If you own a vehicle, you definitely understand how painfully expensive it is to maintain it.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average household spent nearly $10,000 on transportation related expenses in 2018.
When you consider monthly car payments, upkeep, car insurance, and fuel costs, it isn’t hard to see why vehicles are such a significant expense.
However, thanks to the rise of gig economy apps and the sharing economy, there’s now a plethora of ways to get paid to drive.
If you’re looking for a list of apps that pay you to drive, this is the post for you.
I’ve been writing about and using various driving apps for years. Today, I’m covering 10+ of the best ones you can use to earn some extra money in your spare time.
Let’s get to it!
The Best Driving Apps To Make Money
Now, many of the apps in this post will be familiar to you. After all, leading gig economy companies offer some of the most stable and lucrative employment arrangements for independent contractors.
However, there’s also some lesser-known apps in this list and other ideas, so stick around!
Out of all the driving apps to make money, food delivery apps are some of the most common. And when it comes to food delivery gigs, DoorDash is the most popular app in North America.
With DoorDash, you can make money delivering food via bike, car, or scooter. And it’s easy to sign up for as long as you’re 18 or older and have access to a vehicle.
On average, DoorDash drivers make $25 per hour according to DoorDash’s website. And with the right DoorDash driver tips like driving at the best times and getting lucky with tips, you can make decent money per hour.
Learning how to DoorDash is also pretty simple; you’re really just picking up food and dropping it off a people’s homes or office.
And since you get to set your own hours or Dash when you want, DoorDash is a very flexible way to get paid to drive.
As an Instacart Shopper, you shop for people’s groceries and then deliver them right to your door.
You can generally earn around $15 to $25 per hour if you get enough batches, and you keep 100% of all the tips you get.
Completing batches can take a while since you have to collect everything from grocery stores. But you generally earn more per delivery with Instacart than you do with jobs like DoorDash. Plus, you spend a bit less on gas.
Many gig drivers still use DoorDash as their primary app and then rely on Instacart as a secondary hustle. But Instacart is still one of the best paying driving apps around.
3. Uber Eats
If you’re still looking for ways to get paid to drive your car, you can always consider delivering food with Uber Eats.
This food delivery gig lets you make money with a car, bike, or scooter. And it’s available in 6,000+ cities around the world.
One of my best friends actually made money after college as a bike courier for Uber Eats and DoorDash. He liked how flexible each side hustle was, and the extra income really helped him out each week.
Uber Eats is also flexible, so you can complete deliveries around your own schedule. And you keep 100% of all your tips.
Ultimately, you can start making money on the side with Uber Eats and similar driving apps. And if you drive at the best Uber Eats times, deliveries are more likely to be frequent and higher-paying.
4. Amazon Flex
Amazon Flex drivers work for Amazon logistics. In a nutshell, they’re responsible for collecting packages from Amazon fulfillment centers and delivering them to customers using their own vehicle.
The best part is that Amazon Flex drivers earn between $18 to $25 per hour, which is awesome for such a straightforward gig!
According to Glassdoor, the average is closer to $21. However, Amazon guarantees at least $15 to $19 per hour, which is well above minimum wage.
This guarantee is why Amazon Flex is a great way to make money with your car. Even if you have a slower day, you can get through your deliveries and still earn a solid wage.
Prime Now drivers can use any safe car, and Amazon.com drivers can use a 4-door, mid-sized sedan, van, or truck with a covered bed to make deliveries.
If you’ve ever wondered how to make money with your car, the answer might very well be Amazon!
5. P2P Delivery Apps
I’ve written a post on the best P2P delivery jobs before, and this is definitely a more ‘niche’ way to get paid to drive.
However, depending on your P2P job, this might be completely free money and not cost much additional time at all.
P2P delivery jobs involve delivering packages to other people. You might think that this is redundant since most packages can be delivered through the mail with large courier companies, but this isn’t always the case.
Many P2P jobs involve long road trips or even making deliveries between different countries.
P2P delivery drivers are also hired to deliver pets, help people move, or handle otherwise awkward deliveries that don’t exactly work with normal courier options.
The reason P2P delivery is also affordable is because the system is usually set up to encourage making deliveries along your existing travel route.
