I first started taking a serious look at the earnings potential of delivery services like Postmates and DoorDash in early 2015. Before signing up, I did extensive research talking to couriers and placing orders as a customer. I may have placed a few more orders than I needed to, but I’ll be the first to admit, ordering food through these apps is kinda addicting (and I like to eat).
I try to justify my food ordering habit by telling people how convenient it is and how busy I am, but it probably just means that I’m lazy. Fortunately, I’m not the only one, as the growth of companies like Postmates and DoorDash has exploded over the past year.
They’re not quite as ubiquitous as Uber, but they’re definitely closing in on Lyft, and companies like Sidecar are in their rear view mirror. We all know that Uber is the most consistent option for drivers right now, but there are also a ton of small to mid sized companies trying to break into the rideshare, delivery, food and logistics space. I suspect one day they’ll all be part of the same logistics network, but for now things are still somewhat separate.
Why Do Delivery?
When I started delivering for Postmates a few months ago, I was honestly surprised at how many delivery drivers there were since it seemed pretty apparent to me that you can’t make quite as much delivering food as you can people.
People will always pay more for a ride for themselves than they will for their burrito.
But as it turns out, there are a lot of reasons that people do delivery as opposed to rideshare.
- Doordash and Postmates have no requirements on vehicle condition, age and number of doors.
- You only need to be 18 to work for them, which means it could be a great job for high school seniors, college students, etc.
- It’s great for introverts since food doesn’t talk back to you.
- Some people are just tired of driving people around and want a change of pace.
For me, I like the challenge of figuring out a new industry and taking advantage of this new opportunity while it lasts. So with that being said, I decided to pop in and check out the DoorDash offices in preparation for signing up to be a driver with them.
My Behind The Scenes Tour Of DoorDash Orange County
Whenever I picture tech offices, I tend to think of people lounging on bean bags, cold brew on tap and little weird cubbies in the wall where people are working on their laptop. That actually kind of describes Uber’s offices in San Francisco, but DoorDash’s digs are a little different.
As of posting, DoorDash runs orientations in a small office park across the street from John Wayne Airport but their operations center is based out of a house in Costa Mesa. Now, when I say house, I mean house. When I walked in, it kind of reminded me of the house from the TV show Silicon Valley but not quite as grungy.
Either way, I think it’s kind of cool that DoorDash operates out of a residential house for now (it’s zoned for business – don’t worry) in the middle of Costa Mesa. They actually used to run orientations in the garage and you could still see the remnants: a big comfy couch, folding chairs, a table and a huge bulletin board with Polaroids of all of their early ‘Dashers’.
After spending a couple hours with the guys from DoorDash and seeing their setup, the impression I got was much different than previous tours of Uber, Lyft, etc offices. They seemed to have a much stronger feeling of community and while it helps to be in a mid-sized market, I still never got this sense when dealing with the people at Postmates.
It honestly reminded me of my early days with Lyft when they were at the tail-end of their Orange County launch and they had a very dedicated group of super hard-working drivers. It’s tough to keep that going as things scale and I suspect in DoorDash’s more mature markets like Los Angeles, things are a bit different, but I definitely got a good vibe while I was there.
We talked a little about earnings potential, and it seemed like the average ‘Dasher’ was making about $15/hr before expenses. To me, that seems right about in the range of what I’d expect for a delivery driver. I’m obviously going to do everything I can to try and out earn that, but if you’re working for DoorDash currently, I’d like to hear from you in the comments about your experience and how much you’re making.
Next Step: Sign Up To Drive
I’ve been telling myself that I was going to sign up to drive with DoorDash for a while now, but to be honest, I was a little burnt out after my experience with Postmates. I spent a lot of time researching the company, talking to drivers, delivering food and I wrote four massively detailed posts on my experience (here’s the most popular one if you’re interested). It was a lot of work.
But now that a few months have passed, I’m ready to give DoorDash a try. I think it’s pretty clear by now that delivery is going to be the next huge wave of opportunity for drivers, so for me it’s all about staying ahead of the curve. DoorDash is currently in 20 cities and expanding rapidly, so if you’d like to follow along with me on this journey, please click here to sign up to drive.
Drivers, what do you think about delivering for DoorDash? Does it sound like something you’d be interested in, or are there other companies that you think I should take a look at?
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-Harry @ RSG
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