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Cars really are the symbol of freedom, but freedom of mobility is only the beginning of the story. Today, a good car can also help you gain financial independence on your own terms.
With the smartphone revolution and the multitude of apps designed for literally every aspect of life, it's never been easier to make money quickly in your spare time. If you have a phone and a driver's license, you can get to work almost immediately if you decide to make a living driving. You don't even need a car, but more on that later.
Splend's team was kind enough to describe some of the most popular on-demand performances that you can do with just a driver's license:
The humble old taxi could soon be a thing of the past – ridesharing offers the same service, in most cases to a higher standard, and it's so much easier for the passenger to catch a ride. You probably have at least one ridesharing app on your phone, but have you ever thought about taking the driver's seat?
Uber is the best-known ridesharing brand, but Bolt, Free Now, Ola, and ViaVan all compete for a piece of cake and still join the party with many others as ridesharing continues to disrupt personal transportation.
They all have their pros and cons, but what they have in common is that they all provide a flexible, reliable source of income as long as you have a clean driving record and the right car. Splend compared London's most popular ridesharing apps so it doesn't make sense to go into too much detail about each platform. Find the one who suits you best until you get the hang of it. However, it is best to log in and use several at the same time.
2. Courier and parcel deliveries
The social nature of riding is a blessing and a curse. If you are a sociable person, you will enjoy meeting tons of people and time will fly by. However, if small talk isn't your thing, you can enjoy something with more time, such as B. Deliveries. Not to mention that during the pandemic it is also safer, less stressful, and potentially more profitable for people to try to avoid social contact.
The intelligent technology that led to ridesharing has also revolutionized the courier and parcel delivery industries. Besides you can juggle even more apps: Uber Work Hub, Amazon Flex, CitySprint, Hermes, Yodel, Stuart, Gophr or Street Stream, to name a few. The same goes for carpooling: all you need is a smartphone, a driver's license, and some time to kill.
Courier and package deliveries are a great way to diversify your work: you can just drive the same car that you use for ridesharing and switch between activities as you see fit.
3. Grocery deliveries and purchases
Since we mentioned the pandemic, it's worth noting that it wasn't all fun and games in hospitality. However, the unprecedented situation has forced the industry to adapt, and now more restaurants are offering takeaway menus and takeaway delivery services than ever before. Here, too, mobile apps saved the day and provided restaurants that didn't have a website before with powerful online platforms, let alone a delivery fleet.
The same thing happened to grocery chains and other retail stores, further diversifying the variety of on-demand work opportunities. As a result of this nocturnal change in two industries at the same time, the demand for delivery drivers has skyrocketed. Since all of these jobs are completely flexible, you can do them full time or just pick up a package on the way to your car, do an extra round of shopping when you buy groceries, etc.
Splend recommends installing Uber Eats, Shift, Deliveroo, and Beelivery on your phone, and checking in regularly between ridesharing and package delivery gigs to see if there's a quick job near you. An occasional look at TaskRabbit or Airtasker is also worthwhile as you can often find jobs that only require a car.
For a detailed breakdown of the most popular delivery platforms, see Splend's Top-Up Guide.
For the beginning of this article, the greatest appeal of a car is the freedom and flexibility it brings into your life. But all that freedom goes down the drain once you get yourself into a four-year auto finance deal. How can you enjoy a car without such a compromise?
Splend Australia was founded in Sydney in 2015, inspired by the very paradoxical situation that on-demand drivers faced. Shortly thereafter, Splend UK also opened its doors in London. The PCO car rental plan offers flexible access to cars that meet all the standards of the ridesharing industry, as well as the peace of mind that you can return keys after a short minimum rental period at no additional cost. Not only do they give you the keys and they leave it to you too: your lease includes dedicated assistance to get you started with ridesharing and maximizing your income, as well as all the essentials so you can focus on the road instead the paperwork and car administrator.
They also have a hire purchase plan where you can work towards owning your car and a referral program with generous cash rewards to supplement your income.