Love driving for Uber but want to make more money?
You’re aren’t the only one.
If you can hustle, the gig economy offers an incredible way to make a living on your own schedule and terms. But for many people, driving for Uber alone isn’t enough to pay the bills.
In previous posts, we’ve discussed how one of the best ways to increase your earnings as an Uber driver is to double up and do side gigs for other apps at the same time.
Today we’re diving deeper into that idea with our list of 13 jobs like Uber to help you make more money.
Sign Up With Other Ridesharing Services
This is almost a no-brainer.
If you’re already in the car and you enjoy driving passengers around town, sign up for other ridesharing services offered in your city. You’ll need to get adept at toggling between the apps and juggling ride requests, but it can be done.
If you want more insight into how to drive for two different companies at the same time, check out this post we wrote last month.
Here are four other great ridesharing apps to consider driving for:
Lyft works almost exactly like Uber. Independent contractors work as drivers, search for ride requests on the app and get paid for driving passengers around town.
The biggest difference between the two platforms is that Lyft drivers claim they earn a little bit more.
Like Uber with Surge pricing, the way to maximize earnings driving for Lyft is to catch “prime time” rides. These jobs pay more, but they are only available when driver supply is low and the demand for rides is high.
You’ll need to live in the NYC area to drive for this app. In the US, Juno is only available in New York City and parts of northern New Jersey.
Juno claims that it only hires the best drivers. So to qualify to drive, you’ll need an excellent driver rating with Uber or Lyft.
Because Juno operates in and around NYC, drivers also need to have a TLC license and be registered with the Taxi and Limousine Commission.
If you love taking care of kids, HopSkipDrive is the rideshare app for you.
HopSkipDrive is often referred to as “Uber for kids.” It’s designed specifically to transport kids to and from school, sporting events, camp, and after-school activities.
The company partners with parents, schools, and government agencies to get kids over the age of six safely from point A to point B.
The requirements for drivers are much stricter than those for Uber or Lyft.
Uber and Lyft drivers have to pass a background check and have a clean driving record, but HopSkipDrive “caredrivers” have to do even more. There a few additional steps to complete to work for a company that caters to children.
For starters, you’ll need to have at least five years of child caregiving experience.
You’ll also have to pass an extensive background check. That includes an FBI screening, fingerprinting, and having your fingerprints stored on file.
You must attend an in-person event before hiring, and your vehicle must pass a 19 point mechanical inspection.
In some states, drivers even have to complete a medical exam.
At the moment, Via is only available in Chicago, New York City, and Washington DC.
They operate similarly to Uber and Lyft, but their vehicle requirements are a bit different.
For example, you must have a vehicle with a leather interior. You’ll also need a TLC driver’s license and be registered with the Taxi and Limousine Commission if you’re driving in New York.
Don’t have those things? Don’t let that stop you from signing up. Via helps drivers get their license and registration as well as outfit their cars to meet their specific requirements.
Sign Up to Work with a Delivery App
Uber has its busy hours – during the morning commute, evening commute, and late at night when the bars close. But when people are working during the day and at home in the evenings, there can be a significant lull in ride requests.
Delivery apps have their own typical peak hours. Luckily, for drivers who do both ridesharing and delivery on-demand, these peaks hours are different than the peak hours for ride requests.
Most delivery drivers see a spike in business during lunch and dinner times. That makes driving for a delivery service a great way to offset downtime and stay busy for longer periods throughout the day.
Tired of dealing with angry, drunk, and miserable passengers?
With these seven delivery apps, you’ll only have to deal with customers for a few seconds when you drop off their order.
#5 Uber Eats
If you already drive for Uber, there’s almost no reason NOT to work for Uber Eats.
With Uber Eats, you’ll deliver food from local restaurants, delis, national chain restaurants, and fast food joints. The job entails picking up food orders directly from restaurants and making deliveries to hungry customers at home or at work.
It’s the perfect side hustle for an Uber driver.
Sign up to deliver for GrubHub, and you’ll find yourself delivering meals from restaurants all around your town. The company operates in dozens of cities, and it’s one of the best-known food delivery apps out there. That also means it’s one of the busiest.
Like ridesharing apps, GrubHub drivers are independent contractors who can work as much or as little as they like. You can work flexible hours, but you can also sign up to work a specific shift at the times of your choice.
Drivers who sign up for a specific shift get priority over drivers who do not schedule a time block to work.
DoorDash works a lot like Uber Eats and GrubHub.
DoorDash drivers (called “dashers”) accept orders through the app, pick up food from restaurants, and deliver it to the customer’s door.
