When Janine LaCerra discovered she could make money shopping for others on her own schedule, she started raking in the cash! Here’s how you can too.
“After having my second daughter (I’m the mother of three girls) I knew I needed to go back to work. But I wanted something that paid well and allowed me to work around my family’s schedule. Then, while on Craigslist about two years ago, I saw an ad looking for shoppers for Instacart, a home delivery service where people use a smartphone app or website to place grocery orders with various retailers from Costco and Target to Aldi and Big Lots! The ad said I could make my own hours, which intrigued me!
“I filled out basic information online, like my name, address, and phone number. It took about a week for them to do a criminal and driving record background check, and then I was hired! After I did my first shop at Super Fresh, I knew the job was perfect for me.
“When orders are placed, I get alerts on my phone, and I can choose the ones I want to complete. Some days, I feel extra energetic and will do a Costco order, which is harder due to the items’ sizes, and sometimes I keep it to the local ShopRite.
“I do around two to four shops a day during the week and five to eight on the weekends. I make $35-$50 an hour (a combination of the hourly rate and generous customer tips) and bring in about $700 a week money that pays the mortgage, for things for myself and my kids, or even a nice dinner out with my husband.”
This article originally appeared in our print magazine.