Your car needn’t be a constant drain on your purse—here are three ways you can make it pay for itself.

Ads on your car

Not everyone can do this, but if you drive the right car (usually under eight years old) and you drive a lot, you could make up to £1,500 a year by allowing adverts on your car. Sign up to comm-motion.com, who look for people who fit the bill. They “wrap” ads onto your vehicle without harming the paintwork, which can earn you between £60 and £1,500 a year depending on the size of the advert you agree to display. You may even get some freebies thrown in by the company you advertise. And with such a unique looking car, there’s much less chance of it being stolen!

Be a courier

Courier jobs involve carrying parcels in your vehicle to their destination—on time and with minimum hassle. Couriers are self-employed, but they contract out to various courier companies.  All the jobs are recorded by you and the company, and you invoice the company at the end of the week. 

It’s something you can do on the side for as many days or hours as you want. You can be contracted to one courier company or several. There are over 60 courier companies in London alone, and more than 1,300 across the whole of the UK. Most companies have offices all over the country. 

It’s possible to make decent money from couriering—the average per day seems to be about £140. Depending on where you are and how many jobs you do, you could earn upwards of £300 a day, which could mean £1,500 a week—and even £70,000 a year full time.

School-run nanny (or manny!)

Working parents around the country need someone to pick up and care for their children between the end of school and the time they get back from work. Many of these jobs demand someone who can drive and who can use their own car.

Essentially, you just have to pick the children up after school and look after them for a few hours until their parents come home. The work involves going to the school (usually around 3–5pm), taking the children home, feeding them, supervising their homework or playing with them and keeping them occupied. 

You should make a minimum of £10 an hour, although in London and the Home Counties it’s more likely to be up to £12 per hour. The pay will also vary depending on how many children you have to look after and how old they are. Younger children need more care, so you might be able to negotiate higher pay for them. 

If you use your car to drive the children about, you should charge mileage—around 40p per mile. But you’ll also need to change your car insurance cover, as you’ll be using your car for business. It would be worth negotiating with the parents to get them to cover your extra insurance costs. And also bear in mind that anyone who works with children needs a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check—visit gov.uk for details

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