One thing I’ve always liked about ridesharing, delivery, etc. is the freedom and flexibility it offers to let people make money on their own terms. Is ridesharing or delivery for everyone? No. Should everyone drive rideshare/delivery full-time? No. But is it a terrific option for people to do in their free time to earn some extra cash, pursue their interests and/or pay off bills? I think so. Today, we have a guest post from Carla D. Laskey about why she drives for UberEATS only and how PIE was a part of her decision.
This title may have you scratching your head and wondering what in the world pie has to do with an UberEATS-only delivery driver. Well, I don’t know about you, but every now and then I love a good ole warm slice of delicious pie coupled with a piping hot cup of coffee… Anyway, back to why I prefer being an UberEATs delivery driver only vs. driving people on UberX.
Reason #1 (What the ”P” in PIE represents) – Perfectly Fits My Part-Time Flexible Gig Goals!
When I made the decision to pursue my passion (speaking) and resign from my full-time job, I knew I would need to find something I could do to keep a minimum steady stream of income flowing during the transition period of following Oprah’s encouragement to “Live My Best Life”. Okay, stop laughing – I’m serious here!
I was under no illusion that the road to being paid well for using words to positively impact the world for the greater good of all would be quick, easy or free! In addition, I knew two facts. One: I would still need to engage in some kind of legal work activity for which I would be paid. And two: it was important (or dare I say non-negotiable) that whatever work I did needed to P – Perfectly fit my part-time flexible gig goals!
My goals were simple, especially since I had already calculated my bottom line number. That is the minimum amount of supplemental income I needed to make to go along with my husband’s income so that our family’s bills and groceries could be paid, with a little left over to enjoy a few recreational activities. Considering this, I knew exactly what characteristics I wanted my transition job to offer. It needed to offer three things: This included:
- Be low to NO stress!
- Be one that I could create my OWN schedule!
- Be able to position me to earn about $200 a week in 20 hours or less!
Having now been delivering with UberEATs for a little over a year and a half (clearing my throat, that is 1,321 trips for me with a 5-star rating). I can honestly say that driving for UberEATS perfectly fits my part-time flexible gig goals. It’s low to no stress (on most days). I can really create my own schedule. I decide when, where and how long I work each week. And there is no requirement to sign up for a specific shift and location like DoorDash and Postmates.
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On average, I make a minimum of $10 an hour (usually more) every time I swipe right to go online – especially since I’ve learned what time to be where in Houston. Side note for those in Houston that may be wondering: for me, it’s driving Monday – Friday between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Houston Memorial area.
Reason #2 (What the “I” in PIE represents) I Like To Deliver Food To People More Than I Like To Deliver People Places!
I love people and I love food; but I like delivering food to people more than I like delivering people to places. It’s just that simple for me.
In staying aligned with my “low to no stress” goal. I am 100% clear that it’s easier to shuffle the food I love around than it is to shuttle the people I love around from point A to point B. When it comes to delivering food vs. delivering people, the food wins hands down every time.
Of course, I do realize that in this case choosing the easy route also means choosing the “make-less-money” route as well. But I’m good with this. Although I have met some UberEATS delivery drivers who drive full-time hours and seem to be making a decent income, working 40 hours a week would not personally fit into my part-time flexible gig goal requirement.
Since I am very clear about the reason why I’m doing what I’ve chosen to do, I don’t mind the fact that I am settling for less. I am simply in transition. I’m not driving for the long term. My eyes are on the prize.
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Reason #3 (What the “E” in PIE represents) Ease of Getting Started
It was super easy to get started with UberEATS. I found out about UberEATS through my 20-year-old son, who was at one time doing UberX, UberEATS and DoorDash. Unfortunately for him, I accepted his referral but piddled around so long with getting my initial deliveries done that he didn’t even get the promised referral bonus. Oh well, I’m still paying college parent loans for him so psssshh!
At the time I signed up, I remember all I had to do after he sent his referral text message was to:
- Download the app and enter a bit of information.
- Upload some documents.
- Decide when I’d go to one of the Uber sign-up events to finalize everything.
The UberEATS sign up event I went to was a restaurant near downtown. Everyone who came in that day was treated to lunch. The “free lunch” incentive (to no surprise) brought in a significant crowd. Since I was there early, it wasn’t long (after I’d enjoyed a couple of the free sliders and fries) that my name was called to meet one-on-one with one of the Uber reps.
Basically, the only thing I did at the time was answer a few questions and watch the rep do some things on her computer. I then had to watch a short training video. I was asked if I had any questions. After a very short conversation, I was handed my first very own black insulated UberEATS delivery bag and was now an official UberEATs delivery driver.
I still use that same bag to this day. And yes, I most certainly need a new one. So, if there are any Uber-people out there reading this post, you know what to do and where to find me. Anyway, my point is that getting started was easy!
Freedom & Flexibility is Key
Recently I was one of a group of 35 Uber drivers selected for the very first Uber Driver Advisory Forum. You can read about it here. I think Christian Perea did a good job depicting the experience in this post. Out of the 35 drivers in attendance, there were only a handful of us who were UberEATS-only drivers.
During the time there, I was asked often why I only did UberEATS instead of doing both. I was asked the question so many times that it made me evaluate my own experience. We all have reasons for why we do what we do.
For me that fact that UberEats perfectly fits my part-time flexible gig goals and allows me to do something I like to do. And finally, it was very easy to get started to consistently make a little cash flow right away.
I know I don’t make as much money as most UberX drivers but that’s okay because I don’t need to make what they make. I need to make what I need to make for me and my family. Thankfully I have learned that I can do that with very low to no stress with UberEATS.
So, there you have it folks. This is my story and I’m sticking to it! Thanks for reading. Now the question is – what’s your story?
By all of us sharing our stories we might just help other people who’ve been sitting on “I’m-gonna-become-an-Uber- driver” ledge. Let’s all do what we can to help them fall in and not off that ledge. Until the next time… I bid you much Love & Peace.
Carla has been driving for UberEATS since July 2016 and has delivered over 1300 meals! She loves to use words and at times a little humor to inspire, motivate, encourage and most of all, to positively impact the world for the greater good of all! You can find Carla on her blog (Having The Courage To Believe Differently), on Instagram (@wisdomnuggets) and on Medium.
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-Harry @ RSG