How quickly you'll get paid on gig economy apps

Last updated: May 29, 2024
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A beauty of working for gig economy companies is you can set your own hours and sometimes your own rates. However, if you’re signing up for some quick cash, you may have to wait several days before you actually see earnings. Here are the most popular gig economy apps and how quickly you’ll get paid from them.

Rideshare apps

As cities across the country start reopening and people head out to restaurants and bars, the need for rideshare services is expected to rise. There’s reportedly a shortage of drivers as many left the company during the pandemic, which is now resulting in higher wages for those who are driving.


There are two ways to receive earnings for Uber. The first is through direct deposit, which are calculated on a weekly cycle, running between Monday at 4 a.m. and the following Monday at 3:59 a.m. Drivers can also opt for instant payment to an eligible debit card or bank. You can cash out up to five times a day, and it costs $.50 for each transaction, unless it’s to a GoBank Uber Visa Debit Card. Either way, it may take a few days after automatic payment or cashing out to be reflected in your bank account.

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Lyft operates similarly to Uber, offering both automatic weekly payments and instant cash outs for driver earnings. The weekly payments run between Tuesdays at about 5 a.m. and may take up to three business days before the deposit shows up in your bank account. Their Express Pay option is for instant cash out, with a limit of five per day and a charge of $.50 per transaction. Note that you must have at least $5.50 in earnings to cash out. These may also take up to a few days to deposit, depending on your bank.

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Food delivery apps

While rideshare services dwindled during the pandemic, food delivery services skyrocketed. There are several food delivery companies on the market today, and depending on where you live, you can deliver food on foot, via a bike, or with a car.


As a Postmates Fleet driver, you get a payout weekly via direct deposit. Weekly payments end on Sundays at midnight PST, at which point payments are transferred to your bank and usually take two to three days to appear. You can also opt for instant deposit connected to a debit card, which cost $.50 per deposit and can be done as many times a day as you want. You must have a minimum balance of $5 to cash out, and it can show up in as little as 15 minutes on your account.

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If you work for Grubhub as a driver, you can choose to have payments automatically transferred to your bank account on a weekly basis. Payments are sent on Thursdays and reflect earnings from the Monday through Sunday of the previous week. This can take a few days to be reflected in your account. There’s also an Instant Cash Out feature that costs **$.50 **for each transaction, unless you’re using a Chase checking account, in which it’s free. You can cash out as many times as you want per day, up to $500. For banks that support Real Time Payments, the earnings may be reflected immediately, but it can take up to several days for smaller banks.

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Food delivery drivers for DoorDash, known as Dashers, get paid weekly, with weeks ending on Sunday at midnight PST. The direct deposit usually takes two to three days to show up in the account, so by Wednesday night. Fast Pay is available for those wanting to cash out daily, but there’s a $1.99 fee. You can cash out just once per day, and it must be connected to a debit card.

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Uber Eats

Uber Eats has the same payment options as Uber rideshare services.

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Grocery/miscellaneous delivery apps

From Amazon orders to local grocery stores to CVS Pharmacy, you can get just about everything delivered to your day. Like restaurant food delivery, grocery and other household goods deliveries became more popular during the pandemic, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon.


Instacart pays its shoppers weekly on Wednesdays via direct deposit. It also offers an ** Instant Cash Out** option that charges **$.50 **per transaction and can be used as often as you like. For this option, you’ll need to have your earnings linked to a debit card.

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As a Shipt shopper, you get paid via direct deposit on a weekly basis. Payments are made on Fridays for the previous week’s Monday through Sunday orders. It may take a few days for the earnings to be available in your bank account.

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Amazon Flex

Amazon Flex makes payments to its delivery workers on Tuesdays and Fridays. They’re made via direct deposit to your bank account, and are typically reflected in your account the next day.

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Task/handyman project apps

From mounting a TV to cleaning a house to event catering, you can sign up to do any of these jobs via TaskRabbit and Handy. TaskRabbit is a great option for people who are willing to do all types of work, even if you don’t necessarily have a professional background in some, while Handy is better suited to professional independent contractors with specialties.


Handy issues payments via direct deposit on a weekly schedule. Payments go out each Wednesday for the previous Monday through Sunday, and typically take a few days to be reflected in your bank account. There’s also a Cash Out Now feature that allows for instant payment. Typically this comes with a daily $2-3 fee, but it’s currently being waived due to the pandemic.

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Taskers are paid via direct deposit to a bank account. After submitting an invoice for a completed task, the customer is charged within 24 hours and it will automatically be sent to your bank account. It may take a few days to be reflected in your bank account.

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Pet-caregiving apps

Through dog-sitting apps like Rover and Wag, you can choose to take a four-legged friend on a short daily walk or board a pet for multiple days. This is a popular option for gig workers who love dogs and want to set their own rates.


Rover allows you to withdraw funds two days after completing a booking. You’ll need a deposit account and you can choose to receive funds either through PayPal for no fee or via check for a $5 fee. PayPal payments typically take one to four days to occur, while checks can take up to 20 days to arrive.


Wag delivers payments to its pet caregivers on Fridays, with a pay period that runs from the previous Tuesday through Monday. Instant Pay is also available and connected to eligible debit cards, but it comes with a 3% fee ($1.99 minimum) for each payment. To be eligible for Instant Pay, you must have been on the Wag! app for at least 30 days, completed at least 10 services, and received one standard weekly payment.

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Which gig economy apps would you sign up for? Let us know in the comments below!



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