My WORST Deliveries and What I Learned From Them

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How to Make More Money from Tips as a Food Delivery Driver

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Whether you work for an on-demand food delivery app service like Postmates or Uber EATS or you deliver pizzas for your local Italian eatery, there are some strategies you can utilize if you want to ensure you get good tips and maximize your earnings. Here are some things I’ve come up with that help to keep the customers happy, provide exceptional service, and make sure they return to repeat business.

Text the Customer and Introduce Yourself

When customers order food online or through an app it can seem like a very mechanical experience. For all they know, a robot could be delivering the food to them. And while robot delivery isn’t the industry standard (yet!), it is still helpful to introduce yourself to the customer to help humanize the experience.

A simple text message that shows personality, tells them your first name, and offers to be there if they have any questions can go a long way in establishing that you are indeed a real person and are genuinely trying to consider their needs. Of course you need to hurry when you are working on deliveries, so I recommend using your phone’s text-to-speech feature or sending them a picture of a standard greeting so you don’t have to type the message each time.

This goes without saying but be VERY CAREFUL when using your phone while doing deliveries. It is better to send a brief text-to-speech message BEFORE YOU START DRIVING than to text while you are on the road. Always prioritize your personal safety above all else. 

Keep the Customer Updated if There Are Any Delays

If there are any issues, send the customer a text and let them know about anything that could delay their order. If you work for a company like Postmates, for example, where you have to place restaurant orders on behalf of customers, let them know if there is a long-wait time and give them an estimate of how soon you can get on the road.

Should there be any trouble with the delivery or if you need to substitute a menu item, call the customer and clarify what they would like to do.

Get Lots of Condiments and Free Stuff From the Restaurants

Unless the customer specifically tells you they don’t want a certain condiment or utensil, go ahead and grab whatever is available (for free at least) amongst the restaurant’s selection of condiments. If there are ketchup packets, soy sauce packets, salt and pepper packets, parmesan packets, plastic cutlery, napkins, taco sauces, breath mints, or anything similar that you can take for free- GET IT.

When delivering for Postmates, I even keep a small selection of ketchup packets, taco sauce, and soy sauce with me at all times just in case a customer ever needs it. This is a small way that you can show the customer you were thinking ahead of what they might want with their order.

Smile, Be Courteous, and Make Small Talk When You Drop Off the Deliveries

Your interactions with the customer in-person will be very brief so make it count. You don’t want to act like a zombie who says nothing and just hands over a bag of food. Put on a bright smile, ask the customer how their day is going, and comment on the weather or make other forms of small talk as you hand them their order. If they have a garden or anything interesting in the front of their house, make sure to compliment it.

Plus, if you picked up extra condiments for them, this is a good time to specifically mention this to the customer so you get credit for doing so! Say something like, “I made sure to get some extra ketchup packets in case you needed them” so they know that YOU were the one who thought to pick it up for the customer.

Send a Final Text Message to the Customer Thanking Them

I always send a brief message to the customer after I finish up my Postmates deliveries where I include three things- a brief thanks for their business, a reminder to please leave a review, and a final wish for them to enjoy their food and have a good day. I NEVER mention anything about tipping, but might still casually nudge them in the direction of it.

In the Postmates app, the screen where they leave the review is the same screen where they tip (HOW coincidental! What ARE the chances?!). Thus encouraging them to review me subtly leads them towards tipping.

Conclusion

When it all comes down to it, the same age-old standards of customer service apply. Be helpful and efficient, respond well to the customer’s needs, and go the extra mile to demonstrate that you are going out of your way to make the customer happy. If they can tell you are making an earnest attempt to do well at your job that often can lead to higher tips.

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Working for GrubHub vs. Postmates: What are the Differences?

Hello everyone! As you may have seen on my blog or my YouTube videos, I have worked as a delivery driver for both GrubHub and Postmates. Some people have asked me about what the differences are between the two, so I thought I would take some time and write about the differences between working for the two companies as a driver.

The Hiring Process

Getting hired with GrubHub, at least in my geographic region, was pretty similar to Postmates. I did not have an actual “interview” with either company and instead my hiring as an independent contractor depended on the submission of an online form and the successful passing of a background check. It seemed like maybe there were more vehicle-specific questions with GrubHub than there were with Postmates.

