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Renting friends a new trend

Ivana Pelisek | Interrobang | Lifestyles | March 8th, 2010

Are your friends too busy for you?

Have you ever been stuck in a rut as to who can hang out with you at your leisure? Do you, time after time, find yourself throwing your arms in the air as to whom you can make that late night movie with? Look no further because has everything you are looking for.

The site can help someone looking for a friend by matching them with someone from Canada or the U.S. with whom they can slowly build a relationship.

“ is a platonic friendship matching service. We have thousands of friends from all over the U.S. and Canada. Rent a friend to go to an event or party with you, teach you a new skill or hobby, help you meet new people, show you around town, or just someone for companionship,” said Scott Rosenbaum, owner and founder of

The process is really quite simple.

The RentAFriend website works by first having interested individuals fill in their zip codes. Once your area code has been entered into the system, you will immediately be able to view people available in that area.

At this step you will be able to view their photos, their bios and more to better help you get acquainted with who this person is that you will be hiring as a friend.

And if that doesn't sound fabulous enough, all of this is done free of charge for the person seeking friendship.

It is members who pay a small monthly fee of $24.95, mentioned Rosenbaum.

Hourly rates start at just $10, but you can always negotiate what your price will be and hopefully the other party accepts your offer.

Most members associated with RentAFriend are willing to negotiate their price so don't hesitate to ask.

You can get to know your new potential friends through the confidential messaging system and eventually start speaking over the phone.

Rosenbaum added that RentAFriend cannot guarantee a patron's safety and advised for friendship seekers to “use their common sense” and always meet in “a public area” for extra precaution.

However you wish to navigate this new form of friendship remains in your hands. Just remember to have fun and be safe.

Here are just samples activities you can enjoy with your rent a friend

- Traveling to a new city? You can hire someone who knows the town inside and out and can take you to the best, most happening places. This person can also aid with where the not-so-great places are and where not to go.

- Want to see that new flick that just came out and no one wants to go with you? RentAFriend has got you covered.

- Need a tutor? Want to learn a new skill perhaps? There are many members on rent a friend who would love to share their experiences with others, so why not set something up?

- Did your best bud cancel a sporting event at the last possible minute? Rent a friend can help fill in those shoes.

As you can see these are just a small number of activities you can enjoy with your rent a friend. The choices are endless. Visit for further details.
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