Updated: September 2020
Gig jobs are a great way to earn some extra income or even become your full time income. What are the best ones to apply to? We looked at all the options available and shared our findings with you.
Postmates is a service that allows their customers to have anything delivered to them from a store or a restaurant.
As a Postmates driver you will receive delivery requests from within the Postmates app and then navigate to the restaurant or store to collect the item and drive on to deliver it to the customer.
It’s free to sign up and you get started earning cash almost immediately. There are no fees or time commitments and you are able to take home 100% of what you earn every time you complete a delivery. There is no need to worry about scheduling shifts, simply log into the app whenever you want to work.
You will be paid a fee for pickup, a fee for drop-off as well as being paid for wait time at the restaurant, and paid per mile between pickup and drop-off. You will also receive 100% of tips which customers can do within the app. As a bonus Postmates also has ‘Blitz Pricing’ which means you receive increased cash during peak hours.
DoorDash is a food delivery app that allows customers to order and receive food from their favourite local restaurants.
As a DoorDash driver you will receive orders via the DoorDash app, which tells you what restaurant you need to pick up the food from and once you have collected the meal simply drive on to the customers home and deliver it to them.
You can sign up immediately and you can use any motorised vehicle or bike to deliver food. Another great plus for DoorDash drivers is that you can sign up for shifts 6 days in advance, meaning you can guarantee work. DoorDash also shows the minimum payout of a delivery before you accept it so you know exactly how much you are about to earn!
You will receive a base pay plus any promotions and of course you get to keep 100% of tips. Peak Pay bonuses can increase earnings during periods of high demand!
Lyft is a company that allows you to become an independent taxi driver!
Through the Lyft app, you are connected to passengers who have requested rides. Simply collect the passenger and take them to their destination. Passengers pay you automatically through the app for the ride as well as paying tips on top!
As a Lyft driver you are able to work a very flexible schedule, you earn money whatever you need, by driving people around, day or night. You don’t have to have any special experience, just a driver’s license, valid registration and insurance, meet the vehicle requirements, and pass a background check! It is all very simple and the Lyft driver support team will be on hand to answer any questions you have.
You are paid calculated on the base fare (what each passenger is charged for getting picked up) plus a cost per minute and a cost per distance traveled. On top of that, you also get to keep all your tips! There are also bonus pay events, such as new driver earnings guarantees, Prime Time and Power Drive Bonus - there are nice multipliers that can give you a big reward for driving during peak hours!
Uber Eats allows their customers to get immediate access and order the food they crave, from a variety of restaurants, at their fingertips.
As a driver for Uber Eats you can earn lucrative receive commissions if you decide to deliver food for them! Uber Eats accepts vehicles 1999 or newer, so drivers with older cars that don’t qualify for Uber ridesharing services can instead drive for Uber Eats. Some cities that Uber Eats operate in even allow bike or scooter delivery, so you can get started ASAP!
There is no minimum time commitment, which means for Uber Eat drivers you can work whenever you want to! Simply log into the Uber Eats app and start accepting orders whenever you want to earn some cash. You can choose to do only food deliveries while you work, or if your car qualifies you can also do regular Uber rides
Customers can tip inside the Uber Eats app, or in cash and drivers keep 100% of tips on top of their delivery and driving fee. On top of that, Uber creates geographical ‘Boost’ zones that offer an earnings multiplier for deliveries that begin within the Boost area, so you can earn bonus cash very quickly!
Uber connects you to people who have requested a ride to their next destination.
Driving for Uber couldn’t be simpler, you set your own hours so you can either drive full time or just earn extra cash in your spare time. You simply accept as many rideshare requests as you wish and can take a break whenever you want! You don’t have to worry about annoying paperwork or scheduling, everything is handled by the Uber app and you are paid directly into your bank account.
Not only is working for Uber admin free, but they also allow you to get your money immediately via Uber Instant Pay! You can get paid up to 5 times daily and access cash almost immediately upon earning it, so no need to wait for that next paycheck!
Your pay is calculated from a portion of a rider’s fares, which is a combination of base fare, mileage, time and booking fee. You can also earn big bucks when a surge price is added to the fare during peak times! It’s easy to sign up and start earning cash so if you are over 21, have a car that is less than 10 years old and you can pass background checks, what are you waiting for?!
Shipt is a service that delivers groceries and other essentials to its customers, they deliver from local and national retailers people love – like Target, Petco, or CVS.
Working for Shipt you will be known as a Shipt Shopper, so what this means is that you get to shop and deliver groceries and other items to customers. There are some great benefits, you get to be your own boss and can choose to work part-time, full-time, overtime or anytime!
Unlike other delivery jobs, as you have to shop and deliver, you can get out into the world and stay active and meet lots of great people along the way. A typical job will involve arriving at your local grocery store, selecting the items that your customer has ordered via the app, before purchasing them with your prepaid Shipt card. Next, jump in your vehicle and simply deliver the purchased groceries to the customer’s front door.
As a Shipt Shopper as well as getting paid to shop and deliver you also get to keep 100% of your tips and Shipt Shoppers who pass their 100th shop milestone typically earn up to $24/order, so it’s a great way to earn great cash! Shipt is always taking orders so if you want it, you never really have down time and can always be earning!
Grubhub is a food delivery service which allows customers to place orders from local restaurants. They have become one of the largest online ordering platforms in the world so are an established and trustworthy company to work for!
Furthermore, Grubhub has more orders than any other food order platform which means you have more opportunities to make deliveries, which means working for Grubhub gives you a much higher earning potential.
Not only does delivering for Grubhub mean you have great opportunities to make cash, but you are able to work for yourself, set your own hours, and make take 100% of tips! Also, Grubhub has a lower minimum age requirement than other gig jobs, you only need to be 19!
Grubhub also allows drivers to schedule their hours in advance through the Grubhub for Drivers app, this means you can make sure you have allotted times to make cash in advance, helping to ensure to maximise the amount of money you can make!