Training

This is where things got a little bit different. GrubHub required that I attend either an in-person or online training session before starting work as a driver. Postmates, on the other hand, required only that I watch a brief training video before driving. I felt a little more prepared for the job with GrubHub before starting work than I did with Postmates as a result. I would highly recommend that Postmates Couriers take some time out and read both the help forums on the Postmates Fleet website and read about the experiences of Couriers online for advice before starting work.

Scheduling

This is an area that is MUCH different between the two companies-

GrubHub requires that you sign up for specific shifts called “blocks,” which are offered on a first come, first serve basis. The blocks are typically short, 2-5 hour chunks of time and there are always more blocks offered around lunch and dinner. Once you have signed up for a block you MUST work that block, get a replacement, or try to call the Drivercare line to drop it just like you would with a regular job. If you don’t show up for a scheduled block you may be penalized or have your contract revoked. You are not required to work a minimum number of hours (nor do you have a maximum) and you are never under obligation to sign up for a block.

Because the blocks are first come, first serve, sometimes you may not be able to work at the times you would really prefer and I found myself working multiple blocks with huge gaps of time in between when I would have preferred to continue working. A typical Saturday for me might be 11AM-2PM (1st block), a three hour break, then I’d work 5PM-9PM (second block) if I wasn’t able to get the late afternoon hours before others grabbed them.

Postmates is significantly more flexible in this area. You do have to work at any specific time and and there are no shifts or “blocks” to sign up for. You can literally just get in your vehicle and work whenever you want to. Just like with GrubHub there is no minimum or maximum number of hours you have to work. The only thing is, with Postmates you are not offered an hourly minimum so it will still be advantageous for you to work during lunch and dinner when the business is most heavy.

Work Gear

Postmates provides you with one insulated tote bag that will keep the temperature of the food regulated during your deliveries, plus a Postmates credit card to make purchases for the customers (if you want more info on how this works, check out my blog post here). At least in my region, you do not get a shirt of hat and can wear whatever you want during deliveries.

GrubHub provides two bags (one small and one large), a hat, a cap, and a laminated sign to put in your windshield. I much preferred having the extra gear that designated to the customers and the restaurants that I was indeed a GrubHub delivery driver.

Support for Drivers

GrubHub offers a “Driver Care” phone line that you can call at any time during your deliveries when you have trouble. While they do offer help menus in the driver app if you wish to figure out things on your own, there were a number of times when  I still found myself calling this phone line and enjoyed having it as a resource.

Postmates, on the other hand, does not offer a driver care phone line. In most cases you must go through the help menus in the app to fix your problems. There are situations where if you encounter very specific issues and enter details about them in the help menus, Postmates may place an outbound phone call your way to help you out but it is very rare and difficult to prompt such phone calls. You must be willing to work independently and autonomously when working as a Postmates Courier.

The Work Flow

GrubHub has you delivering from restaurants only and it’s a pretty basic process- you go in, pick up the order, and go out. In my region I was usually a little bit less busy with GrubHub than I was with Postmates and often found myself waiting in my car doing nothing. The upside to this, though, was that I was guaranteed an hourly minimum so I would still get paid during my block even if the base pay wasn’t all that much.

Postmates is more complex in the scope of its services to customers- they can deliver from ANY store or restaurant and you will need to pay for certain orders yourself with the Postmates credit card. On occasion you will need to place the orders to the restaurants as well. This creates a more varied work experience. Because Postmates doesn’t offer an hourly minimum but rather a base minimum per order, you will need to stay busy on your shift if you want to make money. This requires a bit more strategy than it does driving for GrubHub.

If I ever find myself waiting around in my vehicle without any orders with Postmates, this will mean I MUST move to a busier area (or work during a peak time around lunch or dinner) if I want to make money. As a result of this I’ve had to carefully consider the neighborhoods and times of day I choose to work. Driving around looking for orders uses up more gas so I also have needed to be more strategic with my gas usage.

Tipping

GrubHub customers must pay their tips in advance of receiving the food through the app because of the way the app is structured, if they tip with a credit card that is. Cash tips were more rare (at least for my orders) with GrubHub. The app prompts the customer to leave a tip and it is framed as a standard for the customers to do so (which is a plus for the drivers). The issue is, however, that because the credit card tippers must submit it before you actually deliver the food, the tip is not influenced by your customer service. So if you really go above and beyond to connect with the customer that will not be factored into the tip (unless they tip in cash).

