What: RentAFriend allows you to get paid to be platonic companion, renting your friendship out to strangers

Expected pay: $10 to $50 per hour

Husl $core: $$$

Commissions & fees: none

Where: Worldwide

Requirements: be over 18, never convicted of a fellony or registered as a sex offender, and wiling to hang out with people you don’t know for pay

Review:

Theoretically, this is a way to make easy money. The concept is that someone new to the neighborhood (or country) might want to go out and do things that would be more fun with a companion. So they can rent you for pay. You — the rented friend — set the hourly rate of pay and collect every dollar of it. The site only makes money off of people who join to meet people like you.

What do you do with your new friend? The friend proposes the activity and pays for it. You simply decide whether or not you want to go. The site cautions friends to meet in public; don’t do anything you’re uncomfortable with; and be careful. I found no complaints from rented friends on the web, but a blogger at TheGloss wrote a very funny review about renting someone, which is linked below.

Our rating

Then why did this opportunity get an also-ran rating, especially considering the relatively high pay for having fun (presumably) with another human being? I can’t shake the feeling that this would be the perfect place for a serial killer to find his next victim.

There are apparently legitimate clients and friends signed up at this site. But if you sign up, carry pepper spray and follow the site’s cautions. Rent A Friend’s terms and conditions bow to the fact that users might get the wrong idea. 

This is not a dating site. They penalize anyone who acts like a date while “rented.”  But you may have to make it clear again — in person. Make sure to bring your phone, with location tracking on, so your real friends know where you are.

Notably, there are other “companionship” alternatives, including “cuddling,” which come with the same cautions. 

Not sure if this opportunity is right for you? There are hundreds of other opportunities on SideHusl that will allow you to do everything from cooking to writing; acting to web design. Or consider a site like Fiverr, where you can offer to provide friendly advice over the phone. You can also take the SideHusl quiz on our home page, which will help you match your unique combination of interests, skills and resources to side hustles that would work well for you.

What the experts say:

Personal experiences working as a friend for hire

It was awkward