Basics:

GoShare connects people who have trucks and muscles with consumers needing help with moving and delivery

Expected pay: $45 + per hour

Husl$core: $$$

Commissions & fees: NA

Where: Select cities and states

Requirements: Over age 18, valid ID, good-condition car or truck, year 2000 or newer. Additional requirements depend on job. See full list in the review below.

What is GoShare?

GoShare connects people who have trucks and muscles with consumers who need help with moving or delivery. The site works with big box retailers, such as Costco, as well as other furniture retailers to provide delivery services. So, the site gets a decent amount of work to shell out.

GoShare Review:

The site encourages freelance drivers/movers to sign up on the app, specifying what kind of car, van or truck they drive.

During this process, you’ll also be asked to pay a $50 background check fee. So, don’t sign up here, unless you’re sure you meet the site’s requirements and are ready to work.

What are the requirements?

That depends on whether you’re a driver or a helper.

Drivers need to:

  • Be over the age of 18 and have a valid state-issued ID
  • Be authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Have a car, truck, cargo van or box truck that’s 2001 or newer
  • A bank account that accepts direct deposit
  • An iPhone or Android capable of running the latest GoShare app
  • A driver’s license and clean driving and criminal record
  • Auto and health insurance
  • Ability to lift and carry objects of up to 75 pounds
  • Must pay for and pass a background check. Cost $50 ($150 if in N.Y.). This fee is non refundable. No felonies or violent misdemeanors in the past 7 years

Helpers/Couriers need to:

  • Over the age of 18 and have a valid state-issued ID
  • Be authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Pass a background check (which you pay for, as noted above). No felonies or violent misdemeanors in the past 7 years
  • Ability to lift and carry items weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Have an iPhone or Android capable of running the current GoShare app
  • Must have a checking account to receive direct deposits

How it works

Assuming you pass the screening, you’ll start seeing prospective assignments in the app. Each assignment lists what the job involves and what it pays.

GoShare says your pay will largely be determined by the type of vehicle you drive. If you drive a car, you could earn up to $45; $70 with a truck; $105 with a cargo van; and up to $168 with a box truck. Laborers, who don’t need a truck, can earn up to $60 per hour, according to the site.

However, actual pay depends on the assignment. You choose whether to take an assignment or pass.

Perks

The site also offers discounts on everything from health insurance to new trucks. These benefits are sold through partner companies, including Stride Health and GM. You can see GoShare’s driver benefits here.

Concerns

However, there are several items of concern in GoShare’s terms.

The most significant of these is that the terms allow GoShare to charge drivers for goods that are damaged in transport. GoShare does have commercial insurance coverage, for the goods transported by its drivers. But the site says it reserves the right to charge drivers for the deductible — or for the full cost of damage — at its sole discretion.

The company assured us that drivers are only nicked for damages when they were careless. But a recent complaint with the BBB says otherwise. (The full complaint is below under “What their drivers say”).

A driver named Julio said he picked up an item that had minor damage and reported it to the consumer, to see if she wanted to return the item. The consumer said she knew about the damage. She’d purchased a damaged floor-model at a discount. Nonetheless, the driver was penalized $210 for the “claim.”

GoShare’s response to his complaint: “…Without confirmation from the store or customer the couch was damaged at time of purchase, the driver is responsible for the damage.”

Other concerns

Drivers have to pay up-front for a background check and it’s an expensive one — $50 in most states; and $150 if you’ve ever lived in New York.

Drivers also get financially penalized for showing up late ($30) or not showing up at all ($50). They can also be kicked off the platform for late-shows and no-shows.

New complaints

Additionally, where there were nothing but rave reviews for this company when we first reviewed them four years ago, several new gripes have been recorded with the BBB since then.

Recommendations:

GoShare pays drivers and helpers some of the highest hourly rates in the delivery industry, which can make this an attractive side hustle. However, we have downgraded this site’s rating to “average” as the result of the new driver complaints and the damage issue.

If you drive for this app, be extremely careful about noting and recording any damage in your cargo. Otherwise, you may be on the hook for damage you didn’t cause.

Other good driving and delivery apps to try include: Amazon Flex for package deliveries, Citizen Shipper and uShip.

Want to drive for GoShare?

Here’s a direct link to where you can learn more and sign up.

What their drivers say (from the Better Business Bureau)

I recently picked up a set of discount furniture. It was my second pick up at that store, the first was a couch. When I arrived to deliver it, I noticed a small hole in one of the cushions, I had not seen it when I picked it up. For that reason, I told the customer that the furniture had that defect that if she wanted to call the store and return it. She told me that they already knew about it and that they were going to fix it. They bought it in that condition.

Thinking that [all was well], I did not take a photo… I contacted the store manager and he let me know that those pieces of furniture were purchased from the inventory on the floor. They are not new furniture and may have some [damage]. I have proof that he accepted that it was [not something that happened] in my transfer. But Goshare is taking $210 from my work assuming, without any evidence, that I did damage to the furniture.

Long wait/low pay

I attempted to work as a driver with GoShare. The process and the waiting time to get accepted was ridiculous and very long, about 2 months. After I got the app running, I received so many offers within a few weeks period. And it was hilarious how much they pay. You can go out for delivery and drive for 2 hours and get paid sometime like $8-12 an hour. And you hardly get more than 2 offers a day. I live in the bay area

(from Indeed):

Been working for a year now using my cargo van. Made around $2500-$3500 a month as the top mover for 9 months straight. Then reality hit. GoShare lost many of its partners in New York and reduced prices for tire deliveries from $57 minimum to around $18. Last 2 months I barely worked. Almost no work at all.

It pays decent when there is work around your area. But often you have to drive for an hour to get to pickup. Good work disappears quick before you can read thru work assignments. Don’t know how that’s even possible. Might be able to do 1 job a week if lucky.

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