It took me a few months to get the courage to start driving for Lyft, but I stumbled upon an introductory offer about six months ago that I couldn’t pass up. I’ve made a lot of quick easy cash since then, and I’m so glad I took the leap. It’s so great to know I have the means to earn as much extra money as I want.
I recently noticed that the amazing introductory offers are back (probably for a limited time) and I’m going to show you how to leverage two of them to make an extra $505 with Lyft.
Have reservations about driving for a rideshare service? Girl, so did I. Check out “Overcoming the 5 Biggest Fears of Rideshare Driving.”
1. Hold your horses. Don’t pop straight over to the Lyft website and sign up as a driver. You’d be missing out on an extra $205 for completing just one ride! Introductory offers require you to be a new driver, so make sure to follow these steps before creating an account on the Lyft website.
2. Sign up for a Swagbucks account through this link: Create a Swagbucks Account.
Swagbucks is a company that makes money by referring customers to other companies. When Swagbucks delivers a new driver to Lyft, Lyft pays Swagbucks a finder’s fee. That’s basically how the whole internet makes money, but the great thing about Swagbucks is that they pass on some of that finder’s fee to you in the form of “Swagbucks” which is what they call their account credit aka points. The value of one Swagbuck = 1 cent.
Right now, Swagbucks is offering 20,500 Swagbucks for a new driver who uses their referral link to sign up with Lyft. 20,500 Swagbucks is credit for $205 worth of gift cards in the Swagbucks store.
Unlike some sketchy points websites, Swagbucks will let you choose Visa or Amazon giftcards or even PayPal credit that Swagbucks delivers directly into your account within a few days. I always choose Paypal credit so I can spend the money however I choose.
Your Swagbucks will be credited to your account after you complete your very first Lyft ride. Not a bad way to make a couple hundred dollars in just a few minutes!
3. While logged into your Swagbucks account, click the “Shop” option in the toolbar and type “Lyft” into the search. You’ll see the Lyft introductory offer in the results with the current offer. As this is written in January 2019, they are offering 20,500 Swagbucks. This can change over time and might increase or decrease. If you get something different, please let me know in the comments.
Make sure you use the link in the Swagbucks offer to go to the Lyft website. This is a special link that allows Lyft to track what website you came from. They use that tracking code to report back to Swagbucks, and that’s how you receive your Swagbucks credit. Once you’ve clicked through to the Lyft website, create a new account and complete the application. After creating a new account, it’s a good idea to download the Lyft Driver app and sign in to upload your documents.
4. The Lyft smart phone app allows you to take photos of your driver’s license, proof of insurance, and car registration and upload them inside the app. If you choose to continue using the Lyft website instead, you’ll just need to upload those same documents by using a scanner or uploading photos.
5. Wait for your background check to come through. This took a couple of days for me, but it can take up to 7 days. Waiting is the worst, but hang in there.
6. Start driving. Once your background check and documents are good to go, you have the all clear to start driving. The app has a practice ride feauture, but my suggestion is to recruit a friend to act as your first ride so you can get a feel for the process.
Doing a real ride with a friend will qualify as your first ride and will prompt Swagbucks to deposit your Swagbucks into your account. Make sure you complete your first ride within 21 days to qualify for the Swagbucks offer.
7. Keep driving! I promised an extra $505 for following my instructions. The first $205 only required you to sign up for Lyft by clicking through the Swagbucks offer and complete one ride. Getting your hands on the remaining $300 requires you to keep driving.
8. Complete 100 rides in your first 30 days. This might sound like a lot, but it’s totally doable.
Most rides only last a few minutes and there’s always another popping up soon after. Once you see the cash balance in your Lyft app start to grow, you’ll be hooked. Lyft even has a goal feature so you can keep tabs on your progress. The freedom and flexibility of being able to choose your own hours makes it easy to find a couple hours here and there. After completing 100 rides in 30 days, Lyft will deposit a $300 bonus into your account. This is a current promotion for new drivers, so you don’t need to do anything extra to activate it or cash it in. Just keep driving until you hit 100 rides in 30 days.
9. Keep earning with Swagbucks. Swagbucks gives cash back for shopping almost everywhere online. Next time you go to make a purchase or book a hotel room or ticket, check and see what Swagbucks is offering. I book all of my travel by clicking through Swagbucks to Hotels.com and Expedia and regularly receive 8 – 10% cash back on hotel rooms. I also clicked through Swagbucks to buy a projector from Best Buy a few weeks ago, and last week I cashed out $200 in Swagbucks to buy some dirt cheap airfare to the Virgin Islands.
10. Tell your friends about Swagbucks. Start passing out your Swagbucks referral code through social media and earn some passive income on the side.
Swagbucks gives you a commission for 10% of the Swagbucks that your referrals earn. If you signed up for Swagbucks with my referral code above and made $205, Swagbucks will also give me $20.50. And that commission rate is for all future Swagbucks earnings!
It’s a pretty darn good system of back scratching all the way down the chain from Lyft to Swagbucks to You to Me. Everyone wins. Capitalism is the best.
These days I’m pretty chill financially so I just drive Lyft whenever I have something special I want to save up for. I’m currently driving nights and weekends here and there to send my dogs to a fancy doggy daycare while I’m island hopping in February. It’s an expense I can’t bring myself to dip into my savings for, but grabbing a latte and Lyft driving for a few hours here and there is a fun way to make it happen for them. And I’m sure my skin will tan better if I know my girls are romping around with their friends instead of lonely at home.
Leave your questions about Lyft or Swagbucks in the comments and I’ll do my best to help. I’ve got your back, even if you just need some encouragement to put yourself out there and give it a try. I’m a straight up introvert, and if I can enjoy it, anyone can.
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