Last Updated on Apr 8, 2020 by James W
Side hustles have taken hold of our income potential with no signs of slowing down. According to a report from Bankrate, over 44 million American adults have a side hustle that provides extra money to their main source of income. Among those polled, 86 percent of side hustlers work on their side gigs at least monthly, and 36 percent earn more than $500 a month doing so.
If you’re looking to get up and running with a lucrative side gig, you can get started the same day with the resources you already have. Start with posting your services on social media or sign-up with gig economy sites. Then grab your car keys and get ready to hit the road. Here are four side gigs you can do with little more than your vehicle to get started.
Start a Delivery Service
Services like an IKEA delivery service, driving around table and chair rentals for an event, or delivering items from Amazon Flex are all in high demand and take little time or investment to get started. You earn money for delivering people’s products and keep your own tips. Of course, the right vehicle is a must.
The Chevy Colorado is a hearty truck for towing and trailering and can handle off-roading if your clients are in rural or mountainous areas. The Colorado’s front and rear electronic locking differentials and solid fuel economy also make it easy to drive long distances without feeling the burn of going from city to off-roading and back again. So whether you’re delivering furniture or dropping off groceries at multiple houses, think about investing in a vehicle that can meet your hauling and driving needs.
Sign-up to Rideshare
Uber and Lyft turned ridesharing into a viable side gig for just about anyone with a car. Of course, a comfortable and clean car with a modern, sleek look and can hold at least a few passengers helps.
Drivers in urban areas can make big bucks driving ridesharers to the airport and home from shopping centers. But if you live in a rural area where Uber and Lyft isn’t in demand, offer up a taxi service instead. Your customers could be those with a car in the shop, elderly locals who prefer not to drive or anyone going to and from bus stops and train stations.
Become a Rolling Advertisement
If you can’t come up with a side gig that fits into your schedule and interests, turn your car into a rolling advertisement instead. Sites like Wrapify and Carvertise connect drivers with advertisers looking to lease space on their car for hundreds of dollars per month. The amount you earn depends on the area you live in, type of car you have and how often you drive, but it’s an easy set-it-and-forget-it side gig that earns with little ongoing work.
Rent Out Your Car
Got an extra car sitting around in your car or driveway? Rent it out for a handful of hours or an entire week through a site like Turo. Renters looking for lower rates and more convenience than heading to the airport just to pick up a car can rent from someone in their own city or neighborhood instead. Meanwhile, car owners can earn some money for a car they’re not using very often to put more cash in their pocket. Turo also extends insurance to your car and puts you in control of when you rent and for how long.
There are more side gigs you can do with your car than you’ll ever have time for, so choose the ones that sound the most rewarding and lucrative to you and get ready to start earning. As your business grows, you might decide your side gig should evolve into your full-time gig.