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.

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

Uber EATS

We’ve all heard of Uber. They are clearly leaders in the world of ridesharing and their delivery business offered with Uber EATS is rapidly expanding across the globe. Uber EATS 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 Uber EATS 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!

Apply here to become an Uber EATS delivery partner

Or to become an Uber driver for the rideshare service (for people not food), go hereSaucey

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

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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”)

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!

 

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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 for Uber?

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 can also rent a vehicle- more details below)
  • 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 picky 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.

Sign up!

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

Sign up!

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

Sign up!

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

Sign up!

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

Sign up!

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

Sign up!

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!

But wait… I Don’t Have a Car That Qualifies 😦

Fear not- you can rent a car to drive with Uber. This is perfect if you are planning on working a large amount of hours in a short amount of time while you are renting the vehicle.

Currently Hertz partners with Uber for weekly rentals at $180 (not including taxes and fees) or you can rent someone else’s personal vehicle with HyreCar. Their rentals start at around $20-$40/day and $200/week.

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.

Sign Up for Uber Here!

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!

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.

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!

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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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You Can Literally Get Paid to Use Bing as Your Search Engine: Find Out How

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It’s no secret that Google has the most popular search engine out there, but that doesn’t mean that other search engines can provide acceptable service for your web-browsing needs.

Take into consideration Microsoft’s Bing. It’s a fast, snappy engine that provides relevant search results at a level of proficiency that’s acceptable to the needs of most internet users.

One particular perk of using Bing is that Microsoft will actually pay you to use it, in addition to their web browser Microsoft Edge (the successor to Microsoft Explorer. This program is known as Bing Rewards

How It Works

By using Bing and/or Microsoft Edge, shopping with Microsoft (using your relevant Bing Rewards-linked account), and completing tasks like answering quizzes on the Bing Rewards homepage you earn “credits.”

10 credits is roughly equivalent to one penny. Once earned, they can be redeemed for gift cards, Skype credit, charity pledges, or tickets for sweepstakes entries.

The Earning Process Works as Follows:

-Searching on Bing while logged into your Bing Rewards account will result in earnings of 5 points per search, with a maximum total of 50 points per day.

-You earn 5 points an hour for using Microsoft Edge, with a maximum of 5 points per day you can earn.

-You get 1 point for every dollar spent at Microsoft, Xbox, and Windows stores.

-You get additional points for quizzes and special offers. At the time of writing there were multiple trivia quizzes where you could search Bing for the answers to earn credits available.

Once you earn 500 points in a month you reach Level 2. At Level 2 you can earn up to 250 credits a day searching Bing, and you get discounts on Microsoft products

Where to Sign Up

Using Bing Rewards won’t make you an instant millionaire. If you are seeking this out as a way to specifically earn extra money, you will probably be frustrated.

On the other hand, if you are willing to switch to Bing as your default search engine and casually rack up credits on the side as you browse the web, it could be a good way to get an extra $5-$10 in your pocket towards an Amazon gift card after a few months.

If you want to try it out, sign up here

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How to Make More Money from Tips as a Food Delivery Driver

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Whether you work for an on-demand food delivery app service like Postmates or Uber EATS or you deliver pizzas for your local Italian eatery, there are some strategies you can utilize if you want to ensure you get good tips and maximize your earnings. Here are some things I’ve come up with that help to keep the customers happy, provide exceptional service, and make sure they return to repeat business.

Text the Customer and Introduce Yourself

When customers order food online or through an app it can seem like a very mechanical experience. For all they know, a robot could be delivering the food to them. And while robot delivery isn’t the industry standard (yet!), it is still helpful to introduce yourself to the customer to help humanize the experience.

A simple text message that shows personality, tells them your first name, and offers to be there if they have any questions can go a long way in establishing that you are indeed a real person and are genuinely trying to consider their needs. Of course you need to hurry when you are working on deliveries, so I recommend using your phone’s text-to-speech feature or sending them a picture of a standard greeting so you don’t have to type the message each time.

This goes without saying but be VERY CAREFUL when using your phone while doing deliveries. It is better to send a brief text-to-speech message BEFORE YOU START DRIVING than to text while you are on the road. Always prioritize your personal safety above all else. 

Keep the Customer Updated if There Are Any Delays

If there are any issues, send the customer a text and let them know about anything that could delay their order. If you work for a company like Postmates, for example, where you have to place restaurant orders on behalf of customers, let them know if there is a long-wait time and give them an estimate of how soon you can get on the road.

Should there be any trouble with the delivery or if you need to substitute a menu item, call the customer and clarify what they would like to do.

