The 2011 Rugby World Cup is only a few months away and events like this usually generate a considerable amount of revenue. In most cases it is the organisers and a few savvy retailers who take advantage of the influx of visitors to the event.
This rugby world cup is no different to other events of its magnitude in the fact that organisers want to be the only ones who profit from it. Just like the 2010 Football World Cup, they have made it clear that people cannot associate themselves with the Rugby World Cup when marketing themselves to the masses. This leaves people in a situation where they have to be very creative in order to make extra money during the world cup. For everyday people who also want to get in on this action, one of the easiest ways of making money from it is by renting out their home.
With the tens of thousands of overseas visitors expected in New Zealand, accommodation will be in demand. If you happen to have a house or even rooms available for rent in any of the host cities, you may want to consider renting it out for a week or two or three.
iStopOver is an online platform where home owners can list short term rentals for free. Once a listing has been posted it becomes viewable to scores of travellers from around the world. Homeowners then have the opportunity to communicate with potential guests and if comfortable with them, they can approve them. The guest then makes a payment which is held in escrow by iStopOver and paid out once the guest checks in. Payments are paid out via PayPal (you can Sign Up Here if you don’t have an account), direct deposit or cheque. All that iStopOver charges for this hassle free service is a 3% admin processing fee.
At the moment they are putting quite a bit of focus on the Rugby World Cup and they are putting in a lot of work to make sure that all available rooms get filled. A few similar sites have sprung up over the past few months but none of them are as established as iStopOver or have anywhere near as much traffic to their sites as they do. This means that the chances of filling up your rooms are just about guaranteed and you can be rest assured that you will get paid for your rental.