6 Legit On-Demand Gigs (That Anyone Can Do) to Supplement Your Uber Income
There’s a lot to like about driving for Uber. The gig comes with plenty of freedom—ample opportunity to make your own schedule and be as involved or as laid-back as you care to be. With that freedom, though, there also come some downsides. Specifically: Your paid opportunities are essentially limited to your next passenger, and in some markets there just may not be enough fares to go around.
As a result, many Uber drivers look for ways to supplement their income with other on-demand jobs—but which of these gigs are right for you? In this post, we’ll recommend six easy-to-obtain roles that anyone can do, even if it’s just a side gig to augment your Uber money.
Here’s another one that allows you to use your Uber equipment—that is, a vehicle and a mobile phone—to generate some extra cash. Instead of pickup/deliver services, though, VidoTek’s Damage Inspection Program casts you as a materials damage appraiser. Don’t worry: There’s absolutely no formal training or technical know-how required for this role.
Here’s how it works. Whenever an auto insurance claim is filed, the insurance company must assess the damaged car or truck to get a sense of how much the repair work will cost. This appraisal has to be done quickly so that the claim can be expedited—and often, appraisals are outsourced to third parties. As a VidoTek driver, you’ll be assigned to go to nearby locations where there are recently damaged vehicles. Using your mobile device, you’ll be required to take a quick video of the automobile, showcasing the extent of the damage. That’s pretty much it, and a single assignment can potentially last five or 10 minutes. The pay is $25 per appraisal, so, just in terms of dollars and cents, this gig offers a lot of bang for buck.
If you’re driving for Uber, then you definitely have your own vehicle. Gigging for GrubHub provides you with another way to put it to use. Here’s the premise of the company: Everyone has nights when they just don’t feel like cooking, but maybe they’d also like to stay at home. Having food delivered is the obvious solution, but in many markets, the delivery options are limited to pizza and Chinese.
GrubHub widens those options considerably. It’s got a broad network of partnering restaurants, all of which allow consumers to place an order for takeout and then have a GrubHub driver pick it up, providing front-door delivery. This is a great option for Uber drivers because it essentially lets you keep doing the same thing—only instead of picking up a passenger and dropping him or her off somewhere, you’re picking up food. And your hungry patrons will certainly be happy to see you pull up!
You can basically consider this one an alternative to GrubHub, as the principle is more or less the same. Diners in select markets can place orders for takeout, at any number of partnering restaurants in the area. Rather than going to pick up their order directly, they wait for an UberEats driver to do the hustle. That’s where you come in. Drive to restaurants, pick up takeout, drive it to the paying customer. It couldn’t be simpler, and it’s definitely a reasonable way to augment your ridesharing money.
So which should you choose—UberEats or GrubHub? It may depend on the market you’re in, as the two services have different coverage areas. And of course, you’re more than welcome to try both of them.
Here’s another great opportunity to earn money without the need for any technical expertise. Basically, consumer brands need to know that their products have visibility in local stores. They need people to go around to retail locations to ensure that their products are properly displayed and priced. That’s where you come in.
With GigWalk, all you have to do is go to the retail space you’ve been assigned and use the app to log your observations. Again, all you’re doing is reporting on the visibility of the products in question. This is a really flexible opportunity, and you can take on a lot of gigs or just a handful in your Uber downtime.
We won’t say much about this one, because if you work for Uber, you basically know what Lyft is all about. It’s essentially the same business model and requires you to do the same thing—chauffer passengers to and from their destinations. Some drivers may prefer one ridesharing service over the other, but note that you’re very much allowed to work for both. If you love what you do for Uber but wish you could get more fares, signing up for Lyft is a no brainer.
We saved this one for last because, out of all the gigs represented here, TAKL may have the steepest threshold for entry. Using this app, homeowners can request help with simple household tasks—and as a provider, your job is to complete these tasks. Some of them may require a little bit of handyman expertise, like building a shed or installing new curtain rods. Most are quite simple, though, and some are as minor as mowing the lawn. There’s a lot of variety, and some opportunities to make really good money. It might even be nice to get out of the car and do something more active than Ubering, just for a change of pace!
Go Beyond Your Uber Money
No matter how much supplemental income you’re looking for, there are plenty of gigs to help you achieve it—and most of them are fairly undemanding, as far as technical skills are concerned. Try some of these side jobs to stretch out your gigging dollar.
Have you tried any of the above gigs? If so, what your experience like? Share them in the comments below!