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There are a lot of money-making posts on Frugal for Less that have included working for Uber as a good side hustle, but what if you’re in an area where Uber is not offered, or have very little client opportunities?
Not to worry, there are plenty of jobs to do with your car other than Uber. Keep in mind though that many of these driving jobs have similar driver requirements, such as:
- Be over 19 years old and driving for at least a year.
- Clean driving record, current driver’s license, valid auto insurance and registration.
- Pass a background check
- Any other requirement the company necessitates.
Now here are 12 driving jobs other than Uber to try:
UberEATS is a food delivery service that helps people get food delivery from restaurants that don’t offer delivery service. A customer place their restaurant order through the UberEATS app, then the UberEATS driver picks up the order from the restaurant and delivers it to the customer.
Like Uber, you can set your own schedule and hours, breaks, and area to work. Drivers are paid per delivery based on pickups, delivery, and miles driven as well as tips from customers. UberEATS keeps 25% of your earnings (but you keep 100% of the tips). Be aware though that this is not a steady job as one day you might get many orders and few to none on another day. But it’s possible to make $8 to $12 an hour.
If you’re already an Uber driver, you can opt into UberEATS. On the Uber website click on the menu option “Deliveries.” You’ll be sent to a page that contains an opt-in button.
2. Amazon Flex
If you live in an area that has an Amazon warehouse you can become an Amazon Flex driver. Amazon Flex drivers pick up Amazon packages from the Amazon warehouse and deliver to local customers. You can deliver packages for Amazon Prime, Prime Now, Amazon Locker, Amazon Fresh, and other Amazon services.
As an independent contractor, you get to choose the days and hours you want to work and work a “block” or shift which are usually 3 to 6 hours each. Amazon claims you’ll be able to earn up to $18 an hour (plus tips from customers).
PostMates is almost the same as UberEATS, you pick up and deliver food to customers from local restaurants. But you also pick up groceries, retail items, and other errands.
Working for PostMates is pretty easy – you just turn on their app whenever you have time to work and wait for notifications. Like UberEATS your pay rate is based on several components – pick up, drop off, mileage and even what city you’re in. The average rate that’s been reported is about $11 per hour.
This is a short gig app listing different jobs such as delivery, moving, short errands, and other jobs. TaskRabbit is a marketplace where you create a profile and the tasks you’re willing to do and clients hire you to complete them.
You can set your own schedule and hourly rate on your profile and you’ll need to pass a “digital interview” and of course, meet all the driving and background requirements. Taskers can earn anywhere between $7 to $37 an hour after TaskRabbit takes a 30% commission.
BuddyTruk is a pickup and delivery service geared towards cargo delivery and even moving services. Even though the site isn’t specific about the type of vehicle permitted, it’s pretty geared towards those owning trucks and vans.
You’re able to set your own schedule and even view photos of items before accepting the job. Along with the usual driver requirements they require that you’re able to lift at least 50 pounds. Again, BuddyTruk uses many factors in paying their “Buddies”, but their site claims you can make up to $40 an hour.
This is an app that is another delivery service program, except you can also choose long-haul jobs as well as local jobs.
Roadie allows you to set your own schedule and choose your gigs. Before accepting a gig, you’ll know how much you’ll get paid, the locations (pick up and drop off), and what the items are. According to the site, you can make up to $60 for local deliveries, and up to $650 for a road trip.
This would be a great idea for when you go on vacation, pick a delivery gig that’s near your holiday designation and make money while driving on your vacation.
SideCar is a unique rideshare program that’s set up entirely by you! You can opt for delivering people, or products.
Not only can you set your own schedule, your own price, filter out the rides you don’t want to accept, set your pick up and drop off radius, and even have your own “multipliers”.
They have several marketing tools for your to take advantage of, such as a “bumper sticker”, promo codes (which you keep 100% of), and personalize your own page.
Instacart is a personal grocery shopping and delivery service. You have two options working with this company – in-store shoppers only, or full-service shoppers.
In-store shoppers do the personal shopping, but let’s the customer pick up the order. Full-service shoppers do all the grocery shopping and then delivers them to the customer.
You can set your own schedule and preferences. In-store shoppers can earn roughly $20 an hour or more, and drivers can make roughly $13 an hour.
9. Medical Services Driver
Working as a Medicaid driver, you provide non-emergency transportation to Medicaid insurance members.
You can either find a local company offering this service and apply to be a driver for them with your own vehicle, get a contract with your state, or start your own company. This job is unique as you may also need a CDL license to operate lift-vans and other larger vehicles.
How much you can make depends on whether you joined an existing company, contracted out, or started your own business. According to Glassdoor, drivers can make anywhere from $21,000 to $38,000 a year.
10. Car Advertising
You can make money by putting a company’s advertising on your car. It can be a simple decal in the back windshield to a full wrap-around design.
Companies such as Carvertise are willing to pay around $300 to $1,200 per campaign. What you do is sign up and find an advertising campaign available in your area, apply and consent to have your car wrapped with the advertising. Once the campaign ends the advertising is safely removed and you can apply for the next one.
Let’s say you have a regular 9 to 5 job *gasp*, you can still make money with your car by picking up riders who are heading in the same direction as you.
iCarPool is a carpooling app and once you become a verified driver, you can leave whenever you want and go wherever you want, chose your locations, and “turn your empty seats into cash” as the website says.
On iCarPool you get paid through the app and no cash is exchanged, you make 24¢ per mile per rider. So, if you gave a ride to 2 people for 15 miles, you’ve made $7.20. Doesn’t seem like much, but that’s free money while you head to work or even to the grocery store.
Saucey is another delivery service, but instead of food, groceries, or parcels, you deliver alcohol.
Besides the standard driver requirements, you’ll also need to be 21 years of age – the legal drinking age. As an alcohol courier you can set your own schedule or choose your time blocks, and the part of town you want to work in. The rate is $5 per delivery, plus 50 cents per item and maybe a tip. So, if your customer has four items, you’ll make $7 without tip. The average tip has been reported to be around $6.
13. Rent out your vehicle
Lastly, if you don’t really want to be running errands, or hauling other people’s stuff, you can still make money with your car.
While you’re working, either from home or on-site, use your car to make money instead of letting it sit in the parking lot. There’s a large number of these rideshare companies with different requirements and in different areas, a few are:
- GetAround – List your car and set your own price per hour
- JustShareIt – You decide your vehicle’s hourly, daily, or weekly rental fee.
- Turo – How much you can make depends on the market value of your car & the number of days it’s rented. A car valued at $20,000 rented for 2 weeks can make $5,936 a year.
- TravelCar – For busy travelers, rent out your car at transportation hubs (airports, train stations, & ports). Let’s say you have an “economy car”, and you leave it for 6 days, you can make around $80 and $115 plus mileage.
My final thoughts on making money with your car:
- Check your car insurance policy for any clause that forbids working with your car or renting it out. (Even though many of these companies offer their own insurance coverage, yours might not).
- Be safety conscious and use common sense. If you feel “wrong” about a particular passenger, do not accept the ride.
- Don’t leave any valuables in your car while either working or renting.
- Download Seam which is a safety app that records the interior of your car plus shares your location with loved ones while you drive.
- Consider wearing a personal safety device.
Even though you can make great money driving your car, your personal safety should always be first.