Get Lots of Condiments and Free Stuff From the Restaurants

Unless the customer specifically tells you they don’t want a certain condiment or utensil, go ahead and grab whatever is available (for free at least) amongst the restaurant’s selection of condiments. If there are ketchup packets, soy sauce packets, salt and pepper packets, parmesan packets, plastic cutlery, napkins, taco sauces, breath mints, or anything similar that you can take for free- GET IT.

When delivering for Postmates, I even keep a small selection of ketchup packets, taco sauce, and soy sauce with me at all times just in case a customer ever needs it. This is a small way that you can show the customer you were thinking ahead of what they might want with their order.

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Smile, Be Courteous, and Make Small Talk When You Drop Off the Deliveries

Your interactions with the customer in-person will be very brief so make it count. You don’t want to act like a zombie who says nothing and just hands over a bag of food. Put on a bright smile, ask the customer how their day is going, and comment on the weather or make other forms of small talk as you hand them their order. If they have a garden or anything interesting in the front of their house, make sure to compliment it.

Plus, if you picked up extra condiments for them, this is a good time to specifically mention this to the customer so you get credit for doing so! Say something like, “I made sure to get some extra ketchup packets in case you needed them” so they know that YOU were the one who thought to pick it up for the customer.

Send a Final Text Message to the Customer Thanking Them

I always send a brief message to the customer after I finish up my Postmates deliveries where I include three things- a brief thanks for their business, a reminder to please leave a review, and a final wish for them to enjoy their food and have a good day. I NEVER mention anything about tipping, but might still casually nudge them in the direction of it.

In the Postmates app, the screen where they leave the review is the same screen where they tip (HOW coincidental! What ARE the chances?!). Thus encouraging them to review me subtly leads them towards tipping.

Conclusion

When it all comes down to it, the same age-old standards of customer service apply. Be helpful and efficient, respond well to the customer’s needs, and go the extra mile to demonstrate that you are going out of your way to make the customer happy. If they can tell you are making an earnest attempt to do well at your job that often can lead to higher tips.

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Working for GrubHub vs. Postmates: What are the Differences?

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Hello everyone! As you may have seen on my blog or my YouTube videos, I have worked as a delivery driver for both GrubHub and Postmates. Some people have asked me about what the differences are between the two, so I thought I would take some time and write about the differences between working for the two companies as a driver.

The Hiring Process

Getting hired with GrubHub, at least in my geographic region, was pretty similar to Postmates. I did not have an actual “interview” with either company and instead my hiring as an independent contractor depended on the submission of an online form and the successful passing of a background check. It seemed like maybe there were more vehicle-specific questions with GrubHub than there were with Postmates.

Training

This is where things got a little bit different. GrubHub required that I attend either an in-person or online training session before starting work as a driver. Postmates, on the other hand, required only that I watch a brief training video before driving. I felt a little more prepared for the job with GrubHub before starting work than I did with Postmates as a result. I would highly recommend that Postmates Couriers take some time out and read both the help forums on the Postmates Fleet website and read about the experiences of Couriers online for advice before starting work.

Scheduling

This is an area that is MUCH different between the two companies-

GrubHub requires that you sign up for specific shifts called “blocks,” which are offered on a first come, first serve basis. The blocks are typically short, 2-5 hour chunks of time and there are always more blocks offered around lunch and dinner. Once you have signed up for a block you MUST work that block, get a replacement, or try to call the Drivercare line to drop it just like you would with a regular job. If you don’t show up for a scheduled block you may be penalized or have your contract revoked. You are not required to work a minimum number of hours (nor do you have a maximum) and you are never under obligation to sign up for a block.

Because the blocks are first come, first serve, sometimes you may not be able to work at the times you would really prefer and I found myself working multiple blocks with huge gaps of time in between when I would have preferred to continue working. A typical Saturday for me might be 11AM-2PM (1st block), a three hour break, then I’d work 5PM-9PM (second block) if I wasn’t able to get the late afternoon hours before others grabbed them.

Postmates is significantly more flexible in this area. You do have to work at any specific time and and there are no shifts or “blocks” to sign up for. You can literally just get in your vehicle and work whenever you want to. Just like with GrubHub there is no minimum or maximum number of hours you have to work. The only thing is, with Postmates you are not offered an hourly minimum so it will still be advantageous for you to work during lunch and dinner when the business is most heavy.

Work Gear

Postmates provides you with one insulated tote bag that will keep the temperature of the food regulated during your deliveries, plus a Postmates credit card to make purchases for the customers (if you want more info on how this works, check out my blog post here). At least in my region, you do not get a shirt of hat and can wear whatever you want during deliveries.

