Make a Good Living Wage in Your Own Vehicle

Updated on April 30, 2020

Full time and part time ride share drivers are always looking for new ways to make a little extra money and offset those slow times. But how much work is really needed to earn a good living wage and where do they find these other gigs?

Uber and Lyft are two ride share companies that are widely used even in smaller markets. There are now numerous other companies out there that provide the same service but aren’t as accessible in many areas of the United States just yet. However, in smaller market areas these two companies only have a limited number of customers and a large number of drivers. This combination created a cutthroat environment for drivers. Many drivers cross platforms to increase their chances of get trips and are still struggling to make enough money. Some drivers even drive 70-90 hours a week to just survive. Now, with the progress made by ride share companies, other businesses are jumping on the “driving gig” wagon and giving ride share drivers other ways to increase their income while working the same hours.

Parcel delivery

Local companies have seen how ride share companies can help them out when it comes to daily deliveries in their area. If you scroll through local Facebook pages and even Craigslist you’ve probably seen companies and office buildings look for on-call or part time drivers to just drive packages and paperwork to or from their office or store front to another location within an area. They companies only require that you be available certain hours, have your own vehicle and legally be able to drive it (current insurance and registration and what not). Many ride share drivers jump on offers like this because it’s not linked with the ride share company and pay is often daily. The driver only needs to be “on a break” or log out of the ride share app so they aren’t offered a trip while out on a delivery.

Certain times of the year can mean an increase in these types of gigs such as Christmas time, gift shops are now able to offer delivery services for a fee, also Valentine’s Day is another big delivery time of year. Drivers can pick up a few deliveries for flowers from smaller florist shops. These are great ways for full time drivers to increase their take home with little effort because many of these companies that use private drivers for delivery only have a few drivers to choose from. However, that also makes these types of gigs hard to get.

Food Delivery Apps

Food delivery apps like UberEats, Grubhub and Waitr have taken pointers straight from the ride share companies. These companies can allow ride share drivers to also run their delivery apps at the same time and like with ride share apps, the closest or first driver in the area gets offered the delivery first. These companies are just like the ride share companies in what they require for each driver. Food delivery pays less then customer fares but help fill in the slow times.

Food delivery companies are easy to drive for and don’t have a cap on how many drivers can drive for that company, so it’s not cutthroat to get the gig, but you are in a pool with a bunch of other drivers all hoping to get offered the next delivery.

Use What's Available to Make More

It’s not uncommon to see vehicles sporting company logos for multiple delivery and ride share companies on the same window. By signing up for as many of these driving gig companies as possible in one area, a driver can increase their income and better cover the expenses associated with driving full time. Most drivers start to make money and only figure in the cost of gas. However, the cost to drive is quite a bit higher than that and if drivers aren’t able to get enough trip requests and change areas often to try to better the odds they experience a higher loss. By leveraging all available opportunities and companies in their local area they can spend more time making money and less time driving empty.

Driving costs money; the costs of driving that drivers new to ride sharing might overlook include that get overlooked include oil changes, brakes and tires. A driver working full time drives an estimated 700 to 1,000 miles a week. If they routinely change the oil at 3,000 or 4,000 miles, like ordinary drivers, they will need to have it done once a month. Brakes will be about every 6-8 months depending on driving habits, and tires will need to be replaced once a year.

That’s not figuring in any repairs that may come up. Heaters and air conditioners in vehicles go out especially in vehicles that get driven a lot. Transmissions fail and sparkplugs blow. Considering all the possible issues a driver can encounter, spending as much time as possible making money is the most important focus.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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    • Guckenberger profile image

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      13 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      If your credit score isn't so good at the moment, or non-existent, you could try to get a co-signer on an auto loan Louise. Paying regularly on a loan is a good way to build good credit. :)

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      Louise Powles 

      13 months ago from Norfolk, England

      It's amazing what you can do these days if you have a car. I wish I had a car, it would certainly open a lot of doors for me, I think. Interesting article, thankyou.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      13 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      I've been taking a break this week, but I work for 'Uber Eats' as my second job.

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