How to Make Money as a Lime Charger (Plus a Promo Code to Start)
The gig economy has brought about the concept of the side hustle – that part-time endeavor that brings in extra money to help people pay the bills, put money away for savings, or find the cash to make that dream vacation happen.
What’s exciting about the innovation around the gig economy is that it’s constantly creating new ways to make money. And one of the newest ways that a lot of people are making money is as an electric scooter charger. The work is the definition of a side gig, with people able to take off after work, find a shared-ride electric scooter, bring it home and hook it up to a power supply, and…that’s it. The scooter charges, and you make money.
Lime is one of the companies that has made a big impact in the scooter-sharing space, and in this article we’ll talk about the Lime-S Scooter, Lime’s other services, how the company compares to competitors, and how to get started making money as a Lime charger.
What Are Lime Scooters?
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.
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 code on the scooter, which activates it. You ride for as long as you’d like, then when you’re done you park the scooter 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.
A Promo Code to Get You Started With Lime
Before you get started as a Lime Juicer – that’s what they call the users who make extra money charging scooters for them – it helps to have a promo code to get you some extra earnings.
First, you need to head to the Lime Juicer sign-up page to get started. After providing them with your information, you can use the referral code “JRKFOLS3”. Once it’s accepted, you will be eligible for a bonus. The bonus works like this: If you charge 30–80 scooters within 30 days, you will get $90. Charge 80 or more scooters within 30 days, and you’ll get $240.
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 [email protected] to ensure that you get your bonus.
Still having issues? You can reach out to Lime at the phone number 1 (888) 546-3345.
Making Money as a Lime Charger
Making money charging scooters is about being vigilant, putting in the time, and having working electrical outlets. Having a vehicle helps as well, especially a large vehicle, because Lime not only asks their chargers to pick up the bikes, but also to help place them in areas that will ensure pickups in the morning.
First, you need to become a Lime Juicer. Once you’ve signed up, and hopefully used that promo code we provided, the mobile app will tell you where there are scooters located at the end of the day that need charging. The time when they start asking Juicers to pick up scooters depends on the city, but usually happens in late afternoon or early evening.
Once you get the scooter or scooters home, you have all night to get them charged before they go back out the next morning. If there’s a very low battery, a scooter will take 5–6 hours to charge. But if a scooter hasn’t been used much that day, it’s possible you’ll pick up a scooter with as much as 80 percent charge, and those will get up to 100 percent much quicker.
Pay is usually based on how much charge is needed. The lower the battery level, the more money you will make. And it shows you on the app. It looks like this:
In the morning, the app will inform users where Lime would prefer the scooters to go. Those tend to be in high traffic areas, so if you don’t live too far off the beaten path, odds are you’ll be close to a place where a scooter is needed.
The one small issue is that Lime wants those scooters out and available before the morning work rush starts, so this tends to be a good job for those who don’t mind being up and out before 7:00 a.m. The app looks similar for dropping them off – it shows you places the Lime scooters can be dropped off, which they call a “Limehub.” You reserve your space, then you go place them there.
Depending on how many scooters you charge, you’re then paid out in credit which can be sent via direct deposit to your bank account (provided you have a standard bank in the United States). Like many other side hustles, Lime Juicers are considered independent contractors and are paid as such.
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, 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.
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