What Is It Like Driving for Uber Eats?
I'm writing solely on my experience with Uber Eats, and my personal situation. These will all vary by location and your unique circumstances.
Uber Eats is pretty straight forward, as many of the other delivery services they all seem to operate generally the same. Depending on where you live, you may change which service you'll want to work for. There are all sorts to choose from, I've even doubled mine up with other services to maximize my earning potential.
Uber Eats, Roadie, Door Dash, Instacart, Postmates to name a few...
Things you'll need
Things you'll need to be your own boss for delivery service work;
- A car, bicycle, motorcycle or scooter
- A cell phone capable of running the app for the company you work for
- Valid Drivers license and insurance
- Willingness to work without a boss!
Tips Tips Tips
There are some things you can do to help bolster your earnings...
1. Get an insulated bag for deliveries, keeps food hot or cold.
2. Try to accept jobs in areas you're familiar with, you can run those faster. Faster delivery=more tips. Make sure you choose quests and deliver during peak times and when they are offering bonuses.
3. Try to accept multiple jobs as they come in.
4. Don't open anything you pick up. Make sure the restaurant seals it. You don't need to be held liable for missing items or anything that is not packed.
5. Be friendly and smile when you deliver.
How Uber Eats works for me
So I have a few "side hustles", given the way the world is now, you kind of need more than one option for making money. I joined Roadie first, this is a company where you just deliver items people order. Jobs range from $9-$25+. You get paid by the job. The problem I've noticed about all of these services in my area is that they are not consistent. They work well for some extra money when you're in a pinch, but how anyone is living fulltime off of these I am not sure. I know people do this all the time, I just haven't figured that out yet, and not sure I ever will. Not to mention the wear and tear on your car if you can't use a bicycle. Uber Eats does offer discount services for car maintenance which is helpful, but I still don't want to beat my car into the ground.
If I'm driving someplace I usually check Roadie and try to get jobs on the way, since I'm already going that way. And I try to run both apps at the same time. That seems to be the best option for Roadie, otherwise, you're driving all over the place for not much pay. I used Uber Eats the same way but at times will commit to working a lunch rush, this is usually from 11-2 pm during the weekdays. You really do need to get yourself to a congested area in order to pick up the most jobs. Uber Eats also gives incentives, the more jobs you run the more you will get bonuses and additional payouts. In my area, people do generally tip through the app. The tips are a huge help. For about 3 hours of work, I can average $40-$60 in my area. It really breaks down from $12.00 an hour up to $20.00 an hour. Again, with Uber Eats you will never know exactly what you'll make from one day to the next. Peak times are when you will want to deliver, lunch, dinner, and weekends.
Why I like Uber Eats
I like how I can go to work when I choose when using delivery apps. It's nice to not have a boss to answer to and I like to drive. The app is easy to use and understand, payouts are quick and easy once you have your account all set up. And you can write off a lot for taxes.
I like Uber Eats because it's really easy to just pick up some food and drop it off. They show you in advance where the pickup and drop off is before accepting a job, and that is a great thing. There's minimum human interaction. You get to set your own schedule and you can always use this for some extra cash on the side. If you're in between jobs or facing any type of hardship it's an easy way to pick up some extra money for bills. It seems a good job for college students or anyone that isn't relying on a fulltime income and just needs some passive money. Payment is deposited into your account of choice unless you choose another payment option. The direct deposit is weekly which isn't bad, and if you elect for a different option you can get it daily.
Most jobs are within a certain radius, so unlike Roadie, you're not going from A to B, you're more going all over the place within a certain area. Time flies because it's not monotonous. I've never tried Uber or Instacart, both just don't appeal to me right now. But I've heard great things about both. There may be more money for moving people or groceries depending on where you live so don't rule those out. Especially if you live close to an airport or busy city.
I like the variety of interactions with Uber Eats, and you start to get used to what areas to be in to get the most payouts.
Uber Eats can do this to your car!
Why I don't like Uber Eats
For obvious reasons, it's too hard to make a living. If you've got the luxury to not need a fulltime income, it's a great side job. I have a few side gigs that give about $500+ extra a month with minimal work, but the real side hustles to strive for are residual income jobs. Those earn when you don't even work! Such as Hubpages or Youtube.
With Uber Eats, you'll never know exactly what you'll earn in a day. Sometimes job pick-ups are slow. Slow=less jobs=less earnings. I've been taken to some pretty rough parts of Cleveland (which is where I'm located), that doesn't bother me but the road conditions do. The wear and tear on a car add up quickly. And I don't particularly like driving in the winter. So in some aspects, this is a seasonal job for me.
Most customers tip, which is great. Some don't. I realize they pay a fee for the service, but even $1 can make one more job that much more worth it.
If you want to make money, yes you have to hustle. I strive to earn at least $20 an hour or it doesn't really seem worth it to me. When I'm under $15, I tend to get crabby and don't want to do it.
Uber Eats only lets you drive for 12 hours then you have to take a break. This isn't an issue for me and makes sense for safety reasons. After 3 hours I'm usually done for the day. But some people may not like the restricted driving time allowed.
Overall, Uber Eats is a great way to earn extra money. More and more people these days prefer to order out then go to a dine-in restaurant. Double up driving apps and you can make some decent money each week.
Over time you find your flow and the potential to earn gets bigger.
What side jobs have you tried?
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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