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6 Jobs for Pickup Trucks: Make Money with Your Ride

Yes, there are a couple of jobs for pickup trucks, from hauling bulky items to delivering orders to clients.

If you’re looking for a way to earn extra cash and you have a pickup truck tucked safely in your garage, it’s about time to turn it into a money-making machine.

In fact, you can choose from these two paths:

  • Independent Contractor Pickup Truck Jobs –  Choose this route if you’re not looking for a full-time job driving other people’s pickup trucks. Instead, you’ll be an independent contractor with your own pickup truck working for you.
  • Business – You can buy a pickup truck to use mainly for a small business you plan to build. Or make use of pickup truck that you already own.

How to Make Money with a Pickup Truck

Perfect for pickup truck owners who are looking for extra cash, but cannot commit to full-time jobs or launch a business.

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I recommend checking out these side cash opportunities, particularly if you’re still paying for the pickup truck through your local dealer:

1. Hauling Service

The most popular independent contractor pickup truck jobs involve hauling stuff away.

For example, picking up old furniture, mattresses, office file cabinets, outdated gadgets, or even bulky trash from customer houses and bringing them to charity or at recycling centers.

In some cases, you might even get a deal with a construction company and help with moving materials from one location to the next.

Or look around your neighborhood and watch out for home renovations – some folks may be DIY-ing their home and would need help hauling before the construction or even during cleanup.

How Much Can You Earn?

In exchange, you’ll be paid for each “haul” or for every hour you spend moving stuff around.

Generally, movers charge around $30/hour.

And since you’re the boss, you get to control pricing, depending on location of items to haul, number of hauls, number of crew members you hired for the job, and other factors.

2. Delivery Service

Picking stuff from one location and delivering it to another can be a hassle to many people, especially if they don’t have a car that would fit a broken refrigerator.

You can offer a delivery service in your city. For example:

  • Hang out at garage sales – Become active in Facebook groups near you, or check out Craigslist for garage sales in your area. Talk to the garage sale hosts about you offering delivery services to buyers in need of help (ask for the host’s permission and referral). Make sure you have a poster, business cards, or fliers with you on the day of the garage sale. This is particularly useful for people interested in buying sofa sets, huge cabinets, and other bulky second-hand items that they wouldn’t have had any option of hauling home themselves.
  • Create a Pickup-Delivery Appliance Repair service – Partner up with appliance repair shops and advertise your service in your area. When a large appliance gets damaged, a customer can contact you to have the washer picked up in his/her home, brought to the repair shop, and then delivered back to the customer’s house.
  • Find Delivery Gigs on TaskRabbitTaskRabbit is a cool app that notifies you of jobs that you’re interested in that’s near your location. So if you’re interested in delivery services, choose that category and wait for a “task” to complete. Once the job is done, you submit invoice and you’ll be paid via the TaskRabbit app directly.
  • Join Amazon FlexWork with the retail giant in making deliveries using your own pick-up truck. If you’re lucky to be living in a city with a lot of Amazon shoppers, you can fill up your vehicle with more packages compared to sedan drivers. (Check more ways to earn with Amazon here.
  • Shipperoo and GoShare are companies similar to Amazon Flex that you can check out.

How Much Can You Earn?

The garage sale route is definitely more informal than partnering up with an appliance repair store.

As such, you’d have more flexibility if ever your clients bargain delivery fees.

It is your business after all, so you decide on service fees.

When it comes to pickup-delivery appliance repair services, it depends if the repair shop wants to keep you as an on-call delivery guy and offer you a monthly fee for 1-2 deliveries a day. You can offer this service to multiple repair shops, too!

Amazon Flex claims its drivers can earn from $18 to $25 an hour.

3. Turn Your Pickup into a Moving Billboard

If you’re willing to turn your pickup truck into a moving billboard, then you’ll be earning a stable income for the next couple of months.

This gig is similar to taxis sporting ads of a product or service on top of their vehicles while they cruise around the city.

One example of a company that offers this is Carvertise.

If you’re interested in doing this, you’ll have to register with Carvertise, send copies of your license, answer a few questions, and if you’re qualified, wait for an advertiser to choose you for a campaign. If you’re chosen, you can get $300 to $1,200 per campaign.

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Common requirements for Carvertise and similar companies include a minimum of 30 miles/day of driving (so the ads can be seen by as much people), clean driver’s history, 2008 or newer pickup trucks, and factory-finish paint job.

