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Driven to Succeed: Making Money by Driving Your Own Vehicle

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Careers that involve driving are expected to grow 12% between 2020 and 2030, roughly double most industries’ growth. While this number includes professional truck drivers, it also encompasses many workers who drive their own cars for a living. Recent years have seen a rapid increase in ride-sharing and home delivery, opening doors for employees who get paid to drive their own vehicles.

In 2019, the ride-sharing industry reported $14.1 billion in earnings. The same year saw $16.6 billion in profits for the app-based delivery industry. Clearly, there is money to be made in industries that involve employees driving their own vehicles.

Ride-sharing Gigs

Ridesharing is a global phenomenon that is quickly replacing traditional taxis. The convenience of ordering a ride from your phone is hard to beat. Uber is by far the largest ride-sharing company in the world, followed in North America by Lyft. These companies hire drivers to use their own vehicles to pick up and drop off riders who order rides through the app.

In 2019, the ride-sharing industry reported $14.1 billion in earnings. The same year saw $16.6 billion in profits for the app-based delivery industry. Clearly, there is money to be made in industries that involve employees driving their own vehicles.Click To Tweet

Most ride-sharing companies require a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record. Generally, four or more moving violations within three years will disqualify drivers from driving for these companies. In addition, the driver must operate a four-door vehicle with at least five seatbelts. Most of these companies also require a level of cleanliness in the vehicle’s interior and exterior.

App-Based Delivery Services

Food delivery service has almost doubled since 2017. The industry saw a significant spike in 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic when most people avoided leaving their homes if possible.

These services allow users to order food from various restaurants on their phones using the app, then send drivers in their own vehicles to deliver the food. Some ride-sharing companies also branch out into food delivery, such as Uber Eats. Other popular services include DoorDash, GrubHub, and Postmates,

Most app-based delivery services require their drivers to be over the age of 18 and to have valid driver’s licenses and clean driving records. Some training in safe food handling is often required, as well. Since customers are not riding in the vehicle, most food delivery services do not have as many restrictions on what kind of vehicle a driver can use. However, a certain level of cleanliness is still usually required to represent the company well.

Don’t forget about car maintenance

As you may know, regular maintenance can significantly reduce the risk of a mechanical malfunction. For this reason, make sure to regularly check oil levels, lights, tyres, exhaust, and brakes. However, despite your best efforts, there will be times when you might have to deal with an unexpected breakdown. Usually, a breakdown will require your car to be towed to a repair shop. And, as you can imagine, this type of service will come with a price tag. So, just in case, make sure to look into how much it costs to tow a vehicle; this way, you can set aside an emergency budget and not worry in case the worst happens.

Overall, there are many efficient ways to make money while doing something as fun and easy as driving. So why not give it a shot.

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