Running errands is a necessary but time-consuming and stress-inducing aspect of life. It sucks even more if you don’t have the time to do them or if you physically can’t do them. This is why there are errand runner jobs nowadays.
There are people willing to pay errand runners to make their lives easier by freeing up their time so they can spend it on things they want to do or by alleviating their physical burden.
Read on to know how to get paid to run errands plus where to find errand runner jobs.
How to Get Paid to Run Errands
What exactly do errand runners do, then?
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An errand runner, quite simply, get paid to run errands for customers who hire them, either because they’re too busy to do them, they can’t physically do these errands themselves, or they’re willing to pay someone to do errands they don’t particularly enjoy doing.
Here are some of the things you need to put together so you can start getting paid to run errands.
1. Dependable transportation
There are errands you can do while on foot, but that’s rare and mostly only in larger cities. Most other errands require you to drive your own vehicle.
Without your own transportation, you’ll lose out on clients and profits from errand runner jobs that require you to drive, whether because of the distance or because of the urgency.
Your clients would usually request you to do errands that require a small to midsized vehicle. You’d also want to update your insurance and you’d want to be able to pass a DMV check.
2. Reliable smartphone
Most of these errand runner jobs are offered through apps and websites, and you’d need to have a smartphone to be able to access these apps and websites even when you’re out of the house.
A powerbank is also a sound investment so you never run out of power when you’re out.
3. Knowledge of your target market
To be able to do your job well and ensure client satisfaction, it pays to know who your potential clients are; that is, who are willing to pay someone else to run their errands.
Seniors. Because of their age or because of physical or mental illness, some seniors may not be able to get out of the house and run their own errands.
These clients usually need someone to deliver their groceries, pick up and drop off their prescriptions, pay their bills, go to the bank, sort, read, and write their mail, and sometimes just be a walking or eating companion.
Disabled individuals. Some disabled individuals are still able to function and run their own errands, while others are unable to.
Similar to seniors, disabled individuals need their groceries and meals delivered, prescriptions filled, and mail taken care of, aside from other personal errands.
New/stay-at-home parents. Being a parent taking care of young children, especially newborns, is exhausting, both physically and mentally. Plus, for both new parents and stay-at-home parents, going out with small kids to run errands can feel like a production.
These clients normally need errand runners to get them food, groceries, and their mail, go to the bank and pay bills or deposit checks, and pick up and drop off their laundry and dry-cleaning. New parents are likely to need these services more frequently than other stay-at-home parents.
Busy professionals. As anyone would probably tell you, time is money. A professional who earns $200 hourly (for example) wouldn’t spend an hour at the dry cleaner’s. It’s smarter for them to work during that hour and pay an errand runner a fraction of that to get them what they need.
Such professionals usually need errand runners to take care of their personal errands, such as grocery and retail shopping, laundry and dry-cleaning pick up and drop off, and various other personal errands.
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Small businesses. Start-ups operate on a small budget for employees, so when they need small tasks done, it’s more practical for them to hire errand runners on an as-needed basis rather than hire a part-time or full-time assistant to do these tasks.
How Much do Errand Runners Make?
Errand runners make anywhere from $15 and $50 an hour, depending largely on the type of errands you complete. The average hourly rate of errand runner jobs is $25/hour. Errand runners based in major cities charge higher than those in small towns.
Graveyard errands (those completed at nighttime) are often tagged with higher rates than errands performed at daytime.
Errand runners can get tasks assigned on a regular basis and pre-schedule the errands days ahead. Emergency errands will cost more than errands that have been scheduled and blocked off.
If driving is required, you can tack on an additional charge per hour for mileage fees.
In addition, some errand runner apps charge by task completion and not by the hour.
13 Places to Find Errand Runner Jobs
Ready to start earning quick cash for helping people out? Check out these apps and sites today!
Food Delivery Apps
1. Uber Eats
Unlike others on this list, the only errand Uber Eats does is deliver food from restaurants, coffee shops, and other food places that normally don’t offer delivery.
As an Uber Eats driver, you install the app and then pick up and deliver orders in your area.
