Dude I Need A Truck is a micro-moving service that enlists freelancers to use their own trucks and gas to help people move things
Expected pay: $20 – $30 per hour
Commissions & fees: 40%
Where: California and Austin, Tx.
Requirements: Be 21 or older; have a 2001 or newer truck; pass a background check; have auto insurance; be able to lift at least 50 lbs; smart phone
Dude I Need a Truck Review:
Dude I Need a Truck likes to bill itself as a cross between Uber and UHaul. It enlists freelance workers, who own trucks, to help people move everything from sofas and appliances to full apartments full of goods.
The site sets the rates and takes 40% of what customers pay. But the freelancers do the heavy (literally) lifting and use their own trucks, gas, insurance, and phones.
Good for customers
Customer reviews of Dude’s moving service on Yelp are mostly positive, saying the movers were nice — and cheap. After all, even paying $60 an hour for movers is a bargain for the consumer. Most moving companies charge hundreds of dollars an hour.
But for the freelance movers, the deal isn’t anywhere near as good. Although $20 or $30 an hour isn’t bad pay, you’re using your truck and your gas. So, your net pay is somewhat — or a lot — lower, depending on how far you need to drive.
Moreover, other moving services that enlist freelancers pay a lot more. GoShare, for instance, says that if you drive a pick-up truck, you can earn up to $80 an hour there.
The Dude app also has a very limited reach, only available in select California cities and Austin, Texas.
If you’ve got a truck and the muscles to help people with moving, we think you’d do better by signing up with Citizen Shipper or GoShare. You can also list moving services on TaskRabbit and set your own rates.