Today was have a guest post from Kris P, who drives for Amazon Flex to make extra money to travel with his family. If you’ve been wondering what it’s like to branch out and drive for delivery with Amazon Flex, read on for what all new drivers should know before they get started.
Like many people, my family and I love to travel. We’ve set up a travel fund, into which we divert a few hundred bucks a month, but it’s never enough. Since we want to travel more, I came up with the idea of trying out some of the on-demand jobs out there.
I tried out Amazon Flex, which surprisingly a lot of people don’t know about. Sign-up was easy, just fill out a simple app and Amazon runs a background on you. The catch is you have to actually wait until Flex has openings (unlike Uber where you can apply at any time). My application was approved in two days, and I began to receive offers on the Flex app on my phone.
From a rookie’s perspective, here are some pointers for you future Flexers to help you maximize your time, which I wish I had known going in. After all, time is money, right? I’m in the San Francisco Bay area and these tips should apply no matter where you are. Most offers here are in the $20 per hour range, although I’ve seen a 4 hour block for $100 a few times in Silicon Valley.
The block time is just an estimate of how long it should take to complete your run. You earn the entire amount whether you finish early or take longer.
For example, on my very first trip with Amazon Flex, I accepted a 3.5 hour block for $70. After 4 hours, with 10 more boxes still to go, I called Flex Support and they told me to bring back whatever I had left to the warehouse. I earned the $70, since the time block was estimated for 3.5 hours, but I went over that. The time block is, as I mentioned, just an estimate on how long Amazon Flex expects delivery to take.
The tips below will help you get started as a new Amazon Flex driver and maximize your time driving, so you can earn more and spend less time on the road.