done that we set you up with a BabyQuip account and build your Website. Then, once you have just a little inventory — we set you live. You can get an order at any point after that. The first order is always exciting!”

Sounds like a pretty sweet way to make some extra dough to me! Want to rent out baby gear? Learn more about joining BabyQuip here!

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Would you ever rent out baby gear to travelers to earn extra income? Let us know in the comments below!

When this story went live in 2016, it was sponsored by Babierge, which has since been renamed BabyQuip. I updated this blog post in 2018 with new information and affiliate links. All opinions are mine, as always.

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments

  1. Katy Hope says:

    Sounds interesting, I would totally do this, are you in San Francisco?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Katy – It looks like Babierge does have someone in San Francisco. It’s worth reaching out to them, though! Here’s more info about their partnership program: https://goo.gl/eS7qZJ

    • Hi Katy,
      I’m Joan Pashon from Babierge.com. I am the Community Manager and would like to set-up a call with you to discuss Babierge. We do have a couple of Trusted Partners in San Francisco and can have more partners.. If you could submit an application, online on the Babierge.com site.

      Look forward to talking to you.
      Joan Pashon

    • Yes we are. I would like to discuss opportunities we may have. Let me know if you have time to discuss.
      Joan

  2. Hello, Your blog is really cool. There are loads of women who think that traveling with children is absolutely impossible. Your amazing travel blog proves an absolutely opposite thing. Travel with children is possible, and moreover, it might be very enjoyable! I hope that your awesome blog will become a great inspiration for millions of moms around the world!
    Thanks for your writing! I wish you new levels of success!

  3. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says:

    What a cool idea! I love this so much more than just selling it outright. If you have new gear, you could rent it out over and over again for a really long time!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      So true. Babierge does a good job of thoroughly cleaning the equipment between each rental, too.

  4. It usually is such a hassle to carry around all that baby gear! This is a great idea!

  5. Toni | Boulderlocavore. Com says:

    This is such a smart idea. Our kids are older and we’ve donated all our baby gear but I know for people hosting families with young kids this would be a lifesaver for all!

  6. I’ve never thought of this! Such a cool money-making idea. Unfortunately, we don’t have any baby items from when our kids were babies. The joys of family….pass alongs!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      I suppose you could invest in some new baby equipment if you’re looking for a way to earn some side cash!

  7. Babierge is an awesome business opportunity. I love the way mothers can still make use and earn money from baby gear. If this company had been around earlier, I would have joined it instead of selling my kids’ baby gear.

  8. robin rue says:

    Now I wish I had kept mine. This is such a great idea!!!

  9. Love this idea. I recall traveling with toddlers back in the day and wishing for a service like this, especially with twins. Needing two of things was often a challenge when traveling. Great idea.

  10. What a great way to put old baby items to use and make a little side cash from it too. I would have hopped on this when my girls were little. Since they are now teens, I’m probably not the target audience, but my cousin just had a baby so I’ll be sure to send this link to her so she can check it out.

  11. Marissa Zurfluh says:

    I could see this being a really great idea. Any way to make money works for me.

  12. Wow this is serious innovation. Look its the uber services for parents that is really cool!

  13. Lauren Aleixo says:

    I am very interested in this!. I live 15 minutes from Newport RI, a destination area. Do you think this would be a good place to have a local partner?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Lauren – Great! My suggestion would be to reach out to Babierge to discuss opening a location in Newport. Take a look here: https://www.babierge.com/partners

    • Hi Lauren, My name is Nicole and I am the Community Manager at Babierge. Yes, we think that’s a great location and actually most cities and towns across the country are. Even if you don’t live in a typically touristy town, everyone brings their babies home to visit grandma and grandpa. Please reach out to me at Nicole@babierge.com or start your process at babierge.com/signup.

  14. LaTanya C. says:

    This is totally an awesome idea. I’m a ftm due in June and am looking for ways to make money while staying at home with baby. I live in DC. However, my question is “is it ever too early for a mom/parent to sign up for babierge?”

    Thank you so much.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi LaTanya – Congratulations on your new baby! That’s really a question you’d need to answer for yourself. If you’re looking for a flexible job so you can focus on your newborn, Babierge may be be a fabulous option for you! I’d suggest giving it a try to see how it works for you. 🙂

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