Chances are if you have kids, you have a car. There are exceptions to this, but more often than not, families with kids are buckling them into their car seats to take them from school events to extracurricular activities to grocery stores and friend’s houses.
Did you ever consider that your car could be a great way to add an extra few bucks to your wallet though? If you haven’t, keep on reading to see three ways you could make your car work for you!
Option One: Ride Share
Ridesharing might be the most obvious way to use your car as income; there are several rideshare companies on the market now that allow drivers to transport people from point A to point B. The biggest benefit of this is that if you have a smartphone, all you’re doing is picking people up, driving, and taking them somewhere else. There’s no exchange of physical money, since it’s all done within the Apps, and you can set your own hours, allowing you to work outside your normal working hours.
Not keen on taking those car seats out? Grocery delivery is a great way to complete your own grocery runs while also adding a little cash to your bank account. While only available in bigger cities, the most popular option for this is called Instacart. There are a handful of other options though, so check your local area to see if others pay better or have an easier app interface. The gist is that clients provide their grocery list, and you simply pick up those groceries, pay with the app, and deliver them to their home.
Up until recently, food delivery services were manned only by the employees at the individual restaurants. If you wanted a pizza, you called the pizza place and asked how long it would take for delivery. In 2020 though, just about anyone with a car can pick up restaurant food and deliver it to homes and offices.
The one drawback is that these businesses tend to be busy during select hours, like around lunch and diner time, and is relatively slower during the rest of the day. If you work a traditional 9-to-5 job though, an evening job with just a few hours of work, this could absolutely be a great option.
And now, a few tips on safety
- Shop around for great insurance. If you’re putting extra miles on your vehicle, take time to compare options to see which ones are best for you.
- Recognize that you could benefit from a car accident lawyer; if you end up in a car crash situation, be aware that while insurance may help you, it can also be to your benefit to have an attorney in your corner.
- Have a first aid kit friendly, a gallon or two of water, and a blanket in the back. If you get stranded for any reason on the side of the road, this will ensure you and your passengers are safe and warm while you wait for roadside assistance.