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I've made $26,000 renting out my extra yard space. It's been a great low-lift side hustle and only takes 5 to 10 hours a month.

Added 05-17-22 07:14:02am EST - “Julz Maleno, a student, says she didn't do anything to her yard in Chino, California before listing it on the Neighbor app and got a renter in a few days.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “I've made $26,000 renting out my extra yard space. It's been a great low-lift side hustle and only takes 5 to 10 hours a month.”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Julz Maleno, an acupuncture student in California, about her storage rental side hustle. It has been edited for length and clarity.

I'm in my last year of classes for my doctorate in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. Throughout school, I've worked a variety of odd jobs to help pay the bills while juggling coursework. 

I worked as an Uber driver at night and on the weekends, but after being sideswiped by another car, I decided being a driver was no longer an option for me as a single mom. I also worked as an acupuncture assistant at my school clinic and other clinics, but as my class schedule changed every quarter, I needed more flexibility. 

I started looking into different ways to earn money that didn't require much time and heard about Neighbor on the radio. It's a website and app that connects people who have extra room in their home, garage, shed, or yard with locals seeking space to store their belongings. After doing more research, I learned I could make money by listing the gated, vacant acre lot on my property as a storage and parking space. 

Since listing my space was free, I figured I had nothing to lose. [Editor's note: While listing is free, Neighbor charges the property owner a payment processing fee of 4.9% of the total reservation cost plus $0.30 per payout.] 

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