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Today, you’re going to learn of some very effective ways to make money as a delivery driver.
In fact, all the jobs I’ll be listing are super flexible and can be done part time or as a side job.
They’re perfect driving jobs for retirees looking for something to do, seniors who like driving around, and stay at home moms who just need a side gig.
So, If you’re ready to to see:
- the best delivery driving jobs
- how much you can earn with your car
- how to get started with each company
let’s get to it.
Best Delivery Driving Jobs
Let’s Go Over A Few Things First
It’s no secret that people spend too much time in their cars. But if you like to drive and meet new people, time behind the wheel can mean a nice little chuck of cash. In fact, these driving jobs are perfect for retirees and seniors.
To make money as a delivery driver, there are some basic requirements you should meet:
- You have to be at least 18 years old
- A well-running car is essential
- So are a valid driver’s license and insurance
- You must pass a background test
- Are you eligible to work in the USA ?
- You need a smart phone because driving jobs utilize phone apps
- And, depending on the company, you may need to lift more than 40 pounds
Then, or course, there are some pros and cons to being a driver. Like these:
- When it comes to pay, most of the driving jobs I come across pay quickly, usually weekly
- Depending on the gig, you can make a few hundred dollars a week
- You can work for several of these driving jobs to increase your earnings
- Your schedule is as flexible as you make it because you get to pick the jobs you want to do
- These are Independent Contractor jobs, meaning you are not an employee and you’re responsible for paying taxes.
- You’ll have added wear and tear on your car
- If you get in an accident, that’s between you and your insurance company
- There are NO benefits
- You may have to hustle because jobs get snagged-up quickly
Here’s How To Get Paid To Drive
I’ve gathered up some of the better, well-known driving opportunities, sorted by category. Some of them are more time consuming than others, like the Grocery Delivery services, but they tend to pay a little more.
So, to answer your burning question:
“Are there any driving jobs near me ?”
Let’s take a look at the different DRIVING FOR MONEY options:
- Deliver Packages
- Deliver Food
- Deliver Groceries
- Deliver People
- Drive Around With Ad Wraps
I’ve known about the Amazon delivery jobs for a while but never really saw it in action. That is, until a few months ago when a regular ‘ole car came up my driveway and the driver dropped off my Amazon package. Striking up a conversation with the driver, he told me he just made $22.00 dropping off my package and one for my neighbor.
And now that Amazon is in the food business, you can also deliver more than packages.
How much can you earn delivering with Amazon ?
You can make $18.00 to $25.00 an hour delivering packages for Amazon, setting your own schedule 7 days a week. According to Amazon:
You can track your pay on the Earnings screen of the Amazon Flex app.
Amazon Flex processes payments on Tuesday and Friday via direct deposit to the bank account you provided during sign up. You should see payments in your bank account the following day, but due to events like bank holidays, your deposit may be delayed.
If you deliver for Prime Now and Amazon Restaurants you will receive payment after all tips have been finalized (about 1-2 days after delivery). While tips process, you’ll continue to see estimated earnings.
As of today, these are the cities where delivery drivers for Amazon Flex are needed:
But don’t worry if your city isn’t listed…yet. This list constantly updates.
I live in a town about 60 miles west of Detroit. Amazon Flex has delivered to my home so even if you don’t live in one of the cities, but you live close, go ahead and apply if you’re interested in this gig.
Here’s how to get started with Amazon Flex:
#1 Sign up to be an Amazon Flex Driver. You’ll be asked some personal questions so they can do a background check. You’ll then select a service area, also knows as a local warehouse.
#2 When approved to be a driver, go through the app download process, which is just like installing any other app.
#3 Set your schedule (also known as a ‘block’). Basically, tell Amazon when you want to work.
#4 Determine what type of delivery driver you’ll be:
- Amazon.com logistics, where you’ll deliver regular packages as well as Amazon Prime, 2-day, and same-day packages. The block time frame (delivery schedule) is 3-6 hours.
- Prime Now, where you’ll deliver packages within 1 to 2 hours.
- Amazon Fresh, where you’ll deliver food the same day or following day as ordered by a customer.
- Store orders, where you’ll pick up orders from stores and deliver within a 1-2 block
- Instant offers, which is an on-the-spot delivery service available only in certain areas. The delivery block is usually 15-45 minutes.
#5 When packages/orders are available for delivery, go to the local warehouse or restaurant and pick them. You may have multiple packages to deliver. Before loading the packages in your car, scan them with your phone
#6 Make the delivery; the app will give you the destination. Once at your destination, re-scan the order.
#7 Check your earnings via the app.
Here are a few more tid-bits:
- About an hour before your block (schedule) starts, you’ll receive a notification via the app letting you know of the pick-up and drop-off locations as well as the workload.
- Tips are allowed for PrimeNow, AmazonFresh and Amazon Restaurants.
You can learn more about Amazon Flex here.
Roadie calls themselves “The On-The-Way Delivery Network”, which I think is kind of a cool concept. Using their app, you select which delivery jobs you want to do, based on your travel and your schedule. Do you happen to be going from Ann Arbor to Detroit ? Check the app to see if anyone needs something delivered “on your way”.
