GigWalk App Review: Make Some Extra Money From Your Smartphone

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What is Gigwalk?

Gigwalk is an app that allows you to pick up small money-making tasks for things like mystery shopping and website evaluation.

Not just anyone can post a gig- so don’t expect to see offers to get paid for helping carry in groceries or put together IKEA furniture. Instead, the gigs come from brands and retailers that choose to crowdsource in “Gigwalkers” to help with consumer research and product evaluation for marketing purposes.

How it Works

The process to sign up for Gigwalk is fairly simple and once you’ve downloaded the app you can be ready to accept gigs fairly quickly. You’ll need to provide account details for a Paypal account to get paid (and Paypal is the ONLY payment option).

Payments occur on a weekly basis and you are paid anywhere from $3-$100 (or more) per gig. There’s no minimum requirement for what gigs you choose so you are never under any kind of obligation with your schedule.

You just log in to the app, check out the list of available gigs in your area (it displays them on a map so you can see what’s nearby), and tap the one you’d like to apply to. There’s lots of Gigwalkers out there, so you might not get the chance to do every gig you apply to. You’ll always find out within a couple days if you’re selected for a gig.

What are the Gigs Like?

The gigs is my area so far have consisted of merchandise checks (where you take pictures of product displays and answer a short survey in retails stores) and website evaluations. Most gigs pay on the lower end of $3-$10, but they are relatively simple and painless to complete.

At any given time, there might not be that many gigs available so you have to check back on a regular basis to see if new gigs have come up. The app also keeps track of your score from the evaluations they give you at the end of each gig and promise that more gigs may become available to the top Gigwalkers. Thus, it might be better to go ahead and accept a few lower-paying gigs in the hopes that you’ll get higher paying ones over time.

My Verdict

I can’t say that I’ve made a tremendous amount of money from this, and the selection of gigs seems to be fairly limited. I’m hoping that as I improve my ranking over time and get more positive evaluations I’ll get access to the coveted higher paying gigs, but that remains to be seen.

It’s still worth a shot if you’re looking for an extra side gig to throw into the mix. I say give it a download and see if you like it.

Download the app from App Store (for Apple/iOS devices) here

Download the app from the Google Play Store (for Android) here

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7 Completely Bizarre Ways to Make Money You Haven’t Considered

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The Information Age that we live in is a strange era. On the one hand it’s become easier than ever to connect with long-lost friends and meet people across the world. Yet on the other, we’ve created a bizarre alternate reality where sneezing pandas and once-forgotten Rick Astley music videos become pop culture legends thanks to the internet.

When it comes to making money, sometimes it’s better just to accept that the world is a weird place and capitalize on this reality. Here I’ve compiled a list of seven bizarre ways to make money you may not have considered.

Go to Church For Money

There’s lots of good reasons to go to church- such as a desire to connect with a Higher Power and give back to your community. “Making money” doesn’t come up as the first reason someone might want to go to church, but one company allows you to do just that. With Faith Perceptions, you can get paid to go to church and evaluate your experience in a similar way that a mystery shopper might evaluate a business.

Churches contract with Faith Perceptions as a way to figure out what the experience of first time visitors is like when they come through their doors. I’ve written about Faith Perceptions more extensively in a separate blog post which you can read here.

Become a Mystery Guest with Faith Perceptions here

Become a (Medical) Marijuana Delivery Driver

I’ve done delivery for Postmates and GrubHub and have written various blog posts about my experiences. While there’s lots of great companies to check out if you’re interested in becoming a delivery driver (many of which you can find here), one such company that I haven’t covered quite yet is Eaze.

Eaze is a company that lets drivers deliver medical marijuana to patients in California. Operating within the boundaries of state law where pot is legal for medical purposes, contract workers are given completely flexible schedules and can expect to make at least $16/hr. The drivers get to keep 100% of their tips, so long as the patients aren’t too baked to forget to tip them…

Apply with Eaze here

Pull Pranks on People For Money

The website Fivver is a digital marketplace that allows sellers to list their services for various endeavors from graphic design to computer programming. Buried within their listings, however, are lesser-known categories such as those offering “Pranks and Stunts.”

Here you’ll find people willing to make a prank phone call for $5, send a prank email, or even pose as your gay boyfriend in a video to prank your friends. It’s easy to get set up with Fivver, but if that isn’t your thing you can always film your own pranks and upload them to YouTube. Prank videos are a popular YouTube genre, and its possible to make money from ad revenue if you get enough views.

You check out my video on making money from YouTube here.

Become a seller on Fivver here

Sell Your Poop For Science

Yes, you read that correctly. You can get paid to sell your poop! Through OpenBiome, who describe themselves as a “nonprofit stool bank,” you can make stool donations for $40 a dump at their Massachusetts-based labs. Not only that- they actually encourage you to come in more than once per week so you could be getting paid THOUSANDS of dollars per year just to poop.

