Do you look for different ways to make money using cargo vans?
The cargo van business is booming in the realm of delivery services. Delivery services are in high demand in such industries as retail, food, appliances, etc.
Becoming a GoShare driver is a great way to make money with a cargo van.
Here are some benefits of doing deliveries for GoShare:
- You don't need to manage clients or negotiate load rates because they track your delivery details and payments.
- You can maintain your autonomy, work whenever you want, and earn an average hourly rate of $71 – $102 for full-sized cargo vans.
- The transported items are covered with cargo insurance and liability insurance. So, you can drive with peace of mind.
The types of deliveries you’ll see on GoShare include:
- Last-mile delivery for business customers.
- Store pickups for individuals.
- Home and office moves.
- Building materials and equipment deliveries to and from commercial or residential construction sites.
- Junk hauling for home and business owners.
- Courier jobs for documents and small parcels.
As a GoShare delivery driver, you need to load, transport, secure, and unload the parcels between delivery points by yourself.
Sign up for GoShare and start making money.
2. Provide moving services
Moving from one location to another is a time-consuming and daunting task. That's why many people would rather hire a "man with a van" to do the heavy lifting.
Considering the lost time and effort, you can simplify their life and, at the same time, earn some money with your cargo van.
When handling household goods, you should check with your state for any existing regulations for moving services in that area. Many states have different local laws.
You might need commercial insurance, special licenses, and proof that you’re capable of moving household goods.
To handle well the moved items, invest in moving equipment such as canvasses, tarps, moving blankets, and cargo straps, dollies etc.
Lugg, Taskrabbit, Thumbtack, and Dolly is an on-demand moving platform that connects movers and customers.
Or post your cargo van moving services on Nextdoor.
3. Provide hauling services
Who would need your hauling services?
With time, owners of business offices, apartments, or homes with garages often gather items that they don't use or need anymore. At a certain time, these people decide that they need to declutter their spaces.
That's when they look for hauling services to help them to get rid of junk or old items from their spaces, and you can earn money with your cargo van by providing hauling services.
Be aware that it's your responsibility to take those items to the recycling facility. Or, you can repair the old items and resell them at decent prices.
4. Amazon delivery
Amazon Flex provides people the opportunity to deliver goods using their own vehicles.
A cargo van is a good option for this opportunity because it has plenty of cargo space to organize the packages that need to be delivered in one shift.
Amazon Flex benefits:
- You can earn extra money as a side hustle.
- You can choose your your preferred hours.
Getting started is simple:
- Sign up for Amazon Flex.
- Open the Amazon Flex app to find available shifts (called “blocks” within the app) in your area.
- Pick up packages from your nearest Amazon fulfillment center.
- Deliver packages with a smile.
- Get paid via direct deposit.
Most Amazon delivery partners earn anywhere between $18 and $25 per hour.
5. Food delivery driver
With the increasing number of food-to-home delivery needs, the food delivery apps like Uber Eats, Instacart, and DoorDash rapidly grow.
Due to that, food delivery drivers are in high demand.
Today, you can make money with your cargo van by either signing into all the food delivery apps or collaborating with restaurants.
In the food delivery industry, often, you may have to deliver perishable food, which has a shorter life span.
Because of that, you may need to be highly punctual and responsive.
If all goes well, apart from getting paid on an hourly basis, you may get tips.
6. Become a mobile billboard
Businesses regularly look for ways to maintain or increase their brand awareness and recognition in the market.
That is an opportunity for cargo van owners to make some money.
To promote other businesses for a fee, transform your cargo van into a mobile billboard. Apply graphics on the cargo box side walls that advertise other businesses.
If you want to give this option a try, use a service such as Wrapify or Carvertise. They connect your cargo box with a business looking for advertising, create the vinyl graphic, and install it on the vehicle. Or partner with local advertisers in your area.
Don’t worry about the sticker applied to the cargo van. The vinyl graphic is easy to remove. It can't hurt the vehicle's physical appearance.
Once the advertisement is applied to your cargo van, the only thing that you need to do is to keep the vehicle moving.
7. Rent out your cargo van
If you own at least one cargo van from this list you can do some business with it already by renting it out.
If you are comfortable with allowing other people to drive your cargo van, by renting it out, you can get a passive income stream.
Many companies are looking for cargo vans for their business operations for which it's wiser to rent a cargo van instead of buying new ones.
The best way to rent out your cargo van is to go through websites like Fetch, Getaround or Turo. These companies reduce your liability because they provide insurance covering your cargo while renting it out.
8. Offer retail deliveries
Another way to make money with a cargo van is by providing retail deliveries for local businesses.
Did you know that small business such as hardware stores, appliance stores, and thrift shops have a huge demand for delivery drivers who can deliver large items to their customers? Also, some retailers may need last-minute deliveries.
You might want to reach out to local businesses and ask if they want a cargo van.
If you cannot connect with businesses in your area, scout opportunities on Lugg, Taskrabbit, and Dolly.
9. Start Your Own Cargo Van Business
Another way to make money with your cargo van is by starting a cargo van business.
For example, you can start a cargo van moving business. Or, if you get more creative, you may come up with more business ideas such as:
Start a flower delivery business
Start a mobile florist business using your cargo van. Some people love to send flowers to their loved ones to celebrate their special occasions.
Start a home improvement business
Another way to use a cargo van for business is by providing home improvement services. These could be tile or floor installation, cabinetry, or painting.
Store all your tools and equipment in your cargo van. Travel to your client’s house. And deliver the service.
You might consider starting a cleaning business using a cargo van.
To start a cleaning business you need some cleaning equipment and supplies.
You could offer a maid service, end-of-lease cleaning, carpet and upholstery cleaning, etc.
Roadie is a subsidiary of UPS. They promise fast delivery of any item regardless of size to over 90% of U.S. households.
If your cargo van is in work order, there are no minimum vehicle standards. So you can deliver for Roadie.
The Roadie app shows available gigs, the guaranteed payout, and any pickup or delivery notes. You can choose when and where you want to work.
Roadie gigs tend to be for local same-day delivery. You might find long-distance deliveries available occasionally, which pay significantly more.
Veho is a last-mile logistics company. Their platform helps e-commerce brands improve the customer experience for deliveries and returns.
Drivers pick up packages from the Veho warehouse and deliver them via their chosen route. You can book routes in advance by choosing your start time, route length, and final stop. You can also see your earnings in advance.
To drive with Veho, you must be at least 25 with a valid driver’s license and insurance. Like most gig economy apps, financial success depends on how much time you put in and your efficiency.
Uship operates a shipping marketplace that connects businesses and individuals needing delivery services with drivers.
There are many opportunities to make money with a cargo van through Uship. According to their website, a new shipment gets posted every 30 seconds.
After you create your free profile on Uship, you can browse through the listings of shipping loads and bid on jobs. Each listing has delivery details about the job, like time frame, weight, and cargo dimensions.
You can also post a quote and set your bid to undercut other service providers automatically until your lowest acceptable bid is reached.
Truckstop.com operates a load board for cargo vans to help you find loads for transport posted by vetted trustworthy brokers. In addition to their online tools, they have a mobile app you can use to find high-paying loads from your mobile phone.
The TruckStop.com load board is not free, however. They offer three plans for carriers at price points of $39, $125, and $149 per month.
The basic plan gives you the ability to search and post. The more expensive plans include more features like detailed information about the delivery brokers, cargo types, load comparisons, and a best-paying loads search.