Wondering how to earn more with Uber Eats in less time? There are three main ways Uber Eats drivers can maximize their time on the road, including doubling up, paying attention to promotions, and working peak hours.
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.
Working as an Uber Eats driver is an easy way to make some spending money. All you need to do is pick up a delivery from Place A and drive it to Place B.
If you rely on Uber Eats as your main source of income or need to make more than just the standard amount a delivery will pay, however, then you’ve got to find ways to increase your income. Below are three tips to help you earn more with Uber Eats.
Double Up on Orders to Increase Your Income
There’s nothing that prohibits you from working for more than one delivery company, so with a little finesse and planning, drivers can double up on orders and increase their income by making a delivery for two different companies all during one trip.
To do this, you will initially pick up an order in the Uber Eats App, then toggle to a different driving platform, such as DoorDash, GrubHub, or Instacart where you then pick up another order that will take you in the same direction, or at least in the same general area as the location of your first delivery.
There are a couple of drawbacks to this practice, though, because many customers like to track where their driver is during the delivery process. Make sure to keep in good communication with your customers, especially when you are handling two orders because you could find yourself driving by the first customer’s house to deliver to a second house right down the street from them.
The other caveat to doubling up on orders is that if you get delayed because one order isn’t ready, it could make you late making your deliveries to both.
This is a great way to make more income, but if you’re just starting out, we don’t recommend trying this until you understand how each driving platform operates. We’ve found that some of the delivery apps will log you out if you’re inactive too long, or they may make noises and sounds that could distract you when you’re using the other app, so try each one separately before you combine them together.
When you are ready to stack orders, though, it can be lucrative! Check out this video from YouTuber Your Driver Mike, where he explains how to make more money with Uber Eats (including stacking your orders and bonuses!).
Take Part in Quests, Boosts, and Surge Promotions
Quests, Boosts, and Surge promotions are three types of monetary incentives or bonuses used to entice Uber Eats drivers to make more deliveries. These promotions can really help increase the amount you make, especially if you stack them together, such as doing a Quest while taking part in a Boost or Surge, so that you’re getting paid for both.
Let’s look at how each promotion works:
Quests are bonuses that drivers can receive when they make a certain number of trips in a set amount of time. As an example, you could earn an extra $100 by completing 200 trips in 30 days, or $50 by completing 100 trips in a week.
Boosts are promotions where a higher rate of pay is offered for making deliveries during specific times or in certain places when it is busier.
Surges are like Boost promotions, although they are generally used in areas where there is a higher demand for deliveries from restaurants and not enough drivers to quickly make them.
The downside to promotions is that Uber Eats doesn’t offer them everywhere, and the amounts they do offer vary from location to location, so you might make $100 in New York for 50 trips but may only make $50 in Miami for making the same 50 trips there. The good thing about these kinds of promotions, however, is that as we mentioned earlier, you can often combine them to increase the amount you make. This means that you could work on a Quest along with a Boost or Surge all at the same time to double or even triple your earnings.
Work Peak Hours and Days
The third tip to increase your income potential is to concentrate on working during the peak hours and days of the week. These can vary a little from place to place, but you will generally see an increase in orders during certain times of the day, which includes:
Breakfast (6:00 a.m. to 9 a.m.)
Lunch (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
Dinner (5 p.m. to either 9:00 or 10:00 p.m.)
Some areas may also have what is known as Bar Hopping Time during the weekends. This is when Uber Eats drivers who also work as Uber drivers are usually busy driving customers to and from bars, so they cannot pick up food orders. Bar Hopping Time generally occurs on Friday and Saturday from about midnight to 3:00 a.m.
Besides peak hours, most areas also have certain days when customers are more likely to order food and want to have it delivered, so choosing certain days over other days can help to increase your income if you tweak your schedule to work on the days when more drivers are needed.
Most drivers report Monday and Tuesday as their slowest days, with an increase in deliveries starting on Wednesday and increasing throughout the week to peak days on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities to increase your income with Uber Eats. Try each one to see which tip works best, or combine the tips and use all three together to maximize your income potential and earn more.
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.