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There are many great companies I’ve profiled in my previous blog posts for those looking for freelance work as delivery drivers, but one such company that I haven’t mentioned yet is also one of the biggest and most well-known: Uber!
Uber has its own food delivery business that has been in operation since 2014 called Uber EATS that is currently available in dozens of cities across the globe. Keep reading to find out more about working with Uber EATS.
How the App Works
Customers scroll through the dedicated Uber EATS app (separate from the Uber rideshare app) where they can search by restaurant or type of cuisine for the foods of their choosing. Once they have made their selection, it shows them the full price of their order including the cost of the food, tax, and the booking fee. Their order gets sent to the restaurant where they begin preparing the food.
When it’s almost ready, a local Uber EATS delivery partner will be alerted and they will go pick it up. The customer can track their order on a map as it is taken to their drop-off location. Once it’s delivered the customer and the delivery partner get to rate each other just like with the Uber rideshare app. Unique features of Uber EATS include an ability for a customer to schedule a delivery in advance and the ability to specify a delivery drop-off point such as whether they will meet the delivery partner outside, on the curb, or at the door.
Eligibility to Become a Delivery Partner
Uber EATS delivery partners are unique in that they can work either by driving, riding a scooter or a bike. The options available will depend on your city and there may be additional eligibility requirements in your area. According to the Uber EATS website, you can drive if you are at least 19 years old, have a driver’s license, are legally eligible to work, and posses a car that is from 1997 or newer. Scooter delivery partners must be at least 19, have a license, have insurance, and be legally eligible to work while bicycle riders must only be 18 and legally able to work.
Take note that for drivers, they are much more open to the types of vehicle you can have with Uber EATS than with the rideshare drivers. So even if you aren’t eligible for uberX, you could still drive for Uber EATS. Two door vehicles are permitted, too!
What the Work is Like
Delivery partners can pick their own hours and work whenever they want. It is totally up to you if you want to work everyday or stay at home. When you’re ready to work, you go online in the app, and it will alert you when orders come in. After you accept an order, you just navigate to the restaurant, and the app guides you with GPS directions. Once you’ve dropped off the food to the customer you get paid instantly and can transfer the funds into your bank account right away!
You can work as much as you want so the sky’s the limit on the amount of money you can bring in!
How to Sign Up
The registration process can have you approved in minutes! You could literally be in your car delivering food as soon as you get done reading this blog post- so why not give it a try?
Take note that the information in this blog post pertains to policies in the United States and Puerto Rico. Check Uber’s website in your region for specific information on polices and procedures outside of the United States.