Gig Worker Taxes

Tax Tips for Gig Workers in 2019

By on January 22, 2019 in GoShare for Business, Tips

If your net earnings were more than $400 as a gig worker in 2018, you will need to file a tax return that reports this income. As a gig worker, you will pay your taxes a little differently than employees do. GoShare has pulled together the latest research and tax tips to help our Delivery Pros and other gig economy participants understand what an independent contractor is, the importance of business expenses, and ways to maximize tax benefits.

GoShare recommends that you consult an income tax professional or certified public accountant before filing your taxes.

Independent Contractors vs. Employees

As a gig economy worker, you are most likely an independent contractor. Independent contractors are considered self-employed. Self-employed individuals need to file differently than workers classified as employees.

For an employee, an employer will withhold federal income, Medicare and Social Security taxes from your paycheck. As a self-employed individual, these taxes are not withheld from your paycheck. You must pay taxes on the income as you earn it, or risk paying costly interest penalties.

If you expect to have a tax liability greater than $1,000 (which is a fancy way of saying, you’ll pay more than $1,000 in taxes this year), self-employment taxes should be paid quarterly. Due dates for estimated tax payments are April 18, June 15, September 15, and January 16. The IRS will impose heavy interest penalties if proper estimated tax payments are not made. Any tax penalties would be calculated on your tax return and added to the amount you owe, or subtracted from your refund.

Business Expense Deductions

As an independent contractor or self-employed individual, you may be able to deduct expenses related to operating your business on your taxes. A deductible expense is generally defined as something “ordinary and necessary” to completing your job.

Why are deductions important? They reduce your amount of taxable income. For example, let’s say Mark made $50,000. But, he had $10,000 in expenses deducted on his return. Instead of paying taxes for $50,000, he’d pay taxes on $50,000 minus his $10,000 in expenses. So, he is only paying income taxes on $40,000 worth of income. In a 22% tax bracket, this means Mark pays $8,800 (22% of $40k) instead of the higher $11,100 (22% of $50k). So, in this basic scenario, he saved $2,300 by remembering to deduct his business expenses.

Deductible business expenses can include advertising, insurance, vehicle expenses, office expenses, supplies, phones, travel and more. GoShare delivery pros may be eligible to deduct the expenses of operating their vehicles for business use. Most accountants recommend one of two ways to calculate this deduction. For either method, it’s critical you keep records of your receipts or mileage.  

  • Deduct actual operating expenses including gas, maintenance, insurance, and depreciation.
  • Deduct a standard rate on each “business” mile you drove in the past year. For miles driven in 2018, the standard mileage deduction is 54.5 cents per mile. For miles driven in 2019 this rate will go up to 58 cents per mile (See our mileage tracking app recommendations).

Additional business expenses may be deductible, including delivery equipment. However, if these items remain useful beyond the tax year, you need to report them under the Depreciation Section 179.

For large businesses, the tax deduction for an equipment purchase generally has to be spread over the useful life of the item. But, independent contractors and small business owners with expenses less than a million dollars can take advantage of Section 179 to report the entire amount of the business expense in one year.

If this section gave you a headache, you aren’t alone. Taxes are complicated business, so reach out to a local tax professional for help to ensure you are properly accounting for all your business expenses. They’ll be able to help you catch any missing deductions, or let you know if any you wish to claim doesn’t apply.

Paperwork

Instead of receiving a W-2 in January, which is what a worker designated as an employee will receive, independent contractors will receive a 1099-MISC. You should receive this form from every client that paid you $600 or more over the course of the year. The 1099-MISC will show your total earnings from that client. If you earned less than $600, you won’t receive the 1099-MISC, but you must still report those earnings as taxable income.

To file your annual return, you will use Schedule C to report income or loss. If your expenses were less than $5,000, you may be able to use Schedule C-EZ instead.

You will need to use the Schedule SE and Tax Form 1040ES to calculate and remit your income, Social Security, and Medicare taxes.

Do Your Research

These were just a few quick tips for independent contractors and gig worker taxes. But, every individual is unique. You may have personal, medical, and family deductibles that further affect your tax filings. Do your own individual research and consult an income tax professional or certified public accountant before filing your taxes to ensure everything is properly reported. To get you started, here are a few websites with helpful information fro independent contractors and gig workers:

GoShare Inc. and our affiliates do not provide tax, accounting or legal advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.