There is some fine print to consider, however. You have to be really healthy and they are very selective. According to a 2015 Washington Post article, only about 4 percent of applicants pass the extensive health screening because of the important nature of how the donated samples are used.. These medical treatments are no laughing matter. In fact they could save lives for people living with C. difficile infection.

Start the donation process with OpenBiome here

Give People Massages On-Demand

We’re all familiar with spas where clients can get massages, but have you heard about massage therapists that provide services on-demand, wherever the customer is currently located? Soothe allows customers to summon a massage therapist to their home, office, or school any time from 8:00AM until midnight, seven days a week.

To become a massage therapist with Soothe, you must be certified with your own massage table, and reliable transportation. You get flexible hours and they promise pay that is 3 to 4 times larger than the industry standard.

Become a Soothe therapist here

Sell Ad Space on Your Car (Or Your Forehead)

Do you normally drive a long commute for work? If you are used to driving long distances in your normal day-to-day routine, then Carvertise can help you make some extra income. What they do is send out a crew to professionally install a removable wrap to your vehicle with an advertisement for a brand. You need a car from 2008 or newer and a commute of at least 30 miles per day.

Once you start driving with the advertisement on your car, you can expect to make about $100/month, but certain campaigns may pay more. Of course, if you want an advertisement that’s even more splashy you can do what this guy did in 2005 and sell a temporary tattoo on your forehead (there’s even a website to list your offer to potential buyers).

You can become a Cartertise driver here

Get Paid to Be In An Audience

You may not realize this, but many live events such as TV shows, political rallies, and press conferences will actually PAY people just to sit in the bleachers. In politics, there have been various controversies in the press surrounding campaigns that paid audience members to be at rallies. It’s not to say that hiring audiences isn’t an effective strategy- one candidate that used paid audiences may or may not have become President.

While there are various companies that hire paid audiences such as Crowds on Demand and Crowds for Rent, they typically don’t list their paid gigs on their websites. For that you will need to look for local listings on Craigslist, talent casting sites, or job listings from temp agencies.

To read more about my personal experience as a seat filler, click here

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5 Work From Home Gigs To Make Money in Your Pajamas!

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When it comes to side gigs, sure there’s always Uber driving or food delivery. But doesn’t it sound nice to make some money on the side while you sit at home in your pajamas? Here I’ve compiled a list of five work-from-home gigs that you can sign up for to make money from the comfort of your living room!

Appen

This website lets people from all over the world apply for contract gigs. A big focus of theirs is on search engine evaluation- so you’ll be testing out search terms and seeing what comes up to evaluate your satisfaction with the results. This helps them improve their algorithms and develop software that makes for more effective search engines.

Other projects they have focus on social media evaluation and improving text-to-speech software. If you are an avid internet user with some light technical knowledge this gig may be right for you! Many of their projects require a set number of hours you must work each week (four hours for five days a week, one hour for six days a week, etc.) so you need to be able to commit to some regularity with scheduling. Pay is hourly and varies by project.

Check our Appen right here

Blogmutt

If you have experience writing or blogging, then Blogmutt might be worth checking out. Many businesses and internet companies will create blogs as a way to promote their brand and engage with the web community, but they might not necessarily have professional writers on their staff. Blogmutt helps fix that by enabling businesses to crowdsource in writers who are willing to write blog posts for them.

You’ll need to pass a grammar test and submit a writing sample before officially becoming a member of Blogmutt, but once you do you’ll be able to log in and see a list of available blogs to write for. You can submit your blog entries and if the client likes it you’ll get paid.

Check out Blogmutt here

Cambly

If you are reading this blog post, you are likely an English speaker. This could help you score a gig at Cambly. What Cambly does is connect people from across the world that are trying to learn English with tutors who can mentor them via webcam. They don’t require any previous tutoring experience so it’s okay if you haven’t previously worked in a teaching position.

Cambly does require certain minimum requirements for your internet connection speed and browser, which they’ll test for in the application process. Once you get set up with them, you are paid $0.17 per minute of tutoring, or roughly $10.20 per hour (although the tutoring sessions might not last a full hour). There’s no set requirements for the number of hours you must work so it’s completely flexible around your schedule.

Check out Cambly here

Rev.com

Rev is a company that provides a variety of services to individuals and businesses related to audio transcription, captioning, and translation. You can work as a freelancer in any of those areas from home after passing a test to make sure you’re a good fit for the gig. Once you’re signed up and online, you’ll see a homepage with a list of available jobs to take on and you are paid on a per-job basis.

For example, an available job might be to transcribe 10 minutes of audio at $0.50 per minute. After you complete that job you would get $5 added to your balance, which they pay out weekly via PayPal. These gigs require that you have a sharp attention to detail and good ears to pick up on audio that could be hard to understand. If you are a detail-oriented person that is a fast typer then Rev might be worth taking a look at!

