5 Unique Ways to Get Paid to Drive Your Car

5 Unique Ways to Earn Extra Money Driving Your Car


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What do you get when you mix a smartphone with a car?

An amazing opportunity to start making money with ease! Get paid to drive your car.

I can’t think of a time when it’s been easier to find a side gig and bring in extra money with little qualifications and the flexibility to work whenever you want. You can start earning great money within a week.

Let’s check out some of the top companies that you can potentially get started with this week.



What is it?

Instacart offers full service grocery shopping and delivery service in many cities across the country.

How do I earn money?

As an Instacart shopper you do grocery shopping for customers and then deliver their groceries to them.

Orders are placed by customers through the Instacart app and are assigned to you during the hours you decide to work. You pay for the groceries using a credit card provided by Instacart and then will be given the address to deliver the groceries. You will get paid weekly for your services.

You can sign up to become an Instacart Shopper using my referral link.


What is it?

DoorDash is an app that allows customers to order food from local restaurants to be delivered. This could be anything from fast food to steak house restaurants (depending on restaurant participation.) Check the list here to see the cities where DoorDash services are available.

How do I earn money?

You will select hours that you would like to work and get assigned deliveries through the app. You drive to the restaurant to pick up the order and pay using a DoorDash prepaid card. Then you deliver the order to the customer.

Check out DoorDash and you may potentially earn a bonus once you complete your first several deliveries (offer varies).

Uber Eats

What is it?

Uber Eats is very similar to DoorDash. You pick up and deliver food that customers have ordered through the Uber Eats app.

How do I earn money?

You will be paid for picking up food orders from the restaurants and delivering it to customers. Customers pay for their orders through the app. You will be paid weekly for the deliveries you make.


What is it?

Uber and Lyft are two different ride-share companies where you can offer to give people rides through their corresponding apps.

How do I earn money?

People request a ride through either the Uber or Lyft apps. While you are logged into the app as a driver, you get placed in a queue to pick up rides in proximity to where you are located. Uber or Lyft will let you know when a ride request comes in and you will pick up the person and take them to your destination. You will be paid weekly or can cash out your earnings immediately for a $0.50 fee.

You can use our referral links to sign up for Uber or Lyft. Lyft typically offers sign on bonuses.

Read More: Uber vs. Lyft – Should I Become a Driver?

Amazon Flex

What is it?

Amazon Flex offers individuals the opportunity to help deliver packages ordered through Amazon. They are currently only offering driving positions in a handful of large cities, but encourage you to apply from any city, as they may expand in the future and will contact you if a need arises.

How do I earn money?

You would pick up a load of packages from a local package handling facility and follow a route provided by Amazon Flex’s tracking. You would earn money for the packages you deliver. At the time of this article, Amazon claims you can earn between $18-$25 per hour.


What qualifications do I have to have?

You must own or have reliable access to a vehicle in good working condition. Your car may need to meet other qualifications such as size of the vehicle or the year it was manufactured. This will vary by company.

You must also be at least 18 (or 21 for some companies) and have been driving for a few years. You will be required to pass a background check and DMV check.

How many hours do I have to work?

It's totally up to you!

Some companies (like Instacart) will have you sign up for the hours you'd like to work once a week. Instacart does giver preference to shoppers who are willing to work 30+ hours per week by allowing them to choose their hours a few days earlier. You can still work less than 30 hours a week, but may have limited hours available to you depending on your area and the number of shoppers with early access to hours.

Other companies (like Uber or Lyft) allow you to login whenever you'd like to drive and will start sending you rides once you're logged in. One driver we know has a daily commute of over an hour and logs in to see if he can pick up and give rides on his drive home from his day job.

How much money can I make?

This will vary widely by company, city, and your availability. Some companies have a guaranteed rate starting at $10/hour all the way up to $25/hour. There may not be a guaranteed rate and will depend on how much service you provide and how long you drive.

You will be able to earn more if you are able to work during busier hours and provide quality service to earn possible tips. Tips are at the customers discretion and not guaranteed. 

We drive a few days or nights a week and are able to bring in a few hundred extra dollars.

Is it safe?

I hear this question a lot and feel very safe as a driver and as a customer. (This might depend on where you live ... I feel very safe in my community.)

These companies make safety a top priority, which is why all drivers are required to undergo a background check. Customers who order through the app have all of their information entered, like name, credit card number, and where they are located. When you are logged in, the app can track where you are. 

If you feel like safety is a concern, work out a system with a loved one so they know when you will be out, when you will be back and have times to check in with them.

Other Opportunities

Many other driver jobs exist depending on where you live and the services you’d like to drive for. Here are a few more you may be interested in researching:

Shipt – shop for and deliver groceries (check cities where Shipt is available)

Wingz – pick up and drop off passengers at major airports (check airports where Wingz is available)

Postmates – deliver anything from food to dry cleaning (check where Postmates is available)

Have you worked for any of these companies? Please share your experience with us!

Get paid to drive your car. Become a driver for one of these apps for a fast way to earn extra money.
Earn extra money by driving your car. These apps pay you to drive. Give rides or make deliveries. This is an easy way to make extra money on the side.
Earn extra money by driving your car. These apps pay you to drive. Give rides or make deliveries. This is an easy way to make extra money on the side.

Cameron is a Financial Coach who works with couples and individuals to achieve financial freedom and peace of mind. She believes being in control of money = less stress + more fun! Join her on the journey to think about money less and enjoy life more.