With all the new and creative ways to earn money nowadays, you’ll find tons of side hustles that pay pretty well just for owning a vehicle.
Everyone talks about how you can make money with your average car… but what about a pickup truck?
After reading this, you might come to find that there are more advantages to owning a truck than you thought.
If you want to know how to make money with a pickup truck then you’re in luck, because we’ll be going over 20 different ideas to bring in some extra cash!
Looking for other high-paying driving gigs? Checkout:
- DoorDash – Earn $10 to $20+ per hour as a DoorDash driver!
- Steady – Find local delivery gigs and other jobs with the free Steady app!
Best Apps to Make Money With a Truck
There are so many different ways to make money with a truck.
A lot of these are apps you can use to make money with your truck, not regular jobs or full-time gigs, so keep this in mind!
Here are the main categories we’ll be tackling:
You should note that most of these ideas require you to be 18 or older, have a valid driver’s license, and a decent knowledge of using apps on your smartphone.
A lot of the requirements also ask that you can lift heavy weights (50-100lbs) and that your truck is in good shape.
Now that you’re aware of all the potential options to using your pickup truck, let’s get started with the most common use!
Help People Move
Owning a pickup truck can help you carry much more than an average car, which is why helping people move is a great gig to get into!
Here are a few great apps to help people move with your pickup truck…
If you want to work for Dolly, you’re in luck!
All you need to do is own a pickup truck and be able to lift 75 lbs or more. That’s literally it!
You can sign up with Dolly and start making $30/hr or more.
Some of the top helpers on Dolly earn over $1000 per week!
You can still work for Dolly as a helper if you don’t have a pickup truck, but owning a truck is certainly more lucrative.
Bellhop is a moving service app similar to Dolly where you can help others move to a new home, apartment, or even a dorm.
The app allows you to perform other tasks for money such as long-distance moving, delivery, packing/unpacking, and hourly labor.
You can make up to $21/hr including tips and bonuses. Plus, you get to build your own schedule around your day so you’re never restricted to anything.
If you’re over 18, can lift 100 lbs, and have a checking account, you’re almost certainly qualified to use Bellhop.
If you have a pickup truck newer than 2001, can lift 100 lbs, and are over 18 years old, you can get started with Lugg.
Lugg is a moving and delivery app that allows you to move store purchases, Craigslist purchases, donations, and small home moves to make money.
Top earners at Lugg make up to $2500 a week according to their website.
This seems a little high, but there’s no denying you can make money with your truck each week if you put in the hours.
Keep in mind, this is only for people who dedicate everyday to these types of jobs and go the extra mile to get things done.
Side note: If you’re using your own pickup truck, you must be 21 or older.
Make Money Hauling Stuff
Some people aren’t looking to move homes, but need things like furniture or appliances moved from one place to another. and that’s where you step in!
Here’s how you can make money hauling stuff:
4. Offer Junk Removal Services
While there is no app or website specifically for this purpose, you can still make a decent amount of money by posting your services on Facebook and Craigslist.
With a pickup truck you can hold a decent amount of junk that plenty of people are willing to pay to get rid of.
Most estimates on Craigslist are showing between $50-$100 depending on the amount of junk and distance being driven.
TaskRabbit is a popular app for completing everyday tasks for people such as setting up a tv, building a new desk, or even delivery services.
There are almost 15 different services you can do on TaskRabbit including:
- Furniture removal.
- Moving help.
- Mattress & furniture pickup.
- Furniture rearrangement.
TaskRabbit also has a fairly decent selection of handyman gigs and electrical work.
However, moving jobs are a great way to make money with your truck.
After all, on TaskRabbit, moving jobs can pay anywhere between $50-$200 depending on the type of service.
Extra Reading – Checkout our post on 9 apps like TaskRabbit to find even more money-making ideas!
GoShare is a delivery service app that pays you to move things no matter the size of your vehicle.
This is a classic peer-to-peer delivery job that is great if you own a pickup truck or even larger vehicle, like a box truck.
A pickup truck can help you earn more by moving bigger things like 1-2 big box items, small loads, special deliveries, and home improvement materials.
You can earn between $46-$60/hr depending on the size of your pickup truck, which is insane.
Checkout our GoShare driver review for more info!
Wonolo is an awesome way to help fill in a shift, task, or delivery for a company/individual that needs on demand help.
A lot of Wonolo jobs involve factory work, restaurant t shifts, or filling in for retailers.
However, you can make money hauling stuff with your pickup truck on Wonolo by signing up for their app and including your qualifications for delivery services.