So, let’s say you were traveling between Austin and New York for an epic road trip…You could also deliver something between those 2 destinations as well for a P2P delivery network.
In this sense, P2P delivery jobs are an incredibly easy way to make money while driving.
Popular P2P delivery apps include:
- Roadie – Drivers earn up to $60 for local deliveries and $650 for road trips.
- GoShare – Ideal for drivers with pickup trucks, vans, box trucks, and larger vehicles.
- Grabr – Connects international travelers and customers to help people in different countries get products they might otherwise not have access to.
I think other apps that pay you to drive like food delivery apps or Amazon Flex are more lucrative for short distances/within your city.
However, if you have a road trip coming up, definitely consider some P2P delivery work.
Extra Reading – Checkout our post on how to make money with a truck for more inspiration!
This grocery delivery service is almost identical to Instacart. All you have to do is sign up to become a shopper and then accept grocery delivery orders from people in your area.
Cornershop Shoppers generally earn $12 to $20 per hour depending on how busy shifts are and how much tips are.
Just note that Cornershop is still growing, so it’s not as popular as jobs like DoorDash or Instacart. If anything, use this as a backup way to make money driving for when your main apps are slow.
Like Instacart and Cornershop, Shipt is another one of the best driving apps to make money that pays you to shop for groceries and then deliver them to people in your city.
Shipt is also Instacart’s main competitor, and it’s available in thousands of cities across the United States.
Like most driving apps, you have to be 18 or older to deliver for Shipt. And, your vehicle has to be in decent condition so you can actually complete deliveries.
But if that all checks out, you can likely earn $15 to $20 per hour as a Shipt Shopper. You pay for gas and vehicle expenses like other apps, but you also keep 100% of all your tips.
8. Help People Move
No one likes moving.
This simple fact is why my old college roommates and I decided to purge our student house of pretty much everything we owned rather than find a moving solution:
Considering how unpleasant this sort of work is, it’s not surprising that another way to make money with your vehicle is to help people move.
Now, this job is typically for anyone who has a pickup truck, van, or larger vehicle like a box truck that can actually fit furniture and other bulky items.
So, if you have such a vehicle, this is another awesome side hustle to consider!
Some popular companies that pay you to help people move are:
- Dolly – Earn up to $30 per hour if you own a truck.
- Bellhops – Make up to $21 per hour helping people move.
- Lugg – Another lucrative option if you own a truck, although you can still apply as a helper.
- TaskRabbit – Moving gigs are common on TaskRabbit and you can set your own hourly rate and choose the contracts you work.
Dolly and Lugg are nice in that you can still work as a helper even if you don’t own a truck. However, this will decrease your hourly wage.
In any case, if you don’t mind some heavy lifting, helping people move could be your next weekend side hustle.
9. Use Apps That Pay You For Driving Safely
These days, many car insurance companies offer a discount if you install a vehicle tracking app or device in your vehicle that monitors your driving habits.
The premise is pretty simple: install the damn thing, don’t speed or break suddenly for a year, and then go back to your regular stunt driving ways once the testing phase is up and you get the discount.
For me, this was one of the ways I saved money as a college student.
I was with TD Bank, and after installing their My Advantage app, I instantly saved 5% on car insurance and ended up saving around 10% on my car insurance after the year was up (your percentage varies based on your driving safety).
Plenty of leading car insurance companies have something like this these days, so shop around.
There are also other apps that pay you to drive more cautiously, including:
- OnMyWay App – Pays you with points for not texting while driving. Points can be used to earn discounts when shopping online at partners, so not really an app that makes money, but a neat idea!
- Mobilio – Another app that pays you for driving safely, but through Mobilio tokens. This is a crypto-version of the OnMyWay app.
- This App Saves Lives – Another app like OnMyWay, but with much better brand rewards and discounts.
Ultimately, if you can become a safer driver, there should be some form of discount you can get, be it car insurance deductions or nifty rewards from different apps.
HopSkipDrive is a child transportation network that mostly operates in the Western United States.
If you become a HopSkipDrive driver, you can allegedly earn up to $32 per hour, set your own schedule, and even earn bonuses.
HopSkipDrive runs a background check and seriously vets their drives, so there are some steps involved.
Here are HopSkipDrive’s drivers requirements:
- Have at least 5 years of care-giving experience.
