6 Best Ways to Make Money as a Personal Grocery Shopper
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Are you looking for a unique but simple way to make extra money? If so, becoming a personal grocery shopper is a great way supplement your income. Many people don’t realize you can get paid to grocery shop for others in your spare time. Personal grocery shopper jobs let you make good money with minimal special skills required.
Hiring someone to do your grocery shopping may seem like a frivolous expense. However, there are several reasons why someone may want to hire out their grocery shopping, including:
- Lack of time
- No interest in dealing with crowded stores
- Those with medical issues making it difficult to shop on their own
While some find grocery shopping enjoyable, most people I know would rather pass and avoid long lines.
Grocery stores have taken a different approach to grocery shopping by offering done-for-you shopping services for customers. For example, at my local Walmart, a team of employees is in charge of the store’s grocery pickup service.
There are even more options that allow people to avoid going to the grocery store. This is great for people looking for a legit way to make extra money on the side. Many personal grocery shopper jobs pay at least $15 per hour, and some pay over $20 per hour.
If you’re looking for a simple side hustle, here are the six best ways to make money as a personal grocery shopper.
1. Instacart Shopper
Instacart is one of the leading companies in the personal grocery shopping space and is one of the best ways to make money from your phone as it’s all handled through your device.
While signing up is simple, the process does take a few business days to get up and running. To qualify as an Instacart shopper, you need to be at least 18, be eligible to work in the U.S., have access to a recent smartphone (iPhone 5 / Android 4.4 or newer), and be able to lift between 30-40 lbs.
There are two options to work for Instacart Shopper:
Full-Service Shopper – In this role, you work as an independent contractor using your own car to pick up and deliver groceries in your area. You choose your hours and work when it’s convenient for you.
In-Store Shopper – As an in-store shopper, you’re a part-time employee doing only the shopping portion of the role. This means you won’t need a vehicle since you don’t need to deliver groceries. You can also work a flexible schedule with this role as well.
Instacart shoppers receive payment weekly. Compensation is either paid per item or at a fixed rate per job. The Instacart Shopper site claims you can make up to $20 per hour in either role. If you work as a full-service shopper, you typically earn more due to tips.
Read our guide on how to become an Instacart Shopper to learn more about this opportunity.
Another company in need of personal shoppers is FoodKick, a same-day online grocery delivery and alcohol delivery service headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.
FoodKick shoppers deliver a wide variety of grocery foods including fresh fruit and produce and chilled drinks. FoodKick shoppers help pack, checkout, and make sure the food is ready for delivery. Customers can order their items a week in advance or at 11:00 p.m. the night before they would like them delivered.
A shopper can work anywhere from 8-12 hours depending on that day’s orders, and can make up to $15 per hour. However, be aware that most of the opportunities to work for FoodKick are available in New York.
Shipt is another popular company that lets you get paid to grocery shop for others. Shipt’s biggest retail partners are Target, Meijer, Western Market, and H-E-B.
Shoppers need to be at least 18 and can earn around $25 per hour. This makes Shipt one of the best jobs like Instacart Shopper to earn cash in your spare time.
As a personal grocery shopper, you can add yourself to the shopping schedule up to five days in advance. This allows you to shop certain orders in your area. Like other personal grocery delivery services, you must have a car and a newer smartphone to do the job.
You can limit your shopping to a single zone (a few miles with at least one store), or you can choose to shop in multiple zones. Shipt also offers shoppers the option to join their exclusive community.
This community is a place to share with other shoppers your tips for success and get any questions you have answered.
Read our Shipt Shopper app review to learn more about working for the service.
You can also read our Instacart Shopper vs. Shipt Shopper guide to learn how the two apps compare.
Burpy is an on-demand same-day grocery delivery service that is primarily available in Texas H-E-B and Walmart stores. As a Burpy personal grocery shopper, you can pick and deliver groceries on a part or full-time basis.
This is an ideal opportunity for someone living in Texas and looking for flexible work but more hours. You use the on-demand delivery app to accept jobs and order details.
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Shoppers tend to make around $25 per hour, plus tips. Payment is sent weekly via direct deposit but you can request an earlier payout any time for convenience.
TaskRabbit gives people a chance to make a flexible income based on their skill set. Personal Grocery Shopper is on the list of tasks to choose from.
To begin, simply register to join the team. Shortly after, TaskRabbit asks you to attend an information session to learn more about the ins and outs of the company.
Once you’re set up and start looking for tasks, you set your own hourly rate and charge whatever you feel is a good fit for the task. If it’s a big grocery order from multiple stores you can charge more than just one small order from one store down the block from your house.
TaskRabbit does get 15 percent of what you make, but the rest is yours to keep. TaskRabbit also pays on a weekly basis, so you don’t have to wait long for payment.
Read our guide on other apps like TaskRabbit here to find odd jobs near you to make money.
WeGoShop adds a more personalized approach to grocery shopping, which is great if you’re looking to turn into to more of a personal business. There is an annual fee of $35. However, after 12 months, your rate is locked in for the next year even if the fee increases for members who join after you.
*Related: Like to use your phone to save money shopping? Read our guide on the top apps to make money from receipts to reduce food costs.*
WeGoShop offers an email address, voicemail service, and business cards. You get to choose the 10 cities you prefer to work in, and, after one year of working with the company, you can choose 10 more.
You can be in the grocery store working within 72 hours of applying. If you didn’t want to commit to the full year, you can do a month-to-month plan.
The month-to-month plan involves paying a $150 start-up fee and then a monthly auto-pay of $6 per territory (ex., if you have 5 territories, you pay $30). There can only be one associate owner per city. If the city is large, like Chicago for example, a shopper can choose an individual zip code.
You are paid directly from the customer, and the rate is determined by the size of the grocery list and the time you are willing to put in.
make money as a personal grocery shopper faqs
How much money can I make a personal grocery shopper?
Personal grocery shopper rates have a fairly broad range. You should expect to make at least $12 per hour as a personal grocery shopper, but you can make up to $25 in some instances. You can earn even more when you include tips.
What’s required to become a personal grocery shopper?
Requirements vary based on the company you work with. However, almost all of the companies require a car and a smartphone. Many companies also require you to be able to lift up to 40 pounds. If you deliver groceries, auto insurance and a background check are also required.
Am I an employee or independent contractor?
This will varies based on the company you work for. In most instances, you will be an independent contractor. Make sure to take a portion of each paycheck out to pay for taxes. This will ensure you won’t have a nasty surprise come tax time.
What other opportunities are there to get paid to grocery shop?
Most of the above opportunities are national or regional. You may find more opportunities with local stores. There are many ways to get paid to run errands, so check with local stores to see if they also hire for personal grocery shopper jobs.
If you are smart and quick with your orders, own a car, and meet the age requirements, you can make a good side or even full-time income off being a personal shopper. Some start-up processes take a little longer than others, but the speed depends on the company you choose to work for.
What are some other simple ways you’ve found to make extra money? Have you ever used a grocery delivery service or thought about becoming a personal grocery shopper? What’s one responsibility you’d hire out to save time?
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