Interested in driving for a delivery company, but not sure which ones have the highest demand or earnings? With the proliferation of all types of delivery companies, it can be hard to narrow down which one is best for you!
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.
These days, if you want to earn extra money flexibly, all you need is a smartphone with an app and a way to get around. Delivery service apps are part of a billion-dollar industry, and there is always a demand for workers.
Using a delivery service app allows you to make more money without being confined to a specific schedule or shift. You can earn as little or as much as you want and you don’t need any special training or credentials to get started.
The best part is that delivery services can help diversify your income. Here’s what you need to know about some of the best delivery services to work for.
DoorDash is a big-name delivery platform. They hire drivers in more than 7,000 cities across the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Once you’re approved to drive, you can open the app and see which areas are available. DoorDash shows a map of your area and highlights areas in red that are ready for Dashers.
The app provides availability based on how many customers are placing orders. You can also schedule to work some areas at specific times depending on your availability. Otherwise, you can log into the app during popular times such as lunch or dinner. Depending on your market and demand, DoorDash offers bonuses in addition to the delivery rate.
DoorDash pay is based on factors like base pay per trip, customer tips, and promotions. Drivers get to keep 100% of their tips and DoorDash drivers earn around $20 to $25 per hour. You’ll get paid weekly or you can cash out your earnings daily or instantly. If you have a DasherDirect payment card, you can cash out your earnings instantly with no fee. Otherwise, the instant payment transfer fee is $1.99.
- Be at least 18 years or older
- Pass a background check
- Have a bike, scooter, or car (depending on your city’s requirements)
- Provide your social security number
- Set hours in advance or log onto the app and start delivering
- Bonuses for delivering during peak hours
- Pays delivery drivers more on average
Instacart is a grocery delivery app, so it’s a little different from Uber Eats and DoorDash. Instead of picking up someone’s food order, you go to a grocery store, shop for their items, then deliver them to their door.
Instacart has a more in-depth hiring process, and you’ll need to set your shifts in advance. Sometimes there’s a waiting list to join, and Instacart will notify you when they have an opening in your city. When you get started and log into the app, you’ll be able to choose your orders and see an estimate of how much you can make.
Instacart shoppers can make $20+ per hour and keep 100% of their tips.
- Be at least 18 years old
- Eligible to work in the United States
- Access to a vehicle
- Access to and able to use a recent Smartphone (iPhone 6S/Android 5.0 or newer)
- Able to lift 50 pounds
- Set your own hours and choose your own shifts
- Less wear and tear on your vehicle
- Keep all your tips
Interested in becoming an Instacart Shopper? Click here to sign up.
Uber Eats is one of the most popular apps that hires delivery drivers to get meals to customers’ doors. Uber Eats is available in hundreds of cities and the signup process is very similar to joining Uber. In fact, if you’ve been an Uber driver, you already have the option to drive for Uber Eats.
You can deliver with a car, bike, or scooter. On average, Uber Eats drivers earn around $15 per hour. The rates per delivery can vary depending on your area, but they generally factor in how far you have to drive from the restaurant to a customer’s home.
You’ll see a pay estimate before you accept an order and drivers get to keep 100% of their tips. Uber Eats pays weekly, but you can transfer earnings the same day using Instant Pay up to 5 times every 24 hours.
- Meet the driver age requirements for your city
- Have a 2-door or 4-door car (if using a car)
- Have a valid driver’s license in your name
- Submit your social security number for a background screening
- Be at least 19 years old
- Have a motorized scooter under 50cc (if you decide to deliver by scooter)
- Easily switch between Uber and Uber Eats to maximize earnings opportunities if you meet Uber vehicle and driver requirements
- See how much you’ll earn per delivery upfront before accepting it
- Instant Pay option
Signing up for any of these delivery driver services is a great idea. If you have a car, bike, or scooter and need to make extra money, you can try signing up for a delivery driver app and start making money within a few days. Don’t hesitate to test out more than one app - the apps listed above are available in most cities, so try them all out and see which one you like the most!
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.