- Be at least 23 years old.
- Have a 4-door vehicle that’s no older than 10 years.
- Agree to a multi-agency background check and fingerprinting.
- Have a good driving record.
If you live in a HopSkipDrive state or city, this is definitely a high-paying job that involves driving. If you don’t mind kids, this could be one of your most lucrative options.
11. Be A Chauffeur For The Elderly
Thanks to the gig economy, at-home elderly care is becoming more affordable than in the past.
Popular jobs include things like general elderly care, cleaning, cooking, and even live-in housekeeping.
However, two other popular jobs are running errands and being a chauffeur.
Maneuverability is difficult for many people, so you can lend a helping hand and get paid for doing some good.
Ideally, you should have some basic care-giving experience unless you’re just running errands. Either way, this is a well-paid option to get paid to drive.
Care.com states that chauffeur jobs pay an average of $14.75 per hour, and apps like TaskRabbit let you set your own rate.
Just note that Care.com requires a background check and creating your profile can take some time!
12. Rent Out Your Car
Alright, this isn’t exactly an app that pays you to drive, but you can make more money if you drive, so hold on a second.
Renting out your assets for money is an awesome way to monetize something that you don’t always need.
However, while this is largely an Airbnb-type model that’s mostly passive income, you can significantly increase your earnings as a vehicle owner if you put in some effort.
For example, Turo and GetAround let you add extras like delivering your vehicle to the renter or airport/train station pickup for added fees.
If you live near a major transportation hub, this is an incredibly easy up-sell if you’re already renting out your vehicle.
Obviously, this is a pretty specific scenario. However, I thought it was worth mentioning since it’s a great idea to consider if you want to make money renting out your car.
Alright, time for a pretty niche way to get paid to drive.
With CitizenShipper, you can make money by delivering pets to their new homes!
You might be wondering why this service exists, but people rely on pet shipping if they adopt a pet from another city/state as an example.
CitizenShipper also lets you deliver other items as well like:
- Household items.
- Apartment and home moves.
- Heavy equipment.
- Boats and water vehicles.
Gigs can easily pay $1,000 or more as well, making CitizenShipper one of the best paying driving apps.
For these kinds of gigs, it’s best if you can add on a delivery to a roadtrip or if you’re already heading towards that general direction.
Extra Reading – How To Make Money With A Cargo Van.
14. Uber & Lyft
I left this point near the end because, as you probably know by now, two of the most popular apps that pay you to drive are Uber and Lyft.
There’s really no mystery here: just complete the sign up process for either platform, and once you have been cleared, open your app, and start accepting riders in your city to make some extra cash.
Note that you need to be at least 21 to drive for either company in the United States. You also need a 4 door vehicle that meets the rideshare company’s standards, vehicle registration, proof of car insurance, a valid driver’s license, your SSN, and to pass a background check.
However, vehicle age requirements for each platform can vary. In most markets, your vehicle is fine as long as it’s not more than 15 years old and meet the rideshare company’s standards.
Gopuff is another driving gig that pays that’s also similar to Amazon Flex.
As a Gopuff driver, you pick up packages from partner warehouses and deliver them to people in your city to get paid.
Usually, you’re delivering items like food, snacks, alcohol, or household essentials.
Now, Gopuff is only available in a few hundred cities, and generally, drivers earn $9 to $15 per hour.
This makes it a lower-paying job compared to driving jobs like Amazon Flex or DoorDash, so keep this in mind.
However, if you’re stuck on a waitlist for another company or want to test a new app, you can definitely give Gopuff a try!
16. Offer Driving Tours
One final way to get paid to drive is to become an Airbnb host and to offer driving tours to visitors in your city. Granted, this is a pretty niche and creative idea, but you’d be amazed at how much money some people are making!
For example, I found an Airbnb experience from host Konrad who drives people around Iceland’s Golden Circle in his Tesla.
Kondrad has dozens of positive reviews, so he’s made thousands of dollars offering this tour.
Again, this is a more creative option to make money driving, but if you live in a touristy city, it’s definitely a viable one.
Other Tips To Get Paid To Drive
If you want to maximize your earnings and keep life simple during tax season, keep these tips in mind:
1. Use A Mileage Tracking App
If you’re going to drive to make money, one of the most important things you should do is to use some form of mileage tracking app.
