Need some extra cash? If you have a smartphone, a working vehicle and some spare time, that’s all you need to start making money.
Apps for on-demand driving and delivery services, which allow members to work when they want, are available in cities across the country. Pay varies, but with the right app, you can earn money by driving even just a few hours a week or putting your car to work for you.
Based on widespread availability, positive reviews and unique features, we’ve chosen these nine apps that can help you make money with your car.
Peer-to-peer ridesharing apps match customers who request rides with on-demand drivers. In certain cities, drivers can make around $15 per trip, according to SherpaShare, a technology platform for on-demand workers. These apps all take a commission from drivers’ fares, but have varying rewards programs, fee structures and incentives.
Founded in 2009, Uber dominates the app-based rideshare market. As long as you and your car meet Uber’s requirements, you can become a driver. Driver pay is based on trip distance and time, less Uber’s commission, and plus tips. There’s also surge pricing during busy times and, in some cases, guaranteed earnings.
Uber’s main competitor, Lyft, jumped into the rideshare game in 2012. The two companies have roughly the same pricing, incentives and pay structure for drivers. But while Uber shines in sheer size, many drivers who have worked for both companies report a more driver-friendly culture at Lyft when it comes to passengers, pay and driver expectations.
Originally an app customers could use to get rides to and from the airport, Wingz now covers any route you’d like scheduled in advance — all for a predetermined, flat rate. This makes Wingz ideal for those who prefer predictability. Wingz takes a fee from the total trip price, but drivers can also receive tips. Service is currently available in 12 metro areas.
This app was created by three working parents to provide rideshare transportation for children. If drivers pass a screening process, including having five or more years of child care experience, they can make up to $30 per hour, according to the HopSkipDrive’s site. Minimum fares start at $16 for non-carpool rides in Southern California. Drivers make their ride fare, minus HopSkipDrive’s booking and service fees. HopSkipDrive is currently available in Los Angeles and San Francisco. (Don’t live in one of these areas? Consider Care.com for jobs nannying or driving children.)
Food delivery services let customers order items from local eateries and pay within the app. The apps have varying pay structures and incentives for drivers, so check the platform for details when you sign up.
Grubhub claims to have “more orders than any other platform” and is available in more than 1,200 U.S. cities. It says its top earners have made as much as $25 per hour. Drivers are paid a fee for each delivery, plus a mileage-based fee and tips. In some cities, they can qualify for a minimum hourly rate.
Uber’s food delivery service pays drivers based on each pickup and drop-off, as well as trip mileage, less Uber’s fee. Specific rates vary by city. Drivers can receive tips and an increased “boost” fare during busy times. In some cities you must already be an Uber driver to join, but in others you can join UberEATS directly. And, while UberX cars must be 2002 models or newer, UberEATS cars can be 1997 or newer in many cities.
If you want to start earning quickly, try DoorDash. Drivers need to be at least 18 years old and pass a background check, but there are no vehicle requirements, and in some cities you can do your orientation online. Dashers earn a minimum per delivery, plus a “pay boost” — determined by the distance and complexity of the trip — and tips. Check your city’s pay structure to see if DoorDash will guarantee your earnings.
Car owners list their vehicles through these apps so other members can rent them when they’re not in use. Both apps take a commission from each rental booking.
Listing your car on Turo is free — just pick the dates it’ll be available to renters and upload some photos. Turo says its car owners earn an average of $720 per month, but users determine their own schedules and earnings range from 65% to 90% of the rental price, depending on your vehicle insurance package. You can choose your own rental price or go with the app’s suggestion. Restrictions are few: Your vehicle must have a clean title, be a 2005 model or newer and have less than 130,000 miles, unless it’s a “classic” car.
Getaround has vehicle requirements similar to Turo’s and claims members can earn $800 per month (again, subject to your schedule). The company even offers an earnings guarantee of at least $75 and up to $200 per month, depending on location and other factors. But listing your car requires a one-time installment fee of $99, and then costs $20 per month. Getaround members make 60% of the rental fees, and insurance and roadside assistance coverage are included while your car’s rented.
With Getaround’s “Cruise Control” feature — available in some cities — pricing is set by the app and adjusts based on market demands. The company plans to roll this feature out across its entire market, currently seven cities in the U.S.
A word of caution
These apps can be great for making quick cash at odd hours — but don’t forget about the potential for extra car costs. The additional miles — and a steady stream of customers jumping in and out of your car — can take a toll.
Though many platforms provide insurance coverage for repairs due to accidents while you’re signed in to work or a renter has your car, that doesn’t include routine maintenance, such as tire rotations or oil changes. Some services — including Turo, Uber and Lyft — offer discounts on car maintenance, but it’s not entirely covered. And car-sharing services generally require customers to return cars as they were — clean, without damage and refueled — but some owners report challenges getting reimbursed when necessary.
If you do plan to use your car to make money, be sure to weigh any costs against your extra earnings.