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Craigslist Furniture Delivery

By on January 16, 2019 in Moving, Tips

Smart shoppers may find great deals on furniture and other household items on Craigslist, Offerup, Letgo, Close 5, Facebook Marketplace and a myriad of other sites and apps that offer free or discounted classified ads. Because most of these items are being sold by individuals, not retailers, it’s unlikely the seller will be able to assist you in moving or delivering your new item.

The inability to transport your item may even prevent you from making the purchase. But, a small car shouldn’t stop you from getting the new dining set of your dreams!

Follow these tips to get your Craigslist furniture delivered.

Strap it to Your Roof
If the item isn’t too large or bulky, you may be able to attach it the roof of your vehicle. When doing this, always make sure to use ratchet straps and avoid overloading your vehicle. The safest and most secure way to fasten your cargo is to a luggage or cargo rack, and not directly to the vehicle’s roof. The item should not overhang in a way that obstructs your vision or is dangerous to other vehicles.

Find a Friend with a Truck
If you’ve got a friend with a pickup truck, now might be a great time to call in a favor. But, be warned, pickup truck owners are frequently besieged with requests to help family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and acquaintances to help move large items. If they do agree to help, be courteous. Pick up a tank of gas and buy them lunch as a thank you for their time and assistance.

Rent a Truck
Renting a pickup or box truck may allow you to pick up and move the item by yourself. However, this can often be expensive, wiping out the savings you got on your Craigslist bargain. In addition, most rental companies advise booking the vehicle at least two weeks in advance to guarantee availability. Sellers are unlikely to hold an item for that period of time. If you do secure an affordable truck rental, make sure to bring some friends or family along to assist with loading and unloading.

Use an App
Find a qualified, background checked delivery professional using GoShare. It takes less than a minute to get a quote and find one or two delivery professionals. All delivery professionals are background checked and covered by a comprehensive insurance company. GoShare costs less than most truck rental companies or traditional movers. Schedule ahead of time, or request someone to arrive in under an hour so you can secure your deal. Track and pay in the app. To give it a try, get a free estimate online or download the app.

Hire Someone on Craigslist
In addition to selling furniture, many local professionals list their services on Craigslist. You can hire an individual with a truck or van from their classified posting. This is an option, but we don’t recommend it. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to know how reliable these individuals will be and there is no insurance or guarantees if they damage your goods. Worse, some criminals and scammers use the platform to steal and defraud. One family in Georgia found themselves the victims of a Craigslist scam when thieves posing as movers drove off with a moving truck filled with the family’s possessions and stole everything they owned. (Learn about more Craigslist scams and how to protect yourself here).

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How to Use a Dolly for Moving

By on January 15, 2019 in Moving, Tips

Whether you are moving a single appliance, grandma’s solid oak china cabinet, or a whole household of furniture, having the right tools and equipment on hand when transporting large and bulky items will make the job faster, easier, and safer.

A dolly also called a hand truck, is one of the most commonly used pieces of equipment used by delivery professionals and movers. Dollys allow you to move heavy items quickly, with reduced strain on your body. Moreover, using a dolly provides more security than just your hands, as you are less likely to drop or break the item. Hand trucks allow you to easily move items up and down ramps, and even down staircases. Professional movers estimate that using a hand truck or dolly can cut loading/unload time for a large move by 50 percent.

Depending on the weight and construction of your dolly, it may be used to move items that are several hundred pounds. Some furniture dollies can even be used to move items that are heavier than 1,000 pounds. Their rubber tires don’t leave marks on the floor, and the ergonomic handles or hand bars make it easy to push the load.

Using a dolly isn’t difficult. So grab a dolly, helper and follow the steps below to tackle your next moving project.