Postmates customers pay their tips after you deliver the food. The app will prompt them with a notification (if they have notifications turned on) to please leave a review and to tip the driver after the food has been dropped off. While most customers tip through the app, I did receive more cash tips with Postmates. You have to be a bit more diligent in your efforts to impress the customers if you want to receive good tips. I try to make the customers happy by sending them texts with updates as I’m getting their order picked up as a way to introduce myself to them and humanize an otherwise automated, tech-driven experience. I will have another blog entry at a later date with some of my advice for getting better tips when working as a Postmates Courier, but I think it is possible to get MORE money in tips with Postmates than you can with GrubHub if you play your cards right.

Pay Frequency

GrubHub drivers get paid for a work week (running Monday through Sunday) every following Thursday, and then it takes 3-5 business days to process. As I’ve written about previously, however, it’s possible to get paid daily with DailyPay which is a third-party service that works with GrubHub to pay drivers in advance with small payments up-front before pay day. It’s not a loan, there’s no credit check, and there’s no extra fees to sign up. The only thing you have to pay are small transfer fees every time you transfer to your bank account. The really awesome thing is that you can now get your money transferred to your bank the same day it’s available, including weekends and holidays!

You can find out more about DailyPay here

Try it for two weeks FREE (without any transfer fees) by following this link

Postmates on the other hand, will make daily transfers to your bank account within 5 business days that the money is earned. There is a small transfer fee that you pay with their transfers and you will get your payments in a longer amount of time than you would working for GrubHub and using DailyPay.

My Thoughts

GrubHub is a little more structured and offers more driver support and training but is significantly less flexible when it comes to scheduling. Postmates offers much less driver support and training, requires a bit more strategy if you want to earn a good amount of money, but is ultimately way more accommodating when it comes to schedule flexibility. Whichever company is right for you is going to depend on what you are looking for personally. Depending on the hours you work, I would say their pay is relatively competitive with each other. With both companies the basic principles of working during lunch and dinner, going to busy “hotspots,” and keeping a good, efficient workflow (without speeding!) are going to be your best bets for making the most income.

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Working as a Postmates Courier (aka Delivery Driver): What It’s Like!

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As you may have read from my other blog entries, I have previously worked as a GrubHub delivery driver. This was an interesting experience that was an overall good way to pick up some extra cash. When I found out about an opportunity to work as a Postmates Courier, however, I decided to try it and see how my experiences could compare to GrubHub.

I will go over the differences between being a driver for the two companies in more depth in a separate blog entry, but for now will recap the basics of what working as a Postmates Courier is like.

How Postmates Works

Postmates is different from other companies in that the customers can order things for delivery through their app from ANYWHERE. This could be food from restaurants, groceries from a grocery store, gardening equipment from a hardware store, toiletries from the pharmacy- if it is a product you can purchase from a store or restaurant then you can order it for delivery from Postmates (certain items like alcohol or tobacco are banned but these vary by region).

While you can technically order from anywhere, the app does still direct the customers to specific, featured merchants when they first open the app. Stores and restaurants that have partnered with Postmates will be prominently featured as part of Postmates Plus where they have a flat delivery fee of $3.99. Merchants that are not part of Postmates Plus will likely have higher delivery fees, although Postmates frequently sends out promo codes for reduced fees to the app customers.

The Hiring Process

To become a Postmates Courier you must be 18 years or older, have a smartphone with  a data plan, and a valid U.S. driver’s license. In some regions you are required to drive and own a car, but in others you can deliver by biking or walking as well (typically in major cities like LA or San Francisco). You apply online and in my region the hiring and orientation processes were entirely over the internet- there was no “in-person” training or interview.

You must pass a background check (including your driving history) in order to get hired. I was literally asked zero questions for the interview process other than the online application form. It seems that if you apply at the right time and have a decent driving record you’ll get in. The training was VERY minimal. There was a brief video to watch (approx. 3 minutes long) that goes away after you watch it and that was it!

You must rely on their Postmates Fleet Help website for most of your basic instructions for how to do the job.

What the Actual Work is Like

You are completely on your own for this job! There is no driver support phone line, just a series of troubleshooting menus to go through in the app if you run into any problems. You definitely need to be prepared to work independently and think quickly if you have any issues.

You do not have any specific shift either. You can literally get in your car and work whenever you want (or stay home when you don’t want to work for that matter!). This flexibility is very nice, although it also means there could be times where too many drivers start working and you don’t get as many orders. There’s nothing to stop “overstaffing.”

