Alternatives to Working as an Uber Driver
Making quick cash. Setting your own schedule. Working from your smartphone. Earning extra money to finally pay down that pesky credit card balance or student loan.
That’s the appeal of working for ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft. Or delivering fast food for DoorDash, Uber Eats, Postmates and Grubhub.
What if all those perks sound great but you don't like the idea of driving strangers around in your car? Or making pennies off delivering a happy meal? There are other great side hustles for you! Take a look at our top alternatives to being an Uber driver. Each gives the flexibility of working as an independent contractor and the potential for earning extra cash quickly. (And no, they don't all involve food delivery!)
If you love the idea of driving around town, blasting your favorite music and earning extra money without being a rideshare driver, Amazon Flex is a great alternative. You partner with Amazon as an independent contractor delivering packages. Pretty much, you get to be your own boss. Pick your own hours when you set your schedule or choose from available blocks of time. According to Amazon, drivers make an average of $18-$25 per hour.
Keep in mind that when working as an independent contractor, you are generally paid with a 1099 MISC form. This means you pay your own taxes later when you claim your earnings. It adds up. Plan ahead so you don’t get surprised with owing taxes later!
Snag Work shifts
It’s hard to find “traditional” work in a gig economy filled with delivery service companies. That’s the perk of working through Snag Work. Snag Work offers you the chance to pick up shifts at traditional stores or restaurants while letting you set your own schedule. This option is great if you don’t have a car, driver’s license or mostly rely on your scooter to get you around.
How does it work? We work with businesses, giving them a way to request workers when they need them. When a shift matches your availability, we let you know. You pick up the shifts that work for your schedule. A fair warning—shifts are first come, first served. Act fast!
As a Snag Worker, you can choose from different types of roles including dish washing, food prep, customer service, register support, shelf stocking, event/catering setup and service and more. There’s something for everyone. And yes, we’re most definitely throwing out a shameless plug because we know you’ll love it as your side gig!
Instacart and Shipt
Love shopping on someone else’s dime? Or really enjoy getting paid for grocery shopping? If that’s you, listen up. Companies like Instacart and Shipt provide delivery service for grocery stores. This means you earn extra cash if you work as one of their shoppers. Pick up orders from your smartphone, deliver the goods, provide good customer service and get paid. If you don’t have a car, Instacart also offers an in-store shopper option working as a part-time employee rather than independent contractor.
Pet sitting or Dog Walking
Love pets? You’re going to love this last one! Did you know you can get paid to dog walk or pet sit for strangers? Companies like Rover and Wag allow you to create profiles, set your own rates and make extra money for loving on someone's fur baby. Get alerts right away to your smartphone when a job is available. If you love pets, this might sound like it’s too good to be true. It's not. It’s legit.
One thing to note. Certain jobs, like boarding pets in your home, pay more than others. Consider how much you need to make for it to be worth your time. In any case, this is a great way to earn extra cash without a huge time commitment.
There are so many opportunities out there that provide jobs like Uber, without the ridesharing aspect. It's exciting to think you can add a side-gig to your full-time job with just a smartphone and driver's license. Don't be afraid to try different side hustles. That's the beauty of being an independent contractor. You're not tied down. If one doesn't cut it for you, try another! The sky's the limit if you're willing to work hard.