How to Use a Dolly

  1. Choose the Right Dolly: A basic dolly is a platform with wheels. By lifting your furniture or bulky item onto the platform, you are able to easily steer it where you need it to go. Despite this simple definition, there are several types of dollies, and choosing the right dolly as your moving helper is important to ensuring the safety of your cargo and ease of your project. See our blog post here to learn about different dolly types.
  2. Clear Your Path: Remove any obstacles between your starting and ending point. This will make your journey easier, and prevent and crashing or tipping of the dolly.
  3. Load Your Dolly: Bring your dolly to the item you wish to move. Tilt the dolly forward to slide it under the item. If necessary, get a helper to tilt the item back so that it lifts half an inch off the floor, allowing the dolly to slip easily under the item. If you are loading multiple boxes, put the heaviest box at the base of the hand truck.
  4. Don’t Over Stack: Don’t stack boxes above the vertical part of the dolly, or they will topple off when you tilt the dolly. For large items, like an appliance or piece of furniture, you will likely transport one item at a time on your dolly. It’s better to take multiple trips than overload your dolly, which may lead to tipping.
  5. Secure Your Cargo: Secure your items to ensure they don’t slip off the dolly. An appliance dolly will have a strap that allows you to secure the appliance in place. If you are using a basic hand truck, bungee cords or ratchet straps may serve this purpose.
  6. Move Your Items: Tilt the loaded dolly toward you, balancing the weight of the load over the wheels. Use one hand to hold and steady the top of your cargo, use the other to push the dolly forward. Walk slowly toward your destination. Roll over small bumps and even stairs. If rolling down the stairs, go one step at a time. Keep your load steady, if the hand truck tilts too far backward, you may lose control of the dolly and drop or spill your load. If necessary, have a helper steady heavy loads when easing down staircases.

Additional Dos and Don’ts

  • Do use the right equipment and don’t try to move a large item or appliance with the wrong hand truck. Check the load capacity before moving a heavy item. Appliances should always be moved using a specialized appliance dolly to ensure it is properly secured.
  • Do lift with your legs, don’t lift with your back. When loading and unloading, keep your back straight and bend at the knee. Slowly lift the item up. Lifting with your back may lead to strain or injuries.
  • Do secure your items and don’t begin moving until your load is secured with bungees or ratcheting straps.
  • Do have a moving helper, don’t try to move bulky items by yourself. Heavy items can fall or you might injure yourself trying to lift it alone. Don’t have a buddy to help? GoShare can send a delivery pro in under an hour to assist with your project.

Using a dolly to move heavy and bulky items, or large stacks of boxes can make the project easier and faster. Don’t own a dolly? Check out our recommended hand trucks here on the GoShare Equipment page.

If you’ve got a big job, or are moving extremely heavy items like furniture and appliances, you may want to consider professional assistance. GoShare’s Delivery Pros are just a tap away. Hire a delivery pro using GoShare’s site or app and they can arrive in less than an hour. They’ll even bring their own dolly!

How to move a couch through a doorway

By on January 14, 2019 in Moving, Tips

Plush, oversized couches are perfect for Netflix binging or NFL Sunday. But, getting the couch into the living room may be more challenging than you think. Trying to fit a large couch through a narrow doorway is a common challenge during moving, relocating, or furniture delivery.

Follow our tips below to get your new couch, sectional, or recliner safely to its place of honor in front of the television.

Measure First

Before you purchase a new couch, measure it. Measure the couch’s height, width, and length. Measuring all angles is important, as you may find the easiest way to move your couch through narrow spaces is by angling it in a vertical position. Many couches have removable feet, so take this into account when measuring. 

Once you have the sofa’s measurements, measure any narrow openings you will need to pass through. This may include doorways, hallways, stairwells, and elevators. In many cases, the doorway is the toughest challenge. But, if you live in an apartment or need to move the couch upstairs, you may find others places on your journey are a tight squeeze.

By measuring first, you’ll be able to determine whether moving your couch to its new location is possible. Couch a couple inches too wide? Don’t despair, there are still options (keep reading!).

Use the Widest Path

Have a glass sliding door in the backyard? Do you have french doors at the front of your house? If you have some tight squeezes, opt for the wider path. Even if it requires you carrying the couch a little farther, you’ll save time and stress by avoiding any tricky tilting and pivoting in small spaces.

Remove Doors

Need to gain some space? You can gain an inch or two by removing your door from its hinges. This is an optional step, but may be necessary if any part of the open door is blocking the pathway. If you need to remove an interior door, try pulling out the pins instead of unscrewing the hinges. Use a flat head screwdriver to tap upward on the pin from the bottom. This will be easier to rehang once the move is complete than completely removing the hinges.