Like other delivery apps, you can work independently, make your own hours, and work the days and times you want to work.
Postmates is available in hundreds of cities, so there’s a good chance you can sign up to drive and deliver in your town.
The difference between Postmates and other delivery apps is that the products you can order aren’t limited to meals. Postmates drivers deliver a variety of things. Depending on where you live, you could find yourself delivering everything from meals to groceries to alcohol.
If you live in California or Oregon and like the idea of delivering marijuana, Eaze is the app for you. Eaze drivers work with licensed dispensaries to pick up cannabis products and take them straight to the customer.
What makes Eaze different from other delivery jobs is that you won’t be an independent contractor. You’ll actually be an employee of the dispensary that you deliver for. And that can make a big difference when it comes time to pay taxes.
The service is limited to certain areas based upon the current marijuana laws. But as cannabis laws change around the country, there’s a good chance Eaze could become available in more places.
If you love shopping at the grocery store, you’ll love working for Instacart. It’s a grocery delivery service that allows you to work a flexible schedule.
With Instacart, you can choose between two different types of jobs. You’ll have the option to shop for items AND deliver them, or you can decide you just want to be an in-store shopper.
Unlike some other delivery apps, Instacart encourages Uber drivers to sign up to work through their platform.
The company allows you to work flexible hours and has one main additional requirement that Uber doesn’t – you have to be able to lift 30-40 pounds. If you don’t want to lug heavy bottles and cases of water, this probably isn’t the job for you.
Don’t like the idea of delivering meals that are going to make your car smell like food? Not in the mood to fill your trunk with groceries or have to lift heavy items?
Check out GoPuff. GoPuff is a convenience store delivery service that sells everything from beer to candy bars to munchies to frozen snacks.
With GoPuff, you might find yourself delivering a roll of toilet paper, a pack of rolling papers, or a bottle of Dayquil. They offer delivery on all sorts of personal products and household items, and they operate in dozens of cities around the country.
Earn Extra Money by Renting Your Car
If you want to use your car to make money, consider renting it out when you’re not driving it.
As long as you don’t mind being without your wheels for a bit, renting your car is a great way to bring in some extra income without having to do any physical work.
The hardest part of this job will be listing your car and meeting up with renters to hand over your keys – and those aren’t hard to do.
Renting out your own vehicle can be tricky for an Uber driver since your car is what nets you your primary source of income. But if there are certain days that you don’t drive and don’t need your vehicle, car sharing services can bring in additional income.
Keep in mind that before you list your car on a peer-to-peer rental app, you may need to change your insurance policy to allow for such rentals. Check with your insurance company to see what your new rates would be – and make sure those higher premiums won’t negate your profits!
With Getaround, you can rent your car for an hour, ten hours, or several days. How often you rent your vehicle is entirely up to you.
The app is free to use, and you can even get access to dedicated parking spots for the return of your vehicle.
Getaround keeps 40% of the total ride rental, which is a much steeper fee than most other apps. But, that fee provides you with 24/7 roadside assistance and insurance while the car is being rented out.
Getaround only operates in select cities. At this time, it’s available to drivers in San Francisco, Berkeley, Chicago, Oakland, Portland, and Washington DC.
Like Getaround, Turo makes it easy to rent your vehicle to fellow drivers in your city. It’s easy to create a listing for your car, and you can create a detailed calendar that shows specific days and times when your vehicle is available. The company operates in dozens of cities and airports around the country.
Vehicle owners on Turo have the option to rent their car out as little or as often as they like. They also have the option to choose between protection packages. Depending on the package you select, you can take home 65% to 85% of the total rental price of each trip.
If you’ve been working in the gig economy as an Uber driver, you know that the only way to make decent money is to hustle. You have to maximize your time. You have to work when customers need rides. And you have to make the most of Surge pricing.
But even the best Uber drivers out there know the harsh reality of the job: there is always downtime.
To make extra cash and stay consistently busy, download another app that you can work for while you drive for Uber.
Double up with other ridesharing apps such as Lyft, Juno, or HopSkipDrive. Sign up for delivery gigs like Uber Eats, GrubHub, or DoorDash. Deliver groceries or household items with GoPuff, Postmates, or Instacart.
If you want to make money but spend fewer hours behind the wheel, consider renting out your car through mobile apps like Getaround and Turo. You can rent to drivers in your city and put extra money in your pocket by doing virtually nothing at all.
Ready to hustle? Start downloading some new apps and applying to drive for your next gig now!