When you think of passive income, the idea of ridesharing is not likely to occur to you.  However, there are ways to make this new opportunity work for you.  This concept will require some planning and flexibility.  Nevertheless, we can find ways to do this in a passive style rather than the side-hustle it is often viewed as.

Ridesharing Can Be Time For Money

The most common approach to the ridesharing services out there is as a side-hustle.  Someone signs up, sits in their car, and collects riders when they can.  This description is a simple model and a way to make some extra cash.  However, we can take advantage of our usual travel patterns to find ways to earn while we drive.  This option requires you to be a bit flexible when you want to travel.  If you do, then you can find regular riders to popular destinations and hopefully take advantage of that.

Work and Play

Your best route for picking up regular riders is going to be daily ones like work or other destinations.  These will often be popular enough to have a steady stream of drivers.  Of course, working at an airport would be a perfect solution.  Nevertheless, any populated area or frequent destination (sports venues, government buildings, shopping complexes, etc.) can work almost as well.  More people are using rideshare services every month, so why not take advantage of that trend?

More Than Moving People

Do not limit yourself to the idea of taxi service options.  There are food and other product delivery sites that generate similar traffic.  No pun intended.  These may be even better as a form of passive income.  It would not be surprising to find that certain people order from the same places on a regular (or even daily basis).  Think about things like picking up and dropping off several Starbucks coffees every morning, or office supplies to a nearby business.  All of these could be a perfect fit for you.  It just takes a little research and desire.  Happy hunting!


Rob Broadhead

Rob is a founder of, and frequent contributor to, Develpreneur. This includes the Building Better Developers podcast. He is also a longtime student of technology as a developer, designer, and manager of software solutions. Rob is a founder and principle of RB Consulting and has managed to author a book about his family experiences. In his free time, he stays busy raising five children (although a few have grown into adults). When he has a chance to breathe, he is on the ice playing hockey to relax.

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