What: Work charging electric scooters

Expected pay: $5 to $20 per charge

Husl$core: $$$$

Commissions & fees: none

Where: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C., New York, Austin, Miami, Denver, Atlanta, Boston

Requirements: Have a smart phone; working electricity and be available during set hours to find and return Bird scooters.

Review: Bird is among a handful of companies that rent out electric scooters to get around big cities. The site uses a team of “chargers” to pick up the scooters when they’re running out of juice, bring them home, charge them and return to a “nest.” For that, the site will pay between $5 and $20. Notably, the company’s terms of service vary from practice in a few important ways. First, the terms say that you’ll have to pay for their chargers. Chargers, however, say Bird gives you the equipment for free. Secondly, Bird says that you need to charge at least three Birds at a time; Chargers say that’s optimal, but not required. Third, Bird says you earn $5 per charge; Chargers say the pay varies based on how hard the scooter is to find. The easy ones –noted in green on the app — pay $5; the ones that are a little harder to find will pay more. (Yellow birds pay $10; Red ones, which are hard to find, pay $20.)

“Chargers say the pay varies based on how hard the scooter is to find”

Finally, the one thing that the terms say and the Chargers confirm is that you have to drop the Bird’s off to a “nest” by 7 a.m. If you’re late, you need to keep the Bird an extra day and it could affect your pay. All Birds need to be nested within three days, according to the terms, or you could be charged for keeping the scooter.

That said, this is one of the few gigs where the terms are tougher than worker experiences. And, though there aren’t a lot of Charger reviews yet, the few Chargers I’ve spoken two are very positive about the experience. Kelsey, a Los Angeles resident, says she figures it costs about 25 cents in electricity to charge each Bird and she can easily pick up two in a 15 to 20 minute time span. Since there’s no work involved in plugging them in, it’s a low-maintenance gig that can pay a decent return. Bird allows Chargers to charge up to 20 Birds per day, which could earn you between $100 and $400 (if you found those illusive “red” labeled Birds that pay $20.) And, as long as you’re picking up Bird scooters, you might as well also “juice” for Lime. The scooters are similar, as are the sites’ terms. And the two compete in many areas for both chargers and customers. 

 

The RideShareGuy estimates that this gig will pay you about $30 an hour. 

What their Chargers say: 

“It’s pretty easy to make $20 a night just picking up a few Birds and plugging them in. But I live in an area (Santa Monica) where there are a lot of them in use, so it’s a short walk to find them.”

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