Here are a TON of rental business ideas to get you started on your next business venture! 

The rental business is very lucrative and can often be successful with minimal startup costs depending on which industry you would like to cater to. Also, if you are an enthusiast of things you may already have a ton of stuff that can be rented out to others! 

Related: Mobile Non-Food Truck Businesses

white chairs with a pink bow from a rental company set up for a wedding

Wedding Rental Business 

The wedding industry is a billion dollar business and an event that people do not mind spending money on! This could include a TON of rental items, but here are a few ideas: 

  • Backdrops 
  • Decor 
  • Tables and Chairs 
  • Linens 
  • Serving/Catering supplies 
  • Cake stands 
  • Artificial flowers 
  • Centerpieces 

Tech Rentals 

These are perfect for any type of party or corporate event! Even better if you are in a bigger city where events are happening all of the time. 

  • Projectors and Screens 
  • Sound equipment 
  • Karaoke machines 

Tool Rental 

Every contractor has to rent a tool at some point in their life. This rental business is great for odd ball tools, or more expensive ones that they may not be able to afford to own just yet. 

  • Hand tools 
  • Equipment trailers 
  • Augers 
  • Large equipment (Bobcat, skidsteer, tractor) 
  • Dump trailers 
  • Bushhogg 
  • Stump Grinders

Game Rentals 

This rental business idea is HUGE for children’s parties! Even schools are starting to offer this as a prize for fundraiser winners. These are large mobile gaming stations where the party comes to you! 

Bounce Houses and Outdoor Rentals 

Another great rental item that most people do not want to purchase indefinitely. Bounce houses and other large inflatables are great ideas and can be started with very low startup costs. 

Party Rentals 

Outside of tables, chairs and linens, think about other large attractive things that people love to get the party started! 

  • Photo Booths 
  • Bubble Machines 
  • Smoke machines 
  • Lights and equipment

Concession and Food Rentals 

This is a great idea that caters to residential parties, corporate, and festivals! 

  • Popcorn machine 
  • Cotton candy maker 
  • Slushie machine 
  • Margaritas and mixed drinks 
  • Hot dog rotisseries 
  • Chocolate fountains 
  • Ice luges 

Character Rentals 

Costume shops are almost nonexistent these days, so what are you supposed to do when you need that specific character for a party? Don’t forget holidays like Christmas and Easter when people need bunny outfits and elf attire too! 

canoes on a lake for rent

Water Rentals 

Any time there is a body of water nearby, the rental business will be good. This will totally depend on the location and access points nearby. 

  • Kayaks and canoes 
  • Boats 
  • Jet skis 
  • Surf boards 
  • Paddle boards 
  • Windsurfing 
  • Wet suits 
  • Snorkel gear 
  • Paddle boats 

Snow Rentals 

Again, location and attraction is everything! But if you know that your area gets snow and that brings in more visitors, consider these ideas. 

  • Snowmobiles 
  • Snow plows 
  • Tubing equipment 
  • Skiing equipment and clothing

Tourist rentals 

If your local area has scenery and attractions that people don’t want to miss, you may want to consider renting out items where they can capture the moment! 

  • Cameras 
  • Go pros 
  • Video Cameras 
  • Drones 

Beach Rentals 

Near a beach? Everyone wants convenience and sometimes doesn’t have room to travel with all of the gear. Consider these options. 

  • Umbrella and Chairs 
  • Coolers 
  • Beach buggies 
  • Bicycles 
  • Beach bags 

Tent Rentals 

This business is huge! You could definitely combine some of the other party rental supplies and make this a full blown business! 

Animal Rentals 

If you are an animal lover, you want to think about pony rentals, reptiles, or even a petting zoo! 

petting zoo showing it's great as a rental business idea

Cleaning Supply Rentals 

This is great for larger cleaning appliances that people need but don’t want to purchase. 

  • Rug and carpet cleaners 
  • Industrial appliances 
  • Fans for water damage 

Port – A – John Rentals 

This is a nasty job, but one that is definitely needed! Great for parties, festivals, and construction sites! 

Medical Supply 

You may not have thought about this one, but many times people only need expensive medical equipment for a short period of time! 

  • Walkers, wheelchairs, and shower seats 
  • Crutches 
  • Scooters 
  • Handicap systems 

Hunting and Fishing Rentals 

Great for areas that are known for their outdoor areas! 

  • Fishing rods and tackle 
  • Coolers 
  • Guns 
  • Scopes 
  • Hunting blinds and stands 
  • Hunting apparel 
  • Bait containers 

Furniture Rentals 

Great for the local real estate businesses to stage their homes! Here’s another resource if you feel like you want to start a real estate staging business.

Dumpster Rentals 

Great for job sites and local businesses, however, the startup on this one could be quite pricey for all of the materials. 

What rental business idea sounds most interesting to you? Would you choose one with low startup costs or one with more expensive startup costs but more profitability?