Need money? Try renting out your yard as a dog park


Like many people, Leticia Cropper is struggling to make ends meet amid economic uncertainty and skyrocketing inflation.

His solution? She has turned her Bellflower garden into a dog park, which she rents by the hour.

“I think it’s the coolest thing ever,” Cropper told me. “I thought about doing something else with my garden. But for me, it’s the easiest and it’s stress-free. It runs on its own.

This is an example of how people learn to monetize their homes during tough economic times. What makes this possible is a new generation of apps inspired by services such as Airbnb and Uber.

David Adams came up with the idea for Sniffspot, the dog park service, about four years ago.

His wife had told him how, while traveling with their dog, she was unable to find a suitable place for the little guy to do his business and let off steam.

“I put together a very simple website and it just built from there,” Adams said.

Sniffspot now lists construction sites in 1,500 cities around the world. Los Angeles is one of the company’s fastest growing markets. San Diego is among those with the most bookings.

Sniffspot is one of the few apps where people can turn parts of their homes into profit centers.

Swimply does it with backyard pools. Peerspace and Splacer transform people’s living rooms into event spaces and party venues.

Most Sniffspot hosts charge between $5 and $15 per hour to access their sites. The company takes a nearly 30% share of whatever you earn.

Guests must sign a liability waiver before using a Sniffspot court, and hosts are provided with insurance coverage by the company in case, for example, a dog bites someone.

Cropper quickly goes into entrepreneur mode when discussing plans for her Sniffspot roster.

She provides guests with dog toys and plans to produce organic dog treats. Customers will find free samples upon arrival.

“And then if they’re like, yeah, my dog ​​likes them, then I’m, OK, I got some, you know, for sale,” she said.



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