Last month, we introduced you to an epic work-from-home opportunity that is Babierge; a "platform business that helps you rent out baby equipment that you deliver and setup for traveling families and local grandparents hosting grandchildren."
While the theory of renting out the baby gear you already have at a daily rate sounds super lucrative (and maybe even a little too good to be true), is it? To find out, we reached out to a REAL Babierge Trusted Partner, who runs her business out of San Antonio and was super gracious in allowing us to interview her.
Mammas: Meet Babierge Trusted Partner Lisa Peek!
Tell us a little bit about yourself, Lisa. I read that you are a Texas girl with two boys, but what is your professional background?
Well I need to update my profile because I actually have THREE boys now!! But I’m from Michigan originally, moved to San Antonio about 12 years ago with my full time employer - AT&T. I’ve worked for them for about 16 years starting in Michigan. I started in retail and moved to training which is what I do now, mostly virtual training now which is super great for a new mom like me - easy to do from home. I have a bachelors degree in PR/Marketing as well!
Before becoming a Babierge Trusted Provider, did you try any other side hustles (and if so, is it something you still do in addition to Babierge)?
Before becoming a Trusted Partner with Babierge, I had tried a few self employment side gigs - social media management, dog walking, blogging - but none really seemed to jive with me. I still have my blog up, but I don’t contribute to it as regularly as I’d like.
Tell us a little bit more about working for Babierge: What exactly is a Trusted Provider and how do you become one?
A Trusted Partner for Babierge is an independent contractor position. You are your own business, but through the Babierge network - which gives you access to a nationwide name and network and affiliations that you may not have otherwise. You can easily start a business with Babierge by joining via their website - and then one of the leaders will reach out to you. Tell them you heard about it from me! And anyone who may be interested can feel free to reach out to me as well and I can help.
Is the equipment you rent out baby gear that you already own or did you have to purchase new items?
The great thing about this business is it’s relatively low cost to start up. They advise you purchase a full size folding crib to start, because those are hard to get quickly if you need one. However the rest of the gear they encourage you to buy as you need because most is easy to get quickly from Target or Amazon with Prime. And it’s actually advised to not buy too much at first because every market is different so it’s hard to say what your most rented items will be.
Do you choose the pricing for your items or are they pre-set by Babierge?
We choose our pricing and delivery fees! We just pay a small portion of our per day rate to Babierge as a service fee.
Finally, do you have a favorite memory from working with Babierge (whether it be a specific client, scenario, etc.)?
My favorite memory working Babierge is definitely a customer I had. His wife and daughter were flying in to visit for 4th of July, he’s stationed here with the military. He got a bunch of items - car seat, stroller and crib. He chose the Bob for his stroller. After I dropped the items off to him he messaged me to inquire about a tray for the Bob. I don’t have one but I told him I could get one if needed. He said I didn’t need to get it, but it was just that his daughter is blind and doesn’t like to be restrained and they use it at home to keep her in. I said say no more please let me get it for you, so I ordered it Amazon 2 day just in time for the weekend in which they would be out and about and need it most. I just like being able to do things like that that make parents lives easier because I’m a parent myself and travel and know how traveling can be stressful with kids and the more comfortable and like home you can make it, the better!
Super fun, right?! To get started with Babierge, please visit their website (and be sure to tell them that Lisa referred you!).