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The High Cost of Motoring
Is the cost of owning a car driving you crazy? Does it seem like you're always paying for gas, insurance, repairs or tax? Wouldn't it be great if the car could pay for itself? There are many things you can do daily, using your car to earn extra money. It's time to turn your car into an asset, not a liability.
Below I have listed a few ideas, however, these are just the tip of the iceberg to get you thinking how you can transform your car from a money draining machine into a money-making machine.
Some vehicles will be more suited to some of these ideas than others. For example, if you plan to carry large things such as sofas, you will need either a station wagon (estate car), van or MPV with removable seats.
Because this site is read by a global audience it's worth mentioning here that some of these ideas may necessitate a change in your car insurance policy. It's important to speak with your insurance company before beginning any of these activities to see if your policy covers these or if it is worth the cost to increase your insurance coverage or change your policy.
1. Take Kids to School
When you take your kids to school, how many other parents are doing the same thing? Probably several, all are bringing cars adding to the congestion. Offering to take and bring their children home from school will be a welcome relief for parents. Choose people who live near you, and you can earn from all of them. Most parents will gladly pay you, so they don't have to do this chore twice a day.
Whether you charge them weekly or monthly is up to you; depending on the size of your car, you should be able to take your child and three others. Aim to earn $5 per child per day. This fee should be dependent on the distance traveled and the area where you live. Most parents will be pleased to have a responsible person taking their child to free up a portion of their morning. This arrangement also gives the other parent peace of mind knowing that their child doesn't have to ride on either a public bus or the school bus.
As a courtesy, wait until they get inside the house before driving away.
2. Take Dogs to the Groomers
How many people do you know who have dogs and dread taking them to the groomers? It could be they feel their car is too clean to take the dog or perhaps they don't have a car. If you have either a kennel or a rear gate, taking dogs to and from the groomers will be easy. With a liner in the back of your car, you can easily keep it clean.
The owner of the dog may or may not come with you, depending on their circumstances. Show common sense by not leaving the dog unattended in the car at any time.
3. Make a Car Video
Do you understand your way around a car? If so, you could make a short video about a specific car repair or simple maintenance. If classic cars are your passion, why not make a buyer's guide to classic cars in which you highlight potential problem areas for specific models. Record yourself showing potential pitfalls, and explain how to avoid them.
Make a video and put this on YouTube. Once you get enough views and subscribers, YouTube will place ads near your video, and when people click on it, you earn money. Please take a look at the video above, note of the number of views. Many believe that online video is going to bypass the earning potential of article writing. Editing is crucial to keep your car tutorial interesting.
Before starting, take a look at several videos on the subject and notice both good and bad points. Camera angles, lighting, and explanations need to be thought about beforehand to achieve the best results.
4. Deliver Newspapers
Are you a morning person? If you live in an area where the paper is delivered consider using your car to deliver the morning paper. It's an easy way to earn cash. If possible, try to get the Sunday delivery round as that pays best.
If there isn't a paper being delivered in your area, you could develop the round yourself. This is how one of Britain's wealthiest entrepreneurs, Duncan Bannantyne, started his career. He got the subscribers and then delivered their papers. Don't think that this is only for kids on bikes, the use of your car will make it faster and more reliable.
5. Paid Surveys Whilst Waiting
Because nearly everywhere has a hotspot for the internet, consider completing surveys in your downtime whilst waiting for your customer. The key to consistent earning is to have fingers in several pies, or eggs in many baskets. There are many companies that will pay for your opinions on a variety of products and topics.
6. Deliver Organic Vegetables To Restaurants or Homes
Here in Brazil, we see many small entrepreneurs who use their cars for deliveries. Some deliver to local stores and others deliver to restaurants. Often restaurateurs are too busy running their restaurants to source specialist fruit and vegetables. Likewise, small specialist gardeners are looking for outlets for their crops. This is where you come in. You can be the go between collecting and delivering these fresh fruits and vegetables.
If you know organic growers in your area, approach them and find out what they have currently and what they plan to be harvesting each week. Take this list to the restaurants you have built a relationship with and see if they are interested. Start slowly and you can build up a steady trade. This can also be useful for home delivery as many people are wanting farm fresh 'organic fruit and vegetables'.
7. Home Deliver Groceries
Have you ever bought your groceries online? How was the service. When I used it, I noticed it was hit and miss. Sometimes the people choosing the food, didn't have a clue. In fact that was the reason I stopped using it. One week it would be the types I would select and the next week they were choosing cuts of meat, I wouldn't have given to a dog!
If you are known as a fastidious person by your friends, offer to do their shopping for them. They send you with a list and pay you when you return or up front. You charge them a fee for doing this. This will tie in nicely with your own shopping schedule.
