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The newest job in the gig-economy might surprise you. A couple weeks ago, we told you about how electric scooter companies are starting to emerge in the ride-sharing world.
Now, people are capitalizing on the opportunities that come with these new industries. There are two new roles emerging in the electric scooter industry: chargers and mechanics.
Cities have not yet figured out how electric scooters will fit into the overall landscape of public transportation, especially considering the scooters are left on the sidewalks of often busy streets.
With these scooter companies starting to operate in more and more cities across the United States, it’s a no brainer that we also need a group of skilled people who are able to repair them and keep them charged. The electric scooter companies do not contract “drivers” like traditional rideshare companies – the only thing they own are the scooters themselves.
Someone who is looking to apply to be an independent charger contracter does not even need to have the materials – if hired, the company sends a charger kit to their homes. The chargers spend their time tracking down scooters in the area, and bringing home the ones that are low battery to get charged up.
It depends on where you are, but some people have reported being able to make over $100 a day as a charger. It is almost like a game – being able to track down the high numbers of scooters before others. Bird states that they want all their electric scooters off the roads at night by 8pm, and back in their drop off locations between 4-7am the next day.
Just like the scooters need to be charged, they also need to be repaired once in a while. Hundreds of thousands of people in cities across the country are using these scooters to get to where they need to go. As you might imagine, they need to be repaired accordingly, especially when customers do not treat the scooters as their own.
Mechanics are tasked with tracking down the broken scooters, picking them up, and repairing them. Mechanics get paid depending on the extent of the repairs needed to the scooter. There are different categories of mechanics depending on the severity of the repair.
Overall, these new electric scooter companies are creating opportunities for more part-time independent contractors to earn some extra money. As the companies continue to grow and expand, the demand for contractors like chargers and mechanics will only increase.