Are you looking for a flexible way to make extra money? Something you can do even though you have other responsibilities, like a full-time job or raising kids?
Try driving with Lyft. Being a driver works like this: You sign up with Lyft and work when you want to. You keep a portion of ride fees and 100% of passenger tips. Lyft says drivers can earn up to $35 an hour.
Your car has to be 2007 or newer, have four doors, pass a safety inspection, and have up-to-date registration and insurance coverage.
To qualify as a driver, you have to be at least 21 years old, have a driver’s license and at least one year of driving experience.
Wondering how much you could earn? We talked with one busy couple in California, Sam and Susen Meteer, who would divide the night and day between them. Together, they could pull in up to $1,500 a week.
How This Couple Earns up to $1,500/Week on the Side
Lyft’s main attraction is its flexibility. You can work days, nights or weekends — it’s up to you!
At any hour on the clock, one or the other of the Meteers was probably driving. It’s how they’d make ends meet. This married couple had five children — four living at home in Sacramento, California when we last spoke to them in September 2017.
Sam was an elementary school teacher by day who’d get behind the wheel on nights and weekends.
Susen was a full-time mom to their kids. On weekday mornings, Susen would drop her kids at school and keep on driving.
“If one of us is driving, the other one is usually home with the kids,” Susen said. “It’s a little more sane that way.”
Lyft’s flexible hours allowed the Meteers to raise their children while also earning enough to support them. The couple could drive whenever, within reason. Sam would earn anywhere from $300 to $1,000 a week, and Susen another $500 a week.
“The money ebbs and flows,” he said. “Sometimes you’re busy, and sometimes there’s not a lot of action. It’s the law of averages. There are nights when I’ve exceeded my take-home pay from teaching.”
Together, they’d pull in $800 to $1,500 a week.
“It keeps milk on the table,” said Sam.
Interested in trying it out for yourself? Apply to drive with Lyft here.
Mike Brassfield ([email protected]) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. He has kids and a minivan and spends too much time driving people around for free.
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