Check out Rev here

I also made a YouTube video that goes into more depth on Rev here

Fivver

This website is a marketplace for various freelancers of all varieties to sell their services. They have over 100 different categories ranging from web design to virtual assistants to some jobs that are a little bizarre like this man that will create a photoshopped image of your face on a pizza for $5.

There’s no fee to list your services on Fivver, and you get to keep 80% of the money that the customers pay out for your services. If you are just beginning to branch out into a specific area of professional service, then Fivver could be a good way for your to get your feet wet and meet some potential clients.

Check out Fivver here

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How to Make Money on YouTube

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I go over the basics of how to make money through YouTube by utilizing passive income strategies. Learn three basic ways plus find out how I’ve made money in my first year on YouTube. You won’t become an overnight millionaire through YouTube (at least you most LIKELY won’t) but it can be a good side gig if you enjoy making videos.

🚨 A few resources that can be helpful 🚨

YouTube’s Partner Program Overview:
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/72851

How to Earn Money from Your Videos (Article from YouTube)
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/72857?hl=en&ref_topic=6029709

Another form of income I forgot to mention is Patreon. This is a website that lets internet creators crowdsource funds for ongoing projects such as YouTube channels. More info here:
https://www.patreon.com/

If you enjoyed this post, make sure to follow this blog for more tips on side gigs to make extra money, as well as follow me on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Thanks for reading!

Jobs Like Postmates: 10 Freelance Gigs for Delivery Drivers

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I’ve worked as a Postmates Courier and have found it to be a pretty good gig if you’re looking to pick up some money on the side. As long as you’ve got a car and a smartphone, you have a lot of possibilities open to you if you are looking to become a delivery driver.

Postmates is far from the only option out there, however, if you are looking for other jobs like Postmates. Here I’ve compiled a list of 10 freelance gigs for delivery drivers that are similar to Postmates.

Bonus Offer!

Enter my code 6TSHK to get a $10 delivery fee credit when you try Postmates as a customer!

Doorman

Currently available in New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco, Doorman is a service that provides delivery to customers for online orders from select retailers like Zara and Zulily. They promise delivery within 1 hour, seven days a week until midnight.

To become a driver with Doorman you need a large vehicle like a van or SUV with car insurance. Bikes, scooters, and motorcycles are acceptable in NYC only. You’ll go to the Doorman warehouse, pick up orders, and then deliver them to the customer with the Doorman app guiding you with GPS directions.

Doorman drivers are paid weekly with an hourly rate and completely flexible hours. As a driver with Doorman, you’ll also be part of a rewards program that provides incentives for performing extra deliveries.

Apply with Doorman here

Roadie

Do you travel by car a lot or are you planning an upcoming road trip? With Roadie you can make some extra money by transporting people’s stuff while you are on your trip. How it works is that people list an item they want to transport such as furniture, a musical instrument, or even a pet, and then list their gig in the Roadie app.

Roadie drivers can see what gigs are available in their area, and if its on a route they plan to take, can accept it to pick up the extra money. To become a Roadie driver, you must be at least 18, have a driver’s license, and auto insurance.

Apply with Roadie here

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Deliv 

This is a company that partners with select retailers to provide same-day delivery services to customers. This could range from retail merchandise to groceries. They currently operate in 17 markets in the United States, including Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, Boston, Chicago, NYC, and Seattle.

Drivers get to pick their own hours and are not required to have a commercial license to drive. To be eligible to become a driver, you must be at least 18 years old, have a smart phone with a data plan, have an insured car that is less than 15 years old with air conditioning, at least one year’s driving experience, and be able to lift up to 50 lbs.

Apply with Deliv Here

Rinse

It seems you can literally find a delivery service for anything these days, and Rinse is no exception. Rinse is a laundry and dry cleaning pickup service where customers can schedule a pickup for a bag of dirty laundry to be washed or clothes in need of dry cleaning for a driver to come retrieve. They are currently operating in Washington D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The so-called “Rinse Valet Drivers” need a four-door vehicle, a smartphone, and a clean driving record. They receive competitive pay plus mileage reimbursement and work set shifts between 7:30PM and 10:30PM. Valet Drivers are considered part-time (W-2) employees.

Apply with Rinse here

Kango

Are you someone that loves working with kids or has experience working in childcare? Then perhaps Kango is right for you. This is a website where people can book both people to babysit as well as drive their kids to school, daycare, soccer games, or wherever else they need to be. They are currently operating in the San Francisco Bay Area only.

Because you are working with kids, they are much more selective in their application process. You need to bass a background check, a fingerprint check, have your DMV records analyzed, and attend a Kango training before becoming a driver. They also have a zero tolerance policy for drug or alcohol use while providing services.

To work with Kango, you need to have previous experience working in childcare, be at least 21, and have a car from 2007 or later. Kango drivers can make $35/hr, plus a $25 sign-on bonus.

