Looking for a comprehensive list of all the delivery driver jobs out there? Senior RSG contributor Paula Gibbins rounded up the best of the best, including the best delivery jobs for part-timers, weekend drivers, and more below.
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What Are Delivery Driver Jobs?
Delivery driver jobs are pretty self-explanatory—you pick up items from one location and deliver them to another. They vary from restaurant food to groceries to packages, depending on which company you’re working for.
Pro-tip: Always sign up for more than one delivery service! Once you’re signed up for Doordash, Instacart and Postmates, you can choose the highest paying gigs and ignore the lower paying ones. This is one of the benefits of being an independent contractor!
Most delivery jobs allow for you to work for other delivery companies, so you can utilize more than one to create a full day week or month of earnings for yourself.
Instacart Delivery Driver Jobs
Instacart deliveries are groceries that you’re shopping for and/or delivering to the customer who ordered them. In some markets, you can sign up as just an in-store shopper, just a deliverer or as a full-service shopper where you deliver the food after you shop for it. The faster and more efficiently you can shop, the better your earnings can be.
Learn more about the difference between in-store vs. full-service shoppers at our Instacart Shopper Comparison.
With the coronavirus pandemic, Instacart has become more popular because people are opting to order their food to be delivered instead of going to the store and shopping themselves. This allows drivers to keep busier and potentially earn more.
To accept Instacart requests, you need to schedule your shifts through the app and be online during your shift. You can accept or reject requests as they come through.
Some drivers recommend sticking to a handful of stores that you know really well when you first start out. This will allow you to get the hang of things while being efficient. Learn more about working for Instacart.
Below, we’ve broken down the top six mistakes beginner Instacart drivers make so you can avoid them, saving you from headaches and reduced earnings!
Many Instacart delivery drivers are understandably concerned about staying safe during COVID, which is why YouTuber Justin Brubaker made the following video about shopping with Instacart during the coronavirus. According to him, one of the hardest things to do is finding adequate substitutions for customers if their preferred items are out of stock. He shares some tips and strategies to get around this – and get those higher tips!
Pro-tip: Go the extra mile for your customers and they will show their appreciation. Shop for them like you’re shopping for yourself.
Uber Eats Delivery Driver Jobs
With Uber Eats, you’ll be delivering restaurant food to customers. You’ll likely earn more during popular eating times—think lunch and dinner—so make sure you plan your day accordingly.
If you’re a current Uber driver, you can opt-in to delivering for Uber Eats within your driver app. If you’re new to it altogether, you can sign up for Uber Eats only, which has a more relaxed vehicle requirement than regular Uber driving. In some cities, you may even be allowed to deliver for Uber Eats using a scooter, motorcycle or bicycle.
Depending on where you live and how busy it is, there are opportunities for batched or stacked orders. This means that you can pick up more than one customer’s order from the same restaurant and deliver each order.
One driver we spoke with suggests keeping a marker in your vehicle so you can mark who gets which bag to ensure you’re handing over the right goods to the right people.
Since the beginning of COVID, Uber Eats has become even more lucrative. In this article, we break down how to stay safe and drive for Uber Eats during COVID.
When you drop off an Uber Eats order, you’ll need to take a photo of you dropping it off at the customer’s door and submit that photo through the app. You can decline a delivery if you choose. You do not need to accept every delivery request that comes through the app.
The YouTuber Gig Nation shares his first day earnings in the video below, including tips and more:
In this video by Reyes the Entrepreneur, he’ll cover how incentives can help you earn more plus cover what items make delivering easier (and more lucrative) for you:
Wondering what some of our top recommended items are for delivery drivers? They include insulated bags, Bluetooth headphones and more – check out our Top 10 Things Food delivery Drivers Should Have in Their Car.
DoorDash Delivery Driver Jobs
DoorDash is a delivery app where you will pick up restaurant orders and deliver them to the customers who placed the orders. How much you can earn with DoorDash depends on your market, and what time you’re available for deliveries.
You’ll likely have more jobs available during lunch and dinner than early morning or mid afternoon. DoorDash will sometimes give you bonus periods where you can earn more for being out delivering during that time period. Use these bonus opportunities to earn more.
