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What Is It Like to Work As A Spin Scooter Charger?

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The demand for electric scooters is on the rise, and if you get on this trend early enough, you can have a successful gig as a Spin scooter charger.

Spin is one of the companies that launched electric bicycle and scooter sharing systems. Customers use a mobile app to reserve a bike or scooter, then follow the rules to ride and return them.

Since the equipment is electronic, it needs to be charged. That’s where you come in. Companies like Spin hire gig workers to track down errant scooters and charge them overnight.

Does that sound like something up your alley?

Here’s everything you need to know about working as a Spin scooter charger and how you can maximize your daily profits.


The Rise of E-Scooters and E-Bikes

You don’t have to look far to see the effects of inflation and supply-chain issues on society. The price of fuel is one of the most obvious, but this domino effect spirals down to vehicle availability and costs.

More and more people are combating the spiking expense of transportation by turning to “micro-mobility” in the form of electric devices.

Saving Money and Going Green, Too

Before the problem of rising costs, e-scooters and e-bikes were popular ways to reduce carbon footprints. They’ve been around long enough that laws have been enacted for electric devices, and more rideshare businesses have joined the industry.

Spin scooters and other green transportation bikes are so in-demand that there’s a new obstacle: getting them charged fast enough to be rented back out again.

Finding Hubs

Micro-mobility providers like Spin, Lime, and Bird each have docks. If you want to rent a device, you need to track down the hub that services your preferred company.

Finding the hub to pick up your scooter isn’t the issue; it’s returning your device to a hub after you’re done with it that causes such a headache.

There are guidelines renters are supposed to follow that help keep everyone safe, such as using bike lanes and riding the scooter correctly, but the most common e-device infractions are parking-related.

Returning the Device

When an e-device rider is shopping, dining, or otherwise preoccupied — or all done with their trip — they are supposed to park their scooter in a motorcycle parking space.

That doesn’t stop people from using no-no spots:

  • Bus stops
  • Benches
  • Loading zones
  • Private property
  • Landscaped areas
  • Curbs
  • Driveways

When you are just renting the device and aren’t attached to it, convenience takes center stage: ditching that scooter is easier than finding a hub.

This practice is a dangerous safety concern for every scooter company, so they hire freelancers to pick them up. That’s where you get to reap the benefits.


The Role of a Spin Scooter Charger

Spin scooter charger station
Spin electric scooters are in cities and on campuses around the country. Electric scooter charging stations are strategically placed on private properties and public areas in destinations with high foot traffic, like San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

If you live in a city where Spin hubs are located, you can easily get hired as a charger.

As a Spin scooter charger, it’s your job to ensure every device is accounted for at the end of the day. You’ll travel around the city picking up scooters that haven’t been returned properly. Then, you’ll charge them overnight and take them back out for new rentals in the morning.

This simple job nets you an hourly rate, as well as reimbursement for your cell phone usage, mileage on your vehicle, and electricity for charging the scooters. The benefits add up, making this role a lucrative one if you meet the requirements.

What You’ll Need to Be a Successful Spin Charger

The job itself is not difficult. To pass Spin’s screening, you must have a clean driving record and be able to drive a vehicle large enough to hold at least 20 scooters. If you don’t have an SUV or truck that does that, Spin can provide you with one.

Scooters average around 40 pounds. Your job includes lifting the device, putting it in your vehicle, and removing it for charging, so you should be in good health and have a decent amount of upper body strength.

Finally, your home or garage needs to be spacious enough to charge 40 or more scooters nightly. You’ll be using the GPS locator on the Spin app to track down scooters. Two 20-scooter collection routes can easily provide you with 40 devices.

Potential Earnings

Spin pays by the hour, but your shifts are limited. To maximize your earnings, you’ll want to make each collection worthwhile.

The more scooters you need to find and pick up, the longer you’ll be out, and the more you’ll make. Since you’re limited on collection shifts, try to get the biggest vehicle you can that fits at least 20 scooters.

Make sure you have a battery charger for each one at your home ready to go, or you have time to rotate scooters and get them all charged by the morning.

Spin scooter chargers can bring in up to $30/per hour as independent contractors in busy cities like Los Angeles. How much you can potentially earn depends on your vehicle size and the demand where you live.

Without rigidly set hours, gig workers like scooter chargers risk overexerting themselves if they’re not too careful, to the point where they might not feel like working at all. Learn how to escape workload paralysis with proven techniques.


How Does Charging for Spin Compare to Charging for Other Companies?

Micro-mobility companies are cropping up everywhere, and each one has features that help it stand out against its competitors. Would it be better for you as a charger to work for Spin, or might Bird or Lime be a wiser option?

Let’s look at the other two companies and see how they compare to Spin’s charger position.

Lime Juicers

Lime’s chargers are called “juicers.” Like Spin, juicers collect the Lime devices, bring them home, and charge them using their electricity.

