One of the hardest things, as any business owner will tell you, is getting people to find you and use your services. If you're trying to rent out something, it's even harder to compete online with the companies that actually sell your product rather than rent it. Finding customers for a rental can be a very difficult task. Then, once you've got the attention of a potential customer, there is the fear of not getting your rental back in one piece. Add to that the fact that most people don't really know how to process credit cards, hold a security deposit, or fine tune a product's SEO so it can be found by people searching for it locally. Let's face it, renting your own stuff out can be a real head ache and it's usually not worth the time or effort... unless you had a someone to help.
That's where SlickRent.com comes in. Ever since I was in the MBA program, I've been dreaming of programming a website that would help anybody rent out just about anything. When you think about it, most people own lots of stuff that go unused. What if there was a way to help people put some of their assets to better use by faciliting in renting all that stuff out to other people? Sort of like aneBay for rentals.
SlickRent.com will provide a very simple and safe way for renters and rentees to connect and do business. It'll help with credit card processing, deposits, rental insurance, inventory, location-specific seo, reviews, pricing, and scheduling. Of course, something like this will take a little while to program, but it'll be worth the wait.
Packages and Tools I'd Like to Use with Slickrent.com
Laravel - The PHP Framework For Web Artisans. The entire website will be written in Laravel.
Stripe - I love Stripe's API for processing credit card payments. I don't want any credit card data to be sent to my server. Stripe can handle it all for me.
Algolia - Hosted Search API that delivers instant and relevant results from the first keystroke.
Pretty much any package from Spatie - Spatie puts out high quality packages that are well thought out and well maintained.