It’s no secret that the economy is tanking and people are hitting tough times. It also seems like side hustles are continuing to be all the rage since COVID-19 as more and more people are getting creative with making some extra coin on the side. If you own a truck and are struggling to make those payments or if you’re just trying to increase your income, you’re in luck! There are a ton of ways to make extra money with a pickup truck, but we will share some of our favorites.
1) Help people move
No don’t help just your friends move for a case of beer, there are people all over looking to pay someone with a pickup truck for help! There are a few apps out there that will help connect you with potential customers. Dolly is a great one as all you need is to own a pickup truck and be able to lift 75 lbs or more. Rumor has it you can start making $30/hr or more on Dolly.
Bellhop is another moving service similar to Dolly. It focuses on adding additional income streams such as long-distance moving, delivery, packing/unpacking and hourly labor rates. Bellhop is nice because it also has a tips and bonuses features which allow you to rack up more income. I’ve heard of people making anywhere from $20-35/hr on Bellhop.
2) Haul stuff
The next most popular and lucrative way to make money with a truck is hauling stuff! If you check Facebook or Craigslist you can find people looking to get rid of junk and they’ll pay you to haul it. Even better, post your own ad up offering those services. Depending on the area you live you can get $50-250 a haul, of course depending on the type of junk and distance being driven.
If you are looking for an app that does this, Bungii is a great one. You have to be able to lift 100 lbs and must have several different types of cords to be able to secure cargo, but people have made $40-50/hr using it!
3) Do deliveries
There are companies out there that will allow you to work for them as basically a contract delivery driver. Even better, there are apps that will connect you with individuals and companies looking to hire contract drivers. Wonolo is an app that will allow you to fill in a shift, task, or delivery for a company or individual that is looking for on demand help.
4) Do Person-to-person (P2P) deliveries
Person-to-person (P2P) deliveries are where you get paid to deliver items to people while you are traveling. This is a great option for those who are on the road and moving, as you can constantly obtain different customers and literally pay for your trips as you go. There are apps like Roadie that will connect you with buyers who need drivers to deliver items wherever you are. Amounts vary but start at $15 a trip, and can include anything from medicine to spare tires to hardware supplies in that low range and up to $2,000 for larger items with greater distances.
5) Rent your truck
Perhaps you now work from home and don’t need to drive your truck, well one way to keep it moving and making you money is to rent it out! There are several apps that will allow you to do this but the most popular is definitely Turo. It is the largest car sharing marketplace in the world and lets you rent out your truck on a per day basis. Depending on several factors such as your truck age, model, and your location, you can make anywhere from $50-300 a day renting it out!
6) Scrap metal salvaging
Often under looked, scrap metal salvaging can be quite lucrative. All you need to do is go out and collect precious metals such as copper and bring them to your scrap metal buyers, preferably scrap metal recyclers. On garbage/recycling days, head out in your truck and see what people put out to the curb, you will be amazed! There are people clearing $1,000 a week doing this a few days a week.
Whichever option you do, make sure you think about mileage and fuel before starting any of these. It can seriously impact your income potential! Otherwise, enjoy counting your money from your truck!