Apply with Kango here

UberEATS

We’ve all heard of Uber. They are clearly leaders in the world of ridesharing and their delivery business offered with UberEATS is rapidly expanding across the globe. UberEATS delivery partners can use either a car, bike, or scooter for work depending on what’s available in their city. Your schedule is 100% up to you!

To drive you must be at least 19 years old, have a driver’s license, and a vehicle that is from 1997 or newer. What’s great about UberEATS is they have a rapid sign-up process so you can get on the road very quickly, plus once you start work you can transfer your earnings to your bank account instantly after a delivery!

Sign up with UberEATS here

Or to become a driver for Uber’s rideshare service (for people, not food) Sign Up Here

Saucey

Typically a designated driver will drive you TO a bar, but with Saucey the driver brings the bar to you! Currently operating in LA, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, and Sacramento, Saucey send drivers to deliver beer, wine, spirits, and mixers on-demand in 30 minutes or less.

With Saucey, you get to ride with a car, bike, or motorcycle and you can pick your own shift blocks. They promise that you won’t be going “hundreds of miles” a night doing delivery and that you can pick the neighborhood you’d like to work in. Drivers with Saucey must be willing to check ID’s for all customers and go through proper legal procedures to ensure the product isn’t getting into the wrong (ie underage) hands.

Apply with Saucey here

Bonus offer!

Want to try out Saucey as a customer? Enter the code TRY18 and get a $10 credit

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Shipt

Grocery shopping is made a little more simple and convenient with Shipt. With this service, customers can order products online for same-day delivery from local grocery stores. Shipt workers will retrieve the items and then drive them to the customers. They currently operate in 16 states, including many areas that other services do not.

They offer flexible schedules and payment up to $25/hr. To become a shopper with Shipt, you must be at least 18, have an insured vehicle that is less than 15 years old, have a driver’s license and a smartphone, and be able to lift at least 25 pounds.

Apply with Shipt here

Bonus offer!

Want to try out Shipt as a customer? Follow this link and get a $20 credit!

Waitr

Do you live in the southern states of Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas? Then perhaps you should check out Waitr. This is a food-delivery app that displays a simple layout with high-resolution images of the items available to order from local restaurants. Customers order through the app, and drivers come deliver it.

To drive with Waitr, you need a reliable and insured vehicle, a smartphone, a clean driving record, and a driver’s license. You have flexible shifts and get paid via direct deposit weekly. You can expect to make $12-$15/hr. on average with Waitr.

Apply with Waitr here

Zesty

Zesty is a workplace catering company that delivers healthy meals to businesses in the Bay Area. They work with over 150 restaurants to prepare meals based on their clients needs that are delivered to their offices and served “family-style”- no boxed lunches here!

To become a driver with Zesty, you must be at least 18 years old, have a reliable and insured vehicle, have a smartphone, be willing to get a food handler card, and be available to work two lunch shifts from Monday to Friday. Drivers work as 1099 independent contractors, working shifts from 1-2 hours at a time, and can make $25/hr.

Apply with Zesty here (click on “Contractors/Commissary” under “Open Positions”)

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What is “The Gig Economy” and How Can I Use it to Make Some Extra Money?

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After the success of companies like Uber and Airbnb, many others have tried to capitalize on the rush of shoppers and workers ready and willing to use their smartphones to find and post gigs. These companies often rely on contract workers, who work on their own schedules and are not legally considered employees.

While this has come with its own set of complications and controversies, this allows potential workers the flexibility to work (or not) whenever they choose.

Maybe you’re a musician that teaches lessons and creates jingles on the side when you aren’t touring with your band. Or perhaps you’re a student that drives with a ridesharing service to pay your way through school (or, let’s get real, at least pay your room and board). If so, you’re one of countless others that can benefit from the work offered through the so-called “gig economy.”

As Forbes magazine has reported, by 2020 43% of the U.S. workforce will work freelance in some capacity or another. As a freelance worker in the gig economy, you’ll be part of a larger trend in the workforce, but is freelance work right for you? Read more to find out.

The Benefits of The Gig Economy 

The biggest draw to freelance work is the flexibility that it offers. You can work whenever you want, and depending on the nature of the work, wherever you want as well. If you have a particular passion like photography or web design, freelance work can give you an opportunity to either supplement your income while you chase your dreams or get some money doing the things you love while you work a regular 9 to 5 job.

You’ll also have a lot of variety to your workday and won’t have to worry about a boss criticizing your work because YOU get to be your own boss!

There are certain gigs that make up what is called “the sharing economy.” When consumers choose to rent pre-existing resources like a bicycle from a neighbor, rather than buy brand-new products, it decreases the need for consumer goods for the benefit of the environment. Much has been written about the environmental benefits of the sharing economy, for better or worse.

The Downsides to The Gig Economy

Working as a freelancer means you need to be able to prioritize your time and push yourself to work hard, which can be a challenge if you don’t have a set schedule. You’ll also be without benefits like a 401(k) retirement plan or medical insurance, so you’ll need to cover savings and healthcare costs on your own.

