Dockless electric scooters are popping up just about everywhere these days.
From New York to Los Angeles and beyond the U.S., scooter shares have become a natural next step in this past decade’s rideshare boom.
But in order to keep these convenient services running, scooter companies need people to help maintain their supply.
If you want to make good money with just a car, a smartphone, and access to a power source, you may want to become a Lime scooter charger.
Lime scooter chargers, better known as Juicers, are the people working behind the scenes that keep scooters in stock and fully charged for Lime, one of the top brands in the industry.
For anyone who needs extra cash, it can be the perfect easy gig to earn with.
After all, just about anyone can become a Juicer — and it takes minimal effort to earn as much as $30 per hour in the role.
This comprehensive guide will explain everything you need to know about becoming a Lime Juicer and walk you through the application process.
Pro Tip: After applying to become a Lime charger, also apply as a Bird charger.
It may seem obvious, but charging more scooters, for more companies, greatly increases your chances of making more money.
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How the Lime Scooter Charger Gig Works
As a Lime Juicer, most of your work will be made up of charging tasks, which you can accept as it fits your schedule.
These tasks involve picking up (otherwise known as “harvesting”) scooters from the street and bringing them back to your home to fully charge.
You’re paid to use the electricity in their own homes to charge the scooters and release them the next morning.
Once each scooter reaches at least a 95% charge, or by 7 a.m. the next morning, you’ll need to drop off (or “serve”) the scooters to a LimeHub to receive your payout.
LimeHubs are areas where electric scooters are stored for consumer use.
Throughout this entire process, Uber scooter chargers work off their smartphones, on the Juicer mode of their Lime app.
This app allows them to find scooters, unlock scooters by scanning QR codes, track each scooter’s charge, and find LimeHub locations.
In some cases, you may also find retrieval and deployment tasks on your Lime app. These do not require you to charge Lime scooters.You’ll simply get paid for picking up and dropping off scooters around the specific areas of the city.
Lime Juicer Requirements
If the Lime juicing gig sounds like a great fit for you, the next step is taking a look at Lime scooter charger requirements, so you know if you’re eligible.
To qualify as a Lime Juicer, you must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have a valid U.S. driver’s license
- Have a Social Security number
- Own a vehicle that can store at least one scooter
- Own a smartphone that works with the iPhone app (iOS 10.0 or later) or Android app (Android 4.4 or later)
Still, this gig is incredibly easy to qualify for and doesn’t even require a background check, since you’re not providing a direct service to consumers.
Though large vehicles — such as SUVs, trucks, and vans — are preferred, as they allow you to save time while harvesting a large amount of scooters at once, pretty much any standard car will do.
How Much Do Lime Juicers Make?
Now that you know you’re qualified to become a Lime Juicer, you probably want to make sure the gig fits your financial needs before spending time on the sign-up process.
So how much do Lime scooter chargers actually make?
Most Lime Juicers make about $5 per scooter that they complete a task for.
This payment can sometimes be higher (usually up to $12 per scooter) based on location and demand. Weekends often lead to increases in the base pay.
A Dallas reporter asked Jeff Roberts, the Operations Manager of Limebike, how much Lime Juicers make and he responded, “They get paid between five and 12 dollars per night, per scooter.
They could go and pick up 10 if they can charge that number of scooters every night.” Roberts continues, “So they could make anywhere from $50 to $100 a night just for picking up and charging scooters.”
It’s common for Lime Juicers to make a decent $20 to $30 per hour.
Of course, keep in mind that you’re responsible for all your expenses as an independent contractor — though most business-related expenses are tax-deductible.
To prevent overspending, keep these costs in mind as you start “juicing” with Lime:
- Electricity: One of the costs that’s not considered as often is the cost of charging a handful of scooters for hours each day. It’s estimated that one scooter costs about 23 cents to fully charge.
- Gas: You pay for any gas you use. To get tax deductions for your gas usage, make sure to track your mileage.
