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Yes, you can earn (good) money by grocery shopping on the side -- all while setting your own hours. Here's how it works.

Looking for part-time work that lets you pick your hours and work as much or as little as you want? How about grocery shopping?

Yes, you heard that right. The on-demand business model, used perhaps most famously by Uber, has moved into the grocery delivery business.

The Uber model

Some grocery delivery companies hire independent drivers who, like Uber drivers, set their own hours and work in response to customer demand.

One such employer is Shipt, a grocery delivery service that uses driver-shoppers as contracted employees. The service is currently available in select cities in 10 states:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Michigan
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas

The company is also currently recruiting driver-shoppers in Indiana.

Shipt Shoppers — that’s what Shipt calls its driver-shoppers — make an average of $15 to $25 an hour and set their own schedules, according to Shipt., a local news site in Chattanooga, Tennessee, interviewed Shipt Shopper Kimberly Carrizoza, a stay-at-home mother of three who says she enjoys the money and the flexibility of the job. Shipt lets her fit work around her busy and constantly changing schedule, she says:

“My husband works full-time, and he goes out of town for his job. So to have something like this where I can sign on when I want and sign out when I’m done [is ideal].”

To hear from another Shipt Shopper, who spoke with Money Talks News, check out the video above.

Be a top-rated shopper

Just as Airbnb customers do, Shipt customers rate their experience. The shoppers who receive the best customer ratings are given first crack at jobs as new orders arrive. According to

Whoever has the highest rating and the fastest fingers gets the job, Carrizoza said. After an order comes in, if none of the highest-rated shoppers opt for that delivery, other shoppers get the option to take the job.

Additionally, Shipt tells customers to “tip based on the quality of your service.” So doing the job well could boost your rating and your pay.

Here’s how says Carrizoza goes about the job:

She shops and takes care of items as if she were shopping for herself, and she is thoughtful about who she is helping. For example, she knows she might be one of the few people some elderly customers see, she said.

Other companies, other options

If shopping for groceries sounds like a good gig to you, you’ll find other options besides Shipt. Depending on the company, you may be hired simply to deliver groceries, or you could fulfill orders too, shopping in grocery stores and delivering goods to a customer’s home. Options include:

  • Instacart: A grocery delivery service in cities scattered across the country.
  • Peapod: A grocery delivery service in parts of the Midwest and the Eastern Seaboard. The company employs drivers in staff positions, offering a “comprehensive benefits package, competitive salaries and the opportunity to grow within our company.”
  • WeGoShop: This company puts a different twist on on-demand grocery delivery. WeGoShop partners with what it calls “associate owners,” who are individuals like you or me. Associate owners pay for access to branding, credit-card processing and other back-end business support, and then choose specific territories in which to run their own business.
  • Be your own startup: You can start your own grocery shopping business where you live, advertising for customers and fulfilling orders. Grocery Shopping Business — a blog all about this topic — has loads of tips on how to build a client base, meet people’s specialized requirements and grow your profits.

Would you be willing to jump into the grocery delivery business? Share your thoughts in comments below or on our Facebook page.

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