Side jobs you can do without a car

Last updated: April 25, 2024
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Gig jobs are a helpful way to earn income with the flexibility of creating your own schedule. While popular gig work providers like Uber and Amazon Flex require a car, there are jobs you can do outside of your home without a vehicle. Whether you have a bicycle, access to public transportation, or are able to walk for an extended amount of time, you’ll be able to do this gig work – all of which pay around $15/hour.

Delivery jobs you can do without a car

Keep 100 percent of tips and take advantage of surge pricing without a car by delivering food on foot or bike. Restaurant food delivery business has more than doubled since the start of the pandemic, and you can be taking a cut of that without needing a car. Several food delivery services like DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Postmates hire people without cars. So if you live in a densely packed city, or are able to cover a lot of ground on a bike, it’s well worth looking into.

DoorDash

You can dash on bicycle, scooter, or foot, depending on where you live. Dashers make $22/hour on a national average, and keep 100 percent of their tips, while those delivering in New York City saw upwards of $33/hour.

Find out everything you need to know about working at DoorDash by clicking here!

Uber Eats

You can deliver on foot or bicycle (must be 18 years old and have a government-issued ID) for Uber Eats, in addition to driving a car or scooter. The average pay ranges from $12-17 after expenses, though you’ll be increasing those profits if you’re not paying for gas.

Learn more about working for UberEats by clicking here!

Postmates

You can deliver Postmates orders on bike or foot in densely packed cities. The company reports up to $25/hour for couriers, though other websites have it around $11-15. One hundred percent of tips are kept.

Find out what it's like to work at Postmates by clicking here!

Fill grocery orders but skip the delivery

Know your hours and pay in advance by becoming a grocery shopper. Grocery delivery is another business that has been booming since the start of COVID. Delivering groceries without a car isn’t the most practical job, but fortunately companies like Instacart hire people to handle just the in-store shopping part of the job. It’s a bit different from the full-service shoppers who deliver, as the part-time in-store shoppers schedule their hours in advance. Those with work experience in a grocery store may have a leg up on hiring, but it's not required.

Instacart

In-store shoppers for Instacart can make their schedule in advance, up to 29 hours/week. However, this also means hourly wages are set, and range from $11-16/hour, depending on the city. The requirements for Instacart are as follows:

  • 18 years old
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Smartphone (iPhone 6s / Android 5.0 or newer)
  • Able to lift 50 pounds

Learn more about working at Instacart by clicking here!

Whole Foods

Thanks to Whole Foods being a part of Amazon's extremely popular Prime Now grocery delivery service, the grocery chain is hiring in-store shoppers as well for at least $15/hour. Shifts average between 4 and 8 hours, and you can receive your schedule up to three weeks in advance. Whole Foods notes that shoppers who are able to work nights, weekends, and holidays are preferred. You must be 18 years old and have a high school or equivalent diploma, as well as meet some physical criteria.

Learn more and apply for a Whole Foods position here!

Walmart

Walmart hires part- and full-time in-store shoppers for their online orders. Orderfillers make an average of just about $15/hour. Shifts are scheduled in advance, which may be a pro or con depending on your flexibility. Extensive benefits include discounts, health insurance options, financial benefits, disability, parental leave, and more.

Learn more about working at Walmart and their benefits here!

Add a dog to your daily walk or pet sit in the comfort of your home

You can set your own rates and get additional tips by becoming a dog-walker. If you like walking and four-legged friends, dog walking is a great way to make money doing something you enjoy. The two most popular dog-walking apps are Rover and Wag, where walkers set their own service fees and schedules. While you can certainly advertise dog-walking services offline, having access to a large customer base through an app tends to be your best bet for consistent work.

Rover

The average Rover walker makes about $20/hour. Rover allows you to offer both dog-walking and dog-sitting services, and the company notes that those who provide boarding are the highest earners, making up to two times more than those who don’t. Rover takes a 20 percent cut from each transaction, and allows customers to tip you. A pro for Rover is that your services are protected up to $1,000,000, and they offer 24/7 support, including vet assistance.

Find out everything you need to know about becoming a dog-walker for Rover here!

Wag

The average Wag walker makes about $18/hour. Wag also allows you to offer dog-walking, dog-sitting, and dog-boarding services. However, Wag takes a whopping 40 percent of each transaction, though customers are also able to tip pet caregivers. You must be 18 years old to work for both companies.

Learn more about becoming a Wag walker by clicking here!


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Hey Lara, thanks for the gig tips! As a loyal reader, I'm considering trading my car for a pair of speedy sneakers to join the footloose food delivery revolution. Who needs a car when you can dash on foot, keeping 100% of tips? My only concern is whether my pizza will arrive colder than my take on the latest gig trends.

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Most of these still need transportation, or computer. Some are great for people in big cities, but what about people that aren't on a bus route, don't have a vehicle, and there's nothing that can be safely walked to, without a computer. Shoppers still need to get to, and from the store. Rentals through the delivery services are exorbitant, and for people who can't work full time would not be able to afford it, after gas expenses.

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By delivering meals on foot or by bike, you may keep 100% of the gratuities and take advantage of surge pricing without needing a vehicle. geometry dash subzero

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Need job working from home please

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Wanna do instacart but have no car and don’t drive

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Rosalyn Ockleberry
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ro, I don't have a car and 58 yrs old. Do they pay with a credit card?

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I am from Bangladesh. How can I find u?

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