Like other millennials, I’m always looking for ways to generate a little more money on the side. I’ve tried everything from survey apps to covert shopping with varying degrees of success, but I just decided to try out for a job as a food delivery driver.
I’d used meal delivery apps before, and the deliverer’s job sounded quite simple in theory, so I figured I’d give it an attempt. Here’s what I’ve learned about working as a food delivery driver and what you should know if you’re thinking about doing the same.
It’s more difficult than you think!
While survey apps and product reviews are simple, becoming a delivery driver necessitates a bit more effort, to begin with, and while you’re at it. For example, the company I applied with did a background check on me and requested a significant amount of personal information for tax purposes. Because I am legally employed as an independent contractor, I may be issued a 1099 form and be required to report my wages and any qualifying tax deductions, such as mileage. As a result, many delivery drivers use apps such as Everlance to track their miles. I haven’t delivered enough to warrant that, but you should if you want to turn this into a genuine side hustle.
Most people tip… but some people don’t. The company I signed up with provides its drivers with a guaranteed delivery payout, and I keep 100% of the tips I receive. Here’s the thing: some folks read the suggested tip amount and don’t change it. However, some people believe they do not need to tip (a whopping 15 percent of customers, as DoorDash told Fast Company). You never know what kind of consumer you’ll be delivering to, so it’s a bit of a gamble. However, because the guaranteed delivery compensation is low, you must rely on tips to make delivering food worthwhile.
The larger the city, the more options for earning money.
I’m delivering in a tiny town in California. Therefore, I don’t always have the option of working with the firm I signed up with. There’s no need for you to work if no one requests meal delivery – it’s as easy as that. You can avoid this by signing up for various food delivery apps, but in general, it will be much easier to make money if you live in a more densely populated region or are willing to drive to one. If you live near a college, you might have a better chance of getting deliveries, but keep in mind that it will most likely be late at night when students don’t want to stop studying to get food.
They don’t care how old your car is (or if you have one at all). I drive a 2008 SUV in decent shape, which is OK with this delivery firm. However, in other cities, a car is not even required! Some businesses (including the one I tried) allow you to deliver food by motorcycle, bike, or even foot. If you live in a major city and don’t own a car, this is a great benefit because you won’t incur additional costs such as mileage or vehicle upkeep.