When business is booming and there aren’t enough drivers on the road, however, it triggers a “blitz” where you can get paid extra. It will send you a notification when this is being offered. Like with other delivery services; bad weather, holidays, and special events like the Super Bowl will trigger more delivery orders from customers.

You will receive a tote bag to transport your deliveries in that keeps the food temperature regulated, and a Postmates credit card to make purchases with (more details below).

Using the App and Picking Up/Dropping Off the Orders

Your phone will send you a notification when you are logged into the Postmates Fleet app (separate from the app the customers use) when there is an order available. You have the option to accept or reject an order. That I know of, there is not a penalty for rejecting an order. Be aware, though, that if you do not accept the order VERY QUICKLY, it will pass it on to another driver.

Once you accept an order, the app will give you a button to tap on for directions to the restaurant or store with a map. Each business has its own set of interaction with Postmates. Some are set up like GrubHub (if you’ve driven with them) where the order goes directly to the restaurant for them to prepare and the payment is processed solely between the business and the customer. With others there is nothing set up between Postmates and the merchant, so you must use your Postmates credit card to make the purchase at the store.

How this works is that whenever a customer submits an order for a merchant that hasn’t set up a payment system directly with Postmates, Postmates will add a balance on the card for the approximate value of the customer’s purchase (they always round up a little bit to accommodate everything). You will go into the store or restaurant and pay for the order with your card just like you’re a regular customer. You will NEVER have to pay using your own money- you only ever use the Postmates credit card.

Once you’ve picked up the order, you indicate this on the app and it will give you directions to the customer’s drop-off location. If gives you an option to text or call the customer if you need any help finding their place. Once you’ve dropped off the order you indicate this on the app and it closes out the order.

Certain items like tobacco products or alcohol will prompt for you to check the customer’s ID before giving them the merchandise.

The Pay

Now here’s the big question everybody has- how much do they pay? This is something that varies by region, but you can see detailed information by region here. The basic structure is that you get a base payment for every order, plus a small mileage reimbursement, payment for the time you spend waiting for orders to be prepared, and 100% of your tips. There is NO hourly pay or hourly minimum but there is a minimum guarantee per order.

This means that if you receive few to no orders you will not be guaranteed an hourly minimum so it is better to work during times where there is a guarantee of being busy.

Your pay is automatically transferred to your bank account within five business days of earning it. There is a $0.15 fee for every transfer to your bank.

Here’s an example of their payment structure

In Minneapolis you get a base payment of…

$1.75 per order + $0.14/minute for time waiting at pickup location + $0.91/mile for distance from pickup to drop-off location + your tips. You are also guaranteed a minimum of $4.10 per order (regardless of tips).

On your first order you had to wait 20 minutes for the restaurant to prepare the food and you drove 3 miles to deliver it, plus you got a $5.00 tip. So you get $1.75+$2.80+$2.73= $7.28 as your payment and $12.28 including your tip.

On your second order you didn’t have to wait because the food was ready to pick up, the customer was only 1 mile away, and you got $2.00 as a tip. Because $1.75+$0.91= $2.66, your payment would round up to $4.10 for a total of $6.10 with the tip.

Let’s say in this example it took you a total of 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete these two orders, including the time to go TO the pickup locations. This means you made $18.38 for two orders, or ~$13.80 per hour (not factoring in gas expenses). 

I would say a realistic expectation for Couriers in most midsize cities is to make $10-$15/hr. after factoring out taxes (take note that taxes are NOT deducted from your pay, but you will of course still have to pay them)  and gas expenses. I’ve heard people from cities like New York and San Francisco say they could make more than that due to more frequent orders and tips from larger ticket items, though, so it will probably be influenced heavily by the region you are working in.

Conclusion

The ability to get in your vehicle and work whenever you want is a very nice component of working for Postmates. For people with unpredictable schedules, or those that are trying to squeeze this work on top of another job, the flexibility Postmates offers could be a huge asset. Between GrubHub and Postmates, I will say that each company has it’s own pros and cons but I do consider one to necessarily be superior to the other. I will make a follow-up blog post where I discuss the differences in more depth.

If you are interested in trying out delivery driving with Postmates, I say go for it!

