Millennials these days are forgoing traditional 9-5 office jobs and opting for different types of careers. Whether its embracing a digital nomad lifestyle or doing contract work for one or more employers, many people embrace this lifestyle as it allows for more flexibility and more time to focus on other priorities, whether it’s family, travel, or even getting their own company off the ground.
Uber is a perfect example of working as a contractor. If you like to drive and interact with people, consider signing up to drive with Uber. If you’d prefer not to have strangers in your car, or enjoy a bit of exercise and the outdoors (and getting to know the best restaurants in town), consider delivering with Uber Eats.
Here’s just about everything you need to know about being an Uber Eats delivery partner.
1.) What is Uber Eats?
Simply put, Uber Eats is a delivery service for restaurants; instead of delivering passengers to their final destinations, Uber Eats delivery partners bring food to hungry people. Rather than employ their own drivers, restaurants partner with Uber Eats.
Uber Eats delivery partners are their own boss: they are not employed by the restaurant