If you’re looking for a side hustle but don’t have a lot of free time due to your full-time job, being a Lime scooter charger may be a good fit for you.
As far as gig economy side hustles go, being a Lime Juicer is one of the most flexible options if you’re motivated, responsible, and able to see how even incremental income can add up quickly.
If you’ve never heard of Lime and don’t know what being a Lime Juicer means, don’t worry. This article will walk you everything you need to know from what Lime is, how being a scooter charger works, the requirements, how much you can earn, and how to become a Lime Juicer.
By the time you’re done reading this article, you’ll be ready to start earning money while you sleep.
Lime is a company that specializes in shared forms of transportation in cities. They are in the bikeshare space with their LimeBike program (bikes available to rent anywhere, and dropped off anywhere in a city), and also in their shared scooter program. What Uber is to ridesharing, Lime is to scooter-sharing.
Lime-S Scooters are electric scooters that are placed around cities and available to rent at any time by anyone with the Lime app. Once you share your location with the Lime app, the service locates available scooters nearby.
You can then use your phone to scan a QR code on the scooter, which activates it. You ride for as long as you’d like, then when you’re done you park the vehicle and turn it off. It charges your credit card, and off you go. A quick way to get a scooter ride for an affordable price.
It’s a popular idea that is quickly spreading across cities in the United States. There’s only one problem with the business model – the battery life of the scooters.
The scooters are electric, and can only run for so long before they need to be re-charged. Lime and other companies like Bird scooters don’t want to hire a massive workforce to go around, find scooters, transport them, and charge them every single day.
So they’ve come up with a solution, and subsequently come up with the newest side gig: They invite their users to make money by charging the scooters for them.
How Being a Lime Scooter Charger Works
In order to keep their electric scooter inventory charged and ready to rent, Lime has created the Lime Juicer program.
Lime Juicers are independent contractors who take on the responsibility of collecting low-battery Lime scooters from scooter locations, charging the scooters overnight at their homes, and dropping off the scooters the next day.
Lime Scooter Juicers basically make money (by charging scooters) while they sleep.
After 9:00 p.m., Lime scooters are ready to be picked up (which Lime calls “harvesting”) and charged. In order to find scooters that need charging near you, open the Lime app on your phone and see what’s available near you or on your way home. Often the scooters will still have some charge, enabling you to pick them up and have a free ride before charging them up.
When you load the app to check for scooters that need to be harvested, you’ll be able to see how much each scooter will earn you. While it may be tempting to go out of your way for more profitable scooters, it’s actually more effective to collect multiple scooters that are closer, enabling you to maximize your earnings relative to your effort.
Once you drop off the scooters the next morning to their nests, Lime will credit your account for your scooter charging work. The immediate gratification of seeing money come in can be really motivating.
How Much Do Lime Juicers Make?
How much you can earn per scooter you charge will depend on how long it’s been since the scooter was charged. The lower the scooter battery level, the more you’ll earn.
Lime usually pays between $5 and $12 per scooter that you charge, ideally overnight, but those numbers can vary depending on location and demand. If you’re ambitious and consistent, it’s possible to earn between $50 and $100 every night without much extra effort. That can certainly add up.
Your mindset will make a huge impact on how much you earn as a Lime Juicer. If you treat it as a game like Pokemon Go (how many scooters can you find?) then you’ll have fun and earn significantly more than you would if you treated it as a chore.
But even if you just charge one scooter for $5 per night, that can still add up to nearly $2,000 a year for very part-time work. If you’re earning just $25 by charging Lime scooters each night, that’s nearly $10,000 extra in a year.
That’s some substantial extra cash for what can be under an hour of actual effort on a daily basis collecting, charging, and returning scooters.
How to Become a Lime Juicer
If you’re interested in becoming a Lime Juicer, you’ll first have to figure out if you qualify for the gig.
Lime Juicer Requirements
Qualifying to be a Lime Juicer is much easier than meeting the requirements to work for other gig economy companies like Uber, Lyft, or Grubhub.
To be eligible to work as a Lime charger, you must:
Be 18 years of age
Live in an area where Lime operates
Have a vehicle (ideally a truck, van, SUV, or large sedan)
Have a valid United States driver’s license
Have a helmet for when you’re driving a Lime scooter
Own an eligible smartphone
In addition to having less stringent eligibility requirements, working as a Lime Juicer is also something you can do independently, without having to deal with other people or having to handle money. If you’re not sure your car or your driving record will meet Uber’s strict driver requirements, being a Lime Juicer could be a good fit for you.
Once you meet the requirements, it’s time to move on to the actual signup process.
You can do so by downloading the iOS mobile app or Android Lime app for riders.
