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Bay Area Gig Economy: The best apps to find work in your spare time


In this blog post, we round up the most on demand gig apps in the Bay Area


In today’s gig economy, short-term positions and independent contract work reign supreme. One study by Intuit predicts that by 2020, 40% of American workers will be independent contractors. The reason? Today’s workforce is becoming mobile as the digital age empowers contractors to complete a job from anywhere. Another reason the gig economy has come into play is that people now change jobs and enjoy having the flexibility of choosing when and where to work. They also enjoy the freedom of improving their work-life balance by being more in control of their schedules.


The gig economy only works when individuals and businesses can connect quickly and easily. That’s where gig economy apps come in. By downloading these apps to a mobile device, workers have hundreds or even thousands of potential jobs at their fingertips.


As the gig economy grows, so does the number of apps. We’ve chosen the most popular apps in the Bay Area based on user reviews and ease of use. Please note, we have listed our best gig economy apps below in alphabetical order to make your search process easier; thus, the apps are not ranked or rated in any way.


DoorDash is a food delivery app that helps Dashers deliver food from top restaurants to customers in your area. Start delivering on your own time to make extra cash.

  • Dashers undergo background checks after being approved and onboard

  • Get tailored assistance with deliveries and track order status

  • Choose when to work by delivering breakfast, lunch, or dinner

Instacart gives you the opportunity to deliver groceries to people in your area. You can become an Instacart shopper and earn money shopping for and delivering groceries to customers while setting your own schedule.

  • Get paid weekly

  • Work Sundays to maximize your hours and pay

  • Choose to work as a part-time employee/shopper with no vehicle required and work up to 29 hours per week or choose to work as an independent contractor/driver with a vehicle and work unlimited hours

Lyft is an app that matches drivers with passengers and enables payment automatically. Drivers enjoy being your own boss and keeping 100% of your tips.

  • Earn and keep the whole amount of your tips

  • Increased PrimeTime pricing during peak hours to earn even more money

  • Provides additional insurance policies at no cost to drivers

Postmates gives workers the ability to earn money delivering for restaurants and stores in your community. Find jobs and work as much as you want to make as much as you want with this gig economy app.

  • Walk, drive, scoot, or bike

  • Build your own schedule

  • Earn up to $25/hour plus tips

TaskRabbit gives you the opportunity to tackle home projects for local community members. When you become a Tasker, you can serve as a handyman, assemble furniture, mount televisions, provide moving assistance, and more.

  • Find jobs you love and choose your rates to make extra cash

  • Create a schedule that fits your life

  • Get notified of potential nearby jobs

Uber gives you the opportunity to drive when you want and earn as much as you want. Drive with Uber anytime, day or night, year-round and earn more with longer trips and when demand is higher than normal.

  • Trip fares begin with a base amount and increase with time and distance

  • Get turn-by-turn directions, tools for earning more, and 24/7 support

  • Simply open the app to start receiving trip requests and get information about riders and directions to their location or destination

Uber Eats is a food delivery app that helps drivers deliver food from top restaurants in your city. Sign up is easy, and you can deliver at hours most convenient to you.

  • Grab your car, bike, scooter, or even shoes, and deliver whenever you want—for an hour, a weekend, or throughout the week.

  • Need cash now? Deliver with Uber and set up Instant Pay to get same-day payouts up to 5 times a day.


Now that you have a roundup of the most popular gig economy apps in the Bay Area, be sure to download Gigtr. Learn how you can optimize your side hustle hours and make more per rideshare or deliver.

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