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10 ways to turn your car into a money-making machine

You might have heard stories about people making quick and easy money with their cars, for example by getting paid to drive, and you might think that it’s “easier said than done.” And that’s where you’d be wrong! If you have a car, making good money fast is very much within your reach, and there are many car-related app jobs to choose from. Here are 10 ways you can start earning money from your car and psst… it’s much more than just working as a driver!

Explore 10 jobs you can do to make money with your private car!

1. Deliver Food

The food delivery business is booming – and the number of food delivery apps available on the market is here to prove it. There are many reasons why becoming a food delivery driver is a great way to put your car in use:
It’s flexible – food delivery jobs are all about having a flexible schedule – which hours you’ll be working is up to you!
It’s easy to get started – all you need is a car, smartphone, car insurance and to be at least 18 years old
It pays wellYour earnings will vary depending on an app, but on average you can expect to make about $60 per day, and that’s without counting the tips
It will make you feel good – People are never happier than when they’re getting their food delivered, believe us!

One of the best things about delivery jobs is that you have many options to choose from.

Check out Postmates and DoorDash, both commonly available across the country. Another popular options are Uber Eats and Shipt.

2. Rent a Car

If you have a car that you don’t use so often (or maybe not at all) then renting it out might be a great way for you to make money with a car. Renting out your car is one of the easiest ways to fix your budget. All you have to do is list it on one of the car renting apps, set the availability and watch your account grow! On average, you can expect to make even $1,000 per month!

We know what you’re thinking: what about the safety. With car renting apps like Turo, you’d be renting your car only to verified travellers, and you’d be covered by $1 million liability insurance, so don’t worry – you’re in safe hands.

To get started with car rental, check out Turo available in many major US cities including San Francisco, Austin, Los Angeles and more. Another popular platform is GetAround, which is available in several cities in the US including Portland, Miami and Boston.

3. Make money with advertising on your car

This job is perfect for those who want to make money driving, but don’t like small talk and dealing with people. With Wrapify you can get your car wrapped with an advertisement, and get paid just for driving around in your car! Don’t worry – wrapping is not permanent and can be removed without damaging the car. To start working with Wrapify, you need to be at least 21 years old and have a car from 2008 or newer, in a good condition and with no damage to it. Wrapify is available in many cities all over the US.

How much can you get paid to advertise on your car?

You’ll be getting paid for the miles and the time you spend driving – your exact earning will depend on many factors, such as how much of your car is covered, in which areas and which times were you driving, etc. In general, you can expect to get you about $75 per week. Just doing your usual driving of getting to work dropping your kids off at school etc. can get you a nice amount of money on the side. Not bad for something you’re already doing anyway, right?

4. Deliver Packages

If you like the concept of working with delivery but dealing with food is not your thing, then you can try out package delivery. It’s very similar to food delivery, but the difference is that you usually pick up all the packages you’ll be distributing once, and then deliver them throughout the day.

If you think package delivery might be the gig for you, then you can check out Roadie available in many cities in the US, and Amazon Flex available in selected US cities.

5. Get a Driving Job

Working as a driver is probably one of the most popular ways to make money with a car, and for a good reason:

  • you work when you want
  • on your own terms
  • you earn good money
  • with some apps you can even get paid instantly.
    What’s not to like?

Working as a driver can get you even $140 per day. If you have a driver’s licence, are at least 21 years old, have a smartphone, can pass a background check and your car can pass a safety check, then you’re good to go!

If you’re interested in becoming a driver, check out some tips for drivers and choose the app (or apps) you want to work with. One of the most popular choices for working with driving apps is definitely Lyft, available in many cities in the US, such as Phoenix, Boston, Chicago and many more, as well as in many cities in Canada, including Toronto and Ottawa. Another popular choice is Uber, available in many cities in the US such as Austin, Los Angeles or San Diego, as well as in Canada. If you’re in the UK, check out ViaVan and Hopp, Haxi!

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6. Babysit & Drive

If you love driving as well as taking care of children, we have one word for you – Zum. Zum is a ride & care company, giving drivers the opportunity to earn good money with their car by taking care of children and giving them rides when needed. It’s a very rewarding job, and a very well-paying one, too – with Zum you can make up to $750 per week! To become a Zum driver you need to be at least 21 years old, own a 2008 car or newer, have experience working with children and pass a background check.

Right now Zum is available in several cities in the United States, including San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose and Los Angeles.

7. Pick up scooters

Okay, you might be surprised to see this one here since you don’t really need a car to pick up and charge scooters. But, having a car definitely gives you an advantage and a chance to significantly increase your earnings. After all, with a car at hand you can pick up scooters faster, and take more of them at once! It’s a very straightforward job, too – all you need to do is locate the scooters in an app, pick them up, charge them and drop them off. Easy-peasy! You could be making $5-20 on every scooter you charge.

If you’re interested in picking up and charging scooters, check out Bird available in the US and Lime available in the US and Canada.

8. Help people move

How to make money with a car

If you have a van or a truck at your disposal, you should definitely look into getting a moving gig. Helping people move is a good way to make money with a car, and it can give you a good paycheck, too – you can expect to make even $1000 per week. It’s not a job for everyone, though – apart from your driving skills, you need to be able to help carry heavy objects as well.

If you’re interested in a moving gig, then check out Clutter in San Bernardino and Los Angeles, Schlep, available in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City. If you live in the UK, check out AnyVan, available in many cities all over the UK, including London, Cardiff and more.

9. Carpooling

How to make money with a car - carpooling

With carpooling jobs, you’d be getting paid to give a lift to people. With carpooling jobs, you typically don’t drive somewhere just for the passengers’ requests, but take passengers on the routes you’d already be taking yourself anyway, such as going to and from work, going to visit your family in another city etc. With Carpooling jobs, you usually can expect to make about £10-15 per passenger.

A cool thing about this job is that it’s not only a great way to make money with a car, but it’s also environment-friendly. It’s no secret that introducing more cars to the roads is not good for the earth, and by sharing your car with others you’re doing your bit to help the environment! If that sounds interesting, learn some tips for carpool drivers and check out GoCarShare and LiftShare available in many cities across the UK.

10. Work as a shopper

If you enjoy grocery shopping, this one’s for you! Many families today struggle with finding time to do everything they want, including grocery shopping. And that’s where you and apps like Shipt and Instacart step in! As a shopper, you’d be making money by doing groceries accordingly to a shopping list you’d get, and then delivering them to your client’s house. On average, an experienced shopper can make about $22 on every shopping trip they complete.

To become a shopper, check out Shipt, which is available all over the US, including cities like Detroit, Nashville, Phoenix and more. Another option to consider is Instacart, available in many cities in the US and Canada.

Bonus: renting out your parking space

If you have a car, you might also have a parking space to store that car, right? If so, think about, are there times when your parking spot is not occupied at all, or maybe the space you have can fit more than just your car? And the great news is that it doesn’t need to be a designated parking spot – you could be renting out space in your yard or even a parking spot on your driveway! On average, you can expect to make about $100-150 per month.

If you want to give it a go, check out Kerb, available in many cities in the UK such as London, Leeds and Birmingham. Another popular option would be Spacer, available in many cities in the US, such as New York City, Chicago and San Francisco.

Start making money with your car!

As you can see, there are plenty of ways you could be making money with a car, and getting a car could be a profitable investment! If you want to learn more about which ones of those jobs are available where you live, visit AppJobs and find job offers in your city.

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Paulina Bajorowicz joined Appjobs in November 2018 and she is now the Content Marketing Specialist. She manages Appjobs blog and social media channels, coordinates outreach activities and cooperates with journalists and content creators around the gig economy.