We all need — or want — extra money.
A little extra for groceries this week. A cushion for your savings. An additional student loan payment. Hey, maybe even splurge on something for yourself.
There are plenty of ways to add money to your bank account, but if you’re looking for a flexible gig that requires limited human interaction, food-delivery apps might be your perfect fit.
No, driving burritos around town doesn’t need to be your lifelong career. App-based side gigs are great for that reason — you can work as little or as much as you want, and you can quit when you’ve hit your money goal.
Perhaps the best part is that some of these delivery services pay pretty well. For example, grocery delivery service Shipt says it pays its shoppers up to $22 an hour.
We did some quick math: If you work one day a week for eight hours, you could add an extra $176 to your bank account. If you kept with this routine for a month, you could earn more than $700. That’s rent. Or a few months of student loan payments. Or a vacation. Or a new smartphone.
There are a number of food-delivery gigs out there looking for workers. Here are a few of our favorites:
1. We Found a Guy in Cali Earning $600 A Week With Doordash
Some side gigs that require you driving around have specific car requirements. We like Doordash because it doesn’t. (Sorry, we don’t drive a shiny new car. *eye roll*)
In fact, Doordash lets you deliver via car, motorcycle, scooter or even bike (in select cities), which makes this gig all the more flexible.
With Doordash, you’ll earn money for each takeout delivery, plus tips. Jose Neri, from California, reports earning $500 to $600 a week working just lunch and dinner shifts.
If you sign up for Doordash now (it takes only a few minutes to fill out the preliminary info), it’s possible to get your first paycheck this week.
2. You’ll Take Home 100% of Your Pay With Postmates
With Postmates, you can get paid to deliver just about anything — groceries, takeout and even retail purchases — so you’ll never be bored.
Plus, we like it because unlike other apps, you’ll take home 100% of your earnings when you make a delivery. No service fees. No booking fees. No transaction fees. Oh, and all the tips!
You can deliver through Postmates by car, bicycle or foot. We chatted with Holly Gaston, of San Francisco, California. She’s had plenty of side gigs, but she said Postmates was one of her more enjoyable experiences. She reported making an average of $15 an hour.
Oh, and if you’re tight on money right now, Postmates has an instant pay feature, which allows you to cash out your earnings instantly for a 50-cent fee (lower than some options). Then your money will typically show up in your account within 30 minutes.
Starting the sign-up process shouldn’t take you more than about three minutes, and you’ll be off delivering within the week.
3. Get Paid to Deliver Groceries — Then Forgo Your Own Shopping
If you’re one of those people who enjoys grocery shopping — jamming to the cheesy throwback tunes that play over the speakers and meandering through aisles full of food — then you might make the perfect Shipt shopper.
With Shipt, you can get paid up to $22 an hour grocery shopping for other people. And what’s also cool? As a Shipt shopper you won’t even have to do your own grocery shopping; you’ll get a free Shipt membership so you can have someone deliver your groceries — for free!
We talked to one shopper, Destiny Frith, from Nashville, who said she made about $600 a week as a Shipt shopper — while working completely on her own schedule.
Just sign up online. (The application is pretty simple.) Once you’re approved, pick which jobs you want to take, and Shipt will send you a prepaid card to buy the groceries, and you’ll deliver them to customers.
4. Not Your Classic Food-Delivery Job (No Delivery Required)
Instacart is similar to Shipt in that you get paid to do someone else’s grocery shopping, but if you’re not keen on actually delivering the groceries, then it’ll pay you to be an in-store shopper.
Yup — as an Instacart in-store shopper, you don’t even have to leave the store. You’ll get paid to simply fill people’s grocery orders. That’s it. You’ll still get to choose your own hours, and you get paid weekly. According to Glassdoor reviews, in-store shoppers earn about $14 an hour.
If you want to earn a bit more, you can become a full-service shopper, which includes delivering the goods.
The first step to becoming a shopper is to fill out some basic info and download the app.
Carson Kohler ([email protected]) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She actually doesn’t mind grocery shopping.