Best Food Delivery Service to Work For

Andrew Reyes
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The gig economy has experienced a huge amount of growth over the last decade, employing around six million people, according to CNBC. Gig economy jobs, including delivery app jobs, are a great choice for supplemental income, as they are flexible and at-will.

Not only can these jobs accommodate any schedule, but the demand for delivery services has steadily increased, meaning that there is no shortage of work to be found through these apps. Below is our list of some of the best delivery apps to work for, pay scales, and specific requirements to become a delivery driver.

Caviar

Caviar is an on-demand restaurant delivery service. Caviar is a DoorDash partner, therefore couriers — called “Dashers” — for Caviar can take both DoorDash and Caviar delivery opportunities. Dashers are paid between $2 and $10 per delivery, depending on factors such as:

  • Delivery distance;
  • Estimated delivery time;
  • The popularity of the item.


Dashers keep 100% of customer tips, and can look out for challenges that will earn them more money. Dashers can calculate their total pay using this equation: base pay (distance, time, and popularity), plus challenges, plus tips equals total pay.

The DoorDash and Caviar partnership offers Dashers a chance to expand their job opportunities, and the advent of challenges adds something new and different to the job for drivers.

Requirements

To become a Dasher, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Have access to a car;
    • A scooter or bicycle is acceptable in some cities.
  • Have a valid Social Security number;
  • Have a valid driver’s license;
  • Submit and pass a background check.

DoorDash

Because Caviar is a DoorDash partner, driving and payment for DoorDash is the same as Caviar. The only difference between DoorDash and Caviar is that DoorDash has more opportunities across more areas. DoorDash serves 4,000 cities and towns in the U.S., as well as 80 cities across Canada and Australia.

DoorDash is one of the most popular food delivery apps, and their extended range of service makes becoming a Dasher an accessible opportunity for virtually anyone looking to make some extra cash.

Requirements

To become a Dasher, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Have a valid driver’s license;
  • Have current car insurance;
  • Have a valid Social Security number;
  • Submit and pass a background check;
  • Have an Android or iOS (Apple) smartphone.

Eaze

Eaze is a cannabis delivery service. It partners with registered dispensaries to deliver different cannabis products and accessories. Because of varying legislation around cannabis in the U.S., it is currently only available in California.

The distribution and use of these products must also comply with state legislation. Eaze pays delivery drivers an hourly rate, plus mileage reimbursement. Eaze is a pioneer in this space, and as legislation changes across the country, there may be new service opportunities for them to expand.

Requirements

To become an Eaze driver, you must:

  • Be 21 years or older;
  • Have a vehicle registered in your name;
  • Have a vehicle that’s dated 2005 or newer;
  • Have a valid driver’s license;
  • Have car insurance in your name.

Grubhub

Grubhub is another on-demand food delivery service. Like others of its type, Grubhub allows users to order delivery from its restaurant partners. Drivers for Grubhub take home “delivery pay” and 100% of their customer tips.

Additionally, they can choose their payday with the instant cash-out option. Delivery pay is based on mileage and order time, and can vary from market to market. One factor that makes Grubhub a good option for drivers is that delivery pay is displayed before you accept a job, allowing drivers to pick jobs based on payout.

Requirements

To be a driver for Grubhub, you will need to meet the following:

  • Be at least 19 years old;
  • Have a data-accessible iPhone (iOS 11 or better) or Android (5.0 or better);
  • Have a valid driver’s license;
  • Have current car insurance;
  • Access to a checking account that accepts direct deposits.

Instacart

Instacart is an on-demand delivery service that partners with grocers. Users can virtually shop at grocery stores while personal shoppers fulfill and deliver orders. Full-service shoppers, which refers to shopping for and delivering orders, can make between $10 and $20 an hour, depending on how busy the shift is.

Shoppers also make and keep tips. Instacart does not offer mileage or gas reimbursements. Instacart is great for drivers looking for an hourly wage, rather than a per-delivery wage.

Requirements

To become a shopper with Instacart, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Be able to work in the U.S.;
  • Have reliable access to a vehicle;
  • Have an iPhone (6s or newer) or Android (5.0 or newer);
  • Be able to lift up to 40 pounds without accommodation.

