Have you already considered driving for Uber? Do you currently have an account with Uber? Are you thinking that a food delivery job might bring in extra cash? Well, then you might be interested in applying to UberEats.
What Exactly is UberEATS?
UberEATS is a new food delivery service offered by Uber. So, if you already have an Uber account, even better! You can actually do both — drive for Uber picking up passengers and make food deliveries for them. Or, you can choose one over the other.
It also appears that while food is the main source of delivery, Uber is also working on a few other types of delivery options but only in certain cities.
How Does UberEATS Work?
By now, you have probably heard of Uber, the popular driving program, where anyone with a vehicle not older than eight years old, can make extra money driving as an independent contractor. Obviously, you must also have a valid state driver's license, but you do not have to have a commercial license or CDL.
Once accepted at Uber as a driver, you just go ahead and download the app and begin using it to “radio in” to the Uber dispatchers. Customers are also using their app to find drivers just like you to deliver their food. And even better, UberEATS allows you to make deliveries with a bike, scooter, or a car. So this is definitely an option for people without cars.
While Uber drivers do tend to compete directly with cab drivers in most major cities, which did cause protests, it doesn't look like UberEATS competes as competitively as perhaps Domino's delivery drivers. That may be a direct result of branding and customers expecting Domino's and other food brands to still make their own deliveries.
UberEATS is currently available in many cities nationwide. You can see the list of cities where you can work for UberEATS here.
How Does UberEATS Vary From Just Driving for Uber?
It doesn't vary all that much. The main difference is delivering food to a customer as opposed to delivering a customer to a destination.
How Does Training Work at UberEATS?
Once you are approved as a driver, your vehicle will be inspected for safety. Upon acceptance, you will attend the Ride Share Academy for Uber.
There are four online modules, and the modules can actually be done and completed with limited supervision. The apps training is usually a part of the training. Training can also vary slightly from city to city.
For more info on training, check out this video from the LA office with more detail:
What Else Does It Take to Drive with UberEATS?
Besides a valid state driver's license, insurance, and accepted vehicle, you must:
- be at least 19 years old in the USA and 21 in Canada.
- have 1 or more years of driving experience.
- be able to lift at least 30 pounds.
Overall, the application for UberEATS is easier than the application you must fill out to drive for Uber's ride share service. And if you are using your car with UberEATS rather than a bike or scooter, it's fine if the car is an older model (something that isn't OK with Uber's ride share service).
How Much Can Individuals Make Driving for UberEATS?
On average, Uber takes a 25% commission on all of its drivers including the food delivery drivers. Many drivers do enjoy the flexibility of their own schedule and being their own boss. However, you also have to buy your own gas and maintain your own vehicle.
While you can set your own rates with UberEATS as well as Uber, it still has to be a reasonable rate. Some delivery drivers for UberEATS state that they can easily make up to $20 an hour, including any tips, which are always optional. Tips are not included and may not be requested, but may be accepted only upon the twice insistence of the customer.
Uber pays weekly via PayPal or direct deposit. The pay tends to vary from $10 to $20 an hour.
What Do Others Say About UberEATS?
A scan of the reviews on Glassdoor shows (as you'll see with most opportunities) a mix of reviews. The biggest complaint seems to be that customers tend to not tip at all other than pizza deliveries. The Uber app does not mention to the customers that tips are not included. Also, some drivers say that refunds are issued out of the driver's pay if a customer complains.
On the flip side, many drivers love the flexibility of this and being able to work on their own schedules as well as the weekly pay and bonuses. Many reviews also say the pay is good for what you're doing and they really enjoy the work.
As always, you can read these reviews for yourself if you'd like more insight.
How Can An Interested Individual Sign Up for UberEATS?
Just go to their website and sign up. Good luck to all who pursue this opportunity!