UberEATS Driving Tips Before Joining
So, ya thought ya might join UberEats and deliver food? (Sung to Pink Floy the Walls lyrics of “In the Flesh” “So ya thought ya might like to go to the show.”
Well, just imagine that same warm thrill of delivering food, but remember there are some things you need to know before you run off and start delivering food to all those hungry customers. Rather than go into too many detailed words, let’s look at this from a pros and cons point of view.
If you already work for Uber, you don’t need to do much more than just select to deliver food with UberEats. The main difference between the two is that with UberEats you deliver food and not passengers.
- Quest: the UberEats incentive platform, which means you must complete a certain amount of deliveries within a specified time limit.
- Boost is an UberEats incentive that pays you a multiplier of the delivery base for specific locations at specific times.
- Surge is the same as an Uber ride; it provides you with a multiplier of no more than 5X for a trip.
- No passengers to complain about driving.
- Good online support and easy access. When customers are unavailable, these are the people to call.
- Stacked orders that allow you to take more than one order from the same restaurant.
- Suppliers can be pickier than passengers, especially when you get a restaurant that is not time efficient. This reduces your chances of delivering more to reach quests and boosts.
- Customers can be picky too, and if you have one that lives in a complex and won’t come down to the car to pick it up, you could end up having to park, and waste a lot of time finding the right entrance, the right complex, and the right door, and then make your way back.
- Less income than UberX.
- Lack of orders during lull times, which you can counter by driving for UberX.
- Stacked orders pay like UberPool…lower income more work.
- Tips, yup it appears here too because there are a lot of tight-fisted MF’s out there.
Its all in the strategy
The trick in food delivery is in knowing more than the city routes, which is what you need to be an UberX driver. You need to know which restaurants fast and efficient, and which ones are being just terrible. You also need to know where the most orders are being located, so you can position yourself near the busy restaurants and try to stay within a geofence of demand. You could also ask other drivers on UberEats drivers forum for tips and strategies to maximize your earnings.
All in all, UberEats can pay out around $180 for a 9-hour shift. This is OK if you are ready to go that extra mile, and I mean drive 160 miles to make $180. Now, this is gross income with tips. Take off this your expenses, and you are left with around $130. Still OK, but is it better than UberX?
It all depends on where you live.