The scooters must reach at least 95% battery power before they can be served to a LimeHub, and they must be returned by 7 a.m. Once you drop the scooter off, you’re paid for your work.

You’ll use the Juicer mode on your Lime app to find scooters. Unlock each scooter using the QR code method, then track the charge so you’re paid accordingly for your electricity when you return the device.

Lime also provides simple find-and-return tasks. For instance, juicers can retrieve a particular scooter and drop it off at an assigned location without charging it in between.

Bird Flyers

Bird chargers function a little differently. They’re called “Bird Flyers,” and the tasks each Flyer is eligible to complete are based on their level.

At Level One, Flyers pick up and relocate Bird scooters. At Level Two, Flyers can earn more money by picking up scooters, charging them, and returning them to a hub. The last level is Three, where frequent Flyers can earn high payouts for completing priority tasks.

All three companies reimburse chargers for electricity and phone use. Whether you become a Spin charger, Lime Juicer, or Bird Flyer is a matter of determining which company is the most commonly used in your city.


How to Boost Your Earnings With Spin

Spin scooter charge earnings
Ready to get started with a Spin charging gig? Applying online at Spin Careers is fast and easy. Once you’ve been approved, the next step is learning how to boost your payout.

To start, keep in mind that this job does have some out-of-pocket expenses. You’re going to use your electricity and gas until you’re reimbursed, and your vehicle (if you use your own) will have wear and tear.

Even with those extra costs to offset your initial earnings, you can make a good living, especially if you use these tricks.

Apply in Top Cities and On College Campuses

Spin currently operates in more than 50 cities in the United States. If you’re able to focus your work in the top locations, you can grab more shifts, collect and charge more devices, and, of course, earn more money.

It’s not just about the city, though.

Spin chargers near college campuses can capitalize on student riding, which is a large market. If it’s not too far out of your driving range, apply for jobs charging scooters there and you’ll make up the gas and mileage quickly.

Increase Your Return on Investment (ROI)

Occasionally, Spin offers a sign-on bonus for new chargers. Look into that before you head to the application. With nothing but a referral code, you could have a few hundred extra dollars in your pocket.

You can also increase your ROI by optimizing your route. Spin’s app shows you where the missing scooters are, but if you don’t know the area, you’ll take a long way around to collect them all.

Route optimization software lets you plug in the destinations to the system, which then arranges everything according to one of the following factors:

  1. Choose the fastest way to collect the scooter.
  2. Aim for the shortest distances to save fuel.

Triple Up by Collecting Spin, Bird, and Lime Scooters

Should you decide to work for Spin, Bird, or Lime, you’ll need scooter-specific chargers. Ensure you have enough charging components to handle all the scooters you’ll bring in.

Keep them organized to save time when you plug each scooter in, as finding the right cable or adapter for the right scooter can easily become confusing.

As we mentioned, if you don’t have your vehicle, Spin will provide you with one (as long as you meet their qualifications). However, you can’t pick up competitors’ scooters in a Spin vehicle.

That means if you want to double up and work for other e-scooter companies, you’ll need to have your transportation.

Check with each company’s policies to determine if you’re allowed to collect competitor devices if you’re getting paid by the hour.

Harvest at the Right Times

When you harvest at the right times, you can beat the other Spin chargers in your area. Most scooters are awaiting collection at 9 p.m. when the riders are done for the day. Keep an eye on the app, and swoop in if you see a bunch of devices sitting around earlier or later.

Get All Your Insurance Ducks in A Row

Vehicle insurance requirements vary by state and the micro-mobility provider you’re working for. As an independent contractor, if you’re in an accident in your car on the clock, your personal insurance can deny coverage for any claims. That can quickly wipe out the income you just made.

Check with your auto policy to see if you need to add a rider or switch to commercial coverage.

Scooter companies aren’t liable for damages caused by their chargers.

This includes damage to your home from the charging stations, so you’ll want to confirm your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance covers you for business use.

Read more: Do Freelance Drivers Need Commercial Auto Insurance?

Don’t Forget Your Health

Safety and damage protection is important, as is your health. How will you deal with those pesky medical bills if you get sick?

Now that you’re a small business startup, don’t take the chance of going without healthcare. Head over to Gigly, the platform created especially for gig workers like you.

Gigly partners with the Alliance of Gig Workers to get its members the best rates possible for its Limited Indemnity Plan. They’ll pay you a fixed benefit when you need it.

You’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that you don’t have to collect scooters for the next two months straight just to cover your medical bills.

On top of health benefits, Gigly has other advantages, too. Members get discounts on services and entertainment at companies nationwide, reduced prices on legal experts, and much more!


Conclusion

Now that you know what a Spin scooter charger does, head over to the application page and apply if it’s something you’re interested in.

Then, make it your goal to maximize your ROI with our tips. From harvesting at strategic times to lowering expenses with a Gigly membership, there are plenty of ways to build a lucrative career as an electric scooter charger.

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