For most people, their car is a means that takes them to and from a workplace, so they can make money, pay bills, and hopefully have enough saved over for a nice trip to somewhere fun and exciting (don’t forget the travel insurance!).
However, did you know that you can also use your car to make money — and all without quitting your regular job. Here are four great ideas:
- Deliver Food for Local Restaurants
There are dozens of food delivery companies you can connect with, including Just Eat, Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes, Deliveroo, Postmates, Takeaway.com, Delivery Hero, Grubhub, Doordash, Foodpanda, Swiggy, Zomato — and the list goes on. Each program has its own rules and rates, so it’s worth spending some time to research each option to see what works best for you. Also keep in mind that you may need to upgrade your car insurance.
- Wrap Your Car
Another fun and profitable way to boost your income — without having to sell anything — is by wrapping your car. There are many car wrap options to choose from, including partial wraps. All you need to do is commit to driving your car in a certain area for a minimum distance (or duration). Plus, you’ll need to make sure that you’re a safe driver and obey the rules of the road — otherwise, instead of enhancing a company’s brand, you’ll damage it! To get started, you can do Google search for marketing and advertising agencies that recruit drivers like you to serve their clients. And don’t worry about damaging your car’s original paint finish, either. A high quality car wrap will actually protect your car from scratches, dents, and UV damage from the sun. How’s that for a nice bonus?
- Become a Part-Time Courier
Businesses in your area — especially if you live in a larger city — have a big problem: they cannot afford to use conventional couriers to get their packages and documents sent to customers and clients. That’s where you come in! Simply by transporting small packages and envelopes, you’ll make businesses happy and, of course, you’ll boost your income. To get started, check out companies like Yodel, Hermes and Amazon Flex.
- Share Your Commute
With the cost of fuel and other vehicle maintenance constantly rising, sharing your commute to and from work is a great way to offset your expenses. Plus, you’ll meet someone who might turn out to be a good friend, and you’ll be helping the environment, too. To get started, check out platforms like Liftshare and BlaBlaCar.
The Bottom Line
Driving is something you do anyway, and your car is basically a sunk expense: you need to pay leasing or finance costs whether you drive it or not, and it’s constantly depreciating (even when you sleep!). The good news, however, is that the four options above can help you make money with your car. What’s more, you’ll probably enjoy it much more than you imagine. Good luck and happy earning!