An Amazon side job brought this family big money

Posted November 12, 2018 6:24 a.m. EST
Updated November 13, 2018 9:23 a.m. EST

— Many people live paycheck to paycheck and, as a result, some look for a second or even a third job. It's why a local man took advantage of the booming business of online sales.

Jeff Brown works full time at an airport and is even a DJ for parties on the side.

"I'm a side person -- my side hustle is very strong," said Brown, adding that, two years ago, a friend pitched him another side job.

"He said, 'Jeff, I've got an opportunity for you. You may like this. You should try it.'"

The job was delivering packages in a program called "Amazon Flex."

As its name implies, the job is flexible, enabling workers to make their own hours and be their own boss.

Similar to how Uber works, all Brown needed was a car and a phone.

After downloading an app, Brown was able to pick one, two or even three-hour delivery routes that fit his schedule. Amazon Flex is available in 50 cities and pays delivery partners $18 to $25 dollars an hour -- not including gas or expenses.

Brown uses the money to help his family -- it even helped him pay for a semester of college for his daughter, who attends Brown University. Another daughter used the money Brown earned to start her own cookie business, and Brown used more of the delivery money to send his wife and daughters off on a vacation.

An Amazon side job brought this family big money

As an added bonus, Brown said he enjoys meeting people at their door and delivering something they want or need.

"You see this old woman who can't really get around and you're bringing these packages to help her -- that takes my heart the most," said Brown.

Interested in Amazon Flex? Find more information online.