Did you know that according to some estimates, more than 57 million Americans are part of the gig economy?
We are living in an incredibly exciting time that is full of opportunity. The rise of gig economy apps and lack of consolidation in the space has created a competitive market for side hustlers to profit from, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.
The aspect I truly like the most about these sorts of gig jobs is that there is really something for everyone.
It doesn’t matter if you want to drive for DoorDash or UberEats or walk dogs with rover, there are plenty of jobs out there suitable for a variety of skill sets and interests.
Now, since driving jobs are so prevalent in the gig economy, I wanted to focus on a subsection of this side hustle that doesn’t get as much attention: peer to peer delivery.
If you want to make money by driving but don’t want to deal with food or passengers, this list of package delivery apps is for you!
What Is P2P Delivery?
Historically, when you ordered something online, a business such as FedEx, UPS, or your local mail service would be responsible for handling logistics and delivery.
However, companies like Amazon or Uber are increasingly making the delivery market more competitive with programs like Amazon Flex or Uber Freight, which connect independent couriers/contractors and customers instead of going through a traditional shipping company.
P2P delivery, or peer to peer delivery, takes advantage of this idea by creating a marketplace for side hustlers looking to deliver packages and customers who want the fastest (and most affordable) shipping options possible.
By taking the entire logistics process out of the hands of businesses, P2P delivery creates an incredible amount of value, such as:
- Allowing freelance delivery drivers to earn additional income.
- Lowering shipping costs for businesses and consumers.
- Decreasing wait times for orders.
General P2P Delivery Requirements:
While many P2P delivery companies have different requirements, there are a few standard ones you will encounter.
Age Requirements: most P2P courier jobs require their drivers to be 21 years or older.
Driver’s License & Background Check: you will need a valid license, auto insurance, and as clean a criminal/driving record as possible.
Vehicle Requirements: generally vehicles must be a 4-door sedan, van, or pickup truck to allow you to haul packages around.
Smartphone: many package delivery apps will require you to have a moderately new smartphone, and you will also need to have a data plan so you can mark packages as being delivered during your runs.
Now, time to look at some of the top P2P courier platforms around!
Roadie is a peer to peer delivery platform that caters to side hustlers and full-timers alike, and provides ways for drivers to make money with local or long distance deliveries.
On Roadie, drivers can earn up to $60 for local deliveries and $650 for road trips, and the process of getting a gig is very simple.
Roadie drivers simply pick the gigs they want through a mobile app, and drivers are notified when they are matched to a job. Roadie also bundles your delivery job with other jobs in the area to ensure you are working efficiently.
Roadie drivers also know exactly how much they will be paid for a job before they accept it, and payments are deposited into your account upon delivery. You can also opt in to deliver pets to their owners alongside regular package deliveries.
To become a Roadie driver you must be 18 years or older, have a SSN, and have a valid license. You must also maintain a 4 star rating which is based on feedback from your customers. Roadie has no minimum vehicle requirements at this time.
If you want to make money delivering packages with a pickup truck, box truck, or cargo van, GoShare might be the perfect platform for you.
Making money on GoShare is simple once you become a driver. You’ll be notified of ‘Projects’ in your area that you qualify for based on your vehicle, and you can choose to accept or decline whatever jobs you want.
Once you complete a delivery, payments are deposited into your account, and you can withdraw your balance to your bank account every week. GoShare has some of the most competitive P2P delivery wages in the industry, and depending on your vehicle, you can make some impressive money:
Drivers with GoShare are fully insured with cargo and liability coverage, and you are free to set your own hours.
GoShare drivers must be 18 or older, pass a background check, speak English, have a valid license/insurance, and drive a vehicle that is older than 2004 and passes their requirements.
Citizenshipper is a reputable P2P delivery marketplace where 9,000+ drivers have already completed more than 84,000 shipments and gotten paid.
Getting started with Citizenshipper is incredibly easy because the platform uses a bid-based system to assign jobs. Simply signup, browse open shipment requests, and bid to complete them. If you meet the job requirements and have the right price, the buyer will pick you out of the auction and you can get to work.
Payments are arranged between Buyer and Shipper with CitizenShipper, and the platform also costs $24.99 per month after your 3 month free trial. However, the bidding system can lead to a lot of opportunities if you are willing to hustle.
Transporters go through a background check, but besides that, you just need a valid license and insurance. Also note that pet delivery seems to be pretty popular (and lucrative) on Citizenshipper.
I’ve mentioned Dolly before in my ultimate list of gig apps, and it’s a great money maker for anyone willing to deliver furniture with their truck.