Learn more about DoorDash driver pay and download our free tool to help you calculate your hourly delivery earnings across all platforms (DoorDash, Uber Eats, etc.).
You can also get stacked orders, or orders added to your current job. This will help you earn more and be more efficient. You’d be picking up more than one order from the same restaurant and delivering to multiple customers.
YouTuber Matthew Huo shares what it’s like delivering with DoorDash in 2020, how to stay safe and how to earn more. His tips include:
- Get more bang for your buck by heading to areas that have popular restaurants nearby before going online. Don’t start the app from your house.
- Read the delivery instructions! Customers know if their house is hard to find or part of a complicated apartment complex and they will let you know what you need to do.
- If you’re running late for an order and it’s not your fault, just keep calm and do what you need to in order to get it delivered without speeding or doing anything outlandish.
- Don’t say you’ve completed an order until you’ve actually delivered it to the door. The instructions will disappear one you say you’ve completed it.
Amazon Flex Delivery Driver Jobs
Delivering for Amazon Flex is more like a traditional delivery job. You take an available time block and deliver the packages assigned to that block, preferably within the block of time given to you. You receive the money assigned to that block whether it takes you the whole time or less—or more—so be efficient and get through your deliveries to really make it worth your while.
To get an Amazon Flex delivery job, simply apply on their website here. You’ll have videos to watch in order to get you ready for your first day of delivering after you pass your background check. It may take 1-2 weeks to hear back about your application, so keep that in mind when wanting to start.
Amazon estimates you’ll earn anywhere from $18-25 an hour, and this includes optional tips that customers may give you—of which you’ll keep 100%. With Amazon Flex, you’re paid weekly for the previous week’s work. Check out our review of delivering with Amazon Flex to learn more.
When you’re ready to start delivering, you’ll head to your Amazon pickup location. You may end up in a line, so be sure to get there before your shift is supposed to start.
When it’s your turn, you scan all of your boxes as you load them into your vehicle. You may need a larger vehicle to ensure you can carry all of the boxes you’re supposed to deliver for your shift.
In the video below, YouTuber How Much? shows what it’s like delivering with Amazon Flex, including managing packages, earnings, and more:
Pro-tip: Organize packages in your car by zip code and/or address to make finding the right box easier for you.
UPS Delivery Driver Jobs
A little known fact is that UPS sometimes hires “driver helpers” or “Personal Vehicle Driver” to assist with deliveries using their own vehicles. After you apply, if UPS hires you, you’ll be given a phone and uniform, and you’ll receive detailed training so you know what to do.
Keep in mind, this is more physical work than delivering groceries or restaurant food, and you must be able to lift up to 70 lbs or more. You’ll be scheduled in shifts, typically around a 6 to 9 hour duration. In your area, it may be available year-round or it may just be a seasonal position, so be aware that it might not be something you can rely on all the time.
You get a manifest to follow that also gives information if there are specific delivery instructions, such as signature required and if there are multiple packages for the same house. If you can’t fit all of your deliveries in your vehicle at one time, you can come back and grab the rest later in your shift, but be sure to keep packages going to the same house together for better efficiency.
Below, YouTuber AMN O-Jay shares what a typical day is like being a Personal Vehicle Driver for UPS, including his route and the types of packages he delivers:
Grubhub Delivery Driver Jobs
GrubHub is another food delivery app where you’ll be tasked with picking up people’s restaurant orders and delivering it to them. You have the flexibility of when and where to start your day of deliveries.
Once again, how much you can earn may depend on your market and when you’re deciding to drive. Being restaurant orders, think of when people are often wanting food—lunch and dinner—and focus on being out on the road during those time periods.
With GrubHub, you have the choice of setting your schedule of when you plan on being online, or you can simply switch your app to “online” when you’re ready to start accepting orders.
Part-Time Delivery Driver Jobs
Almost all of the above listed delivery jobs can be part time, although you’ll want to make sure if you’re driving with UPS or Amazon Flex to pay attention to the set shift hours. Other part-time delivery driver jobs you can consider include pizza delivery, such as Domino’s, Papa Johns, Pizza Hut, etc.
You can also consider delivery for Best Buy, but keep in mind, this will likely include installing whichever items you’re delivering.
