Working from your car is the new working from a home office; opportunities to turn a buck from behind the wheel are exploding. And since expenses add up quickly for car owners, many are jumping on the chance to level out their costs, or even make a profit.
So, whether you’re in between jobs or want to supplement your income to make up for the cost of maintaining your vehicle, options abound. Here are some of the most popular ways you can turn your car into a cash generating asset:
This is one of the first things that pop into people’s heads when thinking of ways to bring in cash with their car, but we’re talking about more than just pizza delivery. Nowadays people want everything delivered, (groceries, laundry, waffles), and there are more and more companies looking to accommodate that need.
Craigslist and Kijiji are great places to check for personal delivery and courier jobs, but you can also use those sites to let others know you’re available by posting an ad. The mobile app world also is creating more delivery services all the time.
Ridesharing: Lyft, Uber, and More
Thanks to the new popularity of ridesharing, your car can now be used as a lucrative chauffeuring vehicle. This can quickly become a profitable (and enjoyable) job if you love chatting with new people, and know all the best routes for getting around in your city.
But aside from Uber or Lyft, you can advertise your own rideshare or shuttle service anywhere in Ontario using Kijiji. If you have a long daily commute between Toronto, Ottawa, or other nearby cities, you can make a profit by selling your seats to those who need a lift. You get to have your commute expenses paid (and then some) as well as having company or potential new friend during your drive.
Using your car as a moving advertisement can be a great way to supplement your earning, especially if you also use your car for delivering or ridesharing.
Web sites like Carvertise cover the full spectrum of what’s involved in turning the side of your car into cash. They use detailed analytics that report location, mileage, and impressions. In fact, depending on where and how often you drive will influence your rate, so the more miles you put in central locations, the better your earning is likely to be.
You have the option of choosing brands that you support and believe in, so can feel better knowing you’re advertising a cause you care about. Also, you’ll never have to worry about doing the actual decaling, since their wrap team installs and removes all decals in-house.
At some point, everyone has “stuff” they need to get rid of, but not always the means of hauling it themselves. If you have a truck or can pull a trailer, you can make good money helping people move items or making trips to the dump or donation centers.
We don’t recommend creeping around your neighborhood looking for hauling opportunities, but advertising yourself online or in a newspaper works well.
Amazon’s ability to offer guaranteed 2-day shipping to so many prime members feels a little bit like Santa delivering to every child overnight. How do they do it? As it turns out, part of their secret is recruiting people to deliver packages for them.
The best part? Like their name suggests, Amazon Flex lets you set your schedule; offering the freedom that many people only dream of having at their jobs. Chances are, whenever you choose to work there will always be Amazon packages waiting to be delivered.
Join the Taskforce
Sites like AskforTask, Taskrabbit, and others have taken off because many people don’t want to spend their free time running errands! If you live in a big city, where many people don’t have their own car, it gives you a huge advantage at taking care of other people’s errands (picking up Ikea furniture, dry cleaning, delivering flowers, etc.
So, if you love driving, or you’d rather use your car to bring in money (instead of watching it trickle away due to the cost of fuel, insurance, maintenance, and monthly payments), then consider some of these options. Sometimes just parking your car costs you money. During your next job hunt, you might not need to look further than your own driveway.