Okay, you’ve heard of Uber and Lyft. Maybe you’ve used them. Maybe you have even driven for one of them already. But what else can an eager driver with a good-quality car do in the sharing economy to make some money?
Here are eight ways you can make extra cash with your car.
Wingz began as a service to arrange for a driver to take you to and/or from the airport through its smartphone app. It’s done for a flat-rate price and bookings are in advance. Now it’s also available for booking private transportation much like other ride-sharing providers, although with a higher percentage of fares going to drivers.
In my experience, a cab driver with a fare going to LaGuardia Airport in New York, for example, charges a fairly hefty $40 or more, so this seems like a good niche market for a company to target. And it’s a flat price, meaning there’s none of Uber’s surge pricing.
Having done the registration myself, I can tell you it seems pretty thorough. A driver has to go through a criminal background check, Motor Vehicle Record check, a 19-point vehicle inspection (kind of like an annual state inspection), and several online orientations. After that, Wingz brings in new drivers in batches for onboarding and getting started.
What’s noteworthy about Wingz is that 88% of each ride (more when someone books you directly) goes to the driver, and 100% of tips.
Wingz is active in numerous cities and states. See if one of them is yours.
Dropoff is a relatively new same-day courier service, having grown in an increasing number of cities since 2014. Things like food, documents, medicines, court filings, business materials, and more are what gets transported by part-time drivers who’ve got a solid customer service acumen, a flexible schedule, clean driving record, and a car newer than 10 years old.
From becoming familiar with Dropoff online, it seems like a great quasi-professional side gig with better-than-average pay. One thing to note is that since it’s a service primarily catering to the needs of businesses and workplaces, deliveries are mostly made during the day. Drivers don’t necessarily have to work at night.
HopSkipDrive is a ridesharing service for ferrying kids, and is currently operating in several cities in California. It’s designed to relieve some of the pressure on busy moms and dads who are accustomed to carting their kids around, which is why drivers are screened for childcare experience. Safety is the main criterion for this ride-sharing company, unlike some other operators in the industry who appear more lenient on this front.
As with Wingz, HopSkipDrive has a seemingly high-value niche market. Would-be drivers familiar with kids could have a real winner here and could earn significant income.
Dolly is a way to move without having to do it all yourself. Hiring someone from Dolly means they’ll be there to do the heavy lifting and unloading. Like GoShare and BuddyTruk, Dolly offers a way to turn that truck of yours into an income-producing asset.
Dolly is currently active in various cities across the western United States.
Pickup is a moving and delivery service currently only in various Texas cities. If you’re not in a city where Dolly or another moving or delivery service operates, this could be your best bet. Pickup allows people without large vehicles like trucks to get in touch with someone who can come help.
The marketing focuses on drivers who are “good guys” but they want women too. If you’ve got a truck and can carry an armload of stuff, this could be great for you.
Amazon Flex is one way Amazon delivers goods and products to its many customers. Part-time drivers in various cities appear to be able to earn $18 per hour (or more).
Having done the online orientation myself and used the app, it seems like joining is relatively simple and that plenty of shifts are available to choose from. If you like the idea of using your car to make money but aren’t hot on the idea of driving people around, consider this. The pay seems higher than most other car-oriented side jobs, and gets higher for high-volume days.
DoorDash is an old hand at getting food delivered, having expanded across America in the last several years.
Having used it myself, I can verify that it’s a useful service to know about and consider. Oftentimes, there’s a good deal waiting for you when a busy day or time period is guaranteed by DoorDash to get you more deliveries and thus more cash. As with other delivery companies, being able and willing to drive when most people don’t want to–weekend evenings, later at night, holidays, during the big game– is one of the easiest strategies to ensure yourself decent profit.
Juno is the latest entrant into the ride-sharing market in New York City. If Uber and Lyft don’t strike your fancy, consider Juno in the coming months. As the company gets rolling, it seems likely Juno will offer promotions, deals, and limited-time benefits to those who start using it soon.
Finally, think about using your own vehicles as a self-teaching laboratory. Once you know the basics of auto maintenance and figuring out small common problems, you’ve got the right stuff for free gifts every holiday season. Considering what people spend on gifts, that’s a real moneymaker.
Stringing together one or more of these options can definitely put some bounce in your wallet’s step, although I doubt it’s enough to replace a full-time job. If you have a newish vehicle, a good driving history, and want to make some cash on the side, look these over.