I get a lot of questions about whether or not delivery is better than rideshare driving, and unfortunately the answer is: it depends. But that’s actually good news, because in some cases delivery might be better for you, or rideshare driving may make more sense. To help break it down, senior RSG contributor Christian Perea presents the following infographic, which compares delivery to rideshare driving.

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    There are a lot of similarities between rideshare and delivery jobs, so it’s important to examine the differences between the two. It’s interesting to compare and contrast rideshare and delivery since there are actually a lot of little things that make these lesser known side-hustles a little bit different. Personally, I find that on certain days I prefer to do one over the other based on how busy it is, what incentives are being offered and whether or not I want to deal with strangers in my car.

    Most of us already drive for Uber or Lyft, but I always recommend having a backup plan by also signing up for a delivery company. If you want to start off delivery with a good company, I recommend checking out Caviar since in my experience I end up spending less time waiting at restaurants and they always have the delivery ready for me when I get there (which minimizes downtime).

    More Competition in the Delivery-on-Demand Game

    One thing that really sticks out though is that there are FAR more delivery companies and delivery gigs than there are rideshare. Since rideshare rates are so low right now, I think it makes sense to research and consider the delivery companies in your area since they now pay about the same amount of money as Uber or Lyft.

    Rideshare vs. Delivery Infographic

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    My Takeaway:

    At this point, Uber and Lyft have the streets flooded with drivers. However, there are still a ton of other delivery companies that come in all kinds of different shapes and sizes. You may also find that you make more money by experimenting with delivery. Since there are far more delivery companies, you’ll have a better opportunity for cashing in at the early stages.

    Drivers, which delivery companies do you drive for? Is there one you recommend over another?

    -Christian @ RSG

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    Christian Perea

    Christian Perea

    In 2014, Christian left his job at a mental health center to drive full time for Lyft and Uber. Since then, he has driven for mostly Lyft with a little bit of Sidecar and Postmates thrown in for experimentation and Uber when he doesn't feel like talking to people. He likes to talk about Politics and Economics over a good beer to whoever will listen to him.