Unless you were born with a silver spoon, many of us have been through similar financial struggles. Whether you’re a student in school, trying to scrape money together found in your friends couch you’ve been sleeping on, or a parent living paycheck to paycheck, trying to make ends meet. Financial hardship is a burden many of us have in common, if you’ve been through it, currently going through it, or on an unfortunate trajectory to go through it in the future.
According to research presented on forbes.com1, 44% of Americans have confessed they do not have enough cash on hand to cover a $400 emergency. That’s a little less than half of our population that would find themselves in a difficult bind if they or a family member had an emergency. Life as a pitcher is fantastic at throwing curve balls and not all of us are great hitters. Many of us don’t have the luxury of waiting around till the right time to start stacking extra money away for rainy days. The wrong time to start making financial moves is when it starts sprinkling. Not everyone has the know how or the resources to make extra income.
If you have a car, a valid driver’s license and a somewhat decent driving record, you can find yourself stacking good amounts of cash immediately! The explosion of ride share companies has revolutionized the ride-share industry and allowing ordinary everyday drivers to make money doing what they’ll do anyways, which is drive their car. Drivers are now getting paid to take their fellow humans to destinations of choice, using their personal vehicles as if they were taxis. If you’ve ever been in a taxi, you can appreciate this new up and coming industry. The standards for the cars is much higher than a smelly old cab, and feels a bit safer with the background checks required to become a driver. Driving on the side, or even full time, can bring in some well needed income. A great perk of picking up a driving gig, is the freedom you will have.
Freedom from a structured 9-5, being locked in front of a computer for hours. You’d be locked behind a steering wheel, sure, but the scenery changes, as do the people and experiences. Even if it isn’t your primary job, going out at night a few times a week could net you an extra few hundred bucks. The question then becomes, where do I begin? How can you go about jumping into a full-time or part-time driving gig and which are the best to get involved with? Keep reading and this article will direct you to some great options for ride-share jobs and get you started in softening the financial hardships you may find yourself in.
Ride-sharing job has opened the door to people who are just scraping by to beef up their income. Ride-share companies like Lyft and Uber has made is surprisingly simple to get started right away. If you have a car with all 4 wheels, doors and windows, a smartphone and a valid driver’s license, you can start making great side money. You have to be at least 21 years old and you have to own a valid driver’s license, so if you’re about to be expired, get that taken care of. You can’t be a brand new driver. You have to have driven for the last year or you’ll be disqualified from being able to drive for Uber or Lyft. Some preliminary studies showed some drivers making up to $50K annually. This is obviously driving a lot more, but it gives you an idea of what’s possible. Nerdwallet.com2 claims Uber drivers can make about $16 per ride, where Lyft is about $11.50 per ride on average. If you’re nice, people will tip you and give you a great review so you’ll get more rides.
We are all getting a little bit lazier, whether we want to admit it or not. The trend of new apps popping up to make our everyday easy, yet very inconvenient tasks even easier and far less inconvenient. These new apps have revolutionized the take out game. If you have a car, you can become the delivery person and get some extra cash for it. Patrons make orders to local restaurants for takeout orders, and the app will notify you and let you use your personal vehicle to deliver the food to people’s door steps. New apps like Postmates or Doordash help local businesses deliver food to online customers by making you the delivery person and paying you for it. You only have to be 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license and pass an extensive background check. Drivers have been said to make from $8 to $15 dollars an hour.
If you are the type of person who doesn’t like to sit still and you can drive for days on end, a truck driving job may be the right job for you. Though it is harder to have a truck driving job as a side gig, Truck drivers get paid well for full-time work. According to Indeed.com3, average truck driver salaries is about $73.5 annually. If you find yourself living paycheck to paycheck at a dead end job, this may be a positive leap in a positive direction. It is a lot of road hours, but the scenery and freedom is unbeatable.
If you are looking for extra income or a career change to something that’ll net you more income, it may be time to start looking into jobs where you can drive.