Even though Uber and Lyft make up a majority of the on-demand economy, there is no shortage of other apps and services that you can work for. And when I heard about a new electric scooter company called Bird, I decided to sign up and give it a try.
Now if you’re wondering what electric scooters have to do with rideshare driving, you’re right! On the surface, they may seem like pretty different companies, but scooters and rideshare are both part of the shared mobility space, and they actually have a lot more in common than you may think.
Both businesses are mobility marketplaces: Uber connects drivers and riders while Bird connects scooters and customers. And as it turns out, those scooters need able-bodied workers to charge them every night, so that’s where workers in the on-demand economy come in handy.
After covering the rideshare industry for four years, I’m already seeing a ton of parallels between the two business models and, like we saw with rideshare driving when it first hit the scene, there’s a lot of opportunity for ‘Chargers’ right now since Bird is growing quickly and able-bodied workers are in high demand. Based on my own experience and from talking with other chargers, you can easily make $20-30 per hour working for Bird.
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