4 Ways to Make Money With Your Car and Automotive Hobby
Earning Money from Your Automotive Passion
With each passing year, cars become more advanced. It seems incredible to think that just over a decade ago, having a GPS device in your car was seen as a luxury while today, many newer models come with a GPS installed in your car, ready to take you wherever you need to go.
With such progress in the cars themselves, it should come as no surprise that there are many ways you can make money using your car today that weren’t available in the past. Maybe you’re looking to break into the automotive industry or you just want to make some extra cash for spending money. Whatever it is, here are some ideas to help get your wheels turning.
Finding someone who hasn’t taken at least one ride in an Uber or Lyft is near impossible these days. Even though the company hasn’t made any money, it’s still a great way for you to earn some extra money on the side.
The best part about signing up for one of these services is that you really do get to pick out all your hours. However, the best and most proven way to make any significant money is by working during the rush hour times and working late on weekends.
So you may lose some sleep and a bit of your social life, but it’s an easy way to make some money. All you need is a reliable vehicle, driver’s license, and insurance.
Besides Uber and Lyft, you can also check out iCarpool or HopSkipDrive.
2. Advertise your Car
Every good advertiser wants to put their product out there as intelligently as possible. After all, it’s a numbers game. 100 people may pass by an advertisement and not think twice about it, but the 101st person may be swayed by the ad and by a certain product. In the end, it’s worth it.
That’s why many companies are paying people to use their cars as moving advertisements. The prep part is the “most difficult” part, as you’ll have to get your car wrapped, put stickers on it or even both.
Be aware that any company that makes you pay to wrap your own car is usually a ripoff and not worth your time.
For starters, check out companies like:
- Auto Wrapped
All these companies can change based on location and services offered, so make sure and do your research ahead of time before counting on it from the start.
3.An Online Automotive Business
Now, this seems like jumping from 0-100 in a matter of minutes. The past two didn’t have much in terms of prep time, but setting up something online will surely take a longer time.
It definitely will, but the payoff can be much more rewarding, both personally and financially. Your business can be anything related to cars. If you have any skills as a mechanic, you can offer your services to help fix cars or do drive by services.
If you’re just interested in cars, then now could be the time to start your own website and grow your automotive business online. You could review cars, review accessories, offer tips, preview new releases or all of the above. Make sure you secure a domain name before getting started and then start thinking of a content plan.
It’s also a great time for you to leverage social media to help drive people to your website or business. Think of that part as free marketing.
This is definitely the marathon option, but with dedication, research and hard work you could set yourself up for a successful position in the automotive industry.
4.Attend An Online Automotive School
While the last step seemed like a hill to overcome, this just feels like a step in the wrong direction. You’re supposed to be making money, not spending it, right?
You might be surprised to know that there are plenty of online trade schools and many that offer automotive career options. If you already have a job or don’t have time to fully commit to automotive education, going to school online is the perfect way to plan your own schedule and train yourself for the future. Automotive technician jobs are expected to see a 6% increase over the next decade, so you know it’s a solid job for the future as well.