If you are handy, consider signing up with Best Buy and TaskRabbit, which offers part-time gigs like helping people set up IKEA furniture, hang TVs, and more handy tasks.
Check around your area to see if there are any delivery hubs that are looking for drivers. Hubs can include Amazon and UPS, like mentioned above, or other delivery locations that hire out independent contractors to complete their deliveries.
Consider a job as a courier to deliver packages from one business to another or similar fares. Many courier jobs allow you to pick your hours and have the flexibility of choosing whether or not you want to work on the weekends.
Looking for even more gig opportunities? Our Best Food Delivery Services article outlines even more gigs, like Point Pickup and GoPuff for convenience store and other types of delivery.
Grocery Delivery Driver Jobs
Wondering which grocery delivery service is better for drivers? We break down the Shipt vs. Instacart debate.
With Shipt, you’ll be making grocery and other delivery services. As a delivery driver for Shipt, you select your schedule up to 5 days in advance. You can limit your radius to stick closer to home so you can save on gas, but you’ll likely be limiting available jobs for yourself at the same time.
Like Instacart, you’ll likely be the one actively shopping for the customer’s items within the store, but it’s a possibility that you will have a delivery only order where you simply pick up the compiled items and deliver them.
When starting out, it’s a good idea to only accept jobs in stores that you’re familiar with, so you can be as efficient as possible and allow yourself to earn more by being able to complete more jobs during your chosen shift.
YouTube How Much shares how much he made delivering with Shipt below, plus how purchasing with Shipt works:
Shipt shows you approximately how long the shopping should take as well as how long it should take you to deliver, so you know up front how much time you’ll be spending on each order.
You are shown in the app what jobs are available, so you can snag the ones you want and ignore the ones you don’t. You can even choose jobs that are set for later in the day to organize your time and keep yourself busy all day.
Weekend Delivery Driver Jobs
All of these jobs can probably be weekend delivery driver jobs, but if you only want to or only have time to drive over the weekends, I’d recommend sticking with either the food or grocery delivery apps.
When do most people do their grocery shopping? On the weekends. So it stands to reason that you’ll likely stay busy with Instacart and Shipt if you’re only open to delivering on the weekends.
In addition, people may be more likely to order in on the weekends if they are too busy cleaning their house and don’t want to mess up the dishes they just finished washing. On weekends, people don’t always stick to the structure of when they typically eat food during the week, so you may also keep busy with Uber Eats and DoorDash if you’re out after or in between the typical lunch and dinner rush.
Best Paying Delivery Driver Jobs
If you’re just in it to make as much as possible, as quickly as possible, I recommend trying out the three options below first. Keep in mind that how much you earn is dependent upon many factors including the time of day you deliver, your market and how much you receive in tips.
Uber Eats – earn an average of around $20/hr
Amazon Flex – earn an average of around $18/hr
Instacart – earn an average of around $20/hr
Non-CDL Delivery Driver Jobs
You shouldn’t need a CDL license for any of these delivery jobs listed, but here are a few more that you can consider trying out.
Roadie is a great option that’s available country-wide. Once approved to drive for them, you can be available to pick up orders from anywhere. Read more about delivering for Roadie here. You can make around $10-20 per delivery and you can see details about the order before accepting, so you can determine if it’s worth your time or not.
Another non-food delivery option could be Postmates, though they are in the process of being acquired by Uber at the moment, so their platform could change significantly pretty quickly. But for now, Postmates is similar to Shipt and Instacart where you’re delivering groceries and other household goods.
The tips below are for Postmates drivers, but they’ll also work if you’re a DoorDash, Uber Eats, or GrubHub deliverer as well.
Once you’ve gained the experience you feel you need, consider starting your own delivery service with the help of Dumpling. Dumpling provides you with a platform and a way to process payments so you can get started out on your own with minimal hassle.
Overview of the Best Delivery Driver Jobs
Now is a great time to get started as a delivery driver. There’s no need to have any other person in your car (unless you want or need to take along a family member or friend), and the whole process is pretty straightforward. Yes, you may run into some tricky apartment buildings or have to wait for a slow restaurant, but in general, delivering is simple and an easy way to make quick extra cash.
Which delivery driver jobs have you signed up for or are you interested in? Let us know in the comments below!
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