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Driving delivery is an integral component to many drivers’ strategies, as driving rideshare + delivery can maximize time on the road. Deciding which delivery company to start with, however, can be a challenge – how do you know which will be busiest in your city? Today, RSG contributor Melissa Berry makes it a little easier for you to decide with the latest sign up bonuses for Postmates.
I always recommend drivers sign up for a couple of services (Uber, Lyft, Postmates and more here), since it only takes a few minutes and can help you stay busy and profitable. If you’ve been considering delivery driving but didn’t know where to start, consider signing up with a Postmates referral code, get the bonus in your city, and then see if delivery is a good option for you as a driver.
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Delivering for Postmates
Signing up to deliver with Postmates is fairly easy, and you can check out Dash’s walkthrough of signing up here. Signing up to drive with Postmates is, in fact, easier than signing up to drive for Uber/Lyft, since Postmates isn’t nearly as strict on what type of vehicle you use to deliver food. You can have a two-door vehicle, a bicycle, truck, etc.
After signing up, you’ll download the Postmates app and wait for your “welcome kit” to arrive, including your Postmates prepaid card (which you will use to purchase food items if the order was not paid for ahead of time). Once you’re activated, you’ll turn on your app and wait for delivery requests.
As far as getting paid, you’re paid according “to the formula for your city”. For Phoenix, my formula looks like this:
Here’s a great infographic by the team at The Zebra (below) which compares delivery services for customers and drivers – you can see how Postmates stacks up to companies like DoorDash and UberEATS. You can read the full summary comparison by Dan Mattia here.
Postmates also offers batched orders, which means you could pick up another order on your way to delivering the one you already have. This increases how much you’re able to deliver within an hour, since you won’t have to make multiple stops (and risk the food getting cold).
Postmates Sign Up Bonus
Postmates recently began an incentive program that guarantees you will make a specified amount of money (a la Uber’s guaranteed earnings program). For example, after using my Postmates referral code to sign up in Phoenix, if I complete 55 deliveries in 30 days, I would earn a referral guarantee of $400.
If I earn less than $400 on those 30 deliveries, Postmates will pay the difference. $400/55 is about $7 per delivery, which is less than what couriers typically make per order (see below for more information) – meaning this guarantee (at least in Phoenix) isn’t that great. However, you can use this information to plan out your deliveries and maximize your earnings.
This is similar to what Uber and Lyft have shifted to: guaranteed earnings vs. a flat bonus. On one hand, you know you will make X amount by the time you complete a set number of deliveries/rides. On the other hand, if you earn more than that guaranteed amount, you won’t earn anything additional.
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The goal with guaranteed earnings, then, is to hit your required deliveries as quickly as possible (make sure to read what your time frame is!). You’re not looking for the delivery that earns you the most money – you want to do all, even the shorter, cheaper ones. Let’s say your guaranteed earnings is $500 but, after completing the deliveries within 30 days, you’ve only made $250 – Postmates will pay you the difference.
Postmates Referral Guarantees By City
Good until end of June 2018 only if you use a Postmates referral code
|Market||Referral Guarantee||Deliveries required||Offer length (from sign-up)|
|Ft. Lauderdale||$250||40||30 days|
|Los Angeles||$400||55||30 days|
|New York City||$500||55||30 days|
|San Francisco||$500||55||30 days|
|Kansas City||$250||40||30 days|
|Las Vegas||$250||40||30 days|
|Long Beach||$250||40||30 days|
|New Orleans||$250||40||30 days|
|Oklahoma City||$250||40||30 days|
|Orange County||$400||55||30 days|
|Palm Springs||$250||40||30 days|
|San Bernardino||$250||40||30 days|
|San Diego||$250||40||30 days|
|St. Louis||$400||55||30 days|
|East Bay||$400||55||30 days|
|SF Peninsula||$400||55||30 days|
|Washington DC||$550||65||30 days|
|Dallas / Ft. Worth||$250||40||30 days|
|Jersey City||$250||40||30 days|
|San Antonio||$250||40||30 days|
|Virginia Beach||$250||40||30 days|
These bonuses are good until the end of June 2018, so if you’re thinking of signing up for Postmates, now is a good time to do it! You can sign up with our referral code here to get your Postmates Sign Up Bonus.
How Much Do Postmates Couriers Typically Make?
It’s been over a year since we broke out how much Postmates couriers earn per hour, but in our several articles about Postmates, we made anywhere from $9.50/hour to $14 an hour. Recent announcements from Postmates say that drivers earn $18 an hour, which seems on the high side.
There is a lot of competition in the delivery space though with UberEATS, DoorDash, and other local companies getting in on the food delivery action. This is both good and bad, as it’s hard to say which one company you should go with it – it depends on what’s the most popular company in your market. On the other hand, it does encourage you to sign up for multiple companies to determine which one pays you the best and keeps you the busiest.
As always, it makes the most sense to combine delivery with rideshare driving (Uber and Lyft) so you stay consistently busy during your driving hours. Postmates can help you do this by keeping you busy during lunch, which is typically a slow time of day for drivers (at least during the weekdays).
At the very least, you can sign up with Postmates today, deliver the required number of deliveries for your city in 30 days, and get a guaranteed pay out! These amounts are only guaranteed until the end of June 2018, and you’ll need a Postmates referral code to get the guarantee. You can use our Postmates referral code here to sign up with Postmates.
Are you considering driving for delivery? Which delivery company is the most popular in your city?
-Melissa @ RSG
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