Thinking about working in the gig economy? Or maybe you’re considering adding another platform to your existing app-based jobs? Gig jobs (like ridesharing, food, grocery and parcel delivery) can be a great source of flexible income, but it can be confusing to know what jobs you qualify for, what to expect when applying and what’s available to you. Once you’re done with the signup process, the uncertainty doesn’t end there - now it becomes a question of when, where and what job best fits your schedule.
Lucky for you, the team here at Solo has compiled everything you need to know about getting started in the gig economy here in Seattle. Below, you’ll find part one of your guide to making the most out of your app based job experience.
There are a few major segments of the gig economy in Seattle. From helping people get around to handling food and shopping, there are plenty of options to fit what you’re looking for. In fact, we’d recommend you consider multiple jobs as we see you can make as much as 35% more by taking advantage of different peak times. Let’s dig into some of the basics of each category.
Perhaps the most common job that comes to mind when thinking of the gig economy - helping people get around from A to B in your city. Lyft and Uber have been around nearly a decade and require you to have a car that is less than 10 years old, pass a background check and secure a TNC license with King County.
One space that has grown rapidly during the COVID pandemic is the food delivery industry. Doordash, UberEats, Grubhub and Postmates have grown substantially over the past year as restaurants closed and people turned to on-demand food options. There are no restrictions on the vehicle you use for these services (you can even use your bike or walk!) However, you will need to pass a background check before getting started.
Another industry that has rapidly expanded during the pandemic, many people now turn to Instacart, Shipt and GoPuff to have groceries and/or other household items delivered directly to their homes. These jobs typically require that you have a vehicle, be willing to shop for a variety of items in store and interact regularly with customers when items are unavailable.
We live in the birthplace of Amazon and that means there are lots of packages that need to be delivered to people’s homes and apartments. Many people don’t realize that Amazon has a service called Amazon Flex that offers shifts to independent workers to deliver a collection of packages from their local distribution centers. This job requires you go through a more in-depth onboarding process on Amazon’s logistics process and recommends a larger vehicle to handle more packages. A relatively new option in Seattle, GoPuff also operates in a similar fashion to Amazon Flex and requires that you pick up from their distribution centers with a preset route.
Many of the onboarding requirements are similar between platforms, with some additional vehicle restrictions for ridesharing and a more intensive training process for Amazon Flex. Most platforms will approve your application within 2-5 business days, with some turning around the application as fast as 24 hours.
Companies are definitely looking for new people to join their platforms - some platforms like Uber and Instacart are paying more than $600! Check out the referral bonus links below and if you sign up using the Solo referral code we’ll pass along the ENTIRE BONUS AMOUNT to you once the performance requirements are met.*
Check out Solo’s tools for those working app based jobs or read more about working in the gig economy at our blog! We provide you with the information, earnings forecasts and pay transparency you need to ensure you’re working the right job at the right time.
*Referral bonuses typically have company specific requirements around a minimum number of jobs completed within a certain amount of days. Please reference the company specific sign page for the details.