When looking for a side hustle, it is important to explore all of your options. Some of you may not be at a point financially where you can work from home full-time yet, so you just need some additional side income to help improve your financial situation until you hit that goal. Besides that, everyone loves a little extra cash in their pocket! I’m amazed by the amount of companies that have adopted flexible jobs into their workforce over the last few years. With this post, I’d like to focus specifically on using your car as a source of income. I’ve scoured the land of the internet to find the most reputable opportunities to bring in some extra cash when you need it most. I also threw in a few options that I’ve tried myself and have been successful with.
I want to start with one that I’ve used myself and have recommended on this site before. This option works best in large cities where you have more delivery opportunities, but you may be able to use it if you live in a small town as well, depending on availability. Amazon is my #1 favorite online retailer and when I found out about this Flex opportunity, I immediately looked into it. My favorite aspect of this is the ability to choose my own hours. My average take home pay would be about $300 weekly when I was able to take on more blocks during the week and there were quite a few available blocks each day in my area. Just a note of caution – this is a physical gig. You will be delivering packages to apartment complexes, high rise buildings, and other areas that aren’t right at the doorstep, so be prepared to dust off those walking shoes for this one. You can pretty much fill up your car with as many packages it can hold and as long as you get them delivered accurately and in the time frame required, you can expect your quality score to increase over time. I would recommend you explore it further before jumping in to make sure it’s best for you.
Uber seems to be the trend these days, especially in metropolitan areas. Most people already know about this option and how it works, but I wanted to put it out there because if this info can help just one person, then I’ve done my job! I haven’t tried Uber myself due to the fact that I need to be home with my daughter after school, but have multiple friends that are Uber drivers. I also use Uber Eats quite a bit to order food on those busy nights where I just don’t have any time to cook. Uber is similar to Amazon Flex, in that you can choose your schedule and drive on your own time. It’s also pretty easy to develop repeat customers which could result in higher tips and more frequent opportunities. One tidbit I did learn about Uber is the frequency in rate cuts that you may see from time to time, but if you can schedule most rides during peak times, you shouldn’t be affected as much in that area. Uber is offering a $500 new driver bonus as of the time of this post. If you’d like to explore further, check out their website!
The exact same concept as Uber, although there are some differences dealing with pricing, scheduling and availability. I won’t go into detail with this one since it is the same concept but they are also offering a $500 driver bonus as of the time of this post.
This option is similar to Amazon Flex and Uber, but the difference is you are completing tasks for people who request them. Tasks can be anything from picking up groceries, tackling a home repair, or helping with installation of cameras, tvs, etc. There’s a library of tasks for you to choose from. You can set your hourly rate, the types of tasks you are willing to complete, and when you are available to work. You can also pick up available tasks from the dashboard and commit to those. I have found that work is not always consistent though, so you may get about 4 to 5 tasks per week, depending on the demand in your area, but it is extra money, nonetheless. Like Uber, you have a great opportunity to gain repeat customers to ensure consistent work is available to you. Just make sure you calculate how much time the task may take you so you can set a reasonable price for the amount of work you will be completing. TaskRabbit is fairly new so make sure to check and see if it’s available in your area yet.
With Instacart, you can earn extra cash by delivering groceries to customers. There are four types of positions available with Instacart:
Shopper – Walks the grocery store and collects all the items on the customer’s list and loads the driver’s car
Cashier – works the cash register to check out orders
Driver – Delivers groceries from local stores to customers
Driver + Shopper – Shops for groceries and delivers them to customers
You can sign up for orders on your own time. As a Driver and Driver/Shopper, you can work unlimited hours but if you sign up as a regular shopper or a cashier, you can only work up to 29 hours per week. I have heard that there is pressure to shop and get the product to the customer as quickly as possible so you may have some challenges as a Driver/Shopper but if you are good at being fast and accurate with a task like this, then you shouldn’t have any issues. You can also earn more with tips from customers.
In my quest to find more unique ways to earn money with your car, I came across Wrapify. As a Wrapify driver, you can earn money by wrapping your car in an advertiser’s brand and driving it around daily like you already do. The site reports earnings ranging from $264-$452 per month, which is a pretty chill source of extra income. You can even choose how draped and dripped out (it’s a Texas Thing) you want your car to be: Panel (just the door area) partial (just the full side of the car) or Full (the entire car). Of course, each coverage level and brand will determine how much money you earn. Wrap installation and removal is easy and is done at a designated service location. It’s a simple gig that works well for those who don’t mind advertising for companies in this way.
Goshare: https://www.goshare.co/drivers/ (You will have to copy and paste the link on this one to get to the website)
If you have a pickup truck, box truck, or cargo van, this opportunity could be a great fit for you. You can use your qualified vehicle to help move items for customers, pick up heavy items for delivery, or help tow items. The company website states you can earn up to $71.52 per hour for your services, plus tips. It’s another “work on your own time” opportunity and has very little requirements so you can get easily get started. They also offer their drivers monthly rewards and the opportunity to earn the title of Driver Of The Month.\
Turo: https://turo.com/list-your-car (You will have to copy and paste the link on this one to get to the website)
If you don’t mind strangers driving your car, then meet Turo! This is a service that allows you to list your car for rent to others that need one for a set price, based on the market value of the car and how many days the person needs to rent it. You can also set your own list price if that works better for you. Listing your car is free and you get notifications when people are interested in renting it. You can decline or accept offers at your leisure. You’ll meet the guest and do an inspection of the car before they drive off with it and Turo covers your car with $1 million in liability insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance. You can choose to deliver the car to the customer at an agreed upon location, a nearby airport, or have them pick it up at your residence. Think Airbnb, but for cars and you’ll have Turo. I think it’s a unique service that has the opportunity to grow over time. Check to see if it’s available in your area.
Honorable Mentions: Other savvy ways to earn money with your car
Newspaper Delivery – There are independent newspaper delivery services that hire people to drive to neighborhoods and deliver during the early morning hours on a part-time basis. The best way to find these companies is in your local newspaper’s advertising section or on Craigslist in the “Ect” section, which is a pretty cool and commonly forgotten section of Craigslist.
Pizza Delivery – This one is pretty common and trust me, Pizza joints are ALWAYS looking for delivery drivers. If you can handle not eating the customer’s pizza and escorting it successfully to it’s destination, then you’d be great at this! Smile and get the order to the customer accurately and on time, and you could be raking in some good tips along the way.
Tour Guide – If you live in an area where tourism is prevalent, then you can become a tour guide and use your own car to chauffeur people around the city. People move to different states or go on vacation all the time, so this could turn out to be a demanding service. Unlike Uber or Lyft drivers, you are not on a time crunch so this service could really come in handy for people that really want to take in all the sights of the city.
Those are just some of the different ways you can make money with your car. You won’t get rich, especially if you’re just doing one or two of these tasks in your spare time, but you will be able to experience some extra fluff in your bank account and it will more than cover the cost of gas and another other expenses you may incur. Would you consider working with any of these companies as a source of extra income? Let me know if the comments below!
Drive safe out there!