To apply to become a Postmates Courier, follow this link

For information on other delivery driving jobs, go here

Check out the Postmates Fleet Help Center for more information

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What is DailyPay and How Can It Benefit On-Demand Drivers? *UPDATED*

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As you may have seen already on my blog, I have worked as a delivery driver for GrubHub. This was an overall interesting experience for me and a great way to pick up some extra income. I can say as a driver, though, that when you’ve worked a bunch of hours to earn some extra cash, having to wait until payday to actually get that money is a huge bummer.

Which brings me to DailyPay. DailyPay is a service that lets on-demand drivers for companies like GrubHub, DoorDash, and Instacart get their daily earnings up-front rather than having to wait till payday. This isn’t a loan and you don’t have to pay it back. All of your money will come to you through DailyPay, and then GrubHub will send them your earnings total for each pay period to make up the difference.  Be aware that because DailyPay can’t see your tips total with GrubHub, tips for GrubHub drivers will still come after one business day of your normal payday. The cost for it comes from a small transfer fee each time you elect to receive your payment.

How it works

After you’ve worked your blocks for a day with GrubHub, they will officially record and report your earnings to DailyPay two days later. There is a slight delay because of the way GrubHub reports your earnings, but all other apps will have your daily earnings reported the same day you worked.

Once DailyPay knows your daily earnings total, they will then in turn put this money into your “Available Balance” the following business day, which is almost like a checking account. You can choose to transfer from your Available Balance whenever you wish– automatically each day, every other day, as needed, etc. (take note, though, that if you initiate a manual transfer after 5:30PM ET it will transfer in two business days).

EDIT: There are now two payment options, AutoNext, which functions like the description above where you get the money deposited into your bank account the following business day, and AutoNow where you get the money deposited into your bank account the SAME DAY it hits your available balance including WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS!

Once you’ve set up your transfer, DailyPay will get the total of the earnings you made for that day, subtract out the fee, and send you your hard-earned cash. Transfers up to $150 are $0.99 and transfers over $150 are $1.49. There is now one flat transfer fee of $1.25 for AutoNext transfers regardless of the amount. AutoNow transfers are $2.49. MANUAL next-business day transfers are $1.99, and same-day manual transfers are $2.99. You can always save money by only taking out the money as needed throughout your week and there are no other fees. The money is direct-deposited into either a bank account or prepaid debit card and there are no contracts so you can cancel whenever you wish. Plus, there’s no credit check and it’s FREE to sign up!

If you are among the over 10,000 on-demand drivers currently using their service this could be a good way to get some money early when you have bills to pay or unexpected financial situations occur before payday.

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If you are a restaurant owner, there are some services offered to you as well. If you are using GrubHub or Seamless to accept orders at your business, DailyPay offers you the ability to receive the money owed to your restaurant from the food delivery services in advance. When you’ve got a staff to pay and supplies to order this could be super helpful!

It operates similar in structure to what the drivers have- no contract, no credit checks, no early termination fee. The fees are slightly higher at $2.49 for transfers up to $250, $5.99 for transfers at $250-$500, and $9.99 for transfers greater than $500.

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Jobs Like GrubHub: 8 Alternatives for Delivery Drivers

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One thing’s for sure: rideshare apps and the the “sharing economy” are booming right now. After the rise of Uber, there are many countless tech startups looking to capitalize on services that offer customers work from freelancers with the touch of a smartphone. I’ve previously written about alternatives to Uber , but in this blog entry I’m going to specifically focus in on delivery driving alternatives that are similar to GrubHub.

I’ve previously worked as a GrubHub driver (read about my experiences here) and think it can be a good way to pick up some extra money, as long as you’ve got a vehicle and a phone. It is worth noting that in larger cities you can also deliver by bike or even by walking, so those are options as well. GrubHub isn’t the only option out there, however, and I want to show you the range of choice available.

Please note that each company operates in specific metro areas, so check on their respective websites to see if its available in your city before applying. 

Are you a driver for GrubHub, Instacart, or Doordash? Find out how to get paid DAILY with DailyPay here

Here are 8 alternatives for delivery drivers:

Uber EATS

We’ve all heard of Uber. They are clearly leaders in the world of ridesharing and their delivery business offered with Uber EATS is rapidly expanding across the globe. Uber EATS delivery partners can use either a car, bike, or scooter for work depending on what’s available in their city. You’ll deliver both food and other products customers have ordered with Uber EATS and your schedule is 100% up to you!

