Author Topic: I Made Money on a Road Trip!  (Read 1803 times)


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I Made Money on a Road Trip!
« on: August 07, 2017, 09:39:29 PM »
I was able to earn $281.58 from my latest road trip, after fuel expenses it was a profit of $124.77 (wear and tear excluded)

The wife and I bought a used Honda Odyssey just before we had our second kid. The sliding doors are just great, and the cargo space is huge when the 3rd row seats are down - good for both my side hustle and hers. Also for making money on a road trip.

We live in southern AZ, and there was a convention for my wife's business in Anaheim, CA that she wanted to attend. So I took a few days off work, booked an AirBNB, and thought of some ways to make money off it. I had watched the show 'Shipping Wars' recently, so figured I could check the website they use on the show - uShip - to see if there was anything I could bring with me to earn a bit of scratch.

One listing needed wheels transported from Phoenix to near Anaheim. I had the lowest bid and it would earn me $82.51 after fees. On the way back I was selected to bring an antique dresser back to Arizona, earning $167.37 for the trouble.

I also used a few apps that pay a few dollars per gig. They require you to photograph certain products on the shelves and on displays. I sometimes perform the jobs around town, but often other people reserve them. In smaller towns the jobs usually never get done. On the trip I did 5 gigs that earned me a total of $31.70.

82.51 + 167.37 + 31.70 = $281.58

Subtract the cost of gas and I had $124.77 remaining. If the trip wasn't already tax deductible for my wife's business, it would be for the miles driven hauling these items.

If you wish, I have pics and more details on my blog, link in signature.
I created my blog on January 13th, 2017. A (slightly above) average income family with two kids.

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Re: I Made Money on a Road Trip!
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2017, 10:14:58 AM »
i like this Uship idea we go to STL from KC alot to visit family i'll have to look into this.


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Re: I Made Money on a Road Trip!
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2017, 11:07:37 AM »
Thats awesome! Good work.
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Re: I Made Money on a Road Trip!
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2017, 08:00:18 AM »
When I tried to sign up it asks for a dot number? What do you do about that?
We frequently travel a few routes that might work well.