Prepare the Sofa and Room

Prepare your sofa by removing any detachable feet, cushions, or loose throw pillows. If you are moving a sectional, disassemble it and move each piece separately. You may want to wear cotton gloves to prevent damage to the furniture when moving. This is not necessary if the couch is boxed or wrapped in plastic. It is also wise to lay down a moving blanket or large towel on the floor. This protects the floor and couch and may enable you to slide your furniture if necessary. Make sure to have a friend or two on hand to help out. If you don’t have access to help or feel the couch might be too heavy to manage, hire a professional service like GoShare to assist.

Tilt and Pivot

If the couch is too large or wide to simply carry through the door, get ready to tilt and pivot. For many couches, they are most narrow when leaned vertically. Tilt the sofa so that it is on its side. If the couch is a loveseat, you may be able to slide it through the doorway in an upright position. For a longer couch, you will need to angle the couch and slide it through the doorway in a hooking motion. Have a partner stand inside the room to guide the couch as it comes through the doorway. You may need to continue to tilt, pivot, and rotate – slowly angling the couch through the door until it is all the way in the room. Take it slow and easy. Couch cushions may squish down, but don’t force a fit or you might rip the upholstery.

Need help moving your couch or getting it delivered? Hire one or two delivery pros and a truck, van, or box truck using GoShare site or convenient app. Quotes are free and delivery pros can arrive in under an hour.

 

How to Start a Moving Business in the Bay Area

By on January 8, 2019 in Uncategorized

The Bay Area is one of the most expensive places to live in the United States. Many people that live there have second jobs, or side hustles, to help them supplement their income. Whether you are looking to bring in some money on the side, or want to start your own full-time business, a moving and delivery business could be the option you are looking for.

Moving and delivery businesses don’t have a lot of overhead compared to other business models. Retail businesses require inventory, and storefront. Storefront in the Bay Area is especially challenging for start-ups because of high property and rent costs. A moving company had much lower start-up costs, especially if you already own a pickup truck, cargo van, or box truck. In addition, moving and delivery professionals in the San Francisco area enjoy flexible hours and strong hourly wages. If this sounds like something that would appeal to you, read the steps below to get started:

1. Purchase the Right Vehicle
If you don’t already own a vehicle capable of delivering and moving large, bulky items, this will be your first investment. The purchase and maintenance of your vehicle is the primary source of overhead, or cost, in your moving business. Fortunately, there is a large market for both new and used trucks and vans. Decide which kind of projects and jobs you’d like to take, to ensure you select a vehicle that is a right fit. A cargo van is great for enclosed deliveries, while a pickup truck enables you to do junk hauling and items of unusual sizes. While a smaller vehicle, like a pickup truck, may be more affordable, a large vehicle may allow you to charge a higher fee. It’s also important to consider fuel efficiency, as you will be racking up a lot of miles while moving cargo. Need more information on vehicle types? Check out some of our helpful guides below:

2. Get Equipment
In addition to purchasing a truck or van, you will also need to acquire some basic moving equipment. Depending on the projects you are targeting, you may need different equipment, but here are a few of the basic items.

  • Dolly/Hand Truck: Most movers will want to have a dolly on hand to help with loading and unloading. A hand truck dolly will help with simple moves. But, you may want to look into a moving dolly or appliance dolly to expand the range of jobs you could take.
  • Ratchet Straps: A set of ratchet straps will help secure cargo, keeping it protected and preventing damage. Ratchet straps are the preferred method for securing heavy cargo in truck beds, as bungee cords can come undone or allow for sliding. Bungee cords are a good option for securing items to dollies and hand trucks.
  • Moving Blankets: Moving blankets protect your vehicle, as well as the items being moved. For furniture moves, consider using stretch wrap for extra protection.
  • Weather-Proof Tarp: If you have a pickup truck, keep a tarp on hand to protect cargo from unexpected rain showers.
  • Lumber Flag: Pick up truck drivers should also keep a red flag handy. If the cargo extends beyond the bed of the truck, attach the flag to the end to help prevent drivers behind you from getting too close.

The upfront investment for these items will help prevent any costs from broken or damaged items down the road.

3. Create Your Company
When you register your company, you will need to determine what type of company to create. Your company structure influences tax reporting and personal liability. That may sound intimidating, but there are many online resources that can help you make the right decision. We recommend also consulting with an accountant or an attorney before making this choice.  At this time, you also get to name your business. Select a unique and relevant name will help your business stand out and be memorable to your future customers. Choose a name with care, but have fun too.

