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How to Make Money With a Bike Right Now

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If you have a bike and you’re looking for ways to make extra money, did you know there are a few ways to do so?

In today’s quick post, I wanted to talk about a variety of legitimate ways you can make money while riding your bike.  And, depending on where you live, you can earn upwards of $20+ per hour, on demand.  The great thing about riding your bike and making some extra cash is that the maintenance is much lower than using your car.  Sure, while you have to put in much more effort pedaling around town, it’s not as hard as you think if you live in a bigger city.

As in all of my posts, I only recommend products I would use, so you can be assured that every option you’re about to see is, indeed, 100% legitimate.

Let’s begin.

How to Make Money With a Bike (Get Paid to Ride a Bike)

DoorDash

This is probably one of my favorite options on the list — delivering with DoorDash.

If you’re unfamiliar with the app, it’s very simple to understand, as all you need to do is turn on the app and accept the jobs that come your way, most of which are restaurants and grocery stores.  Simply pick up the order (sometimes shop for it) and deliver it to its destination.  It’s extremely simple and you can work whenever you want.

The nice thing about the app is that you’re considered an independent contractor, which means you can choose any job that comes your way.  So, if it’s too far, you can deny it without any discipline from the company.

As a way to exercise and earn more than $20+ per hour, this is one to heavily look into, the main reason I want to include it on the list.

Keep in mind DoorDash for bikers is only available in certain cities, but you can find out more information by following the link below.



Uber Eats

Another one that works just like DoorDash is Uber Eats.  Just turn on the app, wait for a job and accept it if it makes sense.  All you need to do is pick up the order and then deliver.  Yes, it’s as easy as it sounds.

I’m sure you have heard of the company Uber.  It’s one of the biggest companies in the transportation/food delivery space, and after a recent Postmates buyout, another large food delivery company, this app can keep you just as busy as DoorDash.  I run it quite often, along with DoorDash, and I’m always busy during the dinner rush.

The cool thing about these two options is that you can run them simultaneously if you so choose, opening the door to as many job opportunities as possible.  If doing so, however, accept one job at a time, as running orders every which way can get you in trouble.

Grubhub

Grubhub, another company that works just like Uber and DoorDash, allows you to sign up and deliver food with your bicycle.

However, like the others, it’s only available in your metro areas, usually like New York City and San Francisco.

I used Grubhub in the past, but I have since stopped using them as much since I have found Uber and DoorDash to provide me with a lot more job opportunities.

Nonetheless, the city may allow you to make up to $20+ per hour, again, depending on where you live.

Blog and/or Create a YouTube Series

How much do you love biking?

Do you like biking the local trails?  Do you like fixing your bike?

Whatever it may be, turn your hobby into a series of sorts, whether it’s on video or via a post, similar to the one you’re reading right now.  For example, just putting a GoPro on while riding a local trail could bring in a lot of views, as bikers may want to see what the trails look like.  Or, maybe you can showcase your skills revamping a bike.  The ideas are endless here.

The great thing about this option is that you can have fun on your time and it can turn into a lucrative, passive income opportunity.  Once a piece of content is up, it’s up forever, which means an endless opportunity for earning.  Plan on earning about $3 to $11+ per 1,000 views on YouTube or up to $30+ per 1,000 views on a blog.  There are a lot of ways to earn.

Learning YouTube and creating a blog can take some work, and it would take me an eternity to write about it here.  What I recommend is that you start with YouTube.  A simple search such as “starting a YouTube channel” can keep you busy for days.   You can also check out the following free resources to get started:  Income School, Authority Hacker, Backlinko, Quick Sprout and the Ahrefs Blog.

Rent Your Bike With Spinlister

If you don’t mind renting out your bike to strangers, then this is a platform to consider.  It’s like the Turo for the car rental industry, only that it focuses on bikes only.

All you need to do is list what kind of bike you have to rent, where you’re located and what you’re charging.  If a renter searches for what you have, then they can work on the details with you, such as where to pick it up, etc.

The great thing about this app is that you’re in control.  You get to choose when you want to rent out your bike as well as how much you want to rent it out for.

It’s only available in a few cities right now, but you may live in one, so check it out if it’s something of interest.

Download the Achievement App

This option isn’t going to make you a ton, but it will reward you to exercise.  It’s one I have reviewed in the past.

Basically, the app will pay you to exercise, such as ride your bike, eat right when you log your food and even sleep.   The app will connect to one of the many fitness devices, such as a Fitbit, and will pay you based on how much you do.

Plan on earning about $10 for every 10,000 points you can earn, with the ability to earn close to 100 points a day.  Again, you won’t get rich, but you can make something for exercising.

Bike Messenger Jobs

If you want to work a non-app job, there are bike messenger jobs available, however, again, they are only available in your major cities.

Much like delivering food, the only difference here is that you’re delivering packages/envelopes, and you will be working a traditional job, which, sadly, means you have no say in which jobs you want to accept.

If you’re interested in this type of job, a simple search on Indeed such as “bike messenger” can yield some decent results.



Consider a Bike Taxi

Whether you want to start your own bike taxi business or work for someone else, this is a great way to make money while driving around downtown.

If you have ever been to a bigger city, you probably have seen the bike taxis riding around.  Usually, they will take you a mile or so and will charge you based on the distance.  As you can imagine, this can add up on busy weekend nights.

Of course, you will have to retrofit your bike so that it can tote around passengers, but it is one to consider if you don’t mind mingling with people.  Even consider an electric bike if you have to, as this can greatly maximize your profit potential.

Advertise With Ridevert

Ridevert is an app that pays you to advertise on your bike.  The more miles you ride, the more you can make.  Similar to that of advertising on your car, an advertiser will ask you to place a message on your bike while you ride around town.  You can see what the advertisement looks like by visiting the website linked below.

As long as you ride frequently and you ride where people can see your advertisements, then it’s something to consider.  Just turn on the app and it will track the miles you ride.  This mileage is then converted into cash.  Yes, it’s that easy.

Ridevert doesn’t appear to be a massive company, at least not yet, but it may be one to consider.  The website claims you can claim up to $280 a month when you sign up for the app.

Final Thoughts

If you own a bike and you live in a bigger city, then it’s possible to earn $10 to $20+ per hour working either an app or finding a full-time job somewhere.  Even passive income is possible if you’re interested in starting your own blog/video series.

I hope these tips help you in looking for ways to make money with your bike.  As always, if I’m missing any ideas and/or you want to comment on what I have written, then you’re more than welcome to comment below.

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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