In recent years, it’s become easier than ever to make money through a side hustle.
You’ve probably heard stories of people making money by driving others with ride-share services like Uber and Lyft. But what if you could make money delivering items in your car — instead of driving people around?
Today, delivery services abound, and you can make money by signing up to deliver a variety of items using your vehicle. Following are four services you can use to make money delivering all sorts of different things.
1. Uber Eats
Uber Eats is a service available in hundreds of cities worldwide. Depending on where you’re located, you might even be able to make deliveries on a bike or scooter, in addition to using a car.
You’ll use your smartphone to receive orders and manage your trips to restaurants to pick up orders before delivering them.
Delivery fares are calculated based on multiple factors, including a flat pickup fee and flat dropoff fee.
In general, though, Uber Eats drivers earn around $8 to $12 per hour after accounting for vehicle expenses, according to the website Ridesharing Driver.
Uber pays drivers weekly. It’s also possible to use Uber’s Instant Pay feature to get your money up to five times a day, although in some cases it will cost you 50 cents per payment.
Join the Postmates Fleet to get started making all sorts of deliveries, including food, drinks, retail purchases and anything else people might need. Postmates operates in dozens of cities.
You receive a delivery bag, as well as a prepaid card to get started.
You can make deliveries using a car or by other means, including bicycling and walking. You receive payment weekly, with the ability to instantly withdraw your earnings via a feature called instant deposit.
Earnings are calculated based on a formula that varies by city. View the Postmates webpage for your particular market to learn more.
On average, though, Postmates delivery drivers earn $11 an hour, according to Glassdoor.
To shop for Shipt, delivering fresh groceries and everyday essentials to customers, you need a smartphone to manage your orders. Shipt also requires a reliable vehicle that is from model year 1997 or later and the ability to lift 40 pounds.
Unlike some other delivery services, Shipt also requires you to have knowledge of produce selection.
Shipt pays contractors on a per-order basis and says orders can pay up to $22 apiece. Shipt makes payments weekly via direct deposit.
Shipt operates in cities nationwide, so the chances are good that you can find work doing the grocery shopping for others.
Another service that lets you do the grocery shopping for others is Instacart. It’s available in hundreds of U.S. cities as well as in Canada.
You’ll need consistent access to a vehicle and to be able to lift 50 pounds.
With Instacart, you can pick your own hours and receive weekly payment. You use a smartphone app to receive instructions and manage your grocery deliveries.
As of early 2019, Instacart was offering a minimum payment of $5 to $10 per job, not counting tips or compensation for mileage, Fast Company reports.
Other delivery service options
In addition to the options listed above, there are plenty of other ways to make deliveries in your car. Other delivery services include:
- DoorDash: Restaurant food delivery
- WeGoShop: Grocery delivery
- Amazon Flex: Package delivery
- Grubhub: Restaurant food delivery
- Saucey: Alcoholic beverage and snack delivery
You can also check with local services that might provide delivery options. For example, in my local area, there are two companies that focus just on our city for deliveries. So, even if some other options aren’t available in your town yet, you might still be able to make money with deliveries.
Have you ever worked as a delivery driver, or would you consider earning extra money this way? Share your experience or thoughts by commenting below or on our Facebook page.
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