To drive you must be at least 19 years old, have a driver’s license, and a vehicle that is from 1997 or newer. What’s great about Uber EATS is they have a rapid sign-up process so you can get on the road very quickly, plus once you start work you can transfer your earnings to your bank account instantly after a delivery!

Apply here to become an Uber EATS delivery partner

Or to become an Uber driver for the rideshare service (for people not food), go here

Orderup

Orderup is a service very similar in its structure to GrubHub. Customers order through an app, and delivery drivers working as independent contractors deliver the food to them. The website says you can make up to $20/hr. as a driver and the hiring process can have you on the road in as little as 7-14 days.

Apply here

Caviar

Caviar offers a more curated experience to customers from restaurants that are more upscale. Their delivery workers, called “couriers,” can make up to $25/hr with flexible schedules. They are currently in 12 metropolitan areas but plan to expand. You can deliver with a variety of different vehicles (car, truck, motorcycle, bike) as a courier.

Apply here

DoorDash

This service is similar to GrubHub and Orderup in its structure. It’s worth noting that they offer their drivers (called Dashers) insurance while on their shifts. So if you were in an accident while working you could potentially file a claim though DoorDash’s insurance. You can drive, bike, or walk depending on the city as a Dasher.

Apply here

Munchery

Munchery operates much differently than the other companies mentioned so far. Instead of picking up food from various restaurants, they have their own in-house team of chefs that make the meals. The meals are then chilled, boxed up, and delivered to the customers by the drivers (or bikers) after they order through the Munchery website or app. What’s also different is they hire employees rather than contract workers. With this you will have a specific, assigned schedule rather than the flexibility to work whenever, but you get full worker’s benefits- including a mileage reimbursement and data reimbursement for your phone.

Apply here

Postmates

Postmates is similar to GrubHub in that it focuses on food delivery, but it is much more versatile in terms of the job responsibilities.  Whereas GrubHub only delivers from restaurants that partner with their company, Postmates allows delivery from ANYWHERE the customer requests. Additionally, they can also request errands where you might be picking up products from a store or even picking up a customer’s dry cleaning. Their website claims you can make up to $25/hr. so it could be a good way to pick up some extra money.

Apply here

Favor

“Runners” for Favor do a variety of tasks such as get food and run errands for customers who request them through the app, similar to Postmates. You must have a car, bike, or motorcycle to be a Runner and are guaranteed a minimum of $10-$18 per hour depending on the city. Currently they are based out of several cities in Texas. Workers also wear distinctive blue shirts with a tuxedo design on them (see the website for pics).

Apply here

Instacart

This is a grocery delivery service that is currently operating in numerous metro areas throughout the United States. They partner with different grocery stores, such as Whole Foods, and some stores have dedicated Instacart check-out lanes. What’s nice about this service is that you can work either as a part-time employee or an independent contractor, with or without a car. If you have a car you can work as a driver, while if you don’t have a car or don’t wish to drive, you can work solely as a shopper who prepares orders for customers in a particular store. So overall it can be very flexible depending on your needs.

Apply here

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Working as a GrubHub Driver- What’s it’s Like

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I’ve worked as  GrubHub Delivery Driver and thought I would share my experiences for those that are interested in applying for this job and want to know what’s it’s like. Hopefully you’ll find this helpful!

What is GrubHub?

GrubHub has been around a long time (since the late 90’s, which is ancient in internet years) and was originally a “hub” where restaurants could post their menus for online takeout ordering. As they have expanded and evolved over the years, this now includes GrubHub’s own delivery service that operates through an app.

GrubHub is able to provide drivers to restaurants that may or may not offer delivery on their own. Essentially restaurants are outsourcing their delivery to a third party. Not every restaurant is available for customers to order from (in contrast to Postmates) so as a driver you will only be delivering to restaurants that have contracted with GrubHub.

How Scheduling Works

You can pick your own schedule. It is totally up to you if you want to work 80 hours or 0 hours a week and you will not be penalized either way. You sign up for mini shifts (called “blocks”) that range from anywhere from 2-6 hours. They release all of the blocks at the start of the week and they are on a first come, first serve basis. So if you want to work you’ve got to snatch them up fast!

Unlike Uber, you cannot just get in your car and work anytime you feel like it. You do have to stick with the blocks you signed up for.  If you work during a time that you aren’t scheduled for you won’t get paid- so don’t do that!!

