If you have ever done a delivery for a delivery app like Grubhub, Door Dash, or Uber Eats, then you know the gig can be challenging. Sure, there are some huge perks to using these apps as a side hustle. However, they all have their downsides. I’m going to focus on UBER Eats for this blog, only because of my personal experience with the app. I don’t do this for a living, so for those of you who do, this may not be an accurate assessment of the app. For the rest of you who are like me, you most likely use the app for a couple of hours at a time to scrape up some quick money. Nothing is wrong with doing either of those options. I should start by saying that UBER Eats is one of the few side hustles that provide quick access to funds with low barriers for entry. If you have a license and a car, then you can make money doing deliveries. With that being said, there is always room for growth, so I’ll give my perspective on the app while giving you valuable tips that will help you avoid the common pitfalls. Do these things and I promise you will make money with UBER Eats much faster and more efficiently.
Money Over Miles
A key metric I follow when doing deliveries with UBER Eats is to make sure my miles do not exceed my dollar amount. For example, a good order for me would be at around $9 for a total distance travelled of under 2 miles. UBER will typically show you orders below this dollar amount for a higher mileage amount. This is why acceptance rate is around 20%, because I deny way more deliveries than I actually take.
Make One Cash Out Per Day
Every time you do a quick cash-out in the UBER Eats app, you get charged .50 cents fee. You get 5 quick cash-outs per day, so you could end paying UBER $2.50 per day if you do deliveries 7 days a week, which may not be a lot, but it all adds up.
You Don’t Get Paid to Wait
If any of you are familiar with Postmates before it got bought out by UBER Eats, they actually paid their drivers for waiting on orders. UBER Eats does not pay you for waiting. Now, if you end up waiting for a while on a botch order, you can call support, and they will pay you for your trip there. However, the fact is UBER Eats does not pay you to wait, so don’t. If you get 2 orders, and the 2nd one is holding up the first during surge, don’t wait. Cancel the order and move on, is what I would say. If it’s a surge, you will get an order as soon as you drop the one have, so why wait on that order?
Stay Within the Nucleus
Everything is about location. You got to be around plazas where there are multiple restaurants in proximity to what I would call the nucleus (the central and most important part of an object, movement, or group, forming the basis for its activity and growth.). You don’t want to venture further than 3 miles from nucleus. If you get an order that is exactly 3 miles away, then you will travel a total of 6 miles to return to the nucleus. This is why you want to manage how far you are willing to go for each order. The further you go out, the more the order will drain you and your gas. There are so many variables that we all don’t take account for like gate codes, bad directions, 3rd floors, etc. You want to minimize your efforts, so that you can be as efficient as possible. Hell, I leave the gas running if I don’t have to travel more than 10 feet from the car, and the neighborhood looks safe. This is risky, so do this with caution, but it does minimize your time and keeps you moving. Wow, this paragraph has jewels in it that I wish someone would have told me before I started doing deliveries with UBER Eats.