The Definitive Guide to Being a Lime Scooter Charger
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 as a Lime Juicer.
What Is Lime?
Lime (previously Limebike) is a popular transportation rental company based in the United States. While you can rent bicycles, scooters, and cars from Lime, their most popular offering is the electric scooter rental.
In the United States, Lime’s electric bikes and scooters cost $1 to unlock and $0.15 per minute of usage. What Uber is to ride sharing, Lime is to scooter sharing.
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 droping off the scooters the next day.
Lime 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.
Lime Juicer Requirements
To be eligible to work as a Lime scooter charger you must:
- Be 18 years of age
- 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.
How Much Do Lime Juicers Make?
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.
If you take advantage of the signup bonus with our referral code “JRKFOLS3”, you can earn an extra $90 by charging 30–80 scooters within 30 days, or an extra $240 by charging more than 80 scooters within 30 days. That’s on top of what you’ll earn per scooter, which adds up quickly as well.
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.
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.
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 to Become a Lime Juicer
If you’re interested in becoming a Lime Juicer, 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 referral 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.
If you use a referral code when signing up, be sure to screenshot your application and send the image to [email protected] 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 but once you’re approved, you will be able to order the Lime electric scooter chargers. They cost $20 for a pack of 4 chargers 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.
Where Does Lime Operate?
Lime is an international company operating in countries as far-flung as Singapore, Poland, the United Kingdom, Chile, the Czech Republic, and 12 others. It also operates on several college campuses in the United States and one in Australia. Lime operates in dozens of cities in the United States, including Dallas, San Diego, San Francisco, and Denver.
To view the complete list of locations where Lime operates, click this link.
The Perfect Busy Millennial Side Hustle
Being a Lime scooter charger is an excellent side hustle for anyone living in a city or on a campus where Lime operates. For very little extra effort, you can make a few or several thousand dollars a year. The trick is to be consistent and know $5 here and $50 there really does add up over time.
If you’re looking for a way to make some more money and don’t have a lot of time to spare, being a Lime Juicer is a great option for you.
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