Do you need some extra cash? If you’re interested in different ways to make money, you may have considered the popular food delivery app DoorDash.
This app hires people at supported locations to deliver food through the app, but how does someone get started working for them? How do they make money? And how much can you earn with DoorDash?
The question also arises whether it is worth working for them. There are other food delivery apps like UberEats or Postmates, so how is DoorDash different? Or how is it different from a typical delivery driver or catering job?
There are many pros and cons to working with DoorDash. If you’re thinking of signing up to work for them, there are a lot of things you should know beforehand so you can decide if this is really what you want to do.
How do I sign up for DoorDash?
Your first step to working with DoorDash is to open their website and search Become a Dasher section. Here you will enter your zip code and the site will help you sign up to work for them.
There are some DoorDash job requirements that you must meet in order to move forward:
- You must be 18 years old.
- You must pass a background check (requiring your social security number)
- You must have a driving license.
- You must have auto insurance.
- You must have an Android or Apple smartphone.
You must also provide them with your bank details so that your earnings can be transferred.
Once that’s all over, you’ll be sent some things you’ll need to get started. It’s a red card that lets you pay for your food when DoorDash can’t handle paying at the restaurant itself, and a hot pack to keep the food you’re delivering warm.
In addition to these things, you’ll also, of course, need a phone plan and a car. Once you get what you need from DoorDash, you’ll need to go back to their site and activate the Red Card they sent you. You will also need to download the Dasher app, which they will give you instructions on how to download.
How does DoorDash delivery work?
When you set up the app, the first screen you’ll always see is the map. This map will tell you some information about the area you’re in, which will help you choose when you want to ship. The nice thing about DoorDash is that you can choose when you want to work.
This is best done when the area you are racing through is marked as Busy. That’s when you’ll get the most jobs and make the most money with DoorDash. When you decide to start, all you have to do is tap Start evil.
If the area you’re in is grayed out, you probably need to schedule work for a later time, which can easily be done by tapping schedule on the map You can also schedule a bad time by going to the appointment schedule in the bottom navigation bar.
Once you’re off to a flying start, you’ll have a checklist to make sure you have everything you need and then you’re officially up and running. As you run, you’ll be offered a delivery job that you can take or skip until another one comes along. You will be shown your estimated earnings for each job as it appears. Keep in mind that missing work affects your performance level and may affect whether you receive any bonuses over time.
When you accept a job, DoorDash will give you directions to the restaurant and order information. They will also give you a set time by which you need to reach the place. Once you arrive, you’ll need to confirm you’re there in the app. Then you can go to the restaurant and ask for an order. Always bring a hot bag, as some restaurants will not return your order if you do not have one with you.
You’ll then confirm it with the app when you get your food, and it will tell you where to drop it off. Again, there is a target time by which you must deliver it. After you deliver the food, you will complete the order and get paid for this job.
How much can you earn with DoorDash?
There are many factors that affect the amount you earn for each job. DoorDash has a model for how much it pays you per order.
Base salary is the amount you are guaranteed to receive. It depends on how far the order is from you, how long it will take, and how likely other drivers are to take the job. According to DoorDash, the base payment can range from $2 to more than $10.
In addition, there are additional bonuses such as maximum payout. This happens when you’re rushing at a particularly busy time, and DoorDash will add extra money to your final payment for each delivery. To get this, you usually have to accept a certain number of tasks.
Finally, there are tips. The customer can add a tip through the app and you will receive it as soon as you complete the order. The customer may also give you a cash tip.
The amount you can earn per hour during busy times is usually between $10 and $30. Although it definitely changes hourly depending on the jobs available to you.
A more traditional job as a delivery driver will probably pay you about the same or less. Another benefit of DoorDash is that you can work whenever you want. However, you must pay for your own gas. Depending on the mileage you get on your car, the payment that DoorDash gives you can definitely be worth it.
All in all, DoorDash is definitely a viable option for earning extra money, even more so than a standard delivery driver job.