- Car maintenance: Since you’ll be using your car more frequently, you may need to spend more on car maintenance costs to prevent more expensive repair needs (which are also your responsibility) in the future.
- Chargers: If you want to charge more Lime scooters at once, you’ll need to purchase more chargers. Lime sells charging kits directly to Juicers, though you can use third-party sites like Amazon and eBay to find more affordable versions, new or used.
- Self-employment taxes: On top of your income taxes, you’ll be responsible for Social Security and Medicare taxes. Make sure to reserve 15.3% of your Lime Juicer income for these expenses.
How to Become a Lime Scooter Charger
Even after expenses are taken into account, the Lime Juicer role still remains an easy side hustle that pays well, and is one of the best part-time opportunities in the gig economy.
If you’re ready to become a Lime scooter charger, follow this simple step-by-step guide to sign up:
1. Head to this Lime Juicer sign-up page and fill in the form with your first name, last name, phone number, email, and location
Then, tap “Sign Up Now.”
2. If there is a need for Juicers in your area, you’ll get a message that says “Welcome to Lime!” on the next screen.
You can tap “Next” to proceed if this is the case.
If the company already has enough Juicers in your area to meet demand, you’ll get a message that says “We will contact you soon!” or “Thank you for your interest!” on your screen.
In this case, you cannot proceed unless supply is needed and a Lime representative reaches out to you first.
3. Read up on the types of tasks you’ll be completing, then tap “Next.”
4. Read about Hyperwallet, which is the platform you’ll get paid through, and how to activate your account after your first task. Then, tap “Next.”
5. Upload an image of your driver’s license, then tap “Next.”
6. Type in your Social Security number in the space provided, then tap “Next.”
7. Tap “Review & Sign.”
Then, in the window that opens up, read through the Independent Juicer Agreement and fill in the three requested fields (your address, initials, and signature).
Tap “Continue,” then “I Agree” once complete.
8. Wait for Lime to review your documents. This usually takes about two business days.
9. As soon as you’re approved as a Lime Juicer, you’ll receive an email.
Follow the prompts in the email you receive to get activated and start juicing with the Lime app.
You may need to take a few short online lessons and wait for your first charging kit to arrive before you can start earning from charging tasks.
Here’s one Redditor’s experience:
I applied and got approved same day about 5 days ago and I began waiting for chargers to be available. Little did I know that they had run out and it was going to be a while to get them so I email their support email and I was given a link and a code to buy the chargers (the code was $20 off so I got them for free). They come in packs of 4 or 10. I got a text earlier today saying that I can begin charging the scooters because the “juicer” mode was now enabled in the app for me. Now I am just waiting on the chargers to arrive. If they arrive by Friday it will have taken me 1 week exactly to start.
A week might sound like a long time, but not many jobs or new ventures start in less time nor get paid as quickly.
One week and one day to getting paid isn’t very long.
Ways to Make More Money as a Lime Juicer
To make even more money, don’t forget the sign-up bonus.
Similar to how the company gives away free ride credit to their customers, they’re rewarding Juicers for charging.
If you charge 30 scooters within two weeks, you get that $150 bonus that you can parlay into more chargers and more money.
Besides making a strategy for harvesting, have one for juicing too.
One user on Reddit has this advice:
Best advice is to charge the higher batteries first, then the low batteries. Usually, if they are in the 80s, they will charge over 95% in a couple of hours and the lower batteries around 5-7 hours so you can leave those charging until they are ready to be deployed in the morning.
This allows you to quickly charge and deploy scooters in a couple hours.
You can pick them up and drop them off in a short time frame and then go home and plug in the lower batteries to charge while you’re sleeping.
When you sign up, Lime typically gives you the chargers to charge three scooters at a time.
Once you have worked as a Juicer for a while, they will provide a total of 10 chargers.
With that many chargers, you can more than triple your earnings.
