It’s really surprising.
Every day, I see new and unique side hustles coming up, and this makes it easier for everyone to earn extra income without much hassle.
Many of these side jobs are pretty flexible and can be done in your own time.
Why earn money on the side?
There are tons of reasons for it.
There are literally thousands of reasons why anyone and everyone should look for side jobs.
I would not have talked about side jobs a decade ago because there weren’t many options around then, but now you have endless ways to earn money.
Today, I am sharing some easy ways to make money delivering food. If you ever wanted a job like Uber but with minimum customer interaction, this is the post for you.
Here are the best companies for food delivery jobs:
This company is pretty similar to Grubhub, and you can earn as much as you want delivering food. The “Dashers”, as they are called, are required to download the app and choose your delivery time slots.
Requirements: You must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver’s license and insurance, and have a smartphone.
Average Pay: Between $8 to $15 per hour, but this entirely depends on the city you deliver in and the times you choose. You also get to keep all the tips. You can increase your earnings by referring drivers to DoorDash; you can earn up to $500 per referral depending on the city. Read our DoorDash review here.
Founded in 2011, Postmates hires delivery drivers for restaurant orders, groceries, alcohol, etc. It is an on-demand food delivery service from anywhere.
Requirements: You need to have a car or a bicycle, have an iPhone or Android smartphone, go through a background check, and have a driving license for at least one year.
Average Pay: $14 to $25 per hour depending on which city you serve in and what times you work. Postmates is only available in certain cities in the US.
With Instacart you can earn money on the side with grocery shopping. You have two options; you can work as a full-service shopper (shopping and delivering) or an in-store shopper (only shopping). The hours are flexible, and in both the cases, you can choose your own hours.
Requirements: To become a full-service shopper, you need to be 18 years or older, have a vehicle to deliver, have an iPhone or Android smartphone, and be able to lift 30–40 lbs.
Average Pay: Around $10 to $25 per hour.
If you are excited by the idea of grocery shopping for others to make extra money, then Shipt is the way to go. With Shipt you can earn money to shop and deliver groceries for others. This side hustle is only available in selected cities in the US.
Requirements: You must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver’s license with a minimum of one year of driving experience, be able to lift a minimum of 40+ pounds, and have a smartphone and a cooler bag.
Average Pay: Around $15 to $25 per hour. You can apply online and record a video to be considered for the position.
This famous company is most preferred for this side hustle because of its flexible car requirements for delivery partners. To deliver by car, your vehicle must be a two-door or four-door car made after 1998.
Depending on your location, you may also have the option of delivering with your bicycle or scooter in select cities.
There are a couple of things that are great regarding this company. If you are not ready to pick up riders, this is the perfect way to earn money on the side for you.
Uber Eats also makes it very easy to use the Uber app to connect with delivery requests and to pick up and drop off food.
Requirements: Minimum age to partner with Uber is 19 years, and you need at least one year of driving experience to deliver by car.
Average Pay: Between $8 to $12 per hour.
This food delivery company hires anyone with a car, scooter, or bicycle. Grubhub was mentioned as one of the leading food delivery companies in the US. It partners with more than 75,000 restaurants and delivers in 1,300 US cities.
Requirements: You need to be at least 19 years of age, have an iPhone or Android smartphone, and have a minimum of two years of driving experience.
Average Pay: Around $12 per hour. Grubhub delivers in selected cities in the US, and you can find the list on its website. The pay does differ depending on which city you work in, peak times like lunch and dinner times, and the number of deliveries. Tips are also another way to bump up your earnings with Grubhub.
Founded in 2012, this food delivery company hires “couriers” to deliver its food. You need to have a vehicle like a car, truck, scooter, and a smartphone.
Once your background check is done; you will go through an orientation and start work.
Requirements: You must be at least 18 years old to apply to become a courier with Caviar. A driving experience of two years is required to apply for this side hustle.
Average Pay: Around $25 per hour, and you get to keep 100% of the tips.
Favor is another food delivery company that hires delivery drivers regularly. With this company, you will be working as a Favor Runner, delivering food primarily in Texas. Though the pay is not much, this is surely a good side gig for someone who is looking for extra work. You can deliver using a bicycle, car, scooter, or truck.
Requirements: Be 18 years old, have an iOS or Android device, have a valid driver’s license with a current bank account.
Average Pay: Between $9 to $10 per hour plus you get to keep all your tips.
With Saucey you can deliver alcoholic beverages. Saucey is available in many major cities in the US like New York, Los Angeles, Connecticut, Washington DC, Tampa, Chicago, San Antonio, Palm Springs, Dallas, etc. Keep in mind that the delivery times are usually within 30 minutes, so it’s best to choose the areas you know well.
Requirements: You should be 21 years old with a reliable vehicle. Should have an iOS or Android phone and be ready to work on weekends and night shifts.
Average Pay: Around $10 per hour.
Amazon flex is another delivery driver job that can give you a good income if you are after a side gig. Though it’s not a food delivery job, it has some upsides to it. Amazon pays relatively better than other delivery jobs and it’s pretty flexible. If you are interested, fill out the online application and sign up for a job if there are openings. Once the background check is done, you can choose your time slots.
Requirements: You must be 21 or older with a valid driver’s license. Must have a smartphone and pass a background check.
Average Pay: $15 to $25 per hour. Some time slots have more pay, and you get to keep all your tips.
GoPuff is a delivery company that delivers everything from home needs, OTC medication, cleaning supplies, food, drinks, and more. GoPuff gives you the flexibility to deliver as much or as little you want. There is no need to pick up orders at different places, you just have to pick up your orders at micro fulfillment centers and deliver them.
You can sign up, attend the online interview, get the background check done, and start delivering.
Requirements: You must be 21+ years old with a valid U.S. driver’s license. The vehicle and insurance must be in your name. You need to have a smartphone, pass a background check, and be willing & able to pass a pre-paid alcohol delivery training course (where applicable).
Average Pay: Up to $20 per hour. You get to keep all the tips.
FAQ about food delivery jobs
What are the requirements for food delivery jobs?
In general, all the delivery driver jobs require
- a car, scooter, bike, or truck.
- a smartphone with an updated operating system.
- a valid driver’s license and insurance for your vehicle.
- a background check.
In addition to the above requirements, you need to be flexible in choosing your shifts, have good knowledge about the areas you deliver, and have a pleasant demeanor.
Do you need a vehicle to become a delivery driver?
Most of the food delivery jobs need you to have some kind of vehicle, but there are a couple of companies that allow you to deliver food walking.
How much can you realistically earn?
The money you make ranges from $10 to $35 per hour depending on the company you work for, time slots you work, and jobs you take up.
Most of the food delivery companies let you keep the tips which is always a bonus on your base pay. Keep in mind that you will have some regular expenses like fuel that you need to factor into your pay.
Whether you do it on weekends or weekdays, food delivery can be a perfect side hustle for someone who wants to make good money from home by not going to the office physically with flexible hours and minimum customer interaction.
Because most of these companies work through apps, it is pretty flexible and can be done if you know how to use the apps.
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