The Delivery Driver Life: The Top 5 Delivery Driver Programs to Give a Whirl
There’s more than one way to make a buck in the gig economy. You know all about rideshare programs, like Uber and Lyft, which effectively pay you to cart passengers from one place to another. What you may not know as much about are the delivery driver programs that exist—the same concept, but instead of carting around passengers, you’re carting around stuff. (Most often: Food.)
There are some perks to delivery driver programs. Because passenger safety is a non-issue, the standards tend to be laxer, both for the age of the driver and the status of the car. And, if you’re the sort of person who just doesn’t enjoy making small talk with strangers, Uber might seem a little daunting, whereas delivery driving offers just the right level of solitude.
On top of that, remember that you can technically do both—selecting a delivery driver program to augment your rideshare money. The question is, out of all the delivery driver programs out there, which one’s your best bet? We’ll run you through our five highest recommendations.
This one obviously comes with some name recognition. You know all about Amazon, and you probably also know that Amazon is constantly striving to provide customers with quicker delivery times. In some markets, Amazon now offers one-hour delivery, which of course means it needs an army of delivery drivers. That’s where you come in! Amazon Flex drivers pick up Amazon orders at a distribution center and drives them to the customer’s home—simple as that. And though shifts right now can be sporadic, it’s a growing program with some unique opportunities to generate solid income. Plus, who wouldn’t love to say they work for Amazon? Read our Amazon Flex Program Review >
A lot of the delivery driver gigs involve food, and Postmates is one of them. Anyone 18 or above can sign up to drive for Postmates, which basically involves being a courier. You may have a few non-food pickups to make, but for the most part you’ll be going to restaurants and fast food places, picking up orders, and taking them to the customer’s front door. The pay can be anywhere from $8 to $20 hourly, and you’ll find opportunities in most major markets. You can technically do it by foot or on a bike, too—no car needed! Read our Postmates Program Review >
GrubHub is another food courier service, and it works similar to Postmates—people order food from a restaurant that doesn’t deliver, you pick the food up, you drive it to the diner’s home, they enjoy their meal, you get paid. It’s a great, streamlined process in which all the orders are prepaid and you don’t have to worry about anything except getting the food from one place to another. The hourly rate isn’t necessarily amazing, but it’s a decent enough place to start your gig economy career—and certainly a valuable opportunity to augment Uber money. Read our GrubHub Program Review >
Speaking of Uber, did you know the company has its own food delivery service? If you already drive for Uber, this one’s a no-brainer; when passengers slow down, you can simply switch over and deliver food. There are some different wrinkles contained within the program—sometimes you’ll pick up from a distribution center, not restaurants themselves—but overall, it’s similar to GrubHub. Like that program, it’s probably not going to make you a millionaire, but it’s good, honest work that doesn’t require any training or expertise, and if you hustle you can definitely get some decent cash. Read our UberEats Program Review >
Here’s one more food delivery company we should mention, and it falls into the same basic mold as the others on our list. You pick up orders from participating restaurants and drive them to people’s homes—simple enough, right? Like the other programs here, it represents a smart way to enhance your Uber or Lyft earnings, especially if you’re in the right market.
Is the Delivery Driver Life Right for You?
We’ve noted some of the pros to delivery driver gigs—you can sign up when you’re younger, you don’t have to have a brand-new car, you can enjoy relative solitude—and also some of the downsides. These gigs pay adequately, but not amazingly. So maybe they’re not the best options for solo pursuits, but they can work well in tandem with other on-demand gig opportunities.
Think about whether any of this sounds fun—and, whether you think you could work delivery driving into your rideshare shifts.
Have you tried any of these delivery programs? Would you recommend the delivery driver life to your fellow UBER drivers? Please share you responses below!