4. Find Some Customers
There are many businesses and individuals in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and the surrounding areas that need moving, delivery, and hauling help. Now, you’ve just got to find them! Start with your own network. Let family and friends know about your business and encourage them to recommend your services to others. You might also consider creating social media profiles, including a Facebook and Yelp page, and even making a simple Website with your contact information. Another good way to find customers is to do some old-fashioned pounding of the pavement. Visit small businesses in your neighborhood and let them know you are available to help customers that need help transporting large or bulky purchases. If you do this, don’t forget to bring a business card or flyer to leave behind.

5. Build a Good Reputation
Turn your new customers into repeat customers by offering excellent and professional service. Always arrive on time, cleaning dressed, and be respectful in your conversations. Make sure your vehicle is looking and running clean. If you just finished a junk hauling job, clean up your vehicle before helping with a furniture delivery. Communicate with your customers, especially if there are unexpected challenges (like bad traffic), to avoid any misunderstandings. If you do a great job, not only will they use you again, they will recommend you to their friends.

6. Insurance
Be prepared for the unexpected. Protect your moving and delivery business by getting the appropriate insurance in case of accident or injury. Speak with an insurance agent about coverage that could protect you in the case of a vehicle accident, damage to the cargo, or workplace injury. Not only does an insurance plan protect you, but it also builds trust with your customers. Many businesses and individuals will ask to see a certificate of insurance for peace of mind, before hiring a delivery company. They will avoid working with a contractor that is underinsured.

7. Join The GoShare Team
There is only so much you can do operating by yourself. Some common challenges you will face are building trust, accepting payments, acquiring insurance coverage, and finding new customers. GoShare is a platform that connects drivers with trucks and vans to people and businesses who need a same day moving help. GoShare is a trusted partner that handles payments, provides supplemental cargo insurance, and has an expert team of marketers generating demand from new customers. In the San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose area, GoShare has exclusive partnerships with many local businesses to send projects to contractors in our network. You can learn more and apply to become a GoShare driver by clicking here.

8. Save Your Receipts
As a small business owner, tracking your expenses is very important. Some expenses related to operating your business may be used as a tax write off. Consult your personal accountant to help understand which expenses you can deduct from your return. Using an app like Expensify is easy and useful for keeping track of your receipts and expenses.

Gasoline vs. Diesel at the Pump

Gas vs. Diesel Pickup Trucks

By on January 7, 2019 in Tips, Trucks

If you are considering purchasing a new or used pickup truck, you may be wondering whether to choose gas or diesel. Is diesel worth the price? Does diesel perform better? There are many pros and cons to a diesel engine in your pickup. Overall, the right decision may depend on how much you drive, and what you need to use your pickup truck for. Gasoline trucks may have the edge with around town drivers, while diesel engines are better for long distance towing.

Read below to decide which is right for you.

Gasoline vs. Diesel: Initial Price

Diesel pickups tend to be more expensive than their gasoline counterparts. The engine block is heavier, required to handle higher combustion pressures. These models have more premium transmissions that can handle higher torque output. And, diesel trucks come with additional emissions control equipment plus a turbocharger. Expect to pay $5,000 – 11,000 more for a diesel than a gasoline counterpart.

Gasoline vs. Diesel: Maintenance Cost

Diesel trucks cost more to maintain than their gasoline counterparts. Some may claim that the lack of a spark ignition make diesel engines cheaper to maintain, but this is only one factor. Diesel engines have parts that gasoline engines don’t have, and require more regular servicing. In addition, they have higher overall parts costs. In addition, a shortage of qualified technicians may mean you need to go a little further from home to find a qualified mechanic to make repairs.

Gasoline vs. Diesel: Fuel Efficiency

While the gap is narrowing, diesel trucks are still more fuel efficient than their gas counterparts. This means you’ll go farther per tank of gas. But, with fluctuating fuel prices, you may not be saving that much at the pump. Diesel prices are currently about $0.60 higher per gallon than standard gasoline. Another strike against diesel, not all stations have diesel pumps. So, you may have to spend extra time trying to find a place to fill up.

Gasoline vs. Diesel: Emissions

While many pickup truck owners don’t factor emissions into their buy decision, it’s still an important consideration point. Gasoline vehicles produce more CO and HC than diesel vehicles. But, the diesel trucks will produce more NOx and particulate matter. In general, gasoline is traditionally less polluting than diesel, especially in older vehicles. But, newer diesel vehicles are closing the gap. However, part of closing that gap means manufacturers have introduced sometimes cumbersome emissions control systems. These systems need to be refilled with Diesel Exhaust Fluid regularly to avoid the pickup truck acting sluggish or shutting down.

