How to Make Extra Money on Your Way to Work with Ride Shares

How to Make Extra Money During Your Daily Commute to Work


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A friend of mine had a brilliant idea.

They have an hour-long commute to and from work each day. (Yikes!) He thought it might be worth his time to offer to carpool with people who are heading in the same general direction and earn a few extra bucks in the process.

At the very least, he could earn enough to pay for his gas.


How to Earn Extra Money Driving to Work

The easiest way to do this is to join a ride share network like Uber and/or Lyft.

These ride share apps have a feature where you can set your destination. This should limit the rides you accept to remain within the area you've selected. You may go a little out of the way to pick someone up, but they should be going in the same direction you're going to get to work.

When you’re on your way to work, set the address to where you are heading, and the app will see if there is anyone headed in that same general direction who’s looking for a ride.

If you get a ride request, you pick them up and take them where they are going, then you can log off the app and go the rest of the way to work.

Keep in mind, the general direction might take you off the beaten path a bit, so you’ll want to allow extra time to still get to work on time.

You can do the same thing on your way home, just set your destination to your home address.

If you don't have a long commute to work and don't want to go too far out of the way, this might not be a good option for you, but if you want to leave a little early and give it a try, you might find you enjoy the extra commute time with company in the car and meeting new people.

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    Sign up to become a driver through Uber and/or Lyft (You might have better luck trying both to see who will get you a ride sooner.)
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    Login as a driver during your commute to and from work (give yourself extra commute time to get to work on time.)
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    Set your destination inside the app to your work address or home address (or wherever you're headed) to get rides in the same general area.
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    Get paid weekly through the app!
Apply to become a driver for Uber and Lyft and you could earn extra money on your way to and from work by offering rides through the ride share service.

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.