Dolly has a variety of money making options, and you can help customers with their move, junk removal, donation pick up/drop offs, and more. However, if muscling your way towards extra cash isn’t for you, you can also take part in Dolly’s retail store delivery program and help businesses with their cargo needs.
Dolly drivers who own their own vehicle are known as ‘Helpers,’ whereas Dolly ‘Hands’ are just people who don’t own a truck but are available to assist Helpers. Dolly Helpers can earn $30/hour or more, and weekly payments are made via PayPal.
To become a Dolly Helper, you must be 21 years or older, have a valid license, insurance, and a pickup truck/cargo van that is a model year 2,000 or newer, Vehicles with trailers can also qualify, and you must be able to lift and carry bulky items of at least 75 pounds.
If you’re looking for an app like Dolly to make money via truck deliveries, Buddytruk is another viable option.
As a Buddytruk driver, you can browse delivery items customers have posted. If a delivery is in your area and the item is manageable, you can agree to take the job and get matched with the customer.
The Buddytruk app allows drivers to work within their own cities/neighborhoods, set their own hours, and earn upwards of $40/hour.
If you’re looking for a peer to peer delivery network that is an effective way to cut down on travel costs, PiggyBee is a great place to get started.
PiggyBee allows travelers to post their upcoming trips to a P2P marketplace, along with details like if the trip is recurring and what sort of goods/cargo size you are willing to transport.
If someone in the community needs you to deliver a package to your destination, they can reach out to negotiate compensation once you deliver them their package.
6. Hey Parcel
Hey Parcel is another growing peer to peer crowd shipping platform that connects travelers and senders.
On Hey Parcel, ‘Senders’ can request packages to be delivered from ‘Travelers’ who happen to be heading towards their city or desired drop-off point, making Hey Parcel the perfect way to make money while traveling.
As a Traveler, all you have to do is post your travel dates and destination, and then Senders can get in contact with you to request deliveries. Once you work out an agreement with your customer, you simply bring them their package at a designated meeting location and collect your cash.
7. Amazon Flex
If you want to be your own boss, set your own hours, and deliver packages for this eCommerce giant, Amazon Flex is a great delivery job to consider.
Anyone looking to work with Amazon Flex can create an account through their regular Amazon account, and you just need to fill out information required for a background check and what areas you will be delivering in.
Once accepted into Amazon Flex, you will be able to select blocks of time that you will be delivering from. Block length depends on a few factors, like the type of delivery you are making (Prime, Amazon Fresh, regular orders), but you will find that most shifts are either 2-4 hours or 3-6 hours.
Drivers are free to accept or decline block shifts based on their availability, and there is no minimum monthly delivery requirement to remain an Amazon Flex driver.
Additionally, most drivers earn between $18-$25 per hour, meaning a 6 hour delivery shift could potentially make you $100+ for the day. Amazon Flex pays drivers through direct deposit every Tuesday and Friday.
Just note, Amazon Flex driver requirements are quite stringent, and different delivery types have varying requirements. I suggest checking out the Amazon Flex FAQ to learn more.
If you want to potentially earn $200+ USD (on average, apparently) every time you travel abroad, Grabr is the peer to peer delivery network of your dreams.
Grabr is similar to PiggyBee and Hey Parcel in that it connects international travelers with customers looking to obtain items they can’t easily find in their home country.
In terms of P2P marketplaces for travelers, Grabr is one of the most popular ones out there. There are currently thousands of order requests totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue for countries across the world.
In North America it’s easy to take the convenience and array of products on Amazon for granted, but in many regions, it can be hard to find certain items. This is why platforms like Grabr have so much demand.
Shoppers also pay Grabr when they accept your offer, and payments are deposited 10 days following a confirmed delivery, so there’s no sketchy bartering and the likelihood of getting scammed is incredibly low. Payments are also made in $USD.
We live in a truly global economy, and it has never been easier to make money remotely or to participate in the gig economy.
It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to hustle for your entire income or to just make some extra pocket change, there is plenty of opportunity if you know where to look.
If you enjoy driving/travelling and like the idea of delivering packages for money, I hope this list of P2P delivery platforms helps you find your next hustle.
Just remember: freelancers are responsible for reporting their income, and you should also ensure you track business expenses like mileage or vehicle repairs. You can checkout my Hurdlr review if you want to try an awesome mileage tracking app for freelancers.
Catch you guys in the next one.
Tom is a 23 year old recent college graduate from Canada with a passion for side hustling, passive income, and marketing. 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 visit Tom Blake Digital to get in touch!