What Jobs are Similar to Instacart?

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Whether you want to leave Instacart or are just exploring all of your options, here are some jobs that are similar to Instacart.

Direct Competitor: Shipt

If you’re looking for a gig job that works almost exactly like Instacart, that’s Shipt. Shipt and Instacart are both personal shopper services where you do the shopping and delivering.

The main difference between Shipt and Instacart is the stores they work with. Shipt is partially owned by Target, and Instacart has a major partnership deal with Publix.

Both platforms have agreements with various other regional stores, and they often deliver from other stores as well.

While there are slight differences in procedures, both work roughly the same where you claim an order, talk to the customer while shopping, and make the delivery. Whether Shipt or Instacart makes more money will often depend on customer preferences in your area.

Delivery—Only Services

There are a number of other platforms where you only do the deliveries and not the shopping. These apps are often geared towards restaurants but can deliver from stores as well.

These jobs can be a little easier since you don’t have to worry about finding things in stores or having customers getting mad at you that items are out of stock. Since you’re not spending time shopping, pay is usually based on mileage, and you can still earn tips.

Platforms to check out include DoorDash, GrubHub, Amazon Flex, and Favor.

Rideshare Platforms

If you want a flexible gig but like people more than shopping, rideshare may be for you.

On rideshare apps, passengers “call” you via the app and you pick them up and bring them to their destinations. There’s no going inside stores or dealing with buying things.

Pay is usually based on the lengths of the trips, and you can also earn tips.

The biggest rideshare platforms are of course Uber and Lyft.

Freelance Platforms

If you have a skill that you can do on a computer, you may want to try freelancing. You can do the same tasks as your main job or find work that matches any other skill you have.

Some people find full-time work freelancing, while others use freelancing as a side gig on nights and weekends.

Common freelance platforms include Fiverr and Upwork.

Officiating Sports

Becoming a referee is another good option if you’re looking for flexible work or even steady work on nights and weekends. Most referees are independent contractors, so you can pick your own schedule.

You may have to deal with some crazy people, but because no one wants to be a referee, the pay can be pretty good.

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