Maybe you overspent a bit this holiday season, or your hours have been cut back at work. Or, perhaps your credit card bills are higher than you would like, or you would like to save money for a relaxing vacation. No matter the reason, you are looking for some ways to make extra money, and you want to give side hustling a try. Fortunately, there are a number of side gigs that will put some extra money in your pocket, and the following three ideas require little more than a vehicle to get going:
Table and Chair Rental Service
From wedding receptions and bridal showers to birthday parties and meetings, there are a number of events that require extra tables and chairs. If you stock up on some attractive and inexpensive white resin chairs and then purchase some tables as well, you can immediately go into business as a table and chair rental company. If you have a small vehicle, you may want to look into investing in a good truck that has plenty of room for the tables and chairs; for example, the Chevrolet Colorado is a great choice. The Chevy Colorado drives more like a car than a truck and has plenty of cargo space. If you purchase the 2016 model, you’ll find 41.3 cubic feet in the short bed model and 49.9 cubic feet in the long bed; as a bonus, the Colorado gets around 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 on the freeway, so you won’t eat up all of your side gig profits filling up your tank.
Taking People Where They Need to Go
If you don’t mind sharing your car with total strangers and have some free time on the nights and weekends, you can get your side hustle on working for companies like Uber and Lyft. As a bonus, both of these well-known companies offer a “Destination Mode” feature that essentially lets you earn money on your usual morning and evening commute. Just tell the Uber or Lyft app which direction you are headed and it will let you pick up people in need of a ride along the way. Getting paid to drive to and from work is an easy way to pick up some extra cash.
Deliver Packages and/or Groceries
If you ordered anything online this holiday season, you might have noticed that at least a few of the delivery people showed up in their own personal cars. If you would rather tote packages around than people, check out Amazon Flex; Flex drivers make between $18-$25 an hour and you can select blocks of time to pick up packages and make deliveries. You don’t have to sign up for a set amount of hours and you can change your availability based on your schedule. The main caveat is that you must have a 4-door car or sedan. You can also look into grocery delivery jobs; Shipt is an on-demand grocery delivery service that is currently available in 13 states.
If you enjoy driving, you can easily start making some extra money on the side using any of these ideas, or maybe a combination of a couple of them. By using the car you already own, or investing in one that can help with your side hustle, you will soon have a nice second job going that will add a nice chunk of change to your bank account.
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