The Training/Requirements/Sign-on Process

The “interview” process was very easy- there wasn’t one! Basically as long as you pass the background check and have a good driving record (and there’s spots available) you can become a driver. With Uber and other similar services you have to have a recent (5-10 years old) car, but with Uber you do not. Thus, as long as you have a vehicle with four wheels that runs you are probably good.

Training varies depending on your city. Some places have regional offices where you do the training, but mine did not so I had to train through an online webcast thingy. Once you start working all communication with GrubHub occurs though their phone line or by email, which takes some getting used to. You have no direct manager so you get the benefit of not having someone looking over your shoulder. Yet you are also kind of in this thing without direct assistance so it has it’s pros and cons.

What Your Blocks are Like

You are assigned a specific geographic region and you HAVE to be in that region to get offers and get paid. You have to download an app on their website. If you have an iPhone there’s a GrubHub Driver app in the app store but this is NOT the current app so don’t download it, use the link they have in the emails they send you.

Once you are on your first block, you go to your region and sign in to the app. Your phone will ding whenever there’s an offer available. You’ll see the address on your phone of the restaurant, then you pick up the food and take it to the customer. If you are signed up for a block you work rain or shine, so remember that when signing up.

The Pay!!

Okay so you’re thinking blah blah blah get on with it, how much did you actually make!? I wanna make it rain! You will not get rich from GrubHub but can make SOME money. Here’s how the pay structure works- for every order you get a base amount (in my region it’s $3, but in larger cities like NYC or LA it will be higher), then they reimburse you for mileage (which is based on a straight line distance from the restaurant to the customer only, they don’t count driving to the restaurant itself), plus the tip.

So for example, if I got an order from a restaurant I would first get $3 automatically for delivering the food, the measly amount they give for mileage (let’s say I get $1.50), and then I get a tip for $3.50 I would have $8 total for the order. Usually I would get about 1-2 orders per hour.

Are you a driver with GrubHub, Doordash, or Instacart? Find out how you can get paid DAILY with DailyPay here

So let’s say I was working a three hour block in the evening, and the first two hours I picked up three orders for a total of $27, but the last hour is dead and I get no orders the final hour as I sit in my car pondering existential life questions (it happens). Technically I would make $27 from the orders, but GH guarantees an hourly minimum (varies by region but can be 10-14/hr), so then GB would bump it up to at least $30 for the three hours.

Here’s where it gets tricky- you can decline an order that pings in on your phone. So if it’s too far of a drive you can decide against it, but if you don’t accept 75% of the orders you are NOT guaranteed the minimum pay.

Take not that you are an independent contractor so you don’t get benefits. Plus you have to provide your own car insurance. They don’t pay any extra car expenses.

Conclusion

One final note- some cities have GH deliverers who walk or bike so that’s an option, too. Working with GrubHub can be a good way to pick up some extra money so it’s definitely something to consider if it’s hiring in your area!

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Jobs Like Uber: 15 Alternatives for Freelance Work

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For my YouTube video on this topic, click here!

We’ve all heard of Uber and many have been attracted to the flexibility that it’s “work anytime” policy offers. They are definitely a great option to check out, and you can always apply to become an Uber driver here. It turns out, though, that this is FAR from the only option if you are looking to pick up some extra money with freelance work. Here are 15 Uber alternatives that you can find work from!

Make sure to check the websites for availability in your area. The companies may not operate services in your city. 

Uber EATS

Uber EATS is a spinoff service from Uber that offers on-demand delivery of food and other products and it is rapidly expanding across the globe. Uber EATS delivery partners can use either a car, bike, or scooter for work depending on what’s available in their city. You’ll deliver both food and other products customers have ordered with Uber EATS and your schedule is 100% up to you!

To drive you must be at least 19 years old, have a driver’s license, and a vehicle that is from 1997 or newer. What’s great about Uber EATS is they have a rapid sign-up process so you can get on the road very quickly, plus once you start work you can transfer your earnings to your bank account instantly after a delivery!

Apply here to become an Uber EATS delivery partner

GrubHub Delivery

Think of the delivery service that GrubHub offers as kind of like “Uber for food.” Customers order food through the GrubHub app, a delivery driver is alerted from their own GrubHub Delivery app and the driver brings the food from the restaurant to the customer. This is something that I’ve had personal experience with and I would in general recommend it. It does differ from Uber in that you have to sign up for specific shifts and it doesn’t allow you to begin working at a whim’s notice (unless someone decides to suddenly drop a shift).