8. Run a Taxi Service
For some areas, this may need a change in your license. Check with your local Department of Motor Vehicles to be sure.
Consider becoming an Uber driver or with a similar companies that are popular in many metropolitan areas. This is, in essence, a minicab service. You sign up with the company and when someone calls them, they locate the nearest driver to their client.
The client can get the total cost of their journey beforehand. They can also pay using their phone which is safer for you the driver, and safer for the customer as well. This is a low-cost option for the client and as such is taking off in many areas. The driver is paid by Uber. The car will need to be less than 5 years old.
My son used to do this in the San Francisco area and enjoyed it, he is also made a tidy sum of money from it.
9. Airport Runs
If you live within a couple hours from an airport, offer to take people to and from the airport. You will need ample space for passengers and their suitcases. If they are bringing sports equipment such as a surfboard, skis, or golf clubs you will need to make arrangements to carry those on the roof as well. If there are children in the group you'll need to provide a car seat or booster seat for them.
This saves people the stress of having to take their own car and having to pay airport parking charges. Once you offer a reliable service, your customers will use you again and recommend you to their friends.
Contact local hotels in your area and see if you can leave a business card with them.
Learning to Drive
10. Drivers Training
Do you have nerves of steel? If so, you could opt for taking learner drivers out. They will already have a permit to drive as long as there is another adult in the car. Some parents are too busy or scared to take there child out to practice. Driving schools are expensive and with the extra practice you could offer, this could keep their costs down.
11. Take People to Appointments
For some people, especially elderly people, going to medical appointments can be traumatic. If they have to wait for a taxi, the problems are compounded. Going with someone they know, is less stressful for them. They would much prefer to have someone there to take them back home as soon as their appointment is finished. Often after some visits for certain types of treatment, it isn't advisable for them to drive themselves.
12. Pizza and Food Delivery
Many well-known pizza places are desperate for reliable drivers. Most of this work will be in the evening and not only will they pay you a wage, you'll receive a percentage per mile, as well. If you are presentable, polite and provide a good service, it's likely you'll also receive tips as well.
Combining an evening job such as this with a morning paper route, and taking the kids to school your car could be earning you a consistent income.
13. Wedding Chauffeur
If your car is something special you may consider hiring yourself out as a wedding chauffeur. Adornments to the car such as a bow or cans on the back will be left to the wedding party to do. This could be bringing the bride to the church or taking the married couple to the receptition or even back to the hotel in the evening.
You would be expected to dress smartly for this occasion.
14. Advertising Decals
You can place advertising on your car. This could be for local businesses such as hotels, restaurants, even dentists! Get creative about who would like to expand their business to customers who you know. For example, if you do the school run, which businesses would like their adverts in front of those parents? Approach companies you think may be interested. They will create and buy the decals and pay for applying them to the cars.
This will only be applicable if you drive many places, as no one wants to pay for a car that sits in a garage all day. All you need to do, is what you already do, drive.
This can be a one-off payment for an agreed time (a month, 6 months) or a monthly payment.
Where I live, when it is election time, many people are paid to have political advertising on their cars.
A quick survey
15. Man With a Van
In Britain, it is common to see a sign that says, "Man with a van". This just means that he is available to use his van to help move objects, be it moving house or simply a lot of boxes. This could even be taking items to the dump for someone.
Often if people buy something used, they don't have a car large enough to carry it. That is where your services will be needed. Ensure you have either someone to help you or a hand truck to assist you in loading and unloading.
16. Swap Meet or Car Boot Sale
If your friend or neighbor wants to take their items to a swap meet or a car boot sale (the UK equivalent) their car may be too small or they may not wish to use theirs. If they have large items and your car has more space, they will see the sense in hiring out you and your car to take their items to the swap meet.
17. Sightseeing Tours
Do you live in an area where you could take tourists sightseeing? If you know your local area, and have interesting facts about it, set yourself up as a tour guide. Speak with your local tourist information to put your name forward. You may wish to design a brochure highlighting the places you would visit and your prices. If your local history could do with improving, the town library is a great place to begin your research.
Make Money in Your Spare Time
Write in Your Spare Time
If you are looking for a way to earn extra money, I would suggest you start writing here on Hubpages. It is free to join and you earn money by writing articles about a wide variety of topics of your choosing. You could even write whilst waiting for people you have taken to appointments or other taxi-related services. There is often a lot of downtime in motoring, some of the time you are just waiting in the car, why not take advantage of that time and use it for writing articles.
Everyone here on Hubpages, including myself, started with their first page. Then we wrote another and kept at it. Now, we are making money not just from their current articles but also the ones we wrote when we first started. How great is that! It isn't a get rich quick scheme, but with continued effort, you will see your earnings increase and may wish you had started sooner. You can sign up and start writing today in your spare time. My articles have been viewed over 3,000,000 times by people around the world.