Gasoline vs. Diesel: Towing Capacity

Because gasoline vehicles are lighter than those with diesel engines, the gas pickups generally have higher payload capacity. However, diesel engines offer a higher torque, which gives them the edge in horsepower and towing. If you intend to tow an RV, boat, or any kind of trailer long distances, the diesel will prove it’s worth.  

Gasoline vs. Diesel: Longevity

No question about it, when well maintained, a diesel engine will last longer. Diesel engines require sturdier engine parts to handle higher combustion pressures. In addition, diesel engines achieve higher torque at lower speeds. This means that some engine operations, such as pistons going up and down, happen fewer times over the lifespan of the truck than in a gasoline vehicle. It all adds up over time. For example, the expected life expectancy for a gasoline Isuzu NPR cab-forward is 200,000. The diesel engine version? 310,000 miles.

Gasoline vs. Diesel: Resale Value

It may not be a surprise, but because diesel vehicles have better longevity, they also command a higher resale price. This higher resale value may also be useful if you are planning on leasing a truck. Leasing pays off the depreciation of a vehicle. And, since diesel trucks don’t depreciate as much as gasoline trucks, they may offer a better deal.

Need a truck? GoShare can connect you with a network of local moving and delivery professionals with pickup trucks, cargo vans, and box trucks. All delivery professionals are licensed, background checked, and insured.

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Most Fuel Efficient Pickup Trucks of 2019

By on January 4, 2019 in Tips, Trucks

You can’t beat pickup trucks for moving and hauling. They are heavy duty, workhorses with a lot of power. But, that power comes at a cost. According to the US Department of Energy, the average pickup truck gets about 17.16 miles per gallon, while the average car gets 23.41 miles a gallon.

Over time, that adds up! According to the US Department of Transportation, the average American drives 13,474 a year. At current fuel price, that means driving a pickup may cost you over $625 miles more per year in fuel costs than a car (even if it’s a diesel).

Is this just the price we pay for the convenience and usefulness of a pickup truck? It doesn’t have to be. Many manufacturers are actively developing more fuel-efficient trucks. Selecting the right model of truck with better fuel economy could save you thousands in fuel cost of the life of your vehicle.

Most Efficient Pickup Trucks of 2019

Want to be green, and save green? These models of trucks have the best fuel economy on the market.

2019 Ford F150 Pickup 2WD (Diesel)

The Ford F150’s diesel, rear wheel drive offering is the best in the market for standard trucks that aren’t electric. It averages 25 MPG overall, 22 for city driving and 30 for highways. This is more efficient than many passenger cars! Keep in mind, that these numbers don’t factor in heavy loads or towing, which may deliver decreased fuel efficiency. In addition, this model is a diesel engine. The price of diesel has varied much in the past several years, sometimes staying below soaring gas prices. However, currently, it’s averaging $0.70 to $0.80 more per gallon than regular-grade gasoline.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado 2WD (Diesel) and 2019 GMC Canyon 2WD (Diesel)

The Colorado and Canyon are tied as the most fuel-efficient small pick-up trucks. This is no surprise as both light-duty trucks are built by General Motors. The GMC line is built to appeal to more upscale buyers, including professionals and executives. The Chevrolet brand is intended to appeal to the mass market. Though the bells and whistles differ, the gas mileage is similar. Expect 23 MPG overall with 20 MPG for city driving and 30 on highways.

Vehicles to Avoid in 2019

2019 Toyota Tundra 4WD

The Tundra boasts a disappointing 14 MPG. According to the EPA, it is the least fuel-efficient of all the 2019 standard pickups. This truck averages just 13 MPG for city driving and 17 for highway. If you drive like a typical American, expect to pay on average $2,900 a year for fuel for this vehicle.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 4WD, Nissan Frontier 4WD, and Nissan Frontier 4WD FFV

While the Colorado 2WD, Diesel model was tops of fuel efficiency, it’s 4WD gasoline cousin is at the bottom of the list. Joining the Colorado for the least fuel-efficient small pickup is the Nissan Frontier. Each of these vehicles averages just 17 MPG. The Colorado can be expected to average 16 on city streets and 18 at highway speeds. The Nissan Frontiers do slightly better on the highway, averaging 15 on city streets and 21 at highway speeds.

