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 that enable you to make money delivering all sorts of different things.
1. Uber Eats
Uber Eats is a service available in more than 500 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 that was made after 1999.
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 certain cities, fare calculations can include a per-mile rate, a per-minute rate and a percent reduction.
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.
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.
You’ll need consistent access to a vehicle and to be able to lift between 30 and 40 pounds.
On average, Instacart workers make between $12 and $17 per hour, according to job website Indeed. Instacart guarantees 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
- Doorman: Package 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.
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