The current pandemic has made delivery a popular option for those who can afford the cost, and people are shelling out tons of cash in order to reduce their exposure to grocery stores and retail establishments by having their goods delivered. The best thing about delivery gig work for workers however is that this option involves little to no contact with the people you’re delivering to, unlike passenger transport, which has gig workers transporting passengers in their own car--passengers who may or may not have been exposed to the #Coronavirus.
If you’re hopeful that delivering packages can provide a steady and safe inflow of cash so you can start earning again, read more for a complete breakdown of the leading delivery gig job providers, like Amazon Flex, Postmates, and Instacart.
#Amazon Flex offers a delivery partner system that allows anyone in and around participating cities to deliver packages using their car and an app on their phone. As a “delivery partner” you can sign up to deliver through Amazon Flex using their Amazon Flex app. As a delivery partner, you simply open the Flex app and claim an open shift, which schedules you to deliver during that time.
Amazon Flex quotes that their delivery partners can make from $18-25/hr delivering through Flex, however, when you figure in gas, mileage, and toll prices, your net pay may actually look more like $15/hr. The good thing is that you have a base guaranteed rate for each shift you select, so you know exactly how much you’ll be making before you start delivering. Direct deposits of earnings are processed on a twice-weekly, scheduled basis.
During a shift, delivery partners are expected to drive to the correct Amazon fulfillment warehouse, load up their car with the packages assigned to them, and use the Flex app to navigate to the correct addresses. For grocery deliveries, delivery partners may also be required to run out to a local store to pick up ordered items on-location.
During delivery, partners are expected to ensure successful delivery by scanning and/or photographing the delivered packages and notifying the package recipient.
Once the sign-up and background check processes are complete through the Amazon Flex app, you’re ready to get started. In order to qualify and be accepted to work for Amazon Flex you will need to:
Top tip: During sign-up, be sure to have your email open in a laptop or computer web browser so you can easily verify your account.
Once you’ve been accepted as a delivery partner, you’ll be required to attend a virtual training session, consisting of several video tutorials. The tutorials cover the basics of delivering packages, as well as some troubleshooting tips for common delivery issues, such as what to do if you’re unable to deliver a package.
No job is perfect! Some common complaints about delivering through Flex include:
Postmates is a popular delivery service that offers delivery from a wide array of stores and restaurants. Postmates is also known for their commitment to ensuring the health and safety of their delivery partners through alliances with worker’s rights nonprofits and the creation of a delivery driver led “Fleet Advisory Board”. If you’re looking for a gig work company that has more of an eye on worker’s rights, Postmates may be a good choice for you.
Postmates estimates that drivers can make as much as $25/hr, however many drivers report lower rates, as low as $13/hr. Rates of pay vary based on several factors, like the nature of your deliveries (deliveries that don’t require a tip often pay better than those with a tip), the popularity of Postmates as a delivery service in your area, and the time you decide to work (peak times are recommended for best earnings). The good thing for drivers, is that an estimate for driving costs is included in your pay for each delivery, based upon the length of your drive.
A Postmates “Fleet Member” is required to use their car to pick up deliveries, and sometimes will be required to shop for a customer’s order if they’ve ordered from a retail store. Once the delivery is picked up, a Fleet Member uses the Postmates delivery app to navigate to the customer’s residence. While shopping, a Fleet member may need to contact the customer if an item they ordered isn’t available to ensure they are notified of changes to their order.
When you first sign up for Postmates as a delivery driver, you’ll have to verify your identity and wait for your driver welcome package to come in the mail before you get started. Once it does, you’ll need to activate a prepaid Postmates card, which will allow you to make purchases on behalf of your customers while picking up or shopping for their items. Once you get your account fully set up and your card activated, you can get right out there! Postmates Fleet Members choose their own schedule, so you can earn on your own time.
In order to qualify to be a member of the Postmates Fleet, you need to:
All jobs have pros and cons! Here’s what some Fleet Members say they could live without:
Instacart is a personal shopping and delivery service that allows customers to either pick up pre-shopped groceries or have groceries shopped for and delivered to their door. Shoppers for Instacart can choose either to be in-store shoppers only or to be full-service shoppers who also deliver items.
Instacart says shoppers can make up to $25 per hour, however some shoppers quote their hourly rate as low as $11 per hour. This is often because the bulk of a shopper’s pay can depend on tipping from customers. The average shopper can expect to earn somewhere between these two figures, around $14-15 per hour.
A key difference between in-store and full-service shoppers is that in-store shoppers earn a set hourly wage due to their ability to pre-schedule work hours. In-store shoppers can schedule their hours up to 29 hours per week, whereas full-service shoppers can choose their hours whenever they have time to shop.
In-store shoppers are required to travel to the store, shop for customers and set up completed orders in the store’s designated pickup area. Full-service shoppers are also required to complete in-store shopping for their customers, then load up orders into their car and deliver the full order to the customer’s doorstep. During shopping, shoppers may have to communicate with customers regarding order changes to ensure they’re updated if an item isn’t available.
Qualifications for in-store shoppers and full-service shoppers vary slightly:
To qualify, you need to:
To qualify, you need to:
You’ll need to download the instacart shopper app or apply online. Once you submit your application, you’ll need to pass a background check. If you’re accepted, you’ll need to go to an in-person training session for onboarding.
Every job has it's ups and downs! Here are some issues shoppers for Instacart have commonly encountered:
While a gig job will never replace a job or career you'd like to get back to in the future, gig work can provide the boost you need to your income today. Aside from offering you the financial boost you need, deliveries are booming, so you're likely to be kept busy no matter which company you choose. If you're still on the fence, here are some compelling benefits you might want to think over if you have a car and a need to make more money:
1. You don't have to deal with a long, drawn out hiring process.
2. You get your money when you need it most with instant, electronic payouts.
3. You control your schedule and the amount of hours you invest based on your need.
4. You can stop any time you need to. Get your dream job tomorrow? Start the next day!