Apply here 

Check out my YouTube video on becoming a GrubHub driver

Find out how you get paid DAILY with DailyPay here

Wingz

Wingz is an app that is very much like Uber, except that it originally focused primarily on rides to and from airports. It has since expanded to offer pre-scheduled rides from anywhere, while still focusing on airports and special events (like sporting events or concerts).

Apply here

Turo

Turo is a service that lets you rent out your car for others to drive. So if you have an old roadster that’s collecting dust, this a good way to make some extra money off of it. According to their website, they offer a $1 million dollar insurance policy on vehicles that are used through the service that’s covered with the customer’s fees (although you can use your own insurance if you like and get more money from each transaction). Depending on the value of your car, you could literally make thousands of dollars a month from this-so it’s worth checking out!

List your car here

Wimdu

This services is a little like Airbnb, except that it focuses on city apartments. So if you have an urban dwelling you are willing to rent out to others while you’re away, this could be a good option for you!

List your apartment here

Roost

Roost is an app that lets you rent out storage space to others. This can include attics, basements, warehouses, sheds, or any other facility, whether indoors or outdoors. When you have extra storage space that isn’t being used this could be a helpful way to make some extra money.

List your space here

Instacart

This is a grocery delivery service that is currently operating in numerous metro areas throughout the United States. They partner with different grocery stores, such as Whole Foods, and some stores have dedicated Instacart check-out lanes. What’s nice about this service is that you can work either as a part-time employee or an independent contractor, with or without a car. If you have a car you can work as a driver, while if you don’t have a car or don’t wish to drive, you can work solely as a shopper who prepares orders for customers in a particular store. So overall it can be very flexible depending on your needs.

Apply here

Postmates

Postmates is similar to GrubHub in that it focuses on food delivery, but it is much more versatile in terms of the job responsibilities.  Whereas GrubHub only delivers from restaurants that partner with their company, Postmates allows delivery from ANYWHERE the customer requests. Additionally, they can also request errands where you might be picking up products from a store or even picking up a customer’s dry cleaning. Their website claims you can make up to $25/hr. so it could be a good way to pick up some extra money.

Become a Postmate

Amazon Flex

With Amazon Flex, you can turn your vehicle into a package delivery mobile by delivering for Amazon. It is currently operating in more than 30 cities, with more coming down the pipeline eventually. Delivery drivers for Amazon use their own vehicle, set their own hours, and will deliver both same day orders from Amazon Now as well as regular package deliveries in place of Fedex or UPS.

Apply here

Dolly 

Dolly operates as a moving service that is app-based. So if you are in the mood for some heavy lifting, this will be good for you! You can work as either a “Helper,” or someone with a truck or cargo van they’ll drive in addition to moving, or a “Hand,” which is someone who assists with moving but doesn’t provide their own vehicle. Both Helpers and Hands need to be able to lift up to 75 pounds, so if you aren’t keen on physical labor you might need to look elsewhere.

Apply here

HelloTech (merged with Geekatoo)

Are you a tech geek? Then this might be the job for you. HelloTech is an on-demand tech support service that provides technical assistance to both individuals and businesses. They offer a broad range of services for everything from computer support, TV mounting and installation, assistance with wireless networks, and helping people use their smartphones.

Apply here

Freelancer and UpWork

These services are very similar so I’ve included them together. They are websites that post a directory of companies seeking help with projects that freelance workers can apply to. If you have skills ranging from data entry, graphic design, digital marketing to accounting this could be a good place to look for some extra work. After setting up an account with them, you can apply for whichever jobs you like and the companies will make their own hiring decisions. If you are looking to make some extra money, it wouldn’t hurt to set up accounts on both websites!

Freelancer website

UpWork website

LawnLove

We all trimmed a neighbor’s lawn or two as teenagers to earn some extra money, so why not try it again? With this service you can offer lawn services from mowing, weed-eating, to snow removal. You MUST provide your own equipment and truck, so take note of this. Once you’ve applied and been approved you can pick whatever jobs you like and set your own hours.

Apply here

Thumbtack

Whether you are a cake decorator, personal trainer, housecleaner, or repairman (or woman!), Thumbtack offers a website and app that can connect you with people interested in hiring you for freelance work. Notable for its wide-ranging versatility, this service can be great for almost anyone.

Apply here

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