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On-demand food delivery services are becoming increasingly popular – Postmates, DoorDash, and now Uber Eats. If you’ve got access to a bike, a scooter or a car and a valid driver’s license, then you could earn yourself a good side income driving for UberEats.
This app is gaining increasing popularity every day. UberEats provides job seekers with endless opportunities to earn decent money delivering food to their customers.
What Exactly is UberEats?
UberEats is a new food delivery service offered by Uber. So, if you already have an Uber account, even better! You can actually do both — drive for Uber picking up passengers and make food deliveries for them. Or, you can choose one over the other.
Where you can work
UberEats is available in several U.S. cities and it keeps adding locations. Check its website to see if it’s available in your city or state.
What you need
Delivery workers with Uber are not subject to the same rules and regulations as regular drivers for Uber. You have to be 19 years old, instead of 21, to use a car to make deliveries for Uber. Your car doesn’t need to pass a 19-point inspection, which makes sure the vehicle is fully functional, to start working for UberEats.
Here are a few basic requirements to become a deliverer for UberEats.
A method of transportation: Depending on your city, you can make UberEats deliveries with a car, scooter or bike. Any two- or four-door car will work, as long as the vehicle was made after 1997 and you hold a driver’s license and registration for it. You should have had your license in the U.S. for at least a year, and in most states, you need to have been driving for at least three years if you’re under 23. A scooter must have a motor of 50cc or less and travel no faster than 30 miles per hour. You also can deliver on a bike, provided you specify that as your delivery method when you sign up.
Uber provides insurance that covers you from the moment you accept a job until you complete it.
Insurance: You should have enough insurance for your vehicle. Uber provides up to $1 million of liability insurance during deliveries; it covers you from the moment you take a job to when you complete it. Between rides, you get some injury and liability coverage, but not much. Let your personal insurance company know you’re delivering for Uber, since the policy may be canceled if the company finds out. Discuss the amount and kind of insurance you need for the period between deliveries.
A smartphone: You can use any smartphone that supports the Uber app. You need to have a robust data plan because you’ll be using either the Uber app or a navigation app during the entire work time.
A background check: Create an account with UberEats. Once you upload a few documents to your account, Uber will perform a background check, which can take several days.
You may also need to buy additional gear, such as an insulated bag for food or a car charger for your phone.
How UberEats Works
UberEats drivers are required to Sign into the app through an UberEATS vehicle profile, get to the designated distribution location and pick up food. From there, you will get food requests via the Uber app and make your deliveries to the customer location.
Once accepted at Uber as a driver, you just go ahead and download the app and begin using it to “radio in” to the Uber dispatchers. Customers are also using their app to find drivers just like you to deliver their food. And even better, UberEATS allows you to make deliveries with a bike, scooter, or a car. So this is definitely an option for people without cars.
Benefits of working for UberEats include:
- Make easy money
- No pre-paid card requirements
- Flexible working hours
- $5 cash reward for all canceled orders
Cons of working for UberEats
Just like any other job, working for UberEats has its own myriad of challenges such as no-in-app tippings, walk-in drop-offs, payment is based on mileage & time, prolonged waiting periods, and minimal pays among others.
The Pickup and Delivery Process
The pickup and delivery process is straightforward. Here’s how orders work:
1. Go online. You can take deliveries at any time by clicking on the app and selecting the blue “go online” button at the top. The app will display deliveries as soon as they become available for as long as you’re online.
2. Accept deliveries. When deliveries become available, the app will flash and beep to notify you and show you the general location where you need to go. To accept, click anywhere in the app within 15 seconds of receiving the notification, after which you’ll get directions to your destination. If you don’t accept in time, the offer will go to another driver in the area. Occasionally, you may get another request to pick up another order at the same restaurant at the same time and deliver both. If you accept both, you will pick up both orders at the same time and deliver them in the order you received them.
There’s no required window for you to complete your delivery, and you won’t be penalized if traffic delays affect you.
3. Pick up the food. Check that you have the correct order before you head out to deliver. Everything is paid for by the customer, so there’s no need to handle any money. If there’s a mixture of hot and cold foods, try to keep them separate. Store the food upright and in a position where it’s unlikely to fall over. An insulated food bag is great for this.
Navigate to the location using your preferred app. You and the customer will receive an estimated time for the delivery. There’s no required window for you to complete your delivery, and you won’t be penalized for traffic delays.
4. Deliver. Once you reach your destination, check the app for any notes the customer may have left, such as the apartment number or whether a roommate can receive the order. The customer may not mind coming out to meet you, but if you’re asked to take the order to the door, find a safe place to park before you get out. You can also call the customer to work out which delivery method works best for both of you.