Roadie jobs range in size and weight – you might deliver a recliner; you might deliver a trailer of stepping stones. You decide.
How much can you earn delivering with Roadie ?
As far as pay, the app will display the amount you will earn and you can expect local jobs to be between $8.00 and $50.00. Pay is by the delivery, not hour and is made by direct deposit; you should see payment about a week after the delivery job is completed. And did I mention you get discounts, rewards, and special savings ? Yep, roadside assistance and free Waffle House yummies.
Here’s how to get started with Roadie:
#1 Sign up with Roadie. then download the app once you’re approved.
#2 Open app and look for markers, which are the available gigs and look like pins on a map.
#3 Tap the marker to see the details. If interested in doing the gig, tap the blue “offer to drive” button. It may take some time but if you get the gig, you’ll receive a notification stating you’ve been accepted to do the delivery.
#4 Use the app to let the sender know when you’re on your way to make the pick-up
#5 Use the app to let the recipient know when you’re on your way, arrived, and to take a picture of the delivery.
Be sure to scroll to the bottom of that page to read their FAQs. and to see this awesome video.
Not really delivering packages, an Enterprise Driver delivers a fleet of box trucks, trucks, and vans to and from rental locations. Additionally, you may “drive, customers, employees or vendors safely and timely to the appropriate destination(s) while giving helpful, courteous and professional customer service.” (per Enterprise).
These are considered part-time driver jobs, allowing for some flexibility.
How much can you earn driving with Enterprise ?
Drivers are actual employees of Enterprise, working part-time (20-25 hours a week), at the pay rate of $9.25 an hour.
How to get started driving for Enterprise:
According to their job description, the requirements to be a Driver are as follows:
- Must be at least 21 year of age
- Must have six (6) months prior work experience (May be non-concurrent)
- Must have a single valid drivers license with no more than 1 moving violation and/or at-fault accidents on driving record in the past 3 years
- No drug or alcohol related conviction on driving record in the past 5 years
- Must have been licensed to drive for a minimum of one year
- Must be authorized to work in the United States and not require work authorization sponsorship by our company for this position now or in the future.
- Must be willing to work at the New Braunfels location
- Apart from religious observations, you must be able to work Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- DOT Requirements: Enterprise is subject to certain Department of Transportation Regulations
- All applicants must be at least 21 years of age
- Must be able to read and write English
- Applicants will be required to submit to and successfully complete a D.O.T. medical examination (paid for by Enterprise, 12-month minimum certificate).
You can deliver food with Grubub by using your car, scooter, motorcycle or bike…whatever you have. The concept behind Grubhub is nothing new, there used to be a small company in my town that delivered restaurant orders throughout the city. Kind of like pizza delivery but with a variety of restaurants, diners, and eateries.
How much can you earn delivering food for Grubhub ?
Grubhub doesn’t share how much you’ll earn, but according to Glassdoor, the average pay is a little over $12.00 an hour. And you get to keep all of your tips.
Here’s how to get started with Grubhub:
First, sign up with Grubhub here. It’s pretty quick and easy but you do ahve to answer some questions about yourself so they can do a background check.
The next step is to go through the on-boarding session. This can be done in person at one of these locations (according to my most recent research): Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York (Manhattan), Orange County, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, San Diego North, and Schaumburg.
If you don’t live in one of these areas, you can do the session online.
whether in person or online, the session is the same: you go over a slideshow that covers things like how to get started, how to make deliveries, how you’re paid, and even some tips to be a success.
After the on-boarding session, you can start accepting deliveries.
I’ve read that setting your work schedule, also known as a delivery block, is not mandatory but it’s highly recommended. Drivers who schedule blocks receive priority.
To start accepting deliveries, you need to be located in a delivery area and be assigned a delivery boundary. This ensures you will make the delivery in the proper time frame.
Grubhub will send you delivery offers, depending on your area and boundaries. If you see something you like, ‘accept’ it and you’ll be directed to the restaurant.
Finally, when the order is picked up, you’ll make the delivery and get paid. Don’t worry, though. no money exchanges hands. Payment is done through the app.
Another well-known food/restaurant deliver service is OrderUp. You can make money driving and delivering food after you apply online, schedule a call with OrderUp, pass a background check, and get your gear. You can make around $12.00 and hour and keep all the tips you get.
OrderUp is not as big as Grubhub – they don’t have their food delivery service in nearly as many cities but they are adding more all the time. Be sure to check with them often (via the sign-up form) to see if your city is added.
Launched by Uber in 2014 (Uber is listed in the Deliver People section below), UberEats is quickly becoming the most popular food delivery service out there. Which is great because that means more money in your pocket as a driver. You can use your car, scooter, or bike as long as you have a valid license, insurance, ID and are of the right age for your preferred method of delivery.
How much can you earn as an UberEats Driver ?
