Summer is traditionally the peak season for moving. And that presents plenty of opportunity for people with trucks and vans — as well as people who simply have plenty of muscle and the ability to carry heavy objects. Dozens of companies offer moving jobs for summer. Many of them pay generously — $50 or more per hour.


But before we get into where to apply, there are a few things you should know. First and foremost: You need to be physically strong.

Most sites offering these gigs expect applicants to be able to lift and carry 50 to 75 pounds. And, some moving platforms expect you to be able to carry as much as 125 pounds on your own. Most will also expect you to pass a background check. And, if you’re driving your own vehicle, you’ll need to pass a DMV check too.

Additionally, while you don’t need a truck or van, you can earn more if you have one. But, if you do use your vehicle for these gigs, be sure to check with your insurance agent.

Some moving companies put the burden on you if a customer’s goods are damaged in transit. And commercial losses — those incurred while you’re driving for profit — are not covered by normal auto insurance. So, you may need a commercial policy or rider in order to protect yourself.

Finally, some moving jobs also require that you assemble the furniture that you deliver. Read assignments carefully to make sure you have the time, skill, and tools to complete the gigs you accept.


Also worth noting is that even though many companies advertise generous “average” hourly rates, pay is not calculated by the hour. Each gig comes with a stated rate of pay that may or may not be reasonable given the amount of work involved. You must determine whether any offered job provides adequate compensation for your time, effort and expenses.

If you approach summer moving jobs like a business and reject offers that require too much driving or effort for the money, you’re likely to earn $50 or more per hour, says N. Wood Lane, a seasoned cargo driver better known as The Gig Geezer on YouTube. If you don’t, you can find yourself earning a relative pittance after accounting for expenses.

Moreover, if you get to the pickup location and discover that the move is going to require considerably more time or effort than expected, get on the phone to the site’s driver support team, Lane advises. You can demand more pay or walk away.

Moving jobs for summer

With that said: Here are 6 online platforms where you can find good moving jobs for summer. There are many more moving platforms that enlist freelancers to sign up, but some pay so poorly that they’re rarely worth your time.

If you want to see the full list of moving platforms reviewed by, click here. Those with ratings of $$$ or more offer good or decent opportunity. Those with lower ratings are exploitative. You can read our reviews to understand why.

Citizen Shipper and UShip

Citizen Shipper and UShip are similar in that they cater to movers with large trucks willing to haul goods a long way.

What we like best about these sites is that they both put the mover in control of the pay and type of loads they accept. The sites simply serve as a marketplace connecting movers and customers, who negotiate the details between themselves. Citizen Shipper and UShip mainly differ in how customers pay the drivers and how drivers pay the sites. However, they both provide an excellent opportunity for drivers.

Notably, too, if you already have a moving job, both sites can also help you find on-the-way deliveries whenever you have a partially empty truck. The notion is that both drivers and customers get a better deal when the shipper is able to fill his or her vehicle

You can learn more about Citizen Shipper here. Click here to learn more about UShip


Taskrabbit allows freelancers to offer a wide array of services, including assembling furniture and moving it. Freelancers set up a profile, saying what they do and what they charge. The site then matches your skills and location with customers needing your services.

Freelancers pay no fees here. All fees are added to the client’s bill. So people who work through the site get 100% of the rates they set. Typically, movers who use their own trucks charge between $50 and $75 per hour. You can also offer to help with the muscle, without the truck. Again, you set your own rates. So, charge what you think your service is worth.


GoShare enlists movers for local jobs, paying up to $168 per hour for movers with box trucks and $60 per hour for those offering labor only. But pay is calculated by the gig, not the hour. So rates vary.

And make sure you have a commercial insurance policy if you work through this site because GoShare can hold you responsible if customer goods are damaged in transit.


Frayt is a delivery service that enlists people with trucks and cargo vans to help people with local moves and deliveries.  The advantage of this site is that it advertises itself as a “door-to-door” delivery service. In other words, most jobs require you to pick up items at the curb (or delivery door) and drop them off at the curb.

Other sites expect you to do a lot more heavy lifting and carrying. Stated pay is $20 to $30 per hour, but you can earn more if you’re judicious about the gigs you accept. Additionally, if the customer wants you to carry things from the curb into a site, the driver has the ability to ask for more money.


Like a lot of peer-to-peer delivery services, Bungii aims to make short-haul deliveries of appliances, furniture, flooring and other bulky items simpler for both businesses and individuals. It does this by enlisting thousands of freelance drivers to use their own trucks, trailers and cargo vans to make deliveries on demand.

But, of the many freelance delivery services you can sign up to work with, Bungii requires the most physical strength. You must be able to lift and carry 125 lbs. Do not dismiss this requirement.

This site appears to specialize in construction deliveries, where Bungii drivers are picking up full pallets full of drywall, tile, marble, and other building materials. They often must then carry the contents of that load into a home or construction site. Loads can weigh 1500 to 2500 pounds total. You break them up and carry them in.


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