5. Complete the order. Once you’ve delivered the order, swipe right on the app to complete the job.
Repeat the process for as many deliveries as you want. The app will continue to notify you of deliveries for as long as you’re online. To take a break and stop receiving delivery alerts during that time, you have to go into the app’s trip menu and switch your status to go offline. You won’t be penalized for doing this; you just won’t be offered rides until you switch your status back on.
UberEATS driver pay: how much can you earn?
Well, how much you earn will really depend on how many deliveries you make. This is because UberEats pays per delivery, rather than per hour. Also, your location could also be another factor that affects how much you earn.
Some drivers report that earnings are based on mileage – so longer trips will net you more cash, and some report that they get a minimum payment per delivery too.
Here are a few examples of earnings reports from drivers:
- Two employees in the United States report on Glassdoor that they earn about $10 per hour.
- One employee from the UK reported earning £6 per hour cycling for UberEATS, again on Glassdoor.
There are so many factors involved from location to current driver promotions, that giving an exact estimation across the board simply isn’t possible.
Many drivers from the US state that they earn a base rate of between $2 to $4 per delivery, plus around $1.10 to $3 per mile. There are a few things that you can do to maximize your earnings, like ensuring that you qualify for any promotions and offers that are available at UberEats and keeping a lookout for incentives.
Tips for getting the most out of UberEats
If you do decide to do this, then make sure that you follow these tips to get the most out of the experience.
1. Take advantage of driver incentives
You can really maximize your earnings if you take advantage of the driver incentives available from the app.
The company often runs promotions for drivers that allow them to earn extra cash, like completing multiple orders in a certain time-frame or making deliveries during certain hours of the day.
While the great thing about UberEats is that it allows you to work whenever you want and choose your own working hours, it can be more profitable to pick up deliveries during the time driver incentives are available.
Make sure that you look out for promotional notifications on your phone, and, if you can, choose to make your deliveries in a way that nets you bonuses.
Incentives and promotions vary by area, but here are a couple of examples of the promotions/incentives that the company and other drivers state are sometimes on offer:
Increase your base rate by taking advantage of the Boost Guarantee.
This incentive multiplies the base rate you earn per delivery, when you make trips within a specific hotspot, during certain times.
For example, you could earn 2.5X the base rate, plus your regular mileage.
You can view boost incentives from within your UberEats Driver app.
An incentive UberEats sometimes offers in certain areas is trip bonuses.
These bonuses give you extra cash if you complete a certain amount of deliveries, usually in a specific timeframe.
For example, it might be complete 16 trips and earn $65 extra.
This offer could run on a set amount of days or over the course of the week.
What’s great about trip bonuses is that Uber doesn’t charge a commission on them, meaning that, as the driver, you keep the entire amount.
In some cities, drivers may be eligible for hourly guarantees, if they make deliveries during specific times or certain days of the week.
With this bonus, you can earn a specific hourly amount – unless your trip fares exceed that amount.
Generally, hourly guarantees are offered during times where customer demand for delivery drivers is high, such as at lunchtime, or breakfast time.
2. Carry change with you
As we mentioned before, the app doesn’t offer in-app tipping, but customers can still give a cash tip upon delivery if they choose to. So, you’ll want to make sure that you carry change with you – some drivers recommend carrying $20 in change.
This makes it easier for customers to tip you the right amount and ensures that you get the cash.
3. Try to maintain a good rating on the platform for all aspects
If you maintain a high order acceptance rate, a low cancellation rate and high ratings in general on the app, then you usually qualify for more incentives and promotions.
4. Handle all orders carefully
Keep all food in the insulation bag provided by the company and make sure you handle it carefully.
All food should be stored securely, in an upright position. This will ensure customer satisfaction, keeping your driver rating high and increasing your chances of receiving a tip.
5. Keep your phone charged and with you
Have your phone with you at all times, so you don’t miss out on nearby delivery opportunities or profitable incentives. Make sure it’s charged to full capacity. If you plan to do multiple trips, consider getting a portable charger.
6. Remember parking
One of the downsides of picking up food and delivering it is the aspect of parking. Sometimes, it’s easy to park and sometimes you might struggle to find a spot.
Firstly, be aware of any meters or no parking zones. Carry change with you in case you have to pay for parking and never park in a no-parking zone.
The last thing you want to do is get a parking ticket. Be careful of double parking too.
Payments are made weekly to your linked direct deposit account. Uber also offers Instant Pay, which lets you transfer your earnings to a debit card up to five times per day. You also can view your earnings at any time by clicking on the “Earnings” tab in the app.
Driving for UberEats is a nice side income stream if you don’t mind doing a bit of driving, or cycling around your city. It’s not the most profitable gig per hour, but if you follow these tips, you can still make a pretty decent amount.
After all, $10 per hour, as many drivers report earning, isn’t bad for simply picking stuff up and dropping it off.
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