Contact your customer service rep and request more chargers — it might not work but it’s worth a shot.
You might also make more money if instead of thinking of the harvesting as a hassle, you think of it as a game.
People that are into Pokemon Go or scavenger hunts, in general, can make as much as $100 a night.
The hard-to-find scooters show up in gold with high dollar amounts on the app.
When you click on them, they give you clues of a sort left by other people who gave up.
Clues like “It’s behind a fence” or “Didn’t ring” which means it didn’t emit a ring to guide you to its location.
You can also make more by learning a few maintenance hacks.
Juicers can either report damaged scooters to be picked up by Lime itself or, if the scooter’s problem is fixable, they can make extra cash for harvesting a Lime they fix on their own.
You determine how much you make. Harvest Limes with the most rewards from the most reliable pickup spots that don’t take more gas to get to than the profit you’ll make.
The good news is that you get paid every day that you have scooters charged and dropped off. There’s no waiting.
Frequently Asked Questions
Now that you’re on your way toward becoming a full-fledged Lime Juicer, you can spend your waiting time learning more about the gig.
Here are some frequently asked questions that may help you get to know your options when it comes to charging scooters for extra cash.
Can I be a full-time Lime Juicer?
Unfortunately, it’s only possible to be a part-time Lime Juicer.
This is largely because the company limits you to having 25 scooters in your possession at once, and it can take up to seven hours to fully charge a scooter with low battery.
There is also some competition between Juicers, so it can be difficult in some cities to even harvest 20 scooters in one day.
If you are looking for a similar full-time career in the dockless electric scooter industry, you may want to consider working with JUMP scooters.
Uber, which owns the brand, hires traditional employees for its operations, which includes charging and transporting scooters.
Where are Lime scooter charging gigs available?
Lime Juicer gigs are available in just about any city where the scooters are available to consumers.
The company currently operates in 27 states across the United States, as well as in Washington, D.C. Lime also operates in 32 additional countries around the world.
You can head to this locations page to see if Lime is available near you or vote to bring the service to your city or college campus.
Do Lime Juicers make more than Bird scooter chargers?
Average earnings for Lime and Bird scooter chargers are fairly similar, with both making about $5 per scooter.
However, there is a little more fluctuation with Bird, in that earnings tend to fall into a wide $3 to $20 range.
On the other hand, Lime Juicers will rarely make under $5, but will also rarely exceed $12 for a single scooter.
To make up for these differences, some contractors sign up as both a Lime charger and a Bird charger.
This allows them to charge for whichever brand is paying the most on a given day, or to double their earnings by charging scooters for both.
Start Juicing Limes to Get Paid
Becoming a Lime scooter charger is one of the most straightforward gigs out there with great pay.
As an independent contractor for the company, you can truly be making over $100 overnight with minimal effort needed.
As long as you meet the simple requirements for the job, there’s no harm in signing up and picking up a few scooters along your commute each day.
Once you’ve tried out the gig and are committed to earning with Lime, you can start thinking about how to make the most out of your time.
To help you out, here are nine ways to make more money as a Lime scooter charger.
22 thoughts on “Get Paid as a Lime Scooter Charger to Pick Up Limes”
Does Lime Juicing/harvesting earnings come under TAX preview ?
They have started service in Vienna/Austria since some weeks.
Why would it be different to any other freelance job? You have certain amounts you can make per month where you don’t have to pay tax. If you’re above that you will have to pay tax. As if there is any (legal) job that can be tax free..
Beware the price of electricity. $.28/kWh in northern California for example (so high, it is cheaper to fuel a comparable gas car than an electric).
It’s not a monthly amount- it’s a yearly amount…
If you are a freelancer, the amount of money you need to earn and to file a tax return is $400. Yes. That is not a misprint. It is $400.
To be clear, this is not true of the group of people who call themselves freelancers and who are paid on W-2’s. It is true for the freelancers who get paid for the whole amount they earn, do not have any taxes withheld, and have or should have their income declared on a 1099.
