What: BuddyTruk is a short-haul moving service, which matches drivers with people hoping to move furniture, appliances and other household items. 

Expected pay: $28 – $42 per hour

Husl$core: $$$

Commissions & Fees: 30%

Where: Los Angeles, Orange County, CA; Austin and San Marcos, Texas.

Requirements:

  • Be 21 years of age
  • Have a good driving record
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Pass a thorough DMV and criminal background check
  • Have a late-model truck or van, with auto insurance

Review:

BuddyTruk is a short-haul moving service that connects drivers with consumers who want to move household items around town. Consumers are charged at a rate of $1 per minute, plus $1 per mile, plus a $2 cargo insurance fee. So, if you spent an hour moving an item 10 miles away, the app would charge the customer $72.

BuddyTruk pays drivers 70% of all the time and mileage charges — not the $2 insurance fee — so the driver would get $49 in the previous example. There’s a minimum charge of $40, which would net the driver $28. BuddyTruk only arranges short-haul moves of 75 miles or less.

The site maintains commercial liability and cargo insurance, though you are expected to have your own auto policy. Drivers are expected to take photographs of any damaged unboxed items before the move, so that they can prove that they didn’t cause the damage.  (Boxed items that can’t be inspected are subject to strict loss limits.) 

Although the insurance coverage is better here than with some other sites, you might be able to make a better hourly rate elsewhere.

Recommendations

Truxx and Go Share offer better payment formulas for drivers. However, GoShare expects drivers to shoulder some of the financial responsibility for broken goods. If you want to drive longer-hauls, check out Citizen Shipper and uShip.

What their users say:

App is glitchy, i cant even finish the driver app. Because its so buggy and annoying. It wont even let me get past step 2 confirming my drivers license.

“App does not work Great idea/concept if it actually worked. I am using an LG v10 i cant add a pickup location and also cant register as a driver. It kept giving me a “B.T. can’t phone home” error message. Also be aware in the terms and conditions as a driver they will share your info with credit card & insurance companies. Like i said earlier its a really great idea if only the app actually worked. 2 stars for an idea that almost made it.”

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