Or, you can apply online by filling a form out with your first name, last name, phone number, email, and zip code. If you have a promo code, you should enter it here.
If you don’t have a referral code, feel free to use ours (“JRKFOLS3”) to claim your $90 or $240 sign up bonus.
Here’s where you enter the code:
Note: Once the referral code is accepted, some users have noted that it’s a good idea to take a screenshot of the code being accepted and then email the screenshot to firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure that you get your bonus.
If you use a referral code when signing up, be sure to screenshot your application and send the image to email@example.com to ensure you get the bonus. You may not get the bonus you earned if you skip this step.
Once you’ve submitted the form, Lime will ask you for more information including your age, your vehicle information, and your bank account details so Lime can pay you. If you apply online, you’ll need your phone handy as Lime will text you.
Once you’ve signed up, Lime will contact you to discuss what they expect from you as a Lime Juicer and how you’ll benefit from working with them. You’ll need to take a few Lime-S Scooter lessons and pass a knowledge review quiz.
Being approved as a Lime Juicer takes a few days. Once you’re approved, you will be able to order the Lime electric scooter chargers. They cost $19 each and are necessary in order to work as a Lime Juicer. After your chargers arrive, you’ll be able to start picking up scooters and earning money.
How to Make More Money as a Lime Juicer
There are several ways to boost your income. Here are a few tips to help you earn more money:
1. Buy Multiple Chargers
When you get approved, the company sends three charger kits. Each kit contains 3 chargers. That way, you can charge three Lime scooters at any given time.
But you can order more. If you show the company that you’re ready to hustle and can charge several scooters in a night, they’ll happily send you another kit.
Or, you can also order scooter chargers on Amazon. These chargers work for both Lime and Bird scooters. The more you order, the more money you’ll be able to make!
2. Drive a Big Vehicle
You pull up to a house with 16 Lime scooters outside of a hotel. It appears that a large group of tourists rented scooters for the night, and left them on the sidewalk for pickup.
Now, if you have a truck or van, you can probably grab all 16 of them. If you have a small Toyota Camry, on the other hand, you’ll only be able to grab 4 or 5. You can try grabbing a few of them and coming back later, but they’ll probably be gone when you get back.
Honestly, it’s so much easier to collect scooters with a truck or van. You’ll make a lot more money if you drive a big vehicle.
3. Double Up as a Bird Charger
An easy way to increase your earnings as a Lime Juicer is to also sign up with Bird, a competing electric scooter rental company.
You can pick up Lime or Bird scooters on your way home at night and double the number of available scooters you could be juicing. This can translate to significantly more opportunity and income without much more effort.
How Does Lime Compare to Competitors?
Lime follows the same business model as other scooter companies – allowing users to find electric scooters in cities, ride them, and then place them wherever is safe. (Or, unfortunately, wherever they feel like dumping them.)
Bird scooters is one of the biggest competitors in the field, and quickly gained notoriety for flooding cities with their scooters, often without telling the cities that they were coming.
Lime followed shortly thereafter, but more and more are entering the field – including Spin, which has targeted college campuses and smaller cities, and Skip scooters, helmed in part by Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, which has worked with cities to try and introduce scooter-sharing in a more responsible way. Uber has also entered the scooter market, and Lyft will undoubtedly not be far behind.
When it comes to making money as a Lime charger, Bird charger, or as a charger for one of the other competitors, it’s on the user to research which company is paying well in their city, what companies are in high demand in that market, and whose interface they most enjoy working with.
One area of comparison to consider is the drop-off rules for each company. Bird offers a full payout for scooters that are dropped on the street from 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and reduced payout after 7:00 a.m. You can’t drop them off after 5:00 p.m. (This prevents people from charging scooters while at work and putting them out at night.)
Lime also offers full payout from 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., though they specify that it is 50 percent payout after 7:00 a.m. One difference, though, is that Lime allows you to put scooters out at any time. So if you spot a scooter with no battery on the way to work, you can pick it up, charge it at the office, then drop it off that night…and not have to hold onto it until the next day.
It’s a small difference, but for people who want to charge during the day and at night, Lime makes it easier to do so.
Scooter Charging to Bring In Extra Income
If you are looking for a side gig to supplement a full-time job, working as a Lime charger allows you to bring in extra income for a bit of work at the beginning and end of your work day.
Most of the “work” is done passively – it’s simply about plugging in the chargers and allowing the scooters to get juiced up, then bringing them out to the street the next day.
Neutron Holdings, Inc. doing business under the name Lime, formerly LimeBike, is a transportation company based in the United States. It runs electric scooters, electric bikes, normal pedal bikes and car sharing systems in various cities around the world.