One of my favorite apps that didn’t get enough attention is Instacart. You can think of Instacart as the personal shopper for lazy people. Or those who don’t have time to go grocery shopping because their schedule is jam-packed with assignments and midterms. But why does that sound so unappealing?
It’s because in this digital age, everything is accessible from the palm of your hand. And it’s not just about staying in touch but having the world literally at your fingertips. If you’re willing to put in a little bit of work, you can make a decent side income with Instacart. =
The app is basically a personal shopper with a twist: you earn money by helping other shoppers. Let me break it down for you how this works…
Step 1: Download The Instacart App
This is the obvious first step. But before you can start making money with Instacart, you have to download the app. The download is free and available through the App Store or Google Play.
The sign-up process is quick and simple. All you have to do is enter your email and password.
Then, you’ll have to enter your name, select a display name, and enter your address where you want the groceries to be delivered to.
After that, you’ll have to select the payment method and agree to the terms of service.
The next step is to add your availability. You can select the days you want to work and the hours you’re available. It’s important that you’re consistent and make sure you don’t commit yourself to too many hours each day. You don’t want to risk burning out and losing interest in the app.
Step 2: Earn a Shoppable Fee By Running Shifts
Once you’re logged into the app and are confirmed as a shopper, you’ll have to wait for a shopper request. A shopper is someone who is looking for someone like you to help them shop for groceries. A good thing about this app is that you’re guaranteed to get a shopper request.
The app will send you a push notification whenever there’s a shopper request waiting for you. The app also allows you to browse the queue and see which shoppers are looking for help shopping for groceries. This way, you can contact the shoppers who are looking for help and offer your service. When you accept a request, you’ll get a shopper fee of $15. So, if the request is for 10 items, you get $15.
If the request is for 20 items, you get $30. The fee is predetermined and doesn’t change no matter what items the shopper is looking for. It doesn’t matter if you deliver $100 worth of groceries or $20 worth of groceries. The fee is the same. How much you make with Instacart will depend on how many hours you’re willing to commit to the app.
Step 3: Earn Money for Every Shopper You Refer
When you refer someone to Instacart, you get a referral fee. The amount of money you make depends on the type of referral. There are two types of referrals. The first is a shopper referral. You earn $10 for every shopper you refer. The second type of referral is a store referral. You earn $25 for every store you refer.
But how do you refer people to Instacart?
When you’re logged in the app and waiting for a shopper request, you can select “invite friends.” You can send an email or a text message to whoever you want to invite. You can also copy and paste the link to the invitation. You can only invite people who live in the same city as you. It doesn’t matter if they’ve downloaded the app or not.
If they don’t have the app, they’ll receive an invitation via email that they can redeem. The email will have a link they need to click to redeem their invitation.
Step 4: Make More Money By Proposing Shifts
You can make more money with Instacart by proposing shifts. A shift is like a mini-contract that you can bid on. The app will show you how much the shift is worth and what you have to do to complete the shift. The amount you bid on the shift is the amount you get paid.
For example, you can bid $10 on a shift that requires you to do a 10-item delivery. The app will automatically deduct $10 from the $20 the shopper is willing to pay. Once you win the bid, you’ll have to complete the shift. If you fail to complete the shift, you get kicked off the app and lose your privileges as a shopper.
Instacart is a great way to make money on the side. You can do this while you’re studying, working a part-time job, or looking for a full-time job. The hours are flexible and you can work from wherever you want as long as you have an internet connection.
You can even make money while you sleep by scheduling shifts for later. The more hours you work, the more money you make. All you have to do is download the app and start earning.