Why is the number $400? While you may not owe any income taxes, as a freelancer, you must pay self-employment taxes in addition to regular income taxes. Self-employment taxes start if you earn $400 or more. Therefore you must file a tax return if you gross $400 or more.
If you have business expenses that should be taken into account, do not expect the IRS to know that. You must file a Schedule C or Schedule C-EZ that indicate your expenses. That way it may be that you don’t owe any self-employment taxes.
For example, you earned $5600 as a freelancer but you had $5300 of expenses. Your net is $300. As a result, you wouldn’t owe any taxes, either income taxes or self-employment taxes. You must, however, file your returns because you grossed $400 or more. If you don’t, you could well get a letter from the IRS with a bill and a request for an explanation for why you shouldn’t owe this money. I believe it’s better to file the return and avoid the correspondence.
If you earned $5600 and had $4600 of expenses, your net is $1000. You wouldn’t owe any income taxes but you would owe self-employment taxes and would have to file a tax return.
I found this to be true with Bird last summer, I’m sure the same goes with Lime: Their business model (for lack of a better phrase) is totally F’d up and it promotes hoarding. This is how they should be doing it:
Rather than having designated times of day for charging and for riding, it should all be 24/7. Once a scooter gets below a X% charge (say 5-10%) it gets locked and can no longer be used to ride (though, obviously not in the middle of a ride.) But it becomes available to charge. A Juicer comes along, picks it up, and brings it home to charge. Once it is fully charged, they can immediately release it back out to be ridden.
This method does several things: 1. It discourages hoarding. 2. It creates a high rate of scooter turnover so they are actually available for people to ride. 3. It allows people who might need them at night more options. 4. It allows Juicers to actually have their own schedule (since they can do it any time of day.) 5. It allows scooters to be on the streets for a longer period of time (many of the scooters I found were still at 60-75% charge.) 6. Either the company pays out less total across the board ($5-7 per scooter rather than $10-15 or even $20 due to hoarding) or they pay the same amount total, but the whole system is more efficient.
It really makes me wonder about the people who started these companies. Like how did these ideas not come up during the planning phases? It’s not rocket science. And obviously the technology exists to lock and unlock the scooters remotely, that’s how the whole thing works.
Edit: Lime is SO much better than Bird. The only complaint I have is that they still have the business model where if you don’t Serve them between 4 and 7 am, you don’t get the full payout, but I’ve earned $125 since May 5th (plus the $30 I’ll get for the ones I just served.) I’ve done 29 in five days, so it’ll probably be pretty easy to hit whatever that bonus number is (though I haven’t seen anything in their communications mentioning a bonus, so that may have only been a limited deal.) One more complaint: Their app sucks when it comes to Serving. It crashes constantly. But overall it’s been a pretty good experience…
They sent a link to their shopify for Lime and they want $19.00 per charger! How are people getting 4 chargers for $20 and promo codes to make them free?
Same here – the chargers are $19 each plus $6 shipping
Ah… Completely untrue. (a) Electricity cost in CA is around $0.18/kWh, and (b) even a 100 kWh Tesla would only cost $18 to charge from completely empty, whereas a comparable gas car would cost $60 to fill up.
Au contraire mon ami. I take it you don’t actually pay a California electric bill because I am looking at mine and Tier 1 is $0.21/kWh, Tier 2 is $0.28 and Tier 3 is (I think, this bill did not reach that) $0.32.
Tier 1 only lasts until you use some electricity, you know, as a car charging customer is likely to do. Additionally, rates are expected to rise another 10% at least very soon to pay for the utilitiy’s negligence and murder convictions.
