How I make $600 to $1,500 in Cash Every Month Easily by Renting out my Closet in NYC


How to make easy Cash renting out my closet!

Times are hard and who couldn't use some extra cash these days? And when times are hard creativity is key. I'm going to tell you how I have paid my rent even though it is $2,300 a month and I don't make enough from my job to do it. How do I do this? I rent out my closet and sometimes my couch! Well, to be more specific I rent out my loft that is over my closet and my couch if there is more than one person staying. I rent it out to people who would rather pay me $100 bucks than pay $200 for a hotel. Of course I live in New York City and you may be saying sure you can make that kind of money because you live in the city but I live in say Portland, Oregon and there is no way someone is going to rent out my closet! No? Well, I lived in Portland, Oregon and I rented out rooms there for 10 years and while I didn't make as much I did make as much as a percentage because the cost of living is much less there. In Portland, I rented out rooms and that's how I made my mortgage payment.

It's not as difficult as it sounds and now with Craigslist it's actually pretty easy. You simply fix up an area (even a couch will do and if you don't have a couch, well I can't help you) and then you advertise on Craigslist and voila people answer your ad, come and stay with you, you make money, they have a nice place to sleep and it's a win win situation. Look in the Craigslist ads to see what rooms and/or couches are going for in your area so you know how much to ask. It's by far the simplest most effective ways to earn cold hard cash that I know of.

I have lived with many different kinds of people and you do have to be wise about who you let stay with you. A few simple questions like who are you, what are your circumstances and do you have references can make a huge difference. Moreover, if your freak flag starts flying by all means retreat. I never rent to anyone when I feel uneasy about them, so far so good! Also, make sure that when they arrive even if it's only for a night or two that you get the cash up front. Never give the keys up until you get the cash. If they are staying for a period longer than a night or two charge a deposit. I use PayPal if someone wants to book the loft for a future date, it protects the renter from fraud and you know that they will actually show up.

Not only will you make some cash in these difficult times but you will meet a lot of interesting and wonderful people. I have had classical pianists, opera singers, ballerinas, directors, attorneys and people who were invited to speak at the United Nations stay with me. I've had people from Brazil, Israel, Korea, Great Britain and Spain to name just a few. All in all it's been a great experience and if I ever make enough money so that I no longer have to do this...I'll probably do it anyway because it's a lot of fun meeting people from all over the world.

Have you ever rented out a closet, room or sofa?

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This was the loft and couch I rented. I no longer live here but just so you get the idea...

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RandaHandler 12 months ago from USA

I thought about doing that but chickened out. There are too many crazy people out there. But, you've made me revisit the option.

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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

That's great Jude..yes there is always a risk but hey life is a risk!

Jude 5 years ago

I have rented out a small attic space for a while. My biggest concern is liability; it's a small and odd room, but so far no problems (knock on wood). Biggest joy is the friends we've made this way. It's been a generally good experience.

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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

LOL, thanks Jstav!

Jstav 5 years ago

wow Brie, your a cool chick. Keep your spidey-senses tuned for people who could harm you!

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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

I agree Tiffany...and also I was very lucky nothing bad ever happened to me.

tiffany 5 years ago

Craigslist is still very doable.. but like everything else, the competition is high. You can make easy money, but its definitely not what is was a few years back

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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Wow Stefania, your the best...I hope you're right! Take Care and thanks again.

And, who knows..I might just pop in one day :)

stefania fodor 5 years ago

Brie, i went back to read another one of your sites and forgot to mention earlier a BARTER that occurred in my home this past week. Had a male family member stay with us for 3 nights/4days. Well Brie, as barter we had him help chopping, loading some pine tree limbs that fell during the wind. My husband was happy for the help & i am smiling. So, see, your tips are alive and well with me. I am proof and an example of your own words with your readers/followers! Today was meant to happen! Brie, if you're ever near Bethlehem, Pa, let me know....i'll treat you to my multiethnic dishes! Yes, Brie, i am appreciater of your sites and i have a suspicious, funny feeling that somewhere along the lines, you'll be asked to appear on shows/radios. Brie, i am hardly ever incorrect about such gut feelings! Let me know when it happens. Only if you care to someday email me at: and let me share in the good news kiddo! Gotta go and promote my girl in her bridal shows......take care and thank you for replying, appreciate your courtisy as well. I know it's work, but your eagerness to help souls is awesome. Yes, i will spread your name/site can depend on that...I WILL DO IT BECAUSE IT'S A VALUABLE SITE FOR FOLKS IN NEED! Take care, take a deserved break and don't forget to treat yourself for all the hard work you put in. X's, Stefania

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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks Stefania...if you want you can post my links on facebook or send it to your mom. I appreciate all the traffic I can get. AND, I hope that you are a fan as well. Thanks for the encouraging note, it's so nice to read comments like yours.

Stefania Fodor 5 years ago

Hey Brie! I totally enjoyed ALL your sites and suggestions a lot. Yes, i have rented out a room and the couch at times. You're right, people pay less, better than expensive hotels, have more money in their pocket and end up with a morning breakfast so they'll remember me next time in town. LOVE your humor, straight talk...geeezzz Brie, i need to go and read the rest. Thanks for your smart tips....a lot of them are good enough to use everyday no matter what situation one's in. My mom would appreciate your wit quite a lot! Your downhome advise is excellent. Take care, Stefania

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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Pretty enough I guess! Thanks for the comments.

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Joseph041167 6 years ago from Nashville TN 37206.

Brie, I am totally amazed at you, in awed, dumbstruck. Are you "smart"? LOL, what is going on here?

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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

I do, so far no problems. I don't have much worth stealing. And I do go with my gut but so far so good.

Robert 6 years ago

Do you rent to men? If, so, are you not worried about your safety?

Or your possessions?

loriamoore 7 years ago

In my city (Louisville, KY), it's very common to rent out your house or a room or a couch during heavy tourist events like The Kentucky Derby or The PGA Tournament. Good idea.

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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

Oh damn ! It was worth a shot .

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Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan Author

Well Tony, unfortunately my landlord won't take beer for rent!

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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

Ha Brie , I have always wanted to go to NYC , can I pay ya In beer ?

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Brie Hoffman 8 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks, I think it's something that people just don't think of, unless they are in their 20's and roomming with someone but it's really been a great way for me to make extra money. I've been doing it for over 14 years now and truly it's been great. I have met some of my best friends doing this.


M. 8 years ago

Hi Brie, you are very smart to do this I have heard of people doing what you do it's a great idea. I am a computer technician as my own little side-job business. I also meet a lot of people and if I ever come across someone that needs a short stay sleep on the couch situation I will tell them to look at your youtube video. They can contact you from their or find you on craigslist.

Good day~!

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Brie Hoffman 8 years ago from Manhattan Author

Well, if it means paying the rent or mortgage that month I do! I guess it depends on how bad you need the money.

maximum light 8 years ago

do you really want someone sleeping on your couch?

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