Amazon Flex Delivery On-Demand Gig Program Review
The gig sharing economy has obviously turned into a pretty big deal. Companies like Lyft and GrubHub have expanded their networks nationally, recruited countless drivers, and made big bucks in the process. It was only a matter of time before a major company like Amazon would try to get in on the gig economy action, and sure enough—Amazon Flex is yet another opportunity for you to make money while driving your car around. What distinguishes it from other gigs is, first and foremost, the attachment of Jeff Bezos and the world’s largest e-commerce retailer.
Of course, there’s a bit more to Amazon Flex than all that—and in this program overview, we’ll attempt to walk you through the basics.
An Overview of Amazon Flex
We will assume that you know what Amazon is—and if you’re familiar with Amazon, you’re probably familiar with Amazon Prime, as well. Amazon Prime comes with a number of benefits, the most significant being free two-day shipping on the packages you order.
Two days is a pretty quick turnaround, yet it’s not quick enough for some people—which is why Amazon has rolled out a one-hour delivery in some of its markets. That’s Amazon Flex—and as you might imagine, working as an Amazon Flex driver essentially makes you the courier, transporting packages to the appropriate buyers.
It’s a pretty straightforward and flexible gig: During your shift, you pick up deliveries at the Amazon distribution center and then drive them to the people who ordered them. For those who have considered Uber but don’t necessarily want to have passengers in their car every day, it can be an appealing alternative. Before you sign on as an Amazon Flex driver, though, let’s get into some of the details of how the program works.
Getting Paid Through Amazon Flex
One critical question: How well does Amazon Flex pay? Pretty well, actually—up to $25 for a delivery. This is contingent on you actually making the delivery, of course, which in turn requires there to be some deliveries to be made. There is no guarantee, when you sign up for a shift, that there will be packages ready to go out during that time. That’s one of the downsides of Amazon Flex—even compared to something like Uber, the general availability of shifts is pretty elusive.
Brent Tiffany provides an insightful video covering his first 6 months delivering for the Amazon Flex program. He includes his breakdown of pay, mileage driven, averages and other useful information for potential flexers.
Becoming an Amazon Flex Driver
There are only a few requirements for becoming an Amazon Flex driver, and none of them are unreasonable. Perhaps the most burdensome is that you have to be 21 or older; younger drivers may want to look into something like Postmates or even Gigwalk.
Additional Amazon Flex driver requirements include:
- You have to have your own car, or live in a market where you can easily make deliveries by foot or by bike.
- You need a smartphone of your own.
- You need to be able to pass a background check, and to demonstrate a clean driving record.
So, there is obviously a lot to like about this program—it’s flexible, it’s not too demanding, and of course, it’s a chance to work for Amazon!
Amazon Flexer Luke Ducklow offers a video answering the question of who is Amazon Flex perfect for?
With that said, there are some significant drawbacks we have to mention before we get to our final recommendation.
Drawbacks to Amazon Flex
The most significant drawback is that you simply aren’t going to make a living this way. The Amazon Flex model, where you only get paid when there is demand for deliveries, does not lend itself to a consistent or steady income. While Amazon advertises a decent income for its drivers, the reality just doesn’t match up.
Not only can the pay be inconsistent, but remember that you will also have some expenses—not least the regular wear and tear on your automobile, maintaining insurance, etc.
Finally, the delivery areas are pretty limited right now—and if you don’t live in one of the 10 or 20 biggest markets in the country, you’re not going to find many opportunities with Amazon Flex.
Final Thoughts on Amazon Flex
So where do we land on Amazon Flex? The platform has potential. For some drivers, it will be a really sweet gig. If you’ve read this far and think it sounds fun, you should try it.
But just note that this is going to be a relatively small group. The opportunities to make good money from Amazon Flex are pretty scarce—so at minimum, you’ll want to consider augmenting Amazon Flex with another gig, like VidoTek or Lyft.