Postmates

Postmates is another on-demand food delivery service that serves all 50 states. Postmates drivers are paid according to a city-by-city formula. The earnings formula is made up of the following factors:

  • Completed pick-up;
  • Completed drop-off;
  • Per-minute-waited rate;
  • Mileage rate;
  • Tips.

Postmates drivers keep 100% of tips that they earn, and are paid weekly through direct deposit. Postmates offers drivers a unique per-minute-waited rate, which can be a great incentive for drivers.

Requirements

To become a post mates driver, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older;
  • Have access to an insured vehicle, scooter, or bicycle;
  • Download the fleet app;
  • Submit and pass a background check.

Saucey

Saucey is an alcohol and tobacco delivery service. Saucey drivers are responsible not only for shopping and delivering orders, but for checking users’ identification in accordance with federal law. Currently, Saucey serves select cities in the U.S., including:

  • Austin;
  • Chicago;
  • Dallas;
  • Fresno;
  • Jacksonville;
  • Los Angeles;
  • Miami;
  • New York City;
  • Orange County;
  • Orlando;
  • Palm Springs;
  • San Francisco;
  • Sacramento;
  • San Diego;
  • San Jose;
  • Seattle;
  • Silicon Valley;
  • Tampa;
  • Washington D.C.

Saucey drivers are paid similarly to Postmates drivers, with a city-by-city formula. This formula includes variants such as delivery distance, neighborhood, and amount of items ordered.

Saucey drivers get to keep 100% of their tips earned. Saucey also delivers between 8 a.m. and 2 a.m., making it a great choice for drivers who prefer late-night shifts.

Requirements

To be a Saucey driver, you must:

  • Be 21 years or older;
  • Have a vehicle dated 2007 or newer;
  • Have a compatible smartphone;
  • Have current car insurance;
  • Have a clean driving record.

Shipt

Shipt is a membership-based grocery marketplace operating in 270 cities in the U.S. Shipt offers shoppers incentives to take orders — shoppers who have completed 30 or more shopping trips are eligible to make up to $22 an hour. Shoppers also keep 100% of their tips, making this one of the highest-earning delivery app jobs.

Requirements

To be a Shipt shopper, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Provide mailing address;
  • Have a valid U.S. driver’s license;
  • Have current car insurance;
  • Have a vehicle dated 1997 or newer;
  • Show some knowledge of produce selection;
  • Be able to lift 45 pounds;
  • Have an iPhone (iOS 10 or newer) or Android (5.1 or newer).

Skills for Successful Delivery Drivers

No matter what app company you’re working with, there are some basic skills that can help you be more successful as a delivery driver. These skills include:

  • Multi-tasking;
  • Safe driving;
  • Customer service;
  • Basic smartphone functions;
  • Time management;
  • Communication.


All of these skills can help facilitate a better overall experience for yourself, the consumer, and the delivery partner.

How to Choose the Right Delivery App to Work With

Depending on where you live, you may have access to multiple, or even all of these delivery app gig opportunities. Choosing between them can hinge on a couple of factors that you’ll want to consider before you start the onboarding process.

Do You Meet the Requirements?

First and foremost, you’ll need to make sure that you meet the requirements for each app. These requirements can change depending on where you’re applying, and even the city you live in, so make sure you read them diligently. Some requirements, such as technology, may be flexible, while others, like age, likely won’t be.

How Much Do You Want to Work?

Your availability and lifestyle should factor into which delivery service you decide to work for. Going with an incredibly popular and well-known service, like DoorDash, may give you more opportunities to work more often. While working with a lesser-known delivery service, like Saucey, can be a lower commitment.

Becoming a courier for more than one app can also help you supplement work gaps across platforms, though you should be mindful about what you can reasonably take on.

Are You Familiar With the Area?

With virtually all of these apps, timely deliveries directly influence your earning power. While all of these apps require some form of GPS, these systems aren’t foolproof, and won’t help you navigate things like business complexes or apartment buildings.

This is why being familiar with the area you’re working in is incredibly important to improving not only your earning power, but your ratings, which can have additional benefits.

As these jobs have become increasingly more common and new legislation is put into place, such as California’s Proposition 22, the landscape of delivery app jobs is an ever-changing one. Fortunately, one of the pros of these jobs is scalability. Meaning you decide what commitment level you’re willing to take on.


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