The Roadie app is a delivery service that you can turn into your next side hustle or a full-time gig – if your area accommodates that much business. As a Roadie driver you have delivery opportunities available all over the U.S. so you can find jobs wherever you are.
It’s a bit different from the delivery services we’ve covered here in the past—DoorDash, Instacart, etc.
With Roadie, what you’re delivering is anything goes, within reason, of course. Sometimes as a Roadie driver, you’re delivering prescriptions, a cup of coffee, flowers, shipping from store to store, and more.
There’s no “schedule” for you to follow as a Roadie delivery driver on the app. When you’re interested in delivering, you go online, search the available jobs, and bid for the jobs you want.
Keep in mind that others may be bidding on the same jobs as you, so you’re not guaranteed to get the job you’re wanting.
I spoke with 2 drivers who have experience with Roadie—Robert and William. Robert from Arizona said, “They kind of just choose who is more qualified.” The vendor has the final say on who gets the job.
UPS acquired Roadie in September 2021 to speed up its same-day delivery service! Chances are as a Roadie driver you will still be an independent contractor, but the hiring process may be slightly different now.
How Much Can You Make as a Roadie Driver?
Depending on where you drive and how busy the Roadie app is in your area, some drivers report earning a few hundred dollars a week.
Some drivers report earning less, but you can combine Roadie delivery gigs with other delivery gigs (including rideshare driving!).
“There was one week where I made about $300, and that was just me playing around, not me being really serious.”
He also mentioned that customer tipping is available and that drivers receive 100% of the tips. William said,
“Most of my deliveries were on the way home from work. I made $10-20 each time. Usually, I did 1 or 2 deliveries.”
Roadie Driver Requirements
You can sign up for Roadie online or on their app. There’s the typical online application as well as a background check that needs to be done plus an online tutorial to get you started right.
Roadie Driver Requirements:
- 18 years old
- Valid Social Security number
- Valid US Driver’s license
In addition, all verified Roadie drivers must maintain a 4-star rating in the community.
Robert let me know that you can have multiple vehicles on the Roadie app, so you can choose which one is more economical for the delivery you’re making at the time.
For example, he has a truck, van, and car on his account. When he delivered flowers, he didn’t use his truck because it wouldn’t make any sense.
How Does Roadie Work?
Robert enjoys working for Roadie. He said, “I like that they make themselves accessible. There is always somebody there at all times just because of the nature of their work.”
“I kind of use it more to make extra pocket cash if there’s something I want to save up for.”
He also likes that the training material is always accessible within the Roadie app. If you’re not certain how to handle the pickup, you can reference this material whenever you need to ensure you get the job done right.
“Take it slow and really read the material. This is one of those that you can’t just jump in and do. There are specific things that you have to do such as one of the gigs that you can do for them is if a customer flew in on Delta Airlines and their baggage didn’t come, and they’d arrange for it to be sent there.
There are obviously certain things you’d have to do for security reasons and stuff in order to achieve that bag. Once you get the bag you have to take pictures of it, show the receipt, show the tag that it’s the customer’s and that you’re loading it into the vehicle. So here’s a step-by-step kind of thing.”
William has also done a few deliveries with Roadie. William said, “The app has a good mapping and info to contact the person receiving the items if you need further directions.”
“There is no pre-schedule option. Longer distance deliveries may have a few days for the delivery by time, but all I see have a pick up immediately after acceptance. I plan to continue making deliveries in my area when available.”
Pros and Cons
- Easy to Use: The Roadie Driver app is easy to use and navigate, making it easy to find and accept delivery jobs.
- Flexible Schedule: With no set hours or schedules, Roadie Driver allows you to work when it’s convenient for you.
- Good Pay: Roadie Driver offers competitive pay rates for their drivers.
- Real-Time Tracking: With real-time tracking, you can keep an eye on your delivery from start to finish.
- Limited Availability: Roadie Driver is only available in the United States, limiting its availability to drivers outside the country.
- Delivery Jobs May be Far Away: Depending on where you are located, delivery jobs may be far away from your current location, which may not be worth the drive.
- Limited Support: Roadie Driver offers limited support for their drivers, which can be frustrating if you have questions or need help.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Roadie app legit?
Yes, the Roadie app is legit. You can get real jobs and you see what you’ll be paid for it upfront. You can also see on the app how far the job is so you know if you’re getting paid what you think you deserve for it. If it doesn’t pay enough, don’t pick that job to do.
Does Roadie pay well?
Most Roadie gigs pay between $10-50, according to the Roadie drivers we spoke with. Regardless, you determine what you’re willing to accept when it comes to Roadie – you don’t have to accept deliveries that pay under what you want to earn.
How long does it take to get paid from Roadie?
Roadie drivers are paid weekly, every Tuesday. Once you get the weekly payout, you can expect the deposit to appear in your account within 1-3 business days, depending on your bank.Roadie does offer Instant Pay if you want to be paid faster.
Do Roadie drivers get tips?
Yes, Roadie drivers keep 100% of their tips! Roadie pay in general is very good, too. However, you cannot solicit a tip. That is against Roadie’s Terms and Conditions.
Does Roadie pay for gas?
Not technically. Here is what Roadie says about how much drivers get paid per gig:
“Roadie fees are calculated based on a combination of factors, including mileage and size. The price of Gigs is determined in advance of each Gig, so you can browse Gigs by price, location, distance and size to determine which Gigs you want. Most local Gigs will pay between $8 and $50, and long distance Gigs with oversized items can pay up to $650. Not only is Roadie a great way to recoup your gas and travel costs, but you can write off mileage on your taxes for places you were driving anyway!”
You’d still want to keep track of your travel expenses as you would do for other delivery services or rideshare gigs.