As for cost comparisons, until this most recent gas spike, it was cheaper to drive a comparable gas car vs my Leaf, I cannot help that this is not your desired outcome but it is indeed true. It is still true if you are comparing a Camry Hybrid for example but you check that yourself at fueleconomyDOTgov, click around and ‘Personalize’ the fuel costs. Cost parity of my Leaf vs the comparably ineffiecient but like-sized Nissan Sentra happens to be 3.25/gallon. A Toyota Camry Hybrid LX (a nice car btw) beats them all, including your Tesla P100 out of the water, even at $4/gallon. NONE of this includes charger losses (~10%), or monthly transmission and distribution fees ($23) and taxes (5%) on the electric bill.
So no, what I wrote is completely true whether you like it or not.
a) You might consider asking PG&E how to better manage your baseline rate. I think if you manage time of use you should be able to stay in tier 1, even with an EV.
b) If you own your home, you also might look into solar panels. Rooftop is now at grid parity in most states.
c) The Camry has an MPG of 52. The Tesla 3 has an MPGe of 133. That’s according to fueleconomyDOTgov.
a) The night time charging plan has a daytime rate of $.42 (last I looked) and makes no sense if you need to use electricity during the day.
b)I happen to own about 19kw of solar, none of it on the house I live because I rent it. Lots and lots of peole rent and will not have that option.
c)An irrelevant comparison as we are talking COSTS. fueleconomyDOTgov has tools to input local fuel costs. Try it, you will be surprised, that Camry Hybrid becomes very attractive.
a) You might want to call them about this.
b) As I said, “If you own your home.”
c) Just ran the fueleconomyDOTgov comparison of the 2019 hybrid Camry vs 2019 Model 3. Results:
Cost to drive 25 miles, Camry = $1.57, Model 3 = $0.83
Check emails from them the promo code is there. (atleast it was for me)
But you have to wait 6 to 8 hours to fully charge and even longer if you are waiting for another Tesla to charge up, say at the mall or other public charging areas. With my gas car I fill up and back on the road in 5 minutes. Time is money in this world ya know.
While your idea might help prevent hoarding it would discourage juicers as a whole. Imagine how annoying it would be to drive all the way downtown only to have a small amount of scooters available at a time. It would suck especially if you like to grab 20-30 scooters at a time; it would mean you would have to stand there all day. Releasing them at night gives juicers a more set and stable schedule as they know they will find scooters to charge in high amounts…
Do what I did. Buy solar AND drive an electric car. The overnight rate from my electric company is $.15 per kWh but my electric company credits me the entire amount that is billed between midnight and 6 a.m. so in essence i pay nothing for charging during those hours. So, I have never paid a penny for charging my electric car.
While solar does cost to install I have paid zero dollars since my panels were installed in January for my electric usage. They only thing i pay my electricity provider is $20.46 which is the connection charge that ALL customers pay, AND in January they will rebate me for all of the power that my solar panels created and were put back into the electrical grid. Can’t wait for that check.
Thanks for the heads up. One of the big mistakes I see people make when they sign up to charge Lime scooters is that they don’t fully understand the price of electricity in their areas. Great point here.
That’s what I would suggest too. Oftentimes they’ll give you a code that either gives them to you at a discount or completely free. I think this is true especially in cities where they need chargers. The discount code reduces the barrier to entry
Great suggestions here, especially in regards to scooter hoarding. That’s a big issue and can definitely have a big impact on the income that Lime scooter chargers earn.
In the company’s defense, they did grow so rapidly that it puts to shame the growth trajectory of most other companies in the past. When you have a PO box as an address instead of a physical one because you’re growing so fast, that says something. I’ll give them a break – when you don’t have time to fully plan, planning small details sometimes fall through the cracks
As of current, Juicers make anywhere from $3-5 per scooter per charge. And with gas prices so high you’d think that they would help compensate, but LIME does not.
The new generation of Lime scooters use the same battery as the LimeBike. They can’t be charged with the old style chargers. And neither new scooter nor bike show up in the juicer app. Is Lime moving away from a freelance charging model?