Pretty strange website this, but I had to cover it here because of it’s slowly rising popularity – Rent A Friend.
Yes, you did read that correctly – it’s a website that allows you to…rent a friend?
On first viewing I found this business a little creepy, and even a little sad…but when I looked deeper into it I realized they do offer some useful services that could appeal to certain people.
Before I go any further – this is NOT a site for lonely men to rent a chick (if you’re looking for that type of thing I suggest you go back to your Google search and try again!).
So, is Rent A Friend scam or is it legit?
Let’s take a closer look…
The Rent A Friend Review
What is Rent A Friend?
Well it’s a website service that allows it’s members to rent a friend, obviously.
You can either choose to rent a friend or get paid to be a friend.
How Does Rent A Friend Work?
People that are looking for a friend must sign up for the service with a $24.95 membership charge. Once they have been accepted they can then start looking for friends in the location they are interested in.
On the other side of the coin – you can also earn money from this site by becoming a friend for hire.
This involves a free sign up with a valid email address. You then must fill out a Profile Application Form which covers parameters like Gender, age, body type, what you would be available for, your cost (fee), what languages you speak, etc.
You will then need to upload a profile picture and verify your phone number before you can start taking on jobs.
At the time of writing this, the service is a worldwide offering – there is a search bar which is a GEO locater.
From what I gather – you can be hired for just about any activity (within reason, of course!).
Popular gigs include the movies, sporting events, hiking, prom dates, meals, formal functions.
The Rent A Friend Service – What can You Earn?
Well you set your own price with this service – if you think your personality is worth $50 an hour…charge it!
Seriously – you set your own price.
That’s not to say that the members will be happy to pay this amount – there is always room for negotiation.
You are pretty much your own boss so you can set your own hours. If you don’t feel like working one week, take it off!
The website does not track how often you work.
There are no payment processors involved with the website. You are paid by the customer you are working for/with.
Rent A Friend Complaints
There are plenty of positives to this site – it’s a worldwide service, it’s had TV coverage and it’s free to work for…
But, as always, there have been a handful of complaints floating about online.
The first complaint I’ve noticed is a bit of a worry really – but you can see it happening, time and time again (it’s human nature).
It involves members or workers expecting ‘a little bit more’ from their engagements.
What do I mean by this?
Well, on occasion, a few members have tried the ‘sex angle’ on with their clients.
Personally, I’m not at all surprised this is happening…and I don’t really see how you can stop it?
I’ve also noticed a few complaints regarding the ‘product’ received by members…
Numerous people have booked a reasonable looking guy/gal for a function…only to find something completely different turn up!
Again, I can’t really see how you can get around this problem – people are always going to want to sell themselves and therefore show themselves in their best light…
There’s no law against Photoshopped images…is there?
Is Rent A Friend Legit?
Yes, this seems to be a totally legit opportunity to make money with your personality…if you have one! (unlike me!)
Not the type of thing I could ever see myself getting into – I’m far too miserable for that sort of work! 🙂
I suppose you need to be the life and the death of a party to make REAL money out of this sort of thing, and it depends strongly on your location.
For example, I don’t see many members in the rural Scottish Highlands being targeted that often.
I would think that those based in urban areas will earn the most.
I don’t really know how dangerous this type of thing could get either – I mean, how do they REALLY vet the members advertising their services on the site?
Something to keep in mind.