These days, everyone seems to be developing a side hustle, whether it’s delivering takeout or running a monetized blog. And one of the easiest ways to make cash on the side is through a gig economy job where you work as an independent contractor. Chances are, you’ve heard lots about this option – primarily in the form of ridesharing services like Uber or Lyft. Both are great companies with lots to offer their drivers, but rideshare driving isn’t for everyone. Don’t worry, they’re not the only options. Here are some great driver and courier jobs for those who aren’t up for ridesharing driving:
14 Awesome Gig Economy Courier Jobs
Deliver Groceries with Instacart and Amazon Prime Now
Put your spacious trunk and backseat to work and become a top-tier shopper in the process by delivering groceries. Instacart lets customers order groceries, pet supplies, alcoholic beverages, and more, then delivers is straight to their home. Like Uber or Lyft, this is a true gig economy job: you work the hours you want and can change your schedule on a whim.
Amazon Prime Now also offers grocery delivery (among other items) without the added hassle of needing to enter grocery stores and do the shopping yourself.
Or Bring Home Meals with Any of These Food Delivery Apps
You’ve heard of PostMates, but what about DoorDash, or Grubhub? Or Eat24? Or Caviar? Yes, there really are that many meal delivery companies (not to mention UberEATS or Amazon Restaurants – but those are offshoots of other companies we’ve already talked about). Most of them are similar enough from a delivery perspective: you go to a restaurant, pick up the meal, and deliver it to the customer. For some of these companies, you don’t even need a car to deliver – you can handle local jobs in a city on your bike or on food, as long as the food stays warm.
Take on Package Courier Jobs with Amazon Flex
If you’ve got space in your car and a smartphone, you can deliver packages for Amazon Flex. Amazon Prime members know the magical feeling of ordering something on Amazon and having it show up on your doorstep two days later, and it’s Amazon Flex drivers that make this happen. Pick up deliveries at your nearby distribution center, and deliver them around your area. With an advertised payout of $18-$25 per hour, it’s a simple way for folks who love to drive to get their money’s worth.
Work Your Muscles and Your Truck with Dolly
Pickup truck owners likely paid a bit more for their vehicle than the average car owner – and therefore, you may want to earn a bit more for your time. If you can lift 75 pounds or more and don’t mind lifting some furniture, you can help people move their stuff and deliver furniture from retail stores to homes with Dolly. Dolly lets you pick only the jobs you want to take – so no getting stuck delivering something across town when you want to head home after that last delivery job. And with a pay of $30 per hour or more, it’s well worth it if you’re a truck owner.
Drive All Night Long By Delivering Essentials for GoPuff
Folks who don’t mind driving all hours of the night can find solace in GoPuff, the convenience store delivery app that’s open 24 hours a day. It works just like Amazon Prime Now, DoorDash, or any other delivery app – you pick up items people want at a warehouse or convenience store, then drive around town delivering them. The payout here is lower than others – they advertise $15 per hour or more – but getting to drive any time, any day you want is an immeasurable perk.
Deliver Things a Little Out of the Ordinary
So there’s grocery delivery, food delivery, package delivery, but what other courier jobs are out there? Try alcohol delivery with Drizly, where you drive booze around to people who want it well into the night.
Or opt for something totally different, and deliver dry cleaning with Rinse as a valet who earns $20 per hour or more on your schedule.
Not every courier job is for everyone, but these fourteen delivery jobs are a great start. Whether it’s delivering food or delivering couches, courier jobs are great side hustles that make some extra cash.
Miranda is the Marketing Coordinator at Dolly. She’s moved nine times in the past six years, and while she’s grateful for the moving expertise, she’s hoping she doesn’t need to move a tenth time anytime soon.