In any market, you can make gig apps work for you to increase your earnings. Follow these tips from RSG contributor Chonce Maddox Rhea to help boost your earnings with DoorDash, one of the biggest and best gig jobs available. 

    Driving for DoorDash has become one of the most popular gig jobs. You can make money wherever and on your own schedule, so it’s perfect for anyone with flexible needs. When it comes to getting paid and being successful on the platform, it can often come down to your strategy and schedule. 

    Whether you’re just getting started on DoorDash or have been delivering food with the app for a while, it never hurts to review and improve your strategy. Check out these top 5 DoorDash driver strategies to help you get more bang for your buck.

    Quick Summary: 

    • Becoming a Top Dasher can be monetarily profitable so you can literally drive at any time – sign up here!
    • Don’t pigeonhole yourself into only working on the weekends.
    • Keep open the doors of communication with your customers for better feedback. 

    Just getting started with DoorDash? Take a look at our tutorial here: How to Use the Doordash Driver App: Guide & Tutorial For New Dashers in 2021


    1. Set Your Dash Time

    Doordash doesn’t always allow you to instantly start driving and making deliveries on the app. When it’s busy in your area, they will let you know you can join in on the earnings. 

    The other option—if you aren’t instantly ready during peak times—is to pre-select the time slots you’d like to drive. 

    It’s called setting your ‘Dash time’ and is similar to scheduling yourself for a driving shift. All you have to do is browse available times that work for your schedule then go online in the app at the time you selected to start receiving orders. These times can vary per city. 

    If one city is busier an hour before surrounding towns, the time slot will reflect that. One Reddit user actually recommends becoming a top Dasher so you can drive whenever you want. 

    To become a top Dasher, you’ll need to meet the following criteria each month:

    • Customer rating of at least 4.7
    • Acceptance rate of at least 70%
    • Completion rate of at least 95%
    • 100 completed deliveries during the last month
    • At least 200 lifetime deliveries completed

    Regardless, with DoorDash you aren’t limited to the city you live in either. Some bigger cities nearby can offer better time slots due to demand, and more demand can lead to more money. 

    You can always cancel the work hours if something comes up or it’s not worth staying out because you aren’t getting enough orders. You can set your hours days in advance if you would like. This can guarantee that you’ll have some sort of hours in addition to the busy food delivery times during the day in your area.

    2. Mix in Weekdays 

    DoorDash can be an excellent weekend job, but it wouldn’t hurt to also try earning during the week. Weekends are big for many rideshare platforms. People are on the move and want to spend their time off work doing something. 

    Even though weekends can be a great time to work, keep in mind that people are still ordering food during the week as well and this could be a perfect opportunity to earn. Not as many dashers are going to be out on a Tuesday night compared to say a Friday night. Fewer drivers means more orders for you. 

    There might even be nights that you feel like you’re the only driver out there due to so many requests coming through. If your schedule only allows you to work weekends, that will have to work. If you have the time though, checking out how busy your area is during the week can potentially be a benefit for you and your earnings. 

    See what it’s like driving for DoorDash here: DoorDash Driver Accept Every Order Challenge | Ride Along | How Much I Got Paid! (2021)


    3. Utilize the Beans Navigation App 

    If you’re not that savvy with directions, this still shouldn’t deter you from using DoorDash and making money. 

    Yes, sometimes there will be a confusing apartment complex or two. Or Google Maps or the Dasher app will sometimes drop you in the middle of a complex nowhere near your intended destination in the middle of the night. This can waste time which can then cause you to lose out on more money. 

    However, Beans is a mobile app that can help you navigate in these situations. See our Beans app review for how to use it! 

    You start out by entering the address you’re trying to go to. If the app picks up the address, it will ask for the specific apartment number you are looking for. After you put in that information, you’ll be able to head on your way. 

    Once you get closer, you’ll have a visual on the app to help guide you to the destination. Sometimes other navigation apps will take you straight to an office building and then you’ll have to find your way from there. 

    Not only does Beans give a clearer guide to your destination, but once you arrive they make it even easier for you. A few of the other features of the app are parking location, access codes,  elevator information, and more. That way, you’ll have everything you need to deliver the food right to someone’s doorstep. 

    4. Learn the Restaurants

    Learning about restaurants in your area is one of our delivery driver strategies and can help you in a few ways. One big benefit to knowing the restaurants in your area is also probably knowing the quickest way to get there. Sometimes the navigation app takes you a longer route. Shorten up the trip by taking the quickest way to the store. The quicker you get there, the faster you can pick up your order and move on to the next one. 

    Also, getting to know your local restaurants can also help you learn which restaurants are fast at getting orders out. Once you know that, you’ll have more knowledge of which orders you should accept and which ones might not be worth the extra time. 

    Some restaurants may not be worth the trip, and some really do a good job of pushing out orders. Once you get that figured out, hopefully you can avoid at least some of the long waits from restaurants. If you do continually have a problem with a restaurant getting you your order, rate the experience in the Dasher app. This can be something you can learn over time. DoorDash won’t punish you for declining orders since there is no minimum acceptance percentage or rate required.

    5. Contact Customers 

    If you happen to be at a restaurant for a while, let your customer know. This small gesture can not only help your driver rating but might even lead to a tip. Either way, it’s important to make sure you’re always providing good customer service so your ratings don’t suffer. 

    I know I’ve gotten frustrated waiting on orders before. That frustration came because nobody updated me on what was going on. Other people in that situation might have those same feelings. Instead of letting them know after you deliver the food, try and give them a heads up as soon as you feel it’s necessary. 

    The app gives an ETA on when you will arrive, of course, but customers might appreciate the gesture. This is especially true if they plan on meeting you to get the order. That communication will help them have a better idea when you’ll be delivering their order. 


    Being a Dasher can be a great way to make extra cash – DoorDash pay is pretty great! 

    Yes, it can be as easy as getting into your car and turning the app on. But if you’re here, my guess is that you want to be a top earner and really maximize your profits. These were just a few ways to help maximize those earnings and make the most of it. 

    What’s your favorite DoorDash driver strategy and why?

    -Chonce @ RSG

    Chonce Maddox Rhea

    Chonce Maddox Rhea

    Choncé is a freelance writer who’s obsessed with living well on a budget and loves encouraging people to make extra money so they can meet their financial goals. She is happily married to one of the best Uber drivers in the Chicago metro area, who currently has 2,800+ trips under his belt.