If You Make Less Than $15/Hour, Here Are 5 Companies That Are Hiring and Pay More

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Dreaming of a job where you can get a raise and set your own hours?

We’ve got you covered.

We’ve compiled a list of five companies that are hiring and they all combine flexibility with a fair paycheck. And the best part? These jobs are fun. You can do anything from delivering groceries to hanging out with puppies!

1. Get Paid to Delivery Groceries and More

Need a better gig? Try delivering groceries, takeout and even retail purchases with Postmates.

The amount you can earn varies, but the median earnings per hour during peak times is $19*, CEO Bastian Lehmann said at a 2015 TechCrunch event. 

Unlike other apps, you’ll take home 100% of your earnings when you make a delivery — no service fees, booking fees or transaction fees. 

You can deliver through Postmates by car, bicycle or foot. Just create an account, then you’ll receive a welcome kit in the mail within a week (a free delivery bag and a prepaid card to make your purchases). Link the card to the Postmates Fleet app, and you’re off to earning extra money.

 

2. Earn up to $22/Hour Picking up Milk For Your Neighbors

You’ve probably heard you can make money picking up other people’s groceries. But doing your own shopping is stressful enough. You just learned where everything is — now you’re supposed to learn the aisles of a different store?

But an app called Shipt will pay you up to $22 an hour to pick up a few extra groceries while you’re already picking up your own. 

We talked to one shopper, Destiny Frith, from Nashville, who says the flexibility and high hourly pay makes this a great way to make extra money.

She takes home close to $600 a week — working completely on her own schedule. 

Just sign up online (the application is pretty simple). Once you’re approved, pick which jobs you want to take, and Shipt will send you a prepaid card to buy the groceries and deliver them to customers. 

Suddenly grocery shopping isn’t so bad, is it?

3. Get Paid up to $600/Week to Drop off Starbucks

Young female checks over her eggs that arrived in her organic food delivery.

Your city is filled with two things: Starbucks, and people who want Starbucks.

An app called Doordash will pay you to pick up and deliver an extra latte when you’re already out and getting your caffeine fix. And it’s not just coffee. You can deliver from Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, Five Guys and hundreds of other restaurants in your area.

With Doordash, you set your own hours and work as much or little as you want, meaning how much you make is up to you. 

You’ll earn money for each delivery, plus tips. Jose Neri, from California, reports earning $500 to $600 a week working just lunches and dinners. 

The best part? No passengers — that grande, no-whip macchiato will be the only thing to hear your beautiful singing voice.

If you sign up for Doordash now, it’s possible to get your first paycheck this week.

4. Earn up to $450/Month Hanging out With Dogs

If you’re looking for a flexible, independent way to earn money — and you love hanging out with dogs — Rover might be your perfect gig.

The online network connects dog walkers and sitters to local dog owners through its 4.9-star-rated app, so you don’t have to staple flyers on every utility pole across town.

Rover says top sitters earn an average $450 per month.

Here’s how it works: You’ll create an online sitter profile where you’ll answer questions about your experience with puppers and your schedule availability. 

You can choose to offer a variety of services, including dog walking, overnight boarding at your home or theirs, and daycare. Boarding is the app’s most popular service, so offering it can get you more gigs. You set your own rates. (Rover keeps a small percentage as a service fee.)

Dog owners will reach out to you. Accept which gigs you want, then start snugglin’ pups. As soon as you complete a service, you’ll be paid within two days.

5. Earn $750/Week Driving Around Your City

When we mention driving for Lyft, we know the first thing that probably runs through your head: Drunken strangers piling into your car, loudly reminding you “This is the best night of my life!” — and maybe even vomiting in your back seat.

Gross. We know. 

But we’ve talked to several Lyft drivers who told us a different story. For them, Lyft is the perfect way to make some extra money — on their own terms. 

For example, Paul Pruce, who had been driving full-time with Lyft for over a year and earns more than $750 a week as a driver.

Best of all, he could do it on his own time. You can work days, nights or weekends — it’s up to you!