Hubpages take care of the technical side. When someone clicks on an ad, you get money into your account. When your balance reaches the payout level, currently $50, you are paid by Hubpages. It's easy to use and there are people from all walks of life and ages writing here.
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.
Questions & Answers
Question: How do I sign up for Hubpages?
Answer: Go to the site called Hubpages. At the top you'll see a button that says 'Join'.
© 2012 Mary Wickison
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on November 15, 2018:
This article lists ideas that you can do as a self employed person. There is no office or anything you have to join.
My advice to you would be to look at areas that a car would make someone's life easier. Find the gap in the market and offer your services. Ensure you get any official paperwork in place before beginning a new venture. Your local small business advice center or the equivalent of a chamber of commerce should be able to guide you.
Ababio Dacosta on November 15, 2018:
I would love to join but I’m in Ghana, so how am I going to go about it in this country or you got an office here please?
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on October 11, 2018:
Yes, there are writers from all over the world. If you love to write, Hubpages is a great platform.
caroline Golding on October 11, 2018:
is the hubpages also applicable for people in South Africa?
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on August 31, 2018:
Tough Nickel and many other sites, all fall under the Hubpages umbrella. Some time ago Hubpages separated into niche sections, such as this site about business. That move proved a popular one and people who create content are now seeing an increase in views.
You can use this link. https://hubpages.com/ It's free to join and there is never any cost to you. It's a very supportive community of writers.
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on August 02, 2018:
At the top of the page, there is a 'Join' button. Once you join, you should read the section called the learning center. There you will find excellent tips on what is expected of you so you can be successful here on Hubpages.
William on July 25, 2018:
I would like to write for HubPages. How do I get started?
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on June 05, 2018:
You can write about whatever you're passionate about. Have a look around the Hubpages site, the topics are vast. Everything from witches, to car repairs to the best way to grow tomatoes!
I personally write about business, fashion for over 50's, and farming.
It's really whatever you have some knowledge in or can research.
Susan on June 04, 2018:
What kind of articles would i write
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on November 11, 2017:
The fact that you have a utility vehicle already puts you ahead. Often people just don't have space in their car. They may just need to move things and will do the lifting.
If you are near an airport, you could do trips to the airport.
Where I live in Brazil, there are people who do trips up the coast in their vehicles for tourists. They drive a good portion of it off-road and their clients love it and pay well. The driver has deals with local restaurants and hoteliers in route and so he can provide the whole package for his customers.
I hope some of these ideas are helpful to you, thanks for the question.
Matt Elder on November 05, 2017:
I am a disabled guy whoes left arm n left leg work but only to 90 percent. Right side is fine, I just cant run, I have got a ute. What do you suggest?
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on July 28, 2015:
You are correct, it is something which one needs to consider before venturing into many of the options here. The US is famous world wide for their desire to sue people. As the old saying goes, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Sofia on July 28, 2015:
Insurance, insurance, insurance. That's the main problem with earning extra money transporting people or animals around. The spike in the insurance will eat up most of your xtra earnings, no longer making it qorth thentime and effort. That's how it is in the USA anyways.
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on March 16, 2015:
Thank you. I believe often we can use what we already have to make additional cash.
Thank you for your visit and comment, I hope you are having a great week.
Kimberly Vaughn from Midwest on March 16, 2015:
You shared lots of ideas that I never thought of before. Interesting hub!
Jacobb9205 on February 15, 2015:
Blond Logic, aha No problem
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on February 15, 2015:
Yes that is always a good place to start. Thanks for your visit and have a great day.
Jacobb9205 on February 15, 2015:
Great ways to make money with a car! Now I just need to finish learning to drive and buy a car :)
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on November 04, 2014:
I lived in the UK for many years and you are right, they are an integral part of the UK delivery and moving scene. As always in the UK, similar words have different meanings. 'Man with a van' is someone who helps you out when you need his services. On the other hand,
'White Van Man' is the guy who double parks, cuts you off in traffic , and is responsible for traffic jams in every major city. lol.
Great to hear from you, thanks for the comment.
Craig Bruun on November 03, 2014:
I made money as s man with a van. It can be very rewarding. Since retirement I write about the subject extensively. In Britain the term "man and van" is very common and in fact most small moves and eBay deliveries are done by small one-man businesses.
Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on May 09, 2012:
Wonderful hub. I am thinking this hub might be very useful to college students needing to make some extra money.
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on May 09, 2012:
A call to the insurance company always helps and puts your mind at ease. Once you know what your insurance allows, the ideas should flood in.
Thanks for stopping by.
Dianna Mendez on May 08, 2012:
Great ideas and some are exciting. I would have to make sure insurance covers riders and loss/damage of packages. Voted up!