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How To Make The Most Money On DoorDash, Instacart, and Uber Eats

Harry Campbell The Rideshare Guy
July 29, 2022

Have you been delivering for a while and think you know all the tricks to maximizing earnings? Check out this article on little-known tricks you might have overlooked as a courier!

Buckle has partnered with Harry Campbell, founder of TheRideshareGuy.com, to provide our Members with the very best tips, tricks, and news to help maximize their income as a rideshare and delivery driver.

In today’s job market, finding work isn’t necessarily difficult. Almost everyone is hiring. If you want a job you love, however, you may find working as a delivery driver much more rewarding than working for someone else.

Where else can you choose your own hours, work as often or little as you like, and take time off whenever you need to?

While the base pay you’ll make isn’t all that substantial, with these three little-known tricks, you may find you can make a lot more money as a delivery driver than you would working for someone else.

How to Make More with DoorDash

Trick 1: Don’t chase Peak Pay when you’re making a dash.

A lot of DoorDash drivers fixate on getting Peak Pay since it’s an easy way to add a dollar, $2, or sometimes even $3 when they participate.

To qualify for Peak Pay, DoorDash requires you to start at a certain point specified in the Peak Pay details of your app. Once you begin, you’re required to make a certain number of deliveries during the specified times listed for the Peak Pay you're taking part in. You must also maintain an acceptance rate of 60% or above to qualify to receive the bonus.

Not sure how to get started with DoorDash? Check out this video from Tanner Markley on everything you need to know before you get started.

While this offer is enticing, the problem is it often puts you in an area where you’ll find there is much more competition. In turn, you may find that in order to meet the delivery requirements you have to accept some of the lower-paying orders, so you don’t lower your acceptance rate.

What this means is that by complying with the Peak Pay rules, you may make less than you normally do because you’re trying to chase that extra buck. Instead, concentrate on working towards a daily or weekly monetary goal and leave the Peak Pay chasing to others.

How Instacart Drivers Can Earn More

Trick 2: Accept multiple batch orders.

Multiple batches are the trick to earning more when you work with Instacart. Multiple batches are when one order requires you to shop for more than one customer at a time.

This is an excellent way to make more money because it means you receive payment and a tip for each order. It also means that in most cases, you aren’t having to drive back and forth to complete single orders, so this can save you time and gas.

While this trick can help you make more money, a lot of drivers hesitate to take them because it also means there are more things that can go wrong. Before you accept a multiple batch request, consider how well you know the layout of the store. You could lose time and money if it takes forever to shop because you aren’t familiar with where everything is.

It’s also important to figure out ahead of time how you’ll keep orders separate, deal with frozen foods, and load your vehicle if you have multiple heavy items to transport.

The final step in this trick is to study how much the batch is going to pay. We recommend accepting the job only if you can get a minimum of $10 per batch.

You can also pair your Instacart orders with DoorDash! Driving for multiple apps is highly recommended - check out how Nuggs combined DoorDash and Instacart to increase his earnings in one week here.

The Little-Known Way for Uber Eats Drivers to Earn More

Trick 3: Combine Uber Eats promotions to leverage your weekly income.

Quests, Boosts, and Surge promotions are three types of bonuses offered by Uber Eats to encourage drivers to make more deliveries. The really neat thing about these promotions is that you can take part in more than one promotion at a time, so when you stack them together, you can increase the amount you are making for each order.

As an example, if you take on a Quest, which is a type of bonus drivers can earn if they make a certain number of trips in a set amount of time, you can combine it with a Boost promotion. This is where you receive a higher rate of pay for making deliveries during hours that are busier.

You could also participate in a Quest and a Surge at the same time. A Surge is a promotion offered by Uber Eats when there is a higher demand for deliveries in a certain location but not enough drivers to make them.

By combining two promotions, you not only make the base amount for the delivery, you also get the Surge of Boost bonus, and the trip counts towards your Quest. This trick increases what you’re already making without you having to drive more or work twice as hard.

Learn more about what every beginning Uber Eats driver should know before they hit the road from this video by Your Driver Mike here.

Whether you work for DoorDash, Instacart, Uber Eats, or a combination of the three, there are always opportunities for savvy drivers to make more money. Try out one or more of the three tricks above and let us know how they work for you.

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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.

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