You can start work anytime and while using a bike, scooter, car, or any other vehicle. If you do this regularly, you have the chance to earn around $15 hourly.
Postmates is an app that provides a special kind of delivery service.
Customers can request any food or item bought from any restaurant or store within their city and have them delivered straight to their homes.
Postmates drivers reportedly earn somewhere between $12 and $20 an hour, plus tips.
You can apply to become a Postmates driver if you live in one of these cities. If your city isn’t listed, check back after some time, as they add cities from time to time.
DoorDash works similarly to Postmates, wherein drivers buy and deliver anything to customers’ homes.
It’s available in these cities, so if you’re in or near these areas, you can apply to become a DoorDash driver and earn up to $20 an hour.
Grocery Delivery Apps
Shipt is regularly filling errand runner jobs for around $22/hr.
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Your errands will be mostly grocery shopping.
You’ll be responsible for picking out produce, getting items off the shelves, keeping them cool, and delivering them on time.
Shipt is one of the more higher-paying jobs on this list with availability in most major cities.
As its name suggests, Instacart is exclusive to grocery delivery.
As an Instacart shopper, you can buy and deliver groceries to other people for around $25/hour. You have to be living in or around the 15 major cities Instacart is available to apply.
Further reading: We’ve previously written about how to earn money as a personal grocery shopper, including a list of personal grocery apps that you can check out.
As a caregiver for Care.com, you’ll take care of other people’s pets, children, elderly, or other loved ones.
Clients choose from a library of caregivers and if you’re lucky to be chosen after an interview, there’s a chance to land a regular gig.
As far as enjoyable errand runner jobs go, this is probably the best one.
Rover connects dog owners with dog walkers and dog sitters. You can earn up to $20 for a half-hour walk, and even more for drop-ins to clients’ houses and pet boarding.
Further reading: Here’s a guide on how to be a professional dog walker, including other apps where you can sign up to be a dog walker.
Apps for Miscellaneous Errands
This app allows its “gigwalkers” to choose local assignments, which lasts somewhere between 5 minutes and 3 hours.
Examples of gigs include verifying if products at a specific store are fully stocked, taking photos of store displays, and other market research tasks.
As a gigwalker, you can do this as a side gig or a full-time job. Payments start at $3 and are processed via PayPal.
Same Ole Line Dudes (SOLD) is a New York-based professional line sitting service, which charges $45 for a minimum of two hours of waiting in line and an additional $10 for every 30 minutes added to the wait.
SOLD guys will line up for your favorite food, the next Air Jordans, in-demand tickets, and other stuff.
While the company is currently operational only in NYC, Same Ole Line Dudes has plans of expanding to other major cities, so if you want to become a professional runner, e-mail your resume to jobs[at]sameolelinedudes[dot]com and indicate the city you live in as the subject.
As a “looker” for WeGoLook, your job is to inspect, assess, and document property, vehicles, equipment, damages, risk, loss, and so on.
Other tasks include notarizing/signing documents and courier delivery services.
Payments are from $15 to $25 hourly, depending on the tasks assigned. You can receive payments via direct deposit to your bank account, checks, or PayPal every Friday.
As a TaskRabbit “tasker,” you are paid for doing various tasks like grocery shopping, cleaning the house, delivering food, etc. for people around your area for anywhere between $20 to $150 an hour.
If you’re in one of these locations, you can apply as a Tasker.
Similar to TaskRabbit, SoManyErrands lists various errands that errand runners can apply for. Payment comes directly from the Errand Employer; that is, whoever posted the errand.
Magic is a personal assistant app targeting small businesses and busy professionals that prides itself on being a service that can get you what you need, when you need it. All you need to do is text them and they’ll take care of the rest.
They are seeking people in the San Francisco area to be a “Magician” and to fill errand runner jobs.
Doing errand runner jobs is a great way to help people in need and make a difference in their life while earning some money.
This is also one of those jobs where you’re in charge of your schedule and how much income you earn.
Also, it has good potential to become a business so you can reach more people and earn even more.
Does running errands for side cash interest you? Have you tried to sign up for any of these errand runner jobs? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments below!