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The Bird Scooter company has been granted a permit to temporarily operate in Louisville. Sam Upshaw Jr., Louisville Courier Journal
Looking for some extra cash? Do you enjoy spending time outdoors and not working for a boss?
The Bird electric scooter company, which officially landed in Louisville Thursday, has a side hustle offer that could net you an extra $100 bucks or more, depending on how hard you work that hustle.
Here’s how it works:
There are currently 100 Bird scooters available to riders in the downtown and Highlands areas of Louisville during a 30-day trial period between Bird and Metro Louisville.
The two-wheelers can go up to 15 miler per hour and cost $1 to start plus 15 cents for each minute. Most riders will spend between $2-$3 per trip, which isn’t bad.
Riders find an available Bird by using an app that locates the scooters which are not in use. When a rider finishes with the electric scooter they simply lock it using the app and walk away.
Somehow those scooters have to stay juiced up and that’s where the side hustle comes into play.
“Each night the scooters are turned off and we have ‘chargers’ who go out and pick them up, charge them at their homes and then distribute the scooters the next morning to a designated spot,” said Sam Reed, a spokesperson for Bird. “Some people are making a couple $100 a night.”
He said some “chargers” pick up three or four Birds but the more ambitious bird hunters use SUVs or vans to scoop up 15-25 a night.
The harder a Bird is to find, the more money the “charger” gets paid. They can get $5 to $20 per scooter, depending on the hunt.
Because the system shuts down for the night at 9 p.m., most Bird hunting is done after sundown.
Once the scooters have been gathered up, the “charger” takes them home to charge the battery and perform a simple safety inspection of each scooter.
Reed said it costs about 27 cents to fully charge each scooter and it takes about three to six hours per scooter depending on the battery level.
Anyone 18 or older can sign up to be a “charger.” The process starts with filling out a form on the company’s app or website.
You can become a Bird hunter without any type of background check. It takes a few simple steps including registering your address and providing personal information, tax information, and bank-account information so you can get paid via direct deposit.
If your application is approved, Bird will mail you three charging packs to get started and instructions on how the process works.
In order to be paid the full value of each Bird you’ve collected, the scooters must be returned before 7 a.m. the next morning at a designated drop off site called a “nest.”
“Obviously it takes a little while for a city to adapt to the culture of scooter sharing but in other cities where Bird is already popular there are people making a good side business this way,” Reed said. “It all depends on how hard you want to work it.”
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