For many people, finding out what they want is more important than understanding if they need it. “What’s the best way for me to benefit?” is the most common question we ask ourselves. And, well, in 2017, that just so happens to point towards total consumerism. If you want to make your own life easier, you buy it. if you want to change something about your life, you invest in the solution.

It’s the rather murky and depressing way of the world today. However, for many people – especially those without disposable incomes – other solutions are needed. Rental, for example, allows people to get access to the things they need, when they need it. Rather than buying something outright that you only need, or will likely want, for a short period of time, why not just rent it?

The sharing economy that has been slowly created in front of us all is the perfect avenue to make that a possibility. People can now share and provide access to the kind of services, goods and facilities that in the past we would have gone alone to get access to.

This makes life easier for those without large incomes, but also for those with ambitions that stretch beyond their financial capabilities at present. To help you understand further why sharing and rental can be a better option for me, for you and for everyone else, let’s take a look at the major benefits of rental over purchase.

  • Saved Costs. You stop wasting money on products you wanted, rather than needed. This allows you to use what income you do have access to for buying the things that you need. Now when you want to have fun, experiment or try something new, you can rent it and save the costs for something more important.
  • Reduced Wastage. The world is building, and dumping, at a rate we cannot deal with. We have to do something about this, starting with reducing wastage. If we all began to rent rather than buying our own personal copy that suffers the same lack of use in a few days/weeks/months’ time, we would be doing a whole lot to stop that build-up of debris and waste.
  • Same End Results. You get the same result whether you buy it or whether you rent it. So long as you have it long enough to complete your task, then there is literally no benefit to buying it outright.
  • Helping Others. By renting you are giving someone else usage – and probably a financial or service-based return – for their help. Now instead of letting that item lie dormant and unused in another household, you can take it off their hands and make use of it instead. That’s a powerful and very invigorating thing to know.

With all of this in mind, are you still quite so keen to spend big on a full-time purchase?

Wouldn’t you rather rent? For anyone who needs something short-term or unaffordable, rental offers solutions buying never was able to.