Are We Going to Lease Everything by 2020?

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Today you woke up in your rented apartment and got to work in your rental car (hopefully provided by your company). You probably entered a rented office where "rented" part-time contractors welcomed you. If you go on holidays the plane you're flying in is probably a rental too because airlines don't bother with owning their own aircrafts any more.

You can rent anything, a TV, a computer, you name it. But can we go even further? Think about renting those 4 things:

  • Your Dog: Yes the dog. Why not? Let's say your daughter desperately wants one but you know you'll end up taking care of the dog. Well you just have to rent a dog for 6 months with a buy option. And if one day you are tired of it you don't have to pretend that you sent him out in the country side, you just brought him back to the shop.
  • Your Diploma: This one I've not figured out yet. But I think there's a market for people who want to try a field for one year or two and can't be bothered to get a full diploma for that. Can you just study some of the modules that give you access to the renting with a full support staff helping you on a daily basis? I don't know but if you have a business plan let's launch a start-up
  • Your CFO: This one already exists for small companies. Instead of paying for a full time rubbish CFO, you "rent" a top of the range CFO for 8 hours a week. It's probably a better option for a start-up and it's definitely going to get bigger in the next few years

So what do you think guys? Are we going to rent friends soon?

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Aug 20, 2012
Thomas Ausart:

Think about renting those 4 things:

  • Your Dog: Yes the dog. Why not? Let's say your daughter desperately wants one but you know you'll end up taking care of the dog. Well you just have to rent a dog for 6 months with a buy option. And if one day you are tired of it you don't have to pretend that you sent him out in the country side, you just brought him back to the shop.
  • Your Diploma: This one I've not figured out yet. But I think there's a market for people who want to try a field for one year or two and can't be bothered to get a full diploma for that. Can you just study some of the modules that give you access to the renting with a full support staff helping you on a daily basis? I don't know but if you have a business plan let's launch a start-up
  • Your CFO: This one already exists for small companies. Instead of paying for a full time rubbish CFO, you "rent" a top of the range CFO for 8 hours a week. It's probably a better option for a start-up and it's definitely going to get bigger in the next few years

So what do you think guys? Are we going to rent friends soon?

1, 2, 3 . . .

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Aug 20, 2012
RichardPennybags:
Thomas Ausart:

Think about renting those 4 things:

  • Your Dog: Yes the dog. Why not? Let's say your daughter desperately wants one but you know you'll end up taking care of the dog. Well you just have to rent a dog for 6 months with a buy option. And if one day you are tired of it you don't have to pretend that you sent him out in the country side, you just brought him back to the shop.
  • Your Diploma: This one I've not figured out yet. But I think there's a market for people who want to try a field for one year or two and can't be bothered to get a full diploma for that. Can you just study some of the modules that give you access to the renting with a full support staff helping you on a daily basis? I don't know but if you have a business plan let's launch a start-up
  • Your CFO: This one already exists for small companies. Instead of paying for a full time rubbish CFO, you "rent" a top of the range CFO for 8 hours a week. It's probably a better option for a start-up and it's definitely going to get bigger in the next few years

So what do you think guys? Are we going to rent friends soon?

1, 2, 3 . . .

Sorry I was thinking about including something about renting kids but I changed my mind at the last minute.

The more I think about it the more it makes sense though... are you ready to be a daddy/mommy? Rent a kid and find out!

It makes the whole parenting stuff too easy to give up on though. I mean every mom would love to be able to bring back their kid and most of them would do it i'm sure!

Aug 20, 2012

I like the dog idea by the way, there should be a market for it.

Worth it even for the sole purpose of hearing the "OMG, how can you rent a living thing? It's immoral!"

"Every man should lose a battle in his youth, so he does not lose a war when he is old"

Aug 20, 2012

you can already rent "friends", just illegal in a few countries.

Aug 20, 2012

How about a wife?

Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art - Andy Warhol

Aug 20, 2012
dwight schrute:

How about a wife?

aka girlfriend? Lease-to-buy baby.

But OP, I do like the idea of leasing more things in life, especially a dog.

Aug 20, 2012
cheme-ib:
dwight schrute:

How about a wife?

aka girlfriend? Lease-to-buy baby.

But OP, I do like the idea of leasing more things in life, especially a dog.

No I was thinking more along the lines of a shotgun clause of sorts wherein partner A(husband) offers partner B(wife) a prior agreed lump sum of money to end the marriage; partner B must then either accept or offer partner A the lump sum of money. Much more amicable in my opinion than a standard divorce.

Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art - Andy Warhol

Aug 20, 2012

Offices are already rented. And it's too tax inefficient to lease a home, especially if tax rates go up.

Aug 20, 2012
IlliniProgrammer:

Offices are already rented. And it's too tax inefficient to lease a home, especially if tax rates go up.

i thought they were getting rid of tax deductions for interest on house loans ? wasn't there a big debate awhile ago

Aug 20, 2012
blastoise:
IlliniProgrammer:

Offices are already rented. And it's too tax inefficient to lease a home, especially if tax rates go up.

i thought they were getting rid of tax deductions for interest on house loans ? wasn't there a big debate awhile ago

Yes, but as long as investment income is taxed and imputed rent isn't, a house that you live in is an extremely tax efficient investment.

Aug 20, 2012

education already offers a way to check out a field without doing the whole degree. It's called taking a class.

Aug 20, 2012

http://www.akc.org/reg/leaseabitch.cfm
Title of the page: leasing a bitch

It's not what you think though!

Aug 20, 2012

I would definitely do the "rent a dog" option for ~6months in-between travels

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Aug 20, 2012
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