How Much Can You Earn?

Note that a campaign can last several months.

Carvertise states that its average payout is $100/month for drivers, but those driving around high-traffic areas can earn more.

In some cases, you can even just park at Carvertise-assigned spots to get an extra $30/hour.

Driver payment will be sent at the beginning of each month through direct deposit.

Make sure you double-check the company, before signing any contract.

In 2018, car wrap advertising scam exploded and many people were victimized (you can check out my post here for some tips how to prevent getting duped).

4. Offer Landscaping and Snow Plowing Services

This can be a seasonal side gig, but it can also be a full-time business if you want to.

Your pickup truck has the muscle to handle strenuous landscaping tasks, such as mowing, weeding, mulching, transferring tons of fall leaves, hauling rocks or dirt, delivering plants, plowing snow and so on.  

However, you’re going to have to invest in all-terrain tires and heavy equipment (such as a snow plow attachment or salt spreader), which costs about $500 to $5,000 for every tool you decide to buy.

How Much Can You Earn?

If you’re planning to focus on just one season (for snow plowing), you can earn a good chunk particularly if you live in a city that faces annual snow storms.

This guy shares that he earns about $36k from November to March for 20 snow-plowing contracts.

You could probably earn more money if you offer more services all throughout the year.

Clearing leaves during fall, landscaping in the summer, and so on.

5. Become a Towing Provider

If your pickup truck is big enough and has the capability of towing other vehicles, you can do this gig professionally and earn a substantial amount.

Towing vehicles doesn’t just involve hauling off vehicles parked in towing zones.

Towing can also mean moving a damaged car or vehicles that are not yet allowed for road use.

It could also mean transporting new vehicles from one state to the next.

How Much Can You Earn?

Local towing jobs can get you around $70 per tow.

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Interstate jobs pay higher, of course, but it will also mean the hours will be longer, mileage considerations will be higher, and finding a vehicle to tow on your way back can be challenging to do (but very lucrative if you’re lucky to land one).

6. Rent Out Your Pickup Truck

You’re not going to be paid to drive with this one, but you’ll still be earning some cash regularly (or as much as you’re willing to “share” your pick-up truck with the world.

A service like Turo (where would-be renters find vehicles to rent out) can be a huge help to you because you don’t need to advertise your pickup truck anywhere else.

How Much Can You Earn?

Turo has an estimator tool that lets you play around with possible income you can earn by renting out your pickup truck.

On average, vehicle owners earn around $600 a month if they lease their vehicles half of the month.

Business Ideas for Pickup Truck Owners

Note that everything I listed above can be scaled up and turned into a full-blown business.

The work you’ll offer is the same as the jobs above, but with slight differences.

These include:

Competition

Some pickup truck services, such as hauling or delivery, have a ton of competition.

However, the demand for them is always high, which what makes them enticing for entrepreneurs.

To compete against more popular companies in the same field, it’s important to promote your services in a way you’ll stand out.

This is particularly important if your business is just starting out and can’t rely on word-of-mouth just yet.

Permits and license

Local and state laws vary.

In most cases, if you’re running a business, you’re required to obtain a business permit and commercial insurance.

This is important since you’re going to be shuttling people around, or hauling things in your pickup truck.

You have to be protected in case you get into an accident with a client at the back seat, or with valuable items in your care.

If you’re going to be driving your own pick-up truck (and not renting it out), you’d have to have a valid driver’s license with clean records as well.

Employees

Depending on the type of job you choose, you might need to hire people to help your business, especially if the job requires carrying heavy items.

If you’re planning to scale up a snow plowing business, then drivers for two or more pickup trucks may be needed, as well as extra people to complete your crew.

Of course, this will totally depend on factors like your fund availability, location, and commitment level.

The Best Jobs for Pickup Trucks

You might notice that I didn’t include Uber in this post. There’s a valid reason for that: Uber-driving can only bring home about $16 to $20 per hour.

Compute the gas mileage of your pick-up truck (especially in city-driving), and you’d probably be at a loss.

On the other hand, hauling, delivery services, and other gigs listed here don’t require you to drive around the entire day.

Let your pickup truck work for you. Explore these money-making opportunities available for pickup truck owners. If you’re committed enough, this side cash gig can even be the ticket to pay off your vehicle early.

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