What: Lime is an electric scooter company that pays people to find, pick up and charge its scooters and return them to a central location

Expected pay: $5 – $20 per scooter collected, charged and returned

Husl$core: $$$

Commissions & Fees: NA

Where: Most major U.S. cities and a handful of college campuses. Full list here

Requirements: Be over the age of 18; live in an area where Lime operates scooters; have a way to collect and deliver scooters (usually requires a car or truck); smart phone

Review:

In most states, Lime enlists individual freelancers to pick up and charge scooters at rates ranging from $5 to $20 per scooter. However, it works differently in California because of the state’s year-old freelancer law.

Let’s start with how the site operates most everywhere else. If you  want to become a “juicer,” you sign up and download the company’s app. The phone application will tell you where to find scooters that need charging. You can pick up the ones that are almost out of juice at any time; and can collect other available scooters after 9 p.m.

They must be delivered to set locations by 7 a.m. — and they must be at least 95% charged when you drop them off. Meet those requirements and Lime drops payment into your account hours after you drop off the scooters.

California rules

However, in response to California’s new freelancer law, Lime is only accepting chargers that qualify as independent businesses in the state. If you happen to be a California freelancer, that’s not all bad. You will need to go through a few steps to create a business DBA and get any necessary licenses. However, this requirement eliminates the masses that would otherwise compete with you in trying to pick up and charge scooters, so you’re likely to have more scooters to charge and more daily income.

The catch

Unlike it’s nearly identical competitor, Bird,  you have to buy the Lime chargers for about $20 each before you start charging. So, its likely to take a few nights to work off the fixed cost.

Also some chargers — including the San Diego YouTube guy linked below — note that the Lime scooters are often not where they say they are on the app. That can cause you to waste both time and money chasing around illusive scooters. The combination of the $20 cost to get a package of chargers and the complaints about missing scooters lands Lime a mere average Husl$core vs. Bird’s better-than-average.

Recommendations

But there’s nothing stopping you from signing up to charge both types of scooters — as well as Spin scooters, if they’re all available in your city. If you’ve got enough electric outlets in your house and a car big enough to pick up multiple scooters at a time, the best way to make real money with this side hustle is to charge for everyone — Lime, Bird and Spin. 

What their juicers say:

Here’s a detailed take from Gridwise on charging for Lime.

This San Diego-based YouTuber charges both Lime and Bird scooters (advisable) and says he earns between $100 and $200 a day. His tips here.

  • Updated 1/22/2021

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