According to this UberEats driver, you’ll make around $12.00 an hour. Now, this may sound low, but you might make even more depending on where you live and how many deliveries you make. And how much you actually earn depends on the pick-up fee, drop-off fee and mileage fee (all part of the customer’s payment). No money is exchanged when you make a delivery – it’s all handled through the UberEats app and you’re paid every time you deliver an order.
And yes, you can accept tips…and keep 100% of them.
Here’s how to get started with UberEats:
#1 Apply Here. It’s quick and easy
#2 Download the app. Once activated, you can start accepting deliveries
#3 Receive delivery requests. Using the app, you will receive delivery requests from local vendors.
#4 Pick up the food and make the delivery. When you accept a delivery, you’ll be given directions to the vendor and the delivery site.
An on-demand restaurant deliver service, Door Dash is similar to the others I listed above. You sign up, give them the appropriate information, load their app to you phone, start delivering food orders to customers. Easy as that. Except you’re called a Dasher.
The cities that Door Dash Drivers can deliver in can be found on this page.
According to DoorDash, you are paid by the delivery and you get to keep 100% of your tips. Ok, so how much is the per-delivery rate? You’re guaranteed to make $1.00 plus what they call a “pay boost”. The pay boost takes certain things into consideration, such as distance, wait time, parking issues, order size, and location. An article by StudentLoanHero tells us that Dashers in Brooklyn, NY make, on average, $15.00 an hour while Dashers in Washington DC make $18.00 to $20.00 an hour. And this thread in Quora shows current Dashers in other areas claim the pay is more like $12.00 to $18.00 an hour.
Have you seen their green shirts in your grocery store? If you like grocery shopping, Shipt just might be a perfect driving job for retirees. You do the grocery shopping for other people and get paid up to $25.00 an hour, according to Shipt. This flex-schedule driving job is for anyone who meets these requirements:
- 18 y/o minimum
- Reliable vehicle, 15 years old or newer
- iPhone (iOS 10 or newer) or Android (5.1 or newer)
- Valid U.S. driver’s license and auto insurance
- Thorough background check required
- Insulated cooler bag
- Knowledge of produce selection
- Ability to lift 25+ pounds
I want to back up a bit here. $25.00 an hour sounds great ! And who doesn’t spend at least an hour grocery shopping ? But the reality is you are paid $5.00 an hour and then 7.5% of the entire order. So, depending on the size of the order, you can make barely over $5.00 an hour or up to $25.00 an order with the average shopper making over $20.00 an hour.
Oh…you get to keep any and all tips you are given.
And I want to clarify this: Shipts Q&A profile on Indeed.com tells us that you DO NOT pay, then get reimbursed, for someone else’s grocery order. You use a pre-paid Visa provided by Shipt.
Interested? You can apply here.
If you can deliver groceries to your customers within 2 hours, you’re awesome ! At least that’s what Instacart expects of you. Actually, there are two ways to make money grocery shopping with Instacart: shopping and delivering or just shopping. Either way, Shoppers on Indeed.com say they earn anywhere from just under $10.00 an hour to around $25.00 an hour, with the average being over $24.00 an hour.
Of course, the more shopping you do, the more you make. And just like Shipt, you pay for your client’s groceries via a pre-paid card.
Quoting from Instacart’s website:
Move over taxi, Uber is in town. As an Uber driver, you pick up a fare (rider), take them to their destination, and collect your payment. So how much do you make ? It depends. I have read that the average Uber driver makes $364.00 a month.
But – according to Uber – your earnings depends on the number of rides you take, the time of day, your location as well as “other factors”. Money never exchanges hands – all fares are paid via the Uber app – and any tips given are also added to the app.
To get started, you sign up, upload your license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance, then download the app once you’re approved. Besides the obvious requirements…being over 21 and having a valid license…you need to have a 4-door car and pass a screening test.
Here’s more info about driving with Uber
You can sign up here.
Lyft is similar to Uber; customers use their app to request and pay for rides. As a driver for Lyft, you pick and choose the fares you want to pick up and you are paid per minute and miles driven. Being tight-lipped with how much they pay drivers, Lyft has a handy calculator where you can plug in fictitious time and city data to see how much you can make in any location Lyft operates.
A ride service for kids, Hopskipdrive claims “you can make up to $30.00 an hour “working with kids, setting your own schedule, and enjoying the ride.” This is a great paid driving opportunity for drivers over the age of 23 who also have at least 5 years of childcare experience. You set your own schedule, get bonuses, and they provide comprehensive insurance coverage for you.
Sound good? Sign up here.
BONUS: Drive Around With Ads On Your Car
Have you ever seen those cars with logos and company graphics all over them? I always thought they were company cars driven by a Sales Rep. of that particular company. Turns out, most of them are regular people who agreed to have their car wrapped (not painted) in graphics as a way to advertise the company.
And those people are getting paid a pretty penny to drive around with those graphics. A few hundred dollars a month pretty.
Are You Ready To Get Driving?
When it comes to driving jobs for retirees, there are quite a few options for you. Spend your time doing a variety of driving services and making a bit of money while you’re at it. What do you think ? Any of these sound interesting to you? Please leave a message and let me know.