You’ll also not be covered with the same legal protections when you are working as a contractor instead of an employee. So if you’re injured on the job, for instance, you won’t be able to file for workman’s comp. Several companies that operate on-demand apps have been faced with lawsuits over classifying their workers as independent contractors instead of employees, so this remains a bit of a murky legal area that may change over time.

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Where Can I Go to Find Gigs?

If you’re looking for ways to find freelance gigs, you have numerous options out there, particularly with websites and apps that connect freelancers to customers. I’ve assembled lists on my blog such as Jobs Like Uber: 15 Alternatives for Freelance Work and Sites Like Airbnb: Make Extra Money By Renting Out Your Humble Abode that can help steer you towards potential gigs.

Each week I have new articles and videos right here on The Thrifty Man blog that will provide you with new ways to make extra money and save extra money. Make sure to bookmark my homepage and subscribe to my YouTube channel, plus follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for updates!

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Uber Vehicle Requirements- Do You Have What It Takes To Drive With Uber?

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With all of the on-demand apps out there, Uber remains one of the largest and most talked about rideshare companies. If you’ve searched for freelance gigs you’ve probably thought to yourself, “Do I qualify for Uber?”

In this blog post I will go over the requirements to become an Uber driver, including basic qualifications and Uber vehicle requirements for some of the largest U.S. cities.

This information pertains to qualifications in the United States, for other regions contact Uber. This post contains affiliate links.

Sign up for Uber here!

Basic Qualifications

  • You must be at least 21 years old
  • Have at least 1 year of driving experience if you are OVER 23 and 3 years of experience if you are UNDER 23
  • Have a non-expired U.S. driver’s license
  • Have a registered, insured, four-door vehicle that meets standards for your local region
  • You must present your documents including your license, registration, and proof of insurance
  • You must pass the background check and driver screening

Vehicle Requirements by City/Metro Region

Uber offers different types of services including their most basic, uberX, for non-luxury four-door Sedan vehicles, uberXL, for non-luxury SUVs, uberBLACK, for luxury Sedans and crossovers, and uberSUV, for luxury SUVs.

This list of requirements will focus on uberX and uberXL, highlighting the minimum you would need to drive in your respective cities.

New York City, NY

New York City Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

You must get a TLC (or Taxi and Limousine Commission) license to drive in NYC. Uber will guide you through the process of getting the TLC license after you register on their website (link at the bottom of this post). Rentals of TLC-certified vehicles are available as well.

Vehicles must be from 2006 or newer and they must pass a TLC inspection. Take note that they can be more selective with older vehicles during the inspection. You can access a full list of accepted vehicles here.

Sign up!

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Vehicle must be a four-door car or minivan from 2002 or newer
  • Must pass a vehicle inspection
  • Must be in good condition without any visible damage
  • Contains no commercial branding
  • Drivers must have insurance on the vehicle but it does not need to be registered in their name to qualify.

For uberX

  • The air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • It needs to seat at least four people in addition to the driver
  • Cannot be a full-size van or a salvaged vehicle

For uberXL

  • Must be a minivan or SUV with “independently opening doors”
  • Needs to seat at least six people besides the driver.

Sign up!

Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C. Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Vehicle must be a four-door car or minivan from 2007 or newer
  • Must be free of cosmetic damage
  • Contains no commercial branding
  • Must pass a vehicle inspection
  • Drivers must have insurance on their vehicle and it does not need to be registered in their name to qualify.

For uberX

  • The air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • Needs to seat at least four people in addition to the driver
  • Cannot be a full-size van or truck
  • Cannot be a salvaged or rebuilt vehicle.

For uberXL

  • Must be a minivan or SUV with “independently opening doors”
  • Needs to seat at least six people besides the driver
  • Air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • Cannot be a salvaged or rebuilt vehicle

Sign up!

Seattle, WA

Seattle Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Vehicle must be a four-door car or minivan from 2007 or newer
  • Free of cosmetic damage
  • Contains no commercial branding
  • Must pass a vehicle inspection
  • Drivers must have insurance on their vehicle and it does not need to be registered in their name to qualify.

For uberX

  • The air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • Needs to seat at least four people in addition to the driver
  • Can’t be a salvaged or rebuilt vehicle, a full-size van, a Crown Victoria, a town car, or a large truck

For uberXL

  • Must be a minivan or SUV with “independently opening doors”
  • Needs to seat at least six people besides the driver
  • The air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • Can’t be a salvaged or rebuilt vehicle

Sign up!

Denver, CO

Denver Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Vehicle must be a four-door car or minivan from 2002 or newer
  • Must be free of cosmetic damage
  • Contains no commercial branding
  • Must pass a vehicle inspection
  • Drivers must have insurance on their vehicle and it does not need to be registered in their name to qualify- HOWEVER it must still be registered in the state of Colorado.