GrubHub provides two bags (one small and one large), a hat, a cap, and a laminated sign to put in your windshield. I much preferred having the extra gear that designated to the customers and the restaurants that I was indeed a GrubHub delivery driver.

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Support for Drivers

GrubHub offers a “Driver Care” phone line that you can call at any time during your deliveries when you have trouble. While they do offer help menus in the driver app if you wish to figure out things on your own, there were a number of times when  I still found myself calling this phone line and enjoyed having it as a resource.

Postmates, on the other hand, does not offer a driver care phone line. In most cases you must go through the help menus in the app to fix your problems. There are situations where if you encounter very specific issues and enter details about them in the help menus, Postmates may place an outbound phone call your way to help you out but it is very rare and difficult to prompt such phone calls. You must be willing to work independently and autonomously when working as a Postmates Courier.

The Work Flow

GrubHub has you delivering from restaurants only and it’s a pretty basic process- you go in, pick up the order, and go out. In my region I was usually a little bit less busy with GrubHub than I was with Postmates and often found myself waiting in my car doing nothing. The upside to this, though, was that I was guaranteed an hourly minimum so I would still get paid during my block even if the base pay wasn’t all that much.

Postmates is more complex in the scope of its services to customers- they can deliver from ANY store or restaurant and you will need to pay for certain orders yourself with the Postmates credit card. On occasion you will need to place the orders to the restaurants as well. This creates a more varied work experience. Because Postmates doesn’t offer an hourly minimum but rather a base minimum per order, you will need to stay busy on your shift if you want to make money. This requires a bit more strategy than it does driving for GrubHub.

If I ever find myself waiting around in my vehicle without any orders with Postmates, this will mean I MUST move to a busier area (or work during a peak time around lunch or dinner) if I want to make money. As a result of this I’ve had to carefully consider the neighborhoods and times of day I choose to work. Driving around looking for orders uses up more gas so I also have needed to be more strategic with my gas usage.

Tipping

GrubHub customers must pay their tips in advance of receiving the food through the app because of the way the app is structured, if they tip with a credit card that is. Cash tips were more rare (at least for my orders) with GrubHub. The app prompts the customer to leave a tip and it is framed as a standard for the customers to do so (which is a plus for the drivers). The issue is, however, that because the credit card tippers must submit it before you actually deliver the food, the tip is not influenced by your customer service. So if you really go above and beyond to connect with the customer that will not be factored into the tip (unless they tip in cash).

Postmates customers pay their tips after you deliver the food. The app will prompt them with a notification (if they have notifications turned on) to please leave a review and to tip the driver after the food has been dropped off. While most customers tip through the app, I did receive more cash tips with Postmates. You have to be a bit more diligent in your efforts to impress the customers if you want to receive good tips. I try to make the customers happy by sending them texts with updates as I’m getting their order picked up as a way to introduce myself to them and humanize an otherwise automated, tech-driven experience. I will have another blog entry at a later date with some of my advice for getting better tips when working as a Postmates Courier, but I think it is possible to get MORE money in tips with Postmates than you can with GrubHub if you play your cards right.

Pay Frequency

GrubHub drivers get paid for a work week (running Monday through Sunday) every following Thursday, and then it takes 3-5 business days to process. As I’ve written about previously, however, it’s possible to get paid daily with DailyPay which is a third-party service that works with GrubHub to pay drivers in advance with small payments up-front before pay day. It’s not a loan, there’s no credit check, and there’s no extra fees to sign up. The only thing you have to pay are small transfer fees every time you transfer to your bank account. The really awesome thing is that you can now get your money transferred to your bank the same day it’s available, including weekends and holidays!

You can find out more about DailyPay here

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Postmates on the other hand, will make daily transfers to your bank account within 5 business days that the money is earned. There is a small transfer fee that you pay with their transfers and you will get your payments in a longer amount of time than you would working for GrubHub and using DailyPay.

My Thoughts

GrubHub is a little more structured and offers more driver support and training but is significantly less flexible when it comes to scheduling. Postmates offers much less driver support and training, requires a bit more strategy if you want to earn a good amount of money, but is ultimately way more accommodating when it comes to schedule flexibility. Whichever company is right for you is going to depend on what you are looking for personally. Depending on the hours you work, I would say their pay is relatively competitive with each other. With both companies the basic principles of working during lunch and dinner, going to busy “hotspots,” and keeping a good, efficient workflow (without speeding!) are going to be your best bets for making the most income.

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