Do you want a flexible job where you are out and about? Do think you would enjoy driving and delivering packages? Do you consider yourself friendly and enjoy working with people?
This article introduces you to a different kind of flexible opportunity know as Amazon Flex.
If you like opportunities that allow you to earn by driving (such as Shipt), then Amazon Flex may be ideal for you.
What Exactly is Amazon Flex?
Amazon Flex is an opportunity to deliver Amazon Prime Now packages for Amazon. Amazon Prime Now delivers products such as household essentials, electronics, food, and sometimes even alcohol up to seven days a week. Like most people, you have probably even ordered a few products yourself.
The service was first launched in the city of Seattle in September 2015. Amazon Flex is now in the cities of Richmond, Nashville, Austin, Dallas, Baltimore, Miami, Atlanta, Houston, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Minneapolis, and Indianapolis.
It will be opening up soon in New York, Chicago and Portland. If it is not currently operating in your city, you can still go ahead and sign up. Once it becomes available in your city, then you can be notified about openings.
You can work as much or as little as you want with 2-hour, 4-hour, and 8-hour shifts available. You may even try a 12-hour shift. You will be assigned a certain mile radius within your city, but unfortunately won't be able to choose the neighborhoods or products that you deliver.
This is an independent contractor position and NOT an employee position.
What Are the Requirements To Become a Delivery Driver at Amazon Flex?
- be 21 years or older.
- be able to pass a background check.
- have a dependable motor vehicle (no bicycles, walking or other means).
- have a valid drivers' license.
- have an updated Android phone to download and use the app.
- have an Amazon account.
What is the Procedure for Becoming a Delivery Driver For Amazon Flex?
You will be expected to pass a background check first, once you sign up at Amazon Flex. If you pass the background check, then you go on to an interview/training in your area. You will also need to have your email address verified.
Once accepted you will need to have a verifiable bank account as payment is made via direct deposit. It appears as if they pay twice a month.
How Much Money Can You Expect to Make at Amazon Flex?
Amazon Flex claims on its website that you can make between $18 to $25 an hour depending upon your area and whether or not you are working at peak delivery times. Gratuity may be accepted as well.
Deliveries must be made within one hour of pickup, which means that you will also need to be driving quickly, but safely and defensively.
What Do Other People Think of Amazon Flex?
The program is still relatively new, since it did not even launch until September 2015, so it is hard to find a lot of reviews. Although there is an article about four delivery drivers in Orange County, California suing Amazon Flex over misclassification of job description alleging that they should have been classified as employees and not independent contractors.
You can read it for yourself here.
How Can You Apply to Amazon Flex?
You can go to their website and fill out the form on the top right of the screen. The form appears on the “back” of the delivery driver.
Good luck with all of those who pursue this.
Amazon Flex Not For You?
If you don't think you'd enjoy working as a Flex driver or it isn't available in your location, consider becoming a driver for Shipt instead. This is more widely available across the US, and you'd be delivering food and restaurant orders rather than packages. It's a flexible way to earn.