For uberX

  • The air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • Needs to seat at least four people in addition to the driver
  • They also can’t be a salvaged or rebuilt vehicle, or a full-size van.

For uberXL

  • Must be a minivan or SUV with “independently opening doors”
  • Needs to seat at least six people besides the driver
  • Full size vans or trucks cannot drive with uberXL in Denver
  • Air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • Can’t be a salvaged or rebuilt vehicle

Sign up!

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

Dallas Uber Vehicle Qualifications (All Services)

  • Vehicle must be a four-door car or minivan from 2002 or newer
  • Be free of cosmetic damage
  • Contains no commercial branding,
  • Must pass a vehicle inspection
  • Drivers must have insurance on their vehicle and it does not need to be registered in their name to qualify.

For uberX

  • The air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • Needs to seat at least four people in addition to the driver
  • They also can’t be a salvaged or rebuilt vehicle, or a full-size van

For uberXL

  • Must be a minivan or SUV with “independently opening doors”
  • Needs to seat at least six people besides the driver
  • Full size vans cannot drive with uberXL in Dallas.
  • Air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • Can’t be a salvaged or rebuilt vehicle

Sign up!

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Vehicle must be a four-door car or minivan from 2002 or newer
  • Be free of cosmetic damage
  • Contain no commercial branding
  • Must pass a vehicle inspection
  • Drivers must have insurance on their vehicle and it does not need to be registered in their name to qualify.

For uberX

  • The air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • Needs to seat at least four people in addition to the driver
  • Can’t be a salvaged or rebuilt vehicle
  • Can’t be a truck or a full-size van

For uberXL

  • Must be a minivan or SUV with “independently opening doors”
  • Air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • Can’t be a rebuilt or salvaged vehicle
  • Needs to seat at least six people besides the driver
  • Full size vans or trucks cannot drive with uberXL in Atlanta.

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Miami, FL

Miami Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Vehicle must be a four-door car or minivan from 2007 or newer
  • Must be free of cosmetic damage
  • Contains no commercial branding
  • Drivers must have insurance on their vehicle and it does not need to be registered in their name to qualify, however, the VIN on the registration must match the VIN on the insurance. Additionally, they must be listed as a driver on the insurance policy.

For uberX

  • The air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • Needs to be a four-door sedan than can seat at least four people in addition to the driver
  • Can’t be a salvaged or rebuilt vehicle

For uberXL

  • Must be a minivan or SUV with “independently opening doors”
  • Will need to seat at least six people besides the driver
  • Eligible four-door trucks are allowed with uberXL in Miami
  • Workings windows/air conditioning
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles

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Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Must be a four-door car or minivan (year not specified)
  • Must be in good condition w/ no visible damage
  • Must pass vehicle inspection
  • No commercial branding on vehicle allowed
  • Does not need to be registered in your name, must have insurance

For uberX

  • 4-door sedan in good condition
  • Seat at least 4 passengers besides the driver
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • Cannot be a full-sized van, truck, or salvaged vehicle
  • Cars 10 model years (12 years for hybrids) or newer qualify to drive with uberX

For uberXL

  • 4-door SUV or minivan with independently opening doors
  • Seat at least 6 passengers in addition to the driver
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No full-sized vans or trucks
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles

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Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Must be a four-door car or minivan from 2002 or newer
  • Must be in good condition with no visible damage
  • Contains no commercial branding
  • Must pass a vehicle inspection
  • Does not need to be registered in your name, but still needs to be registered in Nevada and you must have insurance on the vehicle

For uberX

  • Must be a four-door sedan in good condition
  • Must seat at least 4 people besides the driver
  • Windows and air conditional must be operational
  • Cannot be a full-sized van, truck, or salvaged vehicle
  • Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis & Lincoln Towncar aren’t allowed

For uberXL

  • Must be a four-door SUV or minivan with “independently opening doors”
  • Must seat at least 6 people besides the driver
  • Windows and air conditioning must be operational
  • Cannot be a full-sized van, truck, or salvaged vehicle

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Chicago, IL

Chicago Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Must be a four-door car or minivan from 2002 or newer
  • Must be in good condition with no visible damage
  • Contains no commercial branding
  • Must pass a vehicle inspection
  • Does not need to be registered in your name, and you must have insurance on the vehicle

For uberX

  • Must be a four-door car in good condition
  • Must seat at least 4 people besides the driver
  • Windows and air conditional must be operational
  • Cannot be a full-sized van, truck, or salvaged vehicle

For uberXL

  • Must be a four-door SUV or minivan with “independently opening doors”
  • Must seat at least 6 people besides the driver
  • Windows and air conditioning must be operational
  • Cannot be a full-sized van, truck, or salvaged vehicle

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Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Must be a four-door vehicle from 2002 or newer
  • Must have seats and seat belts for four passengers besides driver
  • Does not need to be registered in your name, and you must have insurance on the vehicle