Personally, I recommend Hurdlr, a freemium mileage tracking app that makes it easy to track your income, mileage, taxes-owed, and find tax deductions.
Mileage tracking can lead to some pretty awesome tax deductions, so you’re doing yourself a huge disservice if you don’t do any tracking.
Check out my Hurdlr review to learn more about the app!
2. Taxes Matter
Speaking of taxes: they matter a lot when you’re trying to make money with your car.
Pretty much any app that pays you for driving has you working as an independent contractor.
This means you’re responsible for accurately tracking your income (also why Hurdlr rocks) and paying the appropriate amount of income tax. You might even have to pay quarterly.
Don’t leave your gig economy earnings until the last minute.
There are under the table jobs, but driving gigs are certainly not in that category.
3. Consider Depreciation & Fuel Costs
The most common complaint I see on Reddit when people ask how to make money by driving is that fuel and vehicle depreciation costs are too high.
The simple fact is that you’re responsible for doing the math.
Sure, Uber might look great on paper, but earnings can vary depending on when and where you choose to drive and how often you make tips. So, do the math first to determing what works best for you.
Your city and specific mileage-per-gallon might not look so great when you do. Alternatively, you might have enough profit margin to make a driving gig worth your time.
Whatever the case, just have realistic expectations and don’t forget about depreciation either! Vehicle repairs are inevitable, so put money aside in the event your car needs servicing.
4. Avoid Car Advertising Gigs
Another common suggestion for ways to make money with your car is to sell advertising space on it.
At first glance, it seems like the easiest free money ever. However, this business model is largely too good to be true.
In reality, these companies generally require you to drive a certain number of miles per day and along busy roads. You have very little choice in the matter, and your earnings take a hit if you don’t comply as this Reddit thread shows:
Plus, there’s also a lot of scams out there that ask you to pay for wrapping your car, or some other form of monetary exchange.
However, your insurance might not accept this, and again, you need to drive a certain mileage to earn. Oh yeah, these companies track your vehicle as well.
Extra Reading – How To Earn $5,000 Fast.
5. Try Multiple Driving Apps
Using driving apps to make money is an excellent way to boost your monthly income.
However, like any category of gig jobs, it’s important to test what works best in your market and to keep on experimenting.
Over time, trying multiple apps lets you find the highest-paying combo in your particular market. Plus, you might find you prefer one type of driving gig over others.
Extra Reading – How Much Can You Make On DoorDash In A Day?
The reason I write about the gig economy so much on This Online World is because I think it’s one of the best innovations in the last decade.
Dozens of companies now let you work on your own schedule, earn solid income, and potentially even go full-time as an independent contractor.
Now, in terms of driving apps to make money, there’s also ample opportunity out there. It doesn’t matter if you only use apps like DoorDash or Instacart or dabble with several apps; all of these options can help increase your monthly income.
Ultimately, if you want to create a new source of income for yourself and don’t have time for making money online or starting a YouTube channel or something like that, driving side hustles are a great choice.
The barrier to entry is low and there’s plenty of work opportunities. As long as you track your income and expenses, you can make the most out of this category of gigs.
That’s all for this one! I hope this list of ways to get paid to drive helps you find a new side hustle idea that you enjoy.
I’ll catch you guys in the next one.
Looking for other ways to make extra money? Checkout:
- 20+ Best Jobs That Make $5,000 A Month.
- How To Make $1,000 Per Day.
- How To Make Your Money Work For You.
DoorDash Disclaimer: Actual earnings may differ and depend on factors like number of deliveries completed, time of day, location, and expenses. Hourly pay is calculated using average Dasher payouts while on a delivery (from the time you accept an order until the time you drop it off) over a 90 day period and includes compensation from peak pay, tips, and other incentives.
Tom is a full-time blogger and freelance writer with a passion for side hustling, passive income, and the gig economy. His work has appeared on dozens of personal finance websites like Money Crashers, The College Investor, Investor Junkie, and more. This Online World is all about providing people with honest ways to make and save more money by using technology. To learn more about Tom, read his About Page!
If you’re interested in freelance writing services or want to partner with This Online World, please use our contact page to get in touch!