The Future of Fuel Efficient Trucks

Manufacturers are racing to provide the market with cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles. Look for Ford to introduce a gas-electric hybrid to their F-series by 2020. While most of the major manufacturers haven’t announced plans for full-electric pickups, several EV (electrical vehicle) startups are preparing market entries. Rivian intends to launch their pickup in 2020 and has begun taking preorders. Workhorse has announced that they will start production on their electric pickups immediately and has secured a contract with Ryder to sell and service their vehicles at it’s more than 800 locations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Their W-15 pickup truck will initially be targeted for commercial use and fleets. Industry analysts are optimistic, but cautious. Can these electric vehicles deliver on the promise of better fuel economy without compromising performance? We won’t have to wait long to find out!

Need a truck? GoShare can connect you with a network of local moving and delivery professionals with pickup trucks, cargo vans, and box trucks. All delivery professionals are licensed, background checked, and insured.

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Best Mid Size Pickup Truck 2019

By on January 1, 2019 in Reviews, Tips, Trucks

Looking for the best new pickup truck for 2019? We are here to help! This year’s crop of trucks features enhanced safety features, beautiful new designs and modern technology. Combine these new features with the same reliability and dependability you’ve come to expect from America’s favorite vehicle and you have tough choice to make. .

2019 Ford F-150 (MSRP: $34,245 – $60,850)

Ford F-150

The Ford F-Series is the best selling pickup truck and vehicle in America. While there are some signs that competitors are seeing gains on this perennial favorite, they are still far behind the reigning champion in annual pickup truck sales. The 2019 model is on track to continue this record-breaking best-seller run. After a 2015 redesign and significant powertrain updates in 2017 and 2018, the 2019 F-150 doesn’t feature any major updates. Look for minor interior enhancements and design updates. However, with multiple trims and configurations, plus four engine options, the Ford F-Series has an option for just about everyone.

2019 Ram 1500 (MSRP: $34,495 – $56,495)

Ram 1500 Limited

The 2019 Ram 1500 continues to innovate, bringing passenger vehicle comfort to the capable, hard-working pickup truck. A new frame and body design reduce the weight of the truck by 200 pounds while still extending the crew for more passenger space. The interior cab features an optional 12-inch infotainment display, redesigned seats, and new technology features. The comfortable cabin makes competitive truck interiors feel a dated. These updates and redesigns helped the 2019 RAM 1500 win Motortrend’s Truck of the Year award. If you are looking for a sleek, smooth and fun truck, look no further than the Ram 1500.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado (MSRP: $34,600 – $53,000)

Chevy Silverado

The new Chevy Silverado showcases a ground-up redesign and a sleek, new modern look. In addition to presenting well, the redesign results in a longer, lighter vehicle with a weight savings of around 450 pounds. This should contribute to increased fuel economy and better acceleration when compared to the 2018 model. Other features to look out for are the large cargo box, the largest in its class, and a power-lowering and raising tailgate. In addition, the Silverado has a taller driving position and roomier crew-cab than previous models. Most impressive is the towing assistance technology available on high end models.

2019 Chevy Silverado tow assistance technology

2019 Chevy Silverado tow assistance technology

2019 GMC Sierra (MSRP: $40,600 – $60,000)

GMC 2019 Sierra

The GMC Sierra is often referred to as the Silverado’s more-expensive twin. The 2019 model gets some sleek new features to help justify that higher sticker price. The GMC features a more upscale interior than the Silverado, though with the same layout of controls on the center stack and equal storage capacity. The GMC also features an exclusive carbon-fiber cargo box with a nifty stepping ladder and enhanced towing technologies.

2019 Nissan Titan (MSRP: $35,930 – $56,800)

Nissan 2018 Titan

Though Nissan is headquartered in Japan, Nissan continues to manufacture the 2019 Titan in made throughout America. The Nissan Titan was designed in California, engineered in Michigan, tested in Arizona, and manufactured in Mississippi. While not as popular at the Ford or Chevy pickups, the Titans have roomy cabs and strong towing and hauling capacities at a competitive price. The 2019 Titan features a new touchscreen infotainment system and a rear-door alert system.

