On-Demand Moving Company Bellhop Is Hiring 4,000 Gig Workers in 23 States

A man moves a box out of someone's home who is moving.
On-demand moving-service startup Bellhop is recruiting an estimated 4,000 movers and drivers, who are independently contracted gig workers, by the end of the year. Photo courtesy of Bellhop

It’s peak moving season. Know what that means? Jobs.

On-demand moving-service startup Bellhop is recruiting an estimated 4,000 movers and drivers, who are independently contracted gig workers, by the end of the year. The coronavirus pandemic may have tampered relocation plans earlier this moving season, which runs April to September, but the company says demand has been spiking in recent months.

“Americans are still having to move. Whether it’s due to the end of a lease or they are renting or purchasing a new home, they need help,” said Luke Marklin, CEO of Bellhop, in a press release. “This also means we have work opportunities for those impacted by layoffs and pay cuts.”

According to Marklin, the company — founded as a college business in 2011 — has seen rapid growth in demand for moving services lately and is proud to be adding more work opportunities, as the overall economy shrinks at a record-breaking rate.

Types of Gigs at Bellhop

Bellhop provides two main app-based gigs: mover and driver. Each role has very different job requirements.

To qualify as a mover, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a smartphone, bank account and reliable transportation.
  • Be able to pass a background check.

According to the company’s website, movers make up to $21 an hour, including tips and bonuses. Mover reviews on Indeed and Glassdoor indicate a flat hourly rate between $13 and $16 per hour without those add ons. The company also pays 30 cents per mile after the first 15 miles.

Apply here to become a mover.

Requirements for drivers are a little steeper. You’ll need:

  • An owned or leased 16- to 26-foot box truck that’s registered with the Department of Transportation.
  • Moving equipment.
  • $1 million in liability insurance.
  • $25,000 in cargo insurance.
  • A smartphone.
  • An ability to pass a background check.

The company’s website states that as a driver, you are only required to show up on time and drive. During the loading and unloading process, you can “read, watch Netflix, or call a friend.” And get paid for that downtime. Drivers can earn more than $40 an hour, the company said in a press release.

Apply here to become a driver.

Pay for both positions comes via weekly direct deposits.

Where Bellhop Operates

The company says it’s recruiting gig workers across all markets, which include more than 60 cities in 23 states. View the table below for a comprehensive list.

State Area(s)
Alabama Birmingham
Arizona Phoenix, Tucson
Colorado Colorado Springs, Denver
Florida Jacksonville, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Tampa
Georgia Alpharetta, Atlanta, Decatur, Kennesaw, Lawrenceville, Marietta, Sandy Springs
Illinois Chicago, Evanston
Indiana Indianapolis
Kentucky Louisville
Maryland Baltimore, Rockville
Michigan Detroit
Minnesota Saint Paul, Minneapolis
Missouri Saint Louis, Kansas City
Nebraska Omaha
Nevada Las Vegas
New York Brooklyn, Manhattan, New York
North Carolina Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Durham, Raleigh
Ohio Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Hamilton
Oklahoma Oklahoma City
Oregon Portland
Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, Philadelphia
Tennessee Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Murfreesboro, Nashville
Texas Austin, Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth, Garland, Houston, McKinney, Plano, Round Rock, San Antonio
Virginia Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Richmond
Washington Bellevue, Seattle
N/A Washington, D.C.

Adam Hardy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. He covers the gig economy, entrepreneurship and unique ways to make money. Read his ​latest articles here, or say hi on Twitter @hardyjournalism.