Do you enjoy grocery shopping? Do you enjoy mystery shopping or personal shopping types of jobs? Are you looking for another income stream that doesn't involve sitting at a computer? Well, then Instacart might be what you've been looking for!
What Exactly Is Instacart?
Instacart is a site where you sign up to take grocery orders for customers in your general area. Orders come in on your cell phone, you go to the store and shop for what is on the customer's list, and then you deliver the order to the customer on the same day using your own vehicle.
You can buy exactly the size and brand the customer wants without having to stockpile produce in large quantities. You will be shopping at Whole Foods, Shaws, Costco, Kroger, The Food Emporium, and other local supermarkets in your area. Unfortunately, you will not be shopping at Trader Joe's as Instacart and the chain had a disagreement and banned all of Instacart's personal shoppers from shopping at Trader Joe's!
The only drawback is Instacart is not available in all cities. Just the major cities. Instacart has been featured in Business Week, Washington Post, and Huffington Post.
What Would Happen On a Typical Order?
When a customer places an order using their cell phone, the order goes to a personal shopper. The personal shopper accepts the order on his/her cell phone. Depending on whether the customer is requesting a 2-hour delivery or a same day delivery, you will follow all of their instructions. You may even call the customer from the store if you have a question about an item.
You go to deliver the order, and many times the customer has the GPS Tracking Device as part of the Instacart app and can follow your delivery. Then you deliver the groceries to the customer. The customer may even give you a tip in addition to what you've made on the delivery.
Many times if you are a good Instacart shopper customers will request you time and time again. Some shoppers claim they are making up to $25 an hour. Pay is done via PayPal and appears to be weekly.
What Do You Need to Be a Shopper at Instacart?
To deliver groceries for Instacart customers, you must be:
- at least 21 years old
- have a recent Smartphone
- be able to lift 30 to 40 pounds
- able to pass a background check
- able to go to an interview and begin training in your area
How Do You Make Money as a Shopper at Instacart?
Instacart marks its food prices up 20% and also has a delivery charge. Your money would come from the delivery charge and part of the food price markup. Make sure you do put aside some of your earnings for gas. It doesn't appear that there is gas reimbursement.
Some customers believe that the food prices are too high, but for those who might have to pay a babysitter to go to the store—it might be worth the convenience. Most customers claim to be overall pleased with the service.
Are You Thinking Instacart May Not Be For You?
If you want a flexible job outside the home but don't really think Instacart is what you're cut out for, consider driving for UberEATS instead. This is completely flexible work you can do on your own time, getting paid to deliver food orders to people in your area. They are always looking for new drivers to sign up. A car, bike, or scooter are all OK for delivering food.