For uberX

  • Must be a four-door vehicle in good condition
  • Must seat at least 4 people besides the driver
  • Windows and air conditional must be operational
  • Cannot be a full-sized van or truck

For uberXL

  • Must be a four-door SUV or minivan with “independently opening doors”
  • Must seat at least 6 people besides the driver
  • Windows and air conditioning must be operational
  • Cannot be a full-sized van or truck

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Boston, MA

Boston Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Must be a four-door vehicle with “independently opening doors”
  • Must be 15 years old or less
  • Must have seats in good condition with working seat belts for four people besides the driver
  • Cannot have any commercial branding on vehicle
  • No visible damage allowed
  • Cannot be a large van or commercial truck
  • Vehicle does not need to be registered in your name but you must have insurance on vehicle

For uberX

  • Must be a four-door car in good condition
  • Must seat at least 4 people besides the driver
  • Windows and air conditional must be operational
  • Cannot be a full-sized van, truck, or salvaged vehicle

For uberXL

  • Must be a four-door SUV or minivan with “independently opening doors”
  • Must seat at least 6 people besides the driver
  • Windows and air conditioning must be operational
  • Cannot be a full-sized van, truck, or salvaged vehicle

Sign up!

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Must be a four-door car or minivan from 2002 or newer
  • Must be in good condition with no visible damage
  • Contains no commercial branding
  • Must pass a vehicle inspection
  • You must have insurance on the vehicle

For uberX

  • Must be a four-door sedan in good condition
  • Must seat at least 4 people besides the driver
  • Windows and air conditional must be operational
  • Cannot be a full-sized van, truck, or salvaged vehicle

For uberXL

  • Must be a four-door SUV or minivan with “independently opening doors”
  • Must seat at least 6 people besides the driver
  • Windows and air conditioning must be operational
  • Cannot be a full-sized van, truck, or salvaged vehicle

Sign up!

What if Your City Isn’t Listed in This Blog Post?

Don’t worry- I tried to highlight the vehicle requirements in some of the biggest markets in the United States in this blog post, but it is available in many other cities across the country and the globe.

For requirements in other cities, contact Uber and see what the Uber vehicle requirements are in your area.

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How to Make Extra Money Teaching

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Whether you are a teacher yourself, you’ve worked in a position where you’ve had to train employees, or you just have a knack for explaining things, there can be a number of ways to pick up some extra money on the side.

Here are some of the ways that you can make extra money teaching.

Become a Tutor

Students and their parents will pay sizable amounts of money for tutoring if they know it will help their student achieve more academically. Thus, it can be a good way to earn some extra income if you have experience teaching students. It’s also a job that typically requires only 1-2 hours of work at a time, so it can be flexible if you have a busy schedule.

If you’re looking to become a tutor, you have a number of options available to you. You can seek out a part-time job as an employee of major test-prep companies like Kaplan or The Princeton Review, or you could go the freelance route and post ads for your services on websites like Craigslist. Of course, the old-fashioned route of leaving paper fliers at local schools works, too.

Tech-savviness can help you earn a spot as a paid online tutor for companies like Skooli, Chegg, or Wyzant. This allows you the flexibility to teach students across the country (and the world) without ever having to leave your house.

Teach an Online Course

There are several websites that let you post your own online classes and sell them to potential students looking to learn new skills. If you have experience recording videos and uploading them to the web, or can learn how to do it, this could be a good way for you to pull in some extra money.

One of the largest online marketplaces for classes is Udemy. They have courses for everything ranging from technology, music, language, software, photography, and nutrition. The classes are geared towards adults that are looking to expand their knowledge for both personal and professional reasons.

Lynda.com is another option. They offer classes covering business, creative, and technological skills. Meanwhile, the website Take Lessons offers a wide variety of subject areas from crafts to mathematics to piano lessons and will accommodate both those looking to teach online or in person.

Teach English at Home or Abroad

Do you speak the English language? Well congratulations, you’ve got yourself a job skill that’s in-demand across the world and can be utilized in a variety of different teaching jobs. You can find jobs both in the United States and abroad (fill in your summer break perhaps?) on Teach Away if you are looking to teach English to non-native speakers.

There are also a variety of outlets to teach English online. Lingoda offers flexible hours for those looking to work from home and will pay based on experience. VIPKid offers lesson plans and support for teachers looking to teach Chinese children English online and can work at least 7.5 hours per week. Meanwhile, Cambly offers flexible hours, requires no experience, and offers a unique pay-per-minute pay structure.

Become an Adjunct Professor at a College

If you have a Master’s degree, or in some cases if you are pursuing one, many colleges and universities will offer teaching positions as an adjunct professor. You will work a part-time schedule and may be offered a position on a per-semester or per-year contract.

Should you have a higher education and experience in a job field that would give you expertise in intro-level coursework, being an adjunct professor might be the right part-time career path for you. Just take into consideration that adjunct professors often make less money than you would think.

