How filmmakers are making over £1000 a month from renting out photographic and AV kit - Raindance

At Raindance, we’ve come across and worked with many independent filmmakers, and have found that those looking take the first step to produce incredible projects struggle to source professional equipment at a reasonable price at a time when funds are short.

A couple of years ago, artist and curator, Dave Charlesworth decided to experiment by renting out his Barco CRT video wall and found that he was making a large sum of money from renting out gear he owned. This led to the creation of KitMapper, a UK based sharing economy rental site for creatives enabling creatives to access photographic and audiovisual equipment. Where you can list kit and make over £1000 or more a month.

There is a reason creatives from all over are flocking to and spreading word about KitMapper. Users of KitMapper are generating so much money that they are investing into other pieces of kit to rent out, it has become a form of a part-time income for many creatives, and renters are making phenomenal savings accessing high-end equipment from local creative professionals.

5 reasons why filmmakers should be using KitMapper

KitMapper is dedicated to Creatives

KitMapper has been built for creatives by creatives, as such, it is run by people who understand the pressure of running projects on budgets and tight schedules. KitMapper is all about making things happen, about expanding your already expansive networks, to help creatives connect through kit. They support and provide filmmakers, photographers, artists and all forms of creatives get access to niche kit for long-term and short-term rentals of kit such as cameras, lenses, lighting, projectors, monitors and TVs, sound recording, VR kit and much more

If you’re a creative you should be signed up to KitMapper, you may not be able to rent out a waffle iron through KitMapper, however, when you’re looking to hire a nice set of primes, a workhorse like Sony FS7 or even harder to find items such as a 35mm Arriflex 235, what’s more you can source it quickly from like-minded people.

Rented kit gets broken? The KitMapper Guarantee covers you

If your kit is subject to an incident during the hire period, KitMapper guarantee that they will reimburse you the cost of repairing the damaged kit or where appropriate the full replacement cost for that piece of kit.Yes, this mean means that your kit is safe hands! All you need to worry about is keeping track of how much you’re making and saving.

Fee on rentals only 14% Lowest in the market

From a Lister’s perspective, you want to make as much money as possible, to make this happen KitMapper is putting their users first by reducing it’s fee on rentals over the winter period from 17.5% to 14%, the lowest in the market.  From a renters point of view, there are no deposit costs therefore both Lister and Renter save an enormous amount of money.

They are experts in the creative industry

Founded by artist and curator Dave Charlesworth, the team has over 30 years’ combined industry experience. Everything they do is underpinned by their mission to facilitate ambitious, creative projects. This means that they have the knowledge and expertise to guide you to the right piece of kit and answers any questions you have via their live online Helpdesk.

Additionally, as the platform is for creatives, it’s a great networking tool for you whether you’re renting to or hiring from other professionals.

KitMapper is super simple and a safe site to use

If you’re lending, just fill out the form, add some photos and list away. Both parties are covered by the KitMapper Guarantee, a legal rental agreement, status tracking, ID verification powered by Experian and trust ratings set by their own community.

Want to join a community that supports and encourages your creative projects? Why not browse through their selection of great cameras near you or sign up and put your kit to work. If you join the community now, you will get 10% off your first rental. All you have to do is select the ‘Raindance’ option on ‘How Did You Hear About Us‘ and a code will be sent to you!

Additionally, this month only KitMapper is giving THREE lucky winners a chance to win a day each in a London studio with access to a Canon 5D and lighting panels for FREE. Sign up to their site or invite a friend to join to be in the chance of winning. It’s a no-brainer. Get joining.

This post is sponsored by KitMapper.



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