Not only does this help you make good money, but it’ll also put a smile on your face knowing you just saved someone’s day!
Read our Wonolo review for more information!
Bungii is a hauling service company for pickup truck drivers only.
You can make over $40/hr with a pickup truck that is newer than 2005.
You must also be able to lift 100 lbs and carry a few different types of cords with you to secure things in place.
Bungii is a great option for you if you want to make your own schedule, get in some exercise, and grow your resume.
Plus, this is one of the few platforms that caters exclusively for trucks, so you know you’re in good hands!
Checkout our Wonolo review for all the details!
Person to person delivery is a great side gig to make money with a pickup truck if you’re already out and about with your vehicle.
In a nutshell, P2P delivery jobs pay you for delivering goods to people as you travel.
The idea is to connect buyers with drivers who happen to be passing by anyway, making everyone’s life a little easier.
Roadie is a same-day delivery service that pays you to deliver everyday items wherever you are.
You get paid up to $15/trip for delivering basic items (medicine, spare tire, hardware supplies).
Plus, if you’re traveling far, you can earn hundreds just for bringing an item with you that someone needed to deliver to a friend.
Deposits are made to your account on a weekly basis and you keep 100% of your tips.
Roadie jobs are probably a bit different than just hauling regular furniture, but if you’re making a drive anyway, you might as well make some extra cash!
Extra Reading – Is Roadie Legit?
BuddyTruk is a hauling service for short trips (under 75 miles) that allows you to deliver everyday items or small furniture to anyone/anywhere.
The app pays drivers somewhere between $25-$45/hr after all expenses and fees are taken out.
You must be 21 or older, be able to lift 50 lbs, go through a background/DMV check, and have a late model truck with auto insurance.
BuddyTruk collects 30% of what you make, but your net earnings are still on par with other hauling services.
Edit – Unfortunately it looks like BuddyTruk isn’t currently operating.
Extra Reading – Ways To Make Money With A Cargo Van.
Rent it Out
If you have no interest in doing all that delivery type of work or simply don’t drive your truck often, you can always rent out your truck for money.
Just remember to factor in mileage and depreciation into your earnings!
Turo is the world’s largest car sharing marketplace that allows you to rent out your vehicle to others on a “per day” basis.
Depending on the age of your truck, you can make anywhere between $50-$200/day with Turo.
The average monthly earnings in 2019 for the average Turo user (with at least 12 completed trips) was $620.
If you can have other people use your truck while you’re not using it and make extra money everyday, why wouldn’t you?
Turo takes between 20-30% of your gross earnings depending on your insurance and protection policies.
Getaround is a car sharing service similar to Turo which allows you to rent out your car hassle-free with a $1 million insurance policy.
The cool thing about Getaround is that you don’t actually have to meet the renter to give them your vehicle.
Everything is keyless entry with the ability to unlock the car from the app, which is much more passive than platforms like Turo.
Now this obviously comes with a downside. If your truck is not a 2010 model or newer, you won’t be able to install the Getaround device that is required for renting out your vehicle.
Another benefit however, is that Getaround pays on an hourly basis. So you can use your truck the same day you rent it out!
Fetch is a rental company specifically designed for truck rentals only.
You can list your pickup truck for a certain amount of hours or days and you put your availability for whenever you want!
If you happen to have multiple trucks for rent, you can include them in a fleet where Fetch tracks all of your trucks for you while you let the money come in.
This is probably one of the most straightforward ways to make money with a pickup truck, especially if there’s a decent amount of demand in your city.
Some Fetch users have made up to $1800/month with their truck, and that’s after Fetch takes out 20-30% of the earnings.
Other Pickup Truck Side Hustles
If you’re looking for more ways to make money with a pickup truck, here are a few other ideas that may spark your interest:
14. Snow Plowing
If you live in an area that snows often, you can make an awesome side hustle out of plowing snow from people’s homes.
A snow plowing attachment can cost anywhere between $750-$1500, but after that, the only real expense is gas.
You can post on Facebook and Craigslist about your snow plowing services and make thousands of dollars every winter.
Some services have made up to $50,000 in one season!
You can also see if your city will hire your services during a particularly rough winter.
15. Landscape Work
If you’ve already got a great truck and can afford to carry the extra equipment, landscaping can be more than just a side hustle for you.
Determine if you’ll need any extra attachments, equipment, or employees to get your feet off the ground.
Similar to snow plowing, Facebook and Craigslist will be your best bet to get your services out there.
Before you consider towing with a pickup truck, make sure you check your specific truck’s towing capacity and factor in the age and wear on your truck.