Grade Tests for Money

Several companies will pay you if you grade tests from home. Grading tests isn’t always the most pleasant experience and can seem a bit daunting, but if you are already used to doing it, then why not use your expertise to make some extra money?

Some of the opportunities out there include contract work with Pearson, which require that you have a Bachelor’s degree and have experience teaching in a high school or college. ETS, or Education Testing Services, recruits scorers for a variety of major tests including the GRE and the SAT. If you are interested in evaluating younger students, Literably offers work for teachers who listen to audio of students reading. You’ll transcribe what the students read phonetically, then score their comprehension skills.

Sell Educational Materials Online

If you’ve worked as a teacher for many years, chances are you’ve probably amassed quite a collection of lesson plans, worksheets, and other activities you’ve created for your students. When you have such awesome learning materials, why not share them around with other teachers?

Teachers Pay Teachers allows you to do just that. With a free account, you can upload your lessons plans and activities to the website to sell to other teachers. Elsewhere on the web, eNotes hires stay-at-home freelance writers to develop study materials to be sold on their website.

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Sites Like Airbnb: Make Extra Money By Renting Out Your Humble Abode

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Much like Uber, Airbnb has become a shining star of the app economy over the past several years. People have even been able to make full-time incomes just from listing properties on Airbnb.

If you are looking to rent out your home, apartment, or other living space, though, you should consider the various options that are out there. It turns out that there are many different apps and sites like Airbnb to choose from.

Here I’ve compiled a list of sites like Airbnb to help you with your search.

You can also scroll to the bottom of the page for a video overview

HomeAway and VRBO

While Airbnb offers a great flexibility in the amount of living spaces you can rent out, including private rooms in your home or apartment, HomeAway and its subsidiary VRBO focus on vacation homes exclusively.

If you travel a lot or are away from your home for extended periods of time, this could be a good option for you.

Homeaway and VRBO also have a different payment structure than Airbnb for the people listing their properties. Rather than giving a chunk of the rental fee away each time someone rents your property, HomeAway and VRBO allow you to pay a flat, yearly subscription fee for your listing instead.

List on HomeAway here

List on VRBO here

Wimdu

Based in Germany, Wimdu is one of world’s largest competitors to Airbnb with listings including over 350,000 properties.

Much like Airbnb, they allow you to rent out apartments and spare rooms in addition to entire houses, allowing for a great range of options. According to their website, Wimdu listers earn an average of over $1000 a month- not too shabby!

List on Wimdu here

TripAdvisor Rentals and FlipKey

Famous for their hotel bookings, TripAdvsior also lets you post lodging listings of your own.

Their website claims you can list everything from “private rooms to castles, houseboats to villas” so no matter the type of property you’re looking to rent out, it sounds like TripAdvisor has your covered.

It’s free to list your property, but TripAdvisor (as well as its subsidiary FlipKey) will keep 3% of your guest’s payment.

List on TripAdvisor here

misterb&b

This was created to be a gay-friendly alternative to Airbnb, ensuring that LGBT travelers can know that their hosts are supportive.

Whether you are traveling alone or with a partner, misterb&b provides a space for queer people to travel safely without fear of judgment.

It is free to list on misterb&b and the company will keep 5% of the rental fee. You can rent out your house, apartment, spare room, or couch and hosts are eligible for insurance coverage up to $500,000.

List on misterb&b here

Rent Like a Champion

As featured on Shark Tank, Rent Like a Champion is a company that lets you rent homes near sporting events such as college football games, golf tournaments, and racing events.

Renters can list there home for free, and the company charges a 15% commission fee.

List on Rent Like a Champion here

Spothero

Perhaps instead of listing a home or apartment, you are interested in leasing a parking space? If you live in a city that is crowded enough that parking becomes a hot commodity, then Spothero could be a great way to earn some extra money with minimal effort.

Spothero lets you rent out a parking space to commuters in your area. You get to set your own rates and set the availability as well.

Then if you ever need to use the parking space yourself, just pause your availability temporarily and resume when you are ready to start earning money again!

List on Spothere here

Outdoorsy

While an RV is a bit like a home away from home, many house rental sites don’t include RVs in their directories. If you are looking to rent out an RV, though, don’t fret! Ourdoorsy has you covered. They rent out campers and recreational vehicles through their website.

When you rent out your RV with them, they provide rental insurance which covers both liability and com insurance.

They are one of the largest RV rental businesses on the net, plus they provide insurance for the renter AND the RV owner.

List on Outdoorsy here

Or Just Do Airbnb

Airbnb remains one of the largest and most well known places to rent out your home, apartment, room, or couch with over 3 million listings worldwide. They allow you to set your own price and will even send out a photographer to take pictures of your property (for a fee).

While safety precautions have to be take with ANY service where you are allowing strangers into your personal, private space, Airbnb and services like it remain a good way to pick up some extra money for your unused spaces.

List on Airbnb here

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