There are plenty of “side gigs” nowadays, jobs where if you have a smartphone and a car, you can have a job. Side gigs are a great way to make money on the side! Most of these platforms allow you to set your own schedule. You can log in whenever you feel like working and be your own boss (to an extent). I have a pretty good amount of experience with most of the side gigs I will share with you. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments and I’ll answer what I can.
I gave Lyft a shot, and made some decent money. It will depend on which city you live in as far as how busy your day can be. Luckily I live in Richmond, VA, so there are usually always passengers who need rides! To sign up, Lyft will require that you send in certain documents to prove you’re legit. Required documents can vary from state to state, but here in Virginia you must send in: a driver profile photo, your vehicles registration, your vehicles insurance, and state inspection proof. You’ll also be required to display a Lyft window emblem on your lower rear passenger window when in drive mode. (Don’t worry, Lyft will send you one for free once you sign up and are approved.) Make sure to remove it when you’re not driving for Lyft!
So how much can you actually make driving for Lyft? It can vary. It seems like the more you stay logged in, the more you’ll make as opposed to logging in and logging out several times throughout the day. For this example, I took 2 deliveries around 3pm, and then logged back in around 8pm to take 3 more deliveries. This was the 3rd time I tried driving for them:
Around $9.50/hr, not including how much I spent on gas, though I factor my mileage into my taxes at the end of the year. Keep in mind this was just one day. And also like I said above, it seems like if you stay logged on consistently you’ll end up making more in the long run. I’m picky about who I have in my car, so more than likely I turned a few trips down. That means my 2 hours and 49 minutes includes the time I sat at home waiting to accept a passenger. I wasn’t actually driving for 3 hours, I was logged onto their app for 3 hours ready to drive.
Would I drive for Lyft again? In a crunch I would, but personally I don’t really like people in my car. I prefer the food-driving gigs or Amazon Flex, I’ll explain more about those later. Lyft does offer a pretty nice referral bonus for referring new drivers, but the offers do change all the time! Currently for my city and state, each driver you refer will net you $100 after they make 110 trips in 30 days. Also, Lyft guarantees that if your referral makes the 110 trips in 30 days they’ll make $750! What does this mean exactly? It means if your referral makes for example $600 on those 110 trips, they’ll supplement the remaining $150. Definitely not a bad way to make money on the side. If you haven’t signed up already, won’t you please sign up here?
This will cover Amazon Logistics, Amazon Prime, and Amazon Whole Foods. This is my main gig currently, and has been for 2 years. I. Love. Driving. For. Amazon!!! Can there be frustrating moments? Sure, just like any job. But for the amount I make, I take the good with the bad when it comes to this job. Let’s get into the differences between the different types of Amazon places you can pick up from, and what each route might entail.
Amazon Logistics: This is what I started with, and still do occasionally. I’ll do Logistics mainly in December when the routes are tighter as far as how much they’re spread out. You tap on your phone to get “blocks”, or hours of work. Mainly (at least for my area) blocks come in 3, 3.5, and 4 hour increments. At night sometimes they’ll drop 2 hour blocks, and before they used to offer 5 hour blocks. Let’s say you get a 3 hour block. You drive to the logistics warehouse and get your cart that’s full of packages. Scan each package and load them into your car.
For a 3 hour block you might get 30-40 packages to deliver, though it will probably be closer to 30. You go and deliver each package. When you’re done, the block will show how much you made under Earnings. To me one of the only “downsides” to Logistics is you get a flat pay rate, generally $15-$19 an hour, unlike Whole Foods or Prime where customers can tip you.
Amazon Prime: Amazon Prime is my favorite side gig, ever. Blocks drop throughout the day, usually in 1, 1.5, and 2 hour increments. 1 hour blocks are called “Priority deliveries”, and most deliveries you’ll get are customers that need something ASAP. The customer has ordered something that needs to be delivered within a 1 hour time frame. 1.5 hour blocks might give you anywhere from 0-5 deliveries to take, just depends on how close the deliveries are to the warehouse, and if Amazon thinks you can complete this many in the assigned time. 2 hour blocks are nice, and give you anywhere from 4-10 deliveries on average (one time I had TWELVE!).
How To Deliver Your Prime Route
Drive to the Prime warehouse and wait until you’re assigned your route. Once you have one, grab a cart and go inside, check the board to see which route is yours, and scan the bags to put on your cart. Once you have the bags in your car, it’s time to deliver them. Follow the map to make your stops, and always check your itinerary when in doubt. Make sure you’re diligent about your time, Prime orders have a required set time they must be delivered by. For my area, it seems like the average tip is $5, though some people tip more and some will tip less. It’s not uncommon to make around $25-$30 an hour!!!
Amazon Whole Foods: Amazon Whole Foods is the same as Prime generally. Go to whichever Whole Foods you saw when you picked up the block, and grab some shopping carts for the bags they’ll give you. Put the bags in your cart after scanning them, take them to your car and unload. Deliver the orders within the time frame they give you. Whole Foods is just like Prime as far as having a required amount of time you have to get the bags to the customers.
So In Demand, There’s Not Even a Referral Link
There’s not even a referral link for me to share, people know Amazon pays well so they don’t have to give people referral bonuses to want to sign up, they just want to. They’re definitely a great way to make money on the side, or even as a more permanent position depending on your bill situation. If you are interested, check out their Flex page and see if they’re hiring in your area here.