Is your car running? Well, you better go catch it! No but seriously, if you have a reasonably reliable car, check out these 5 great ways to empty your tank and fill your pockets!
If you live in an even moderately metropolitan city or area, chances are you’ve hopped in an Uber or Lyft to get from point A to point B. In fact, it’s just as easy to become a driver as it is to call one when you’re too drunk to drive home after a night at the bar.
As long as you have a clean driving record and a car that qualifies with Lyft and Uber’s specific state-by-state requirements, becoming a driver can actually be a very reliable way to make some extra cash on your own time.
To sign up for Lyft and see if your car qualifies check here.
For Uber check here.
2. Rent Your Car
So you spent thousands of dollars on a car and half the time it’s just sitting somewhere parked? I feel that. Luckily for us, there are different apps that provide a means to rent out your car when its not being used.
Airbnb helps homeowners rent out unused rooms and living spaces, well, Turo is basically the same thing but for your car. Your car just needs to have a clean title, be newer than 2005 and have less than 130000 miles for you to get it listed in less than 10 minutes. Interested in seeing what your car could earn for you on Turo? check here.
Maybe you weren’t so thrilled about being a Lyft or Uber driver, well, you could always just rent your car out to rideshare drivers and let them do the work for you. Hyrecar allows you to rent your car to Uber or Lyft drivers so you can sit back and still earn!
3. Deliver With Your Car
Everybody want’s everything delivered to their door-step and that brings a great opportunity for hustlers like us.
Delivering people is not your thing? Deliver food and other items instead with delivery services like Grubhub, DoorDash, PostMates and UberEats! Average pay for these types of services is anywhere from $10 – $25 an hour depending on location, delivery time, tips, etc. In addition, you can pretty much work whenever you feel like it. You can also sign up with Instacart and deliver groceries to those in need.
You could even use your own car to deliver items for Amazon using
Amazon Flex. You pick your own hours as well, and it’s as easy as picking up an item from an Amazon warehouse, then the app tells you the directions for delivery. Most drivers make $18-$25 an hour too!
Of course, you can also use your car as leverage to get other delivery jobs with businesses like Papa John’s, Dominos or any other specific restaurants.
4. Advertise On Your Car
This is a great option if you’re not trying to stack too many extra miles on your car which could happen from the previously mentioned hustles on this list. Depending on the size of the advertisement you could get anywhere from $100 (for a small decal on the rear window) to several hundred dollars for a full wrap (prices are monthly). Check out Wrapify, the #1 rideshare advertising platform, & see how much money you could make from advertising with your car. Easy money, right?
5. Haul With Your Car
Another way that you could make money using your car is by helping people move stuff. Whether they are moving out of their house, apartment, college dorm; or just moving items from a garage sale back home; offering your car and services could be quite the lucrative business. Depending on your car (bonus points for trucks or hatchbacks), and your service provided (help carry boxes, load/unload, etc.) you could make $20 to $60 an hour. You can find prospective customers through listings on Craigslist.
Or, you can check out this app called Dolly which connects people in need of hauling their stuff and people capable of delivering.
Slow down! Take Caution.
These resources listed above will absolutely help you make some more money on your own time. However, be wary of the potential extra car maintenance costs that may arise. Engaging in ridesharing, delivery, etc. using your personal vehicle also means additional miles, more money spent on gas and most likely more frequent routine maintenances like tire rotations and oil changes.
Most of the rideshare apps listed above will give you partial discounts on maintenance and Turo and other car sharing services provide reimbursements when your vehicle is damaged by customers. However, if you do plan to use your car to make an extra buck, be sure to weigh any extra costs against extra income. Good luck!