Jobs Like Uber Eats: How to Earn Money While Driving

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Everybody likes extra money, especially when it can be made on our own time. Jobs like Uber and Uber Eats are popular ways to earn extra money, but they are dull. Ride shares can also be sketchy. 

Today, there are many choices to earn some extra money with a side job. With the growing options available like Uber and Lyft, being a DoorDash driver or Instacart shopper, people can choose a side hustle that is best suited to them and their lifestyle. 

There are a lot of ways to make money while driving the car you likely already have. If you’re at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license, and can pass a background check, then the opportunities to make money with your car are abundant.

Delivery gigs can be used to earn a little extra money in your spare time, they can be a part time job contributing to your necessary expenses, or it can turn into a full time job, in some cases.

Food Delivery

When it comes to food delivery drivers, there is a wide variety of options to do this on your own schedule. Food delivery apps like DoorDash, Postmates, Grubhub, and Uber Eats all allow you to use your own car to pick up ready to eat food from restaurants and deliver them straight to people’s doorsteps.

Hiring someone else to shop and deliver groceries also became super popular back in 2020 when people didn’t want to go into grocery stores and it is still going strong today. If you’ve got a little extra time, you can deliver groceries with platforms like Instacart and Amazon Fresh.

Delivering groceries is best for people with smaller cars or trucks with bed covers. You can expect fewer delays in grocery delivery than other food delivery services and it is a great option for people who are looking for something with less human interaction.

Charge Electric Scooter and Bikes

In urban areas, ride-share modeled electric scooters and bikes such as Lime, Bird, and others continue to gain popularity. These electric scooters and bikes need their batteries charged on a regular basis

These companies will pay people to pick up the electric scooters and bikes, take them home, charge them, and then drop them back off once they’re fully juiced. If you have a truck, you can get more scooters and bikes in one single trip—even more if you own a trailer, too. You get paid by each scooter or bike you charge, so the more you can get at once, the better. 

This is another good option for “the less human interaction the better” personality types.

Help People Move 

Most people dread moving and many would pay to have someone else help or do it all for them. If you have an SUV or truck and don’t mind moving, helping people move is another option to make some money. You can start your own moving service or you can join apps like Dolly that help you easily find moving jobs on a platform that already exists.

This job is a good option for the customer service and community oriented types as you will most likely be interacting with both the customers soliciting the service and other people helping in the move.

Deliver Packages

You can get just about anything delivered to your doorstep nowadays, and with the rising number of packages needing to be delivered, there is a rising number of jobs needing to be filled. Many of these jobs are filled by independent contractors.

There is a wide variety of marketplaces and platforms for delivering packages outside of the traditional USPS, UPS, and FedEx. Now people can deliver packages through platforms like Amazon Flex, CitizenShipper, and Roadie. This includes delivery of small items from big box stores, to furniture, to pets.

Amazon Flex is a service provided by Amazon. The other delivery platforms listed assist in delivering goods to individuals who are unable to conveniently go to the store and transport items back home.

Be an LTL Trucker

Last, but certainly not least, you could become a driver of less-than-truckload (LTL) freight through Open Road. Open Road is a shipping marketplace that connects independent drivers to small businesses in order to ship products quickly and deliver them when needed.

If you have a truck and a trailer, you have everything you need to get started. As an Open Road driver, you will transport LTL deliveries from the distributor directly to their destination.

All you need to do is sign up on our user-friendly app and start picking up jobs. Open Road lets you choose when you work and which jobs you want. You get paid upon completion of each delivery. It's that simple.

Get Started 

Open Road helps you use your own vehicles and smartphone to find jobs, drive around, and earn money whenever you like. The more you drive, the more jobs you will be able to access, so download our app today and get started.  

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