Rideshare and delivery independent contractors rely heavily on transportation to complete their work. Most rideshare and delivery drivers use their own cars, while many other delivery contractors might use other forms of transportation such as a bike, e-bike, scooter or motorcycle.
Your vehicle is often your most important business tool. It's also often by far your greatest operating expense.
These articles discuss using your car or other transportation for independent contractor work. We help you look at the costs of using your own vehicle, both short term and long term. We discuss strategies to keep costs low, and look at how alternatives work.
Using Your Car, Bike or Other Form of Transportation for Independent Contractor Work
We can get sucked into the idea that gas is the only cost related to using your car for rideshare and delivery. The actual cost is far greater, and many of those costs hit you much later. We look at what it really costs to use your car and how to plan for it.
For years, I used a 20-year-old Buick for my deliveries. Once I sold the car, I was able to add up the total cost of driving. We walk through what that cost was and how that can help you understand the true cost of driving your own car for gig work.
We look at what it's like delivering by e-bike for food delivery companies like Doordash and Uber Eats. We examine whether it makes sense for gig workers today and the money-making potential bicycle delivering contractors can realize.
On the Deliver on Your Business podcast, we interviewed Kevin Ha of the Financial Panther website. Kevin delivers in the Minneapolis area on an e-bike. We talk about what that's like, and how he has been able to average forty bucks an hour multi-apping on a bicycle.
Ron Walter made the move from business manager at a non-profit to full time gig economy delivery in 2018 to take advantage of the flexibility of self-employment. He applied his thirty years experience managing and owning small businesses to treat his independent contractor role as the business it is.
Realizing his experience could help other drivers, he founded EntreCourier.com to encourage delivery drivers to be the boss of their own gig economy business.
Ron has been quoted in several national outlets including Business Insider, the New York Times, CNN and Market Watch.
You can read more about Ron's story,, background, and why he believes making the switch from a career as a business manager to delivering as an independent contractor was the best decision he could have made.