If you have a car in your driveway and a driver’s license in your pocket, you could be putting extra money in your pocket. These days there are plenty of ways to make money with your car, so don’t you think it is time to put your ride to work?
We live in a new economy, one many have dubbed the sharing or on-demand economy. That means there are more freelance opportunities and ways for entrepreneurs to make more money. If you have four wheels and a license, here are some strategies you can use to make money with your car.
Drive for a Car Service
Services like Uber and Lyft have revolutionized the world of transportation by giving ordinary drivers a chance to earn money on their own terms – driving their own cars and getting their passengers where they need to be. At first glance services ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft may seem like ordinary taxi companies, but there are some key differences that benefit everyday car owners.
When you work as an Uber driver, you can set your own hours, driving in your spare time and earning extra money in the process. That means Uber drivers can keep their day jobs while earning a significant income on the side. So how much do Uber drivers make and how can you get started? If you want to drive for a ride sharing service you will obviously need a nice car and a valid driver’s license. You will also need a smartphone to connect you to the Uber app and a GPS to make getting around town easier. From there it is just a short step to earning a very good living. Some part-time Uber drivers make around $15 to $20 an hour, while those working in high traffic areas like airports could bring in several hundred dollars a day. It all depends on where you want to drive, how many hours you want to work and the demand for car sharing in your area.
Start a Shuttle Service
No matter where you live, chances are there are busy parents who would love a simple way to get their kids to school. If you have a minivan, SUV or other large vehicle, starting a shuttle service is a great way to put your four wheels to work.
If you want to start this kind of service, you can advertise at your child’s school or just spread the word in the local parental community. After the word gets out, you will probably find new customers coming to you on a regular basis.
Share Your Car Repair Expertise
Do you love to tinker with your car? Do you have a video camera? If so you could make money just by sharing what you know. Car repair videos are among the most searched niches on YouTube, and the owners of those videos can earn money with every click.
You will need a quality video camera and a bit of flair to be successful, but if you know your way around an engine you could bring in a steady passive income just by showing off your expertise. If all goes well those YouTube videos could even lead to a full-time gig as a mechanic or repair technician.
Newspaper delivery is not just for kids and their bikes anymore. The spread out nature of the suburbs and the vast distances involved makes old-fashioned bicycle delivery impractical in many parts of the country.
If you have some time on your hands and love to drive in the wee hours of the morning, a newspaper delivery gig just may be the perfect part-time job. Just keep an eye out and watch the want ads for opportunities, then pick up your papers and get your throwing arm ready.
Give Fluffy and Fido a Lift
Pet owners are dedicated to their four-legged friends, and that is good news for animal-loving drivers. Whether it is transportation to routine veterinary exams or a ride to the groomers, pets need taxi services just like humans do.
Starting a pet transport service is a great way to put your car to work and make some extra money. You can advertise your business at local veterinary clinics, dog parks, groomers, pet stores and anywhere else animal lovers are likely to hang out.
If you need extra money to make ends meet, the solution to your financial dilemma could be as close as your driveway or garage. Whether you want to make enough to pay for your monthly car payment or bring in enough cash to quit your day job, turning your car into a cash machine is one of the best ways to succeed in the 21st century economy.
Chad Fonger has been driving for rideshare companies for many years including for services such as Lyft and Uber. He strives towards sharing his experiences and helpful information with his popular comprehensive blog, which goes in-depth about the dynamic and ever-growing rideshare industry and share economy smartphone applications.