UPDATED: What is a BabyQuip Quality Provider?
Independent Quality Providers (QPs) are the face of BabyQuip! They rent, deliver and set up clean, safe and insured baby gear at hotels, Airbnbs, vacation rentals and private residences. They can even meet you at the airport!
BabyQuip QPs are gig-economy moms, dads, retirees or best friend teams who enjoy our fun, flexible pathway to entrepreneurship. Quality Providers are motivated to launch and grow their own business, solve a real travel problem and help other families. Many of our 500+ QPs start their businesses with the gear they already own and build inventory as they get orders.
Everyday BabyQuip customers tell us how QPs have come to the rescue to save their family’s vacation! In fact, 62% of parents say renting baby gear from BabyQuip saved their vacation!
BabyQuip Quality Providers have completed over 30,000 reservations since we started in 2016. We know how to take care of traveling families!
About Lindsey Meyer: BabyQuip Quality Provider Serving Western Chicago
Lindsey Meyer is a hard-working mama who rents baby gear to visiting families and local grandparents in Chicago’s western suburbs. She has been a provider since June 2016.
Day Job: Lindsey works for a family-owned business called RatePlug. RatePlug provides realtors and mortgage lenders with marketing and technology solutions to help educate potential home buyers.
Most Unusual Gear Request: Lindsey’s most unusual request was to deliver 10 cribs within hours of being reserved! Whoa!
Most Fulfilling Rental: Lindsey happily remembers delivering a double stroller (at the last-minute) to help out a mom with disabled twins.
Quality Provider Business Setup: At BabyQuip, Lindsey sets her own prices and delivery charges. She commonly sets up gear for families at their destination and then takes it down on departure days, although, she will also meet customers at the airport with gear, drop it off on doorsteps or at commercial businesses, (most recently at a dance studio) or arrange to have them pick it up at her location. She’s flexible, just like most other QPs!
How Lindsey Got Started as a Quality Provider
“A family friend who is also an Independent Quality Provider in the Chicago area reached out to me. She wanted someone to cover the Chicago suburban area, as it was too far away from her location. I had wanted to explore entrepreneurship for some time and especially wanted to do work that made a difference in people’s lives. I have a two-year-old daughter (and baby gear!), and really enjoy being around families. This seemed like a good fit. We see ourselves as a team, not as competitors, and together we can cover baby gear needs in a large area. I like being an entrepreneur, but also part of a team. And then once a week we all get to video conference with Quality Providers from around the country and the leadership team. We share best practices, wins and general advice. We are helping each other succeed.
I rent more gear to grandparents than to traveling families, probably because I’m out in the suburbs, although, I do get some traveling parents with young children too. I rent quality gear and clean and it carefully after each use.”
What Lindsey has learned from being a QP.
“I feel empowered by doing this. The thought that I could have a full-time job, be a busy mom and also start my own business in a matter of days was a bit of a surprise. I learned I really can manage my schedule and do both of these jobs, partially because both business have deep roots in family and understand the importance of flexibility and what this economy is all about—forward thinking business models offering services that make a difference in people’s lives.
I love this gig so much and see myself as a road warrior out there delivering baby and toddler gear. It makes a huge difference in the quality of a family’s vacation or visit with the grandparents.
It may seem simple, but showing up with just the right baby gear, or educating a grandparent about choices in car seats for the most important little people in their lives, feels important to me.”
Visiting Chicago? Check out all the gear Lindsey rents!
Jennifer is the marketing manager at BabyQuip. She is constantly trying to reinvent awesomeness through written copy, visual appeal, social media content and custom ads.