If everything is adequate in that department, then you can post your services to help tow a vehicle.
You will need a proper cable and hitch for towing. That’s the only real expense besides gas for this business.
17. Junk-Day Salvaging
Looking for “junk” to pick up on the curb of someone’s house is excellent for side hustlers that know how to flip things for money.
With a pickup truck, you can carry much larger items with ease and potentially make a greater profit because of it.
Pickup the items for free and resell them on Ebay, Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace.
Extra Reading – How to Start an Ebay flipping business.
18. Scrap Metal Salvaging
Collecting nearby and picking up precious metals such as copper can actually make you money for selling it to scrap metal buyers.
If you keep at it, filling up your truck with metals can happen in no time and you can take it to any scrap yard to turn a profit.
19. Deliver Food & Goods
Although you’re probably better off doing this with a normal car that has good mileage, it can still be a great option if you’re short on cash and need the extra money fast.
Two popular options worth considering are DoorDash and Instacart!
DoorDash – DoorDash couriers earn anywhere from $11 to $18 per hour based on salary data from Indeed!
Instacart – Shoppers earn approximately $11 to $17 per hour according to more salary reviews from Glassdoor.
Again, keep a close eye on your gas tank if you’re going to start doing this to make sure it’s actually worth all those gas expenses.
Extra Reading – Is Postmates worth it?
20. Rideshare Apps
If your pickup truck has 2 rows of seats and 4 doors you can pretty much apply for most ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft (assuming all other basic requirements are met).
You can make $100-$300/month as an average driver on these platforms.
Similar to food delivery services, you should heavily consider the mileage of your truck and gas prices for making all those trips.
The option is still definitely available if this is one of your last resorts.
If you decide to become a rideshare driver, be sure to read our Hurdlr review as well to learn how to properly track your mileage and expenses!
Pros & Cons
So, you now have a list of ways to make money with a pickup truck.
But, before you jump into this side hustle, consider the following pros and cons of this side hustle.
- Can set your own hours
- Generally earn more than minimum wage per hour
- Make use of your truck to earn some extra cash
- Jobs like helping people move can pay tips
- You have to factor in the cost of gas
- Vehicle depreciation eats away at your profit
- You’re an independent contractor, which means no benefits
- You have to file your income taxes properly
Ultimately, if you want to boost your monthly income with flexible side jobs, these truck-based side gigs are for you.
Just remember to accurately track your income and expenses so you don’t have any surprises!
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve covered the best side hustles with a truck you can use to make extra cash on the side.
But, here are a few other common questions truck owners have about this money-making idea.
1. Do These Side Gigs Really Work?
Apps to make money with a pickup truck work, but it’s important to know that how much money you make often depends on supply and demand.
Gig apps need a lot of users to have consistent work. So, if you live in a small town or in a very competitive market, it might be difficult to get steady work with these gig apps.
This is why trying several apps is a good idea so you can find what pays the most and is steady in your market.
2. How To Make Money With A Box Truck?
If you have a box truck and not a regular pickup truck, your best bet to make extra money is to help people move.
People hire box trucks and professional movers all the time when moving, so you can undercut some local moving services and offer moving help yourself.
Alternatively, you can list your services on GoShare since box trucks can earn over $70 per hour on that platform.
3. Can I Make $1,000 Per Week With My Pickup Truck?
It’s possible to make $1,000 a week or more with pickup truck side hustles, but I don’t think this is likely.
Again, many gig apps are competitive or lack enough demand to provide you with a steady stream of work.
If you want to try and make $1,000 per week or more, your best bet is probably to start a landscaping business with Lawn Love, which lets you offer landscaping services to people in your city (which you need a truck for.)
Alternatively, you can try completing long-distance deliveries with apps like Roadie and GoShare.
There’s actually an incredible number of ways to make more money thanks to the power of technology and the gig economy.
If you want to create a new income stream and own a pickup truck, you’re also in luck.
There are so many options for making money with your pickup truck.
If you like dealing with people, moving gigs, deliveries, and P2P gigs are for you.
In contrast, if you want an introvert-friendly job, hauling junk, snow plowing, and other similar gigs might be up your alley.
Whatever the case, as long as you track miles and fuel and have realistic expectations, there’s no reason why you can’t turn your pickup truck into a source of extra cash.
Thanks so much for reading!
Do you have a favorite way to make money with a truck? Let us know in the comments!
Daniel is a 20 year old blogger from Los Angeles with a huge love for everything entrepreneurship, finance, and investing. When he’s not blogging at Modern Teen, you can catch him playing volleyball, shooting archery, or finding new ways to make money.