Do you want a flexible job where you are moving around and not sitting all day? Do think you would enjoy driving and food delivery? Do you consider yourself friendly and outgoing? Then you just may be a good fit to drive for a new food/grocery/product delivery service, Postmates.
What Exactly is Postmates?
You've no doubt heard the name mentioned on the news. Maybe you even have the app on your cell phone and have ordered food from Postmates yourself.
Postmates is a company that hires independent contractors to do deliveries.
However, unlike other services which only deliver food orders, Postmates also delivers groceries as well as over 20,000 other items. So with this driving position, you would be fulfilling the roles for both a personal shopper and food delivery driver.
You will probably find that in most areas—depending upon where you live—food delivery is in the highest demand.
Also, when it comes to delivery you aren't limited to a car. You may use a bicycle, motorcycle, scooter or even walking if within a reasonable distance. The main thing is to get there on time with the food in good shape!
What is the Procedure for Becoming a Delivery Driver For Postmates?
You will be expected to pass a background check once you sign up at Postmates. If you pass the background check, then you go on to an orientation in your area.
Note that Postmates does not yet offer their service in every city, but it does appear to be available in most major cities across the US. You can go here to see where it's available.
If it's not yet available in your area, rest assured they are growing quickly so it may be soon! We do have a big list of other side gigs you could do offline that you might consider instead in the meantime.
How Much Money Can You Expect to Make at Postmates?
As you might imagine, a lot of it will depend upon you and your speed and performance.
You will need a good, reliable cell phone where you will accept or reject orders as they come in. Obviously, the faster you accept the orders and deliver them, the more money you can make.
Postmates doesn't share potential earnings on their website. However, Glassdoor indicates most Postmates drivers are earning somewhere around $12 hourly. Note: there is a lot of variance in the rate apparently, and some people only make about $5 an hour, while others earn more than $20.
Some customers do tip, and you are welcome to accept them. As a delivery driver, you will be paid 80% of the customer's total order before promotions or special offers are deducted out.
Like most driving jobs, food delivery prices do go up during peak times. So, if you can work during the peak meal times, then there will be even more money to be made.
This is one of those jobs that pay weekly! Payday is via PayPal or direct deposit, or you can choose to cash out every day if you like.
What Are the Other Requirements To Become a Delivery Driver at Postmates?
You must also:
- be 18 years or older.
- have dependable transportation or forms of transportation.
- have a valid drivers' license if you plan on operating a car.
How Can You Apply to Postmates?
You can go to their website and try to apply. Good luck!
Post originally published on February 15, 2016. Updated and republished on April 2, 2021.