With all of the food delivery gigs out there, what makes Uber Eats so special? There are five reasons why Uber Eats is one of our favorite delivery apps, including earnings potential, demand and more.
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Delivering for Uber Eats is one of the easier and more profitable delivery app companies, making it a favorite among many drivers. With delivery driving, you simply focus on delivering food from Point A to Point B - it’s perfect for those who are introverts or simply want to listen to their own music.
In addition, driving for Uber Eats can be lucrative! Uber Eats drivers earn around $15 per hour or more, depending on where you drive and demand for delivery in your market. That said, Uber Eats is one of the more well-known delivery companies to customers, which means if someone is thinking of ordering food, chances are they’re thinking of ordering it through the obvious Uber Eats platform.
Popularity, ease of delivering, and fairly high pay depending on your market - what’s not to love about delivering with Uber Eats? Below, I’ll break down the top 5 reasons many people sign up to drive with Uber Eats.
While I am a people person, sometimes I just want to listen to my own music or podcasts and take some time to enjoy the silence. Uber Eats allows me to do that!
Plus, not every passenger is amazing. Sometimes you can’t wait for a passenger to get out of your car. I’ve had passengers who got in fights with people, ones who were drunk and almost kicked out of my car, and one time I’m pretty sure I dropped someone off to be taken out by the mafia.
So, picking up food—that doesn’t talk to you, doesn’t complain about the music, doesn’t request that you change the music or take a different path from what the app tells you to take—can be relaxing in comparison to people!
Discover New Places To Eat
Uber Eats is all about making money, so they expand to more restaurants all the time to make as much money as possible. While you’re out driving with Uber Eats, it is very likely you’ll get orders at restaurants you’ve never heard of before.
Sometimes they are one-offs. You go to that restaurant, it seems dead, so you never go there again. Other times though, you may get a request from the same restaurant over and over and over again.
I have a rule: if I get an order request from the same restaurant three times in the same weekend, I grab a menu from there for a future restaurant option. I have found the best pizza, sushi, Indian, and burgers from restaurants I had never heard of before all because of driving with Uber Eats.
Catch Up on Podcasts and Books
I love to listen to podcasts and audiobooks. Driving with Uber Eats lets me do this even more. In fact, sometimes I will go out driving because a new book or podcast came out that I really want to listen to.
I will also stay out driving longer in order to finish a chapter, podcast, or whole book if I’m close enough to being done.
True, you could listen while you have passengers in the car, but most would ask you to change it to music, or just turn it off. I’ve never had any complaints from the food on that front.
This is also a great opportunity for those who are interested in furthering their career or skills - I’ve listened to some incredible books from business leaders, books on changing my habits, and so much more all because I’ve been out driving.
(Occasionally!) Free Stuff
Who doesn’t love free things? One of the best free things is free food. Driving with Uber Eats can, at times, provide free food.
First, you have restaurants that may offer free food to the drivers while waiting to pick up the food for their customers. The first thing I ever got was free drinks. Almost every restaurant used to give free fountain drinks to drivers when they picked up an order. It got to the point where I couldn’t accept them all. It was too much.
Some gave actual food for free. One ghost restaurant in my area gave me free biscotti to thank me for picking up the order from them. It worked to get me to come back and get more, too, because that has become one of our favorite dessert places.
On occasion (and this is very rare!) you will get whole meals for free. Technically you never do, but if the customer doesn’t show up, or they put the wrong address and it’s too far away to deliver it, Uber will have you “dispose of the food”. I prefer to dispose of the food by eating it.
Again, this doesn’t happen often. In thousands of deliveries, it’s happened about 5 times. But when it does, it’s pretty great (even better if it happens to be from one of my favorite restaurants!)
The number one reason to do any side hustle is the money. Uber Eats is no different, and you can make really good money by following Uber Eats driver strategies.
My top recommendation for earning more with Uber Eats? Drive for it as your side hustle! Driving full-time with Uber Eats isn’t worth it, earnings-wise, since delivery requests have an ebb and flow in terms of demand (typically, nighttime and weekends are most profitable to be a food delivery driver).
However, Uber Eats is an excellent way to earn money on the side in addition to your ‘regular’ job, or as something you do in between going to school or caring for family. Driving during the most popular times for Uber Eats can also help you save up for vacations, gifts and more.
In the end, driving for Uber Eats is worth it because of five top reasons:
- No passengers to manage
- Discovering new places to eat!
- Working on yourself (podcasts/audiobooks) or enjoying the solitude
- Free stuff!
- Ability to earn more on your schedule
Harry Campbell is a former Boeing Aerospace Engineer and founder of TheRideshareGuy.com, a blog, podcast and Youtube channel for ridehail drivers and other gig workers and author of, The Rideshare Guide. Over the years, Harry has covered the gig economy industry closely and talked to tens of thousands of drivers and gig workers about their experience on the road.