2019 Toyota Tundra (MSRP: $35,450 – $50,330)

Toyota Tundra 2019

Toyota trucks are famous for their high resale value. By eschewing interior tech features, which can become dated, and sticking to classic, durable design, Toyota trucks hold their value. But, even a classic needs the occasional refresh, and the Toyota is beginning to feel outdated. The stiff suspension makes for a bumpy ride and fuel economy lags behind the competition. The Tundra is long over-do for a redesign but didn’t get it in 2019.

Want to earn money with your pickup truck? Sign up with GoShare and earn $47 – $71 per hour plus tip. Click here to see if your truck qualifies 

Need a truck? GoShare can connect you with a network of local moving and delivery professionals with pickup trucks, cargo vans, and box trucks. All delivery professionals are licensed, background checked, and insured.

GoShare Driver with Truck and Wheel Barrow

Is GoShare a Scam?

By on December 30, 2018 in GoShare News & Info, Reviews, Tips

Is GoShare a scam for drivers and delivery workers?

No. Of course, the answer is no. But, you’d be surprised at how often we see that question. We get it. Compared to many gig-companies, GoShare may seem too good to be true.

GoShare offers wages between $47 and $71 an hour, which is three to four times higher than most gig delivery and transportation companies. Why do we do this? GoShare is committed to fair wages for gig workers.

In a recent press release, GoShare CEO Shaun Savage explained, “At GoShare, we feel a fair wage for the delivery professionals on our platform must compensate them for their time in addition to gas and vehicle maintenance. After these expenses, our drivers still come out ahead of many traditional options. Because we are a software platform with low capital expenditures, we are able to provide a respectable hourly rate for our delivery professionals while still being an affordable option for our customers.”

Don’t Trust Us, Listen to Other Delivery Pros

GoShare’s driver app has 100s of 5-start ratings from Delivery Pros that love using our service. In the videos below, hear from some real Delivery Pros on what they think about working with GoShare.

Looking for more proof?

In addition to hundreds of reviews on our apps, GoShare has been profiled by leading news organizations around the country including the San Diego Union Tribune, Los Angeles Times, NBC, USA Today, and Forbes.

GoShare is a REAL company, and we REALLY pay great wages to out delivery pros. You can feel assured that when you apply for GoShare, it’s not a scam. We’re just a growing company that believes in doing right by the people who work with us.

Learn more about working with GoShare and how to apply by visiting our Delivery Pro page.

How to Get Your Furniture Home

By on December 27, 2018 in Tips

You did it! You found the perfect piece to fill that nook in the living room. Or, maybe it’s the most comfortable couch you’ve ever sat on. Perhaps you finally scored a Craigslist deal on some new bookshelves. Now that you’ve found your ideal piece of furniture… you’re met with your next challenge. How do I get my furniture home?

You’ve got a few options:

Use the Retailer’s Delivery Service: Some retailers may provide delivery options. However, they are often expensive and take several days (or weeks) to arrive. Plus, many traditional delivery fleets require you to be home for a two-six hour window, waiting around for their truck.

Strap it to Your Car: Got some bungee chords and twine? Strap it to the roof of your car! But, be careful, don’t overload your roof. And, anything that may block the driver’s vision could earn you a ticket (learn more here).

Call a Friend: Got a friend with a truck? Call in some favors and see if you can enlist their truck (and muscles) to bring home your new piece of furniture. Make sure to buy them lunch and pay for gas as a thank you.

Rent a Truck: Rent a pickup or box truck from a company like Penske or Budget Truck Rental. Many of these companies recommend booking at least two weeks in advance. So, call ahead to make sure they have the vehicle you need prior to committing to the pickup time for your new furniture. And, make sure you bring enough manpower with you to load and unload your items.

Use an App: It seems like there is an app for everything these days, and furniture delivery is no exception. Use an app like GoShare to hire a local delivery professional to get your furniture home. It takes less than three minutes to enter your information into the GoShare app or on the website. Your delivery job will be sent to a local network of qualified, background checked, and insured professionals. It takes only moments to find a delivery driver, and you can read reviews from other customers before accepting them to your job. Schedule ahead or request someone in under an hour.

Don’t let a small car stop you from bringing home that perfect piece of furniture!  Whether you strap it to the hood of your car or use a delivery professional to bring it home, we know that it’s going to look great in your house.