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Do you like the idea of becoming a pro rideshare driver? There’s a lot of freedom of choice when you’re working on your own schedule in your own vehicle, and tons of folks would tell you they love this job for that very reason.
Maybe driving passengers around isn’t the most appealing prospect to you for any number of perfectly valid reasons, given the state of affairs these days. Or, maybe you’ve been driving passengers to their destinations for a while now and have noticed a significant drop in your prospective riders during the afternoon, and now you want to find a way to maximize your potential earnings every time you hit the road. So, you have come to the conclusion that making lunchtime food deliveries might help you to fill in the blanks during the slower parts of the work day. That’s the beauty of being your own boss as a rideshare driver: you have the flexibility to work wherever, whenever and however you think is best. Cruising around town while playing whatever tunes, podcasts or audiobooks you want on the radio helps, too.
There is plenty of money to be made if you decide to become a delivery driver for companies like DoorDash, Uber Eats and Grubhub. Thanks to them you have the chance to make money on the road without the need for any contact with passengers. It’s been noted that this has become a much more popular option with new drivers since the COVID-19 outbreak, and there’s a huge demand for this service right now since people are not eating out as regularly and instead order delivery. It’s important work that benefits everyone, from the hungry customers to the locally owned restaurants that desperately need every sale possible right now.
So, how do you hit the road and earn a paycheck? Read on to get an idea what you’ll need to get started as a delivery driver.
Just like a passenger rideshare service, you can easily sign up online on your chosen company’s website. You’ll notice there are slight differences between each app, but overall the work you’ll accomplish is very similar: pick up food from a restaurant’s takeout area and deliver the package to your customer. Easy peasy.
To get started you must be at least 18 years old for DoorDash, 19 for Grubhub and, for Uber Eats, you need only be the minimum legal driving age (usually 16). For our younger drivers, this might be the main determining factor in deciding which company to work for from the get-go.
Things you’ll need:
Drivers license – Obvious enough, right?
Auto insurance – There are plenty of options to match any budget. Hopefully you’re already insured, even before rideshare driving.
Smartphone – This will be your lifeline. It’s not unusual to see drivers with multiple phones, each dedicated to a different app. Make sure you’ve got a good charger and phone stand fixed somewhere that doesn’t obscure your view of the windshield.
Each of the companies have different stipulations on your vehicle’s requirements, but as long as it’s less than 20 years old you should be good to go. You can just as well deliver on a bicycle or on foot, too, just check with your chosen company’s policies.
There’s usually a background check that can take anywhere from a few days to a week to clear, but all you have to do during that time is wait. After that, you’re ready to drive.
YOUR FIRST DELIVERY & BEYOND
There are a lot of different opportunities new drivers can take advantage of when they first start with major companies like Uber Eats, Grubhub and DoorDash. For example, a new Uber Eats driver in Cincinnati can get a guaranteed $1000 for their first 200 deliveries if they signed up during a limited promotional time. Check around for your city’s best offers.
If your work status is confirmed after the sign up period, it’s up to you when to get started. It might be a new experience for you, but the job is really great if you’re well suited to independent work time. You’ll hit a groove after a few deliveries and it’ll become second nature. There’s a reason this industry is booming, it’s in part because people love this work so much.
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