So many of us today are in a tough situation with our finances today. Our main source of income has been curtailed or stopped. We do not know how we are going to pay our bills moving forward. Governments are trying to help but we cannot rely on them completely. We need to take action, and immediately, to secure our financial life moving forward.
Recently there have been some changes to our culture that are not going away any time soon. A big change that we are all adapting to is that restaurants are closed for eat-in business. While some places like pizza and sandwiches get a large portion of their business from delivery or carryout as the norm, most restaurants could not previously survive without filling the tables with patrons on any given night.
With local economies struggling, individuals should be adapting their income strategies. In these uncertain times you need more than one source of income more than ever. DoorDash just might be a good part of the solution for you. Let’s dive into what exactly DoorDash is and how you earn money providing services for this company.
DoorDash refers to their drivers as “Dashers”. Becoming a Dasher can significantly boost your income. It is a flexible gig with reliable support. DoorDash basically provides a delivery service for any participating restaurant and there are an abundance of choices for you to earn.
What you will need to qualify and drive
You must be at least 18 years old, own a vehicle with valid insurance and an iPhone or Android phone.
You must pass a background and driving record check, have a valid social security number.
Once you apply you will need to complete an orientation online or in person.
That’s it! There are really minimal requirements to get started.
What you might earn at DoorDash
You can make over $30 an hour working for this service, which is not bad considering there is no training or education required and almost anyone can perform this task.
DoorDash estimates that most drivers will earn at least $15 an hour and up to $25 an hour while working. If you look at driver testimonials on YouTube they speak about averaging 2 or three orders an hour at $7-$10 an order. That works out to between $14 and $30 an hour. This number includes the delivery fee, of which you get to keep 100%, and tips.
This pay rate does not include boosts, which will show up on your Dasher app and give you opportunity to earn even more if you hit certain goals while driving.
Here are some other tips to increase your success with DoorDash.
- Drive during peak hours – lunchtime and dinnertime are going to yield more choices for orders and give you more opportunity to earn. Outside of these times you can stay in your car but switch to another service to earn such as Uber, Lyft and others to keep earning.
- Avoid high traffic neighborhoods – getting in and out quickly is key to maintaining your efficiency and accumulating orders. Know your route. Avoid tough spots to hand off the food to your customer. Avoid any area where you might have to pay for parking.
- Accept higher dollar orders – The bigger the order, the bigger the tip will be. You can reject orders to keep your average up, but be careful because DoorDash does rate you on the percentage of orders you accept. Don’t worry too much though as you will get a warning before any other action is taken against you for rejecting orders too often.
DoorDash really is a great way to earn income from driving. The flexibility in hours is key for many people, so you can work whenever you want and as much or as little as you want. Drivers report that this company compares well to its competitors and to other ways of earning from driving.
More resources to learn about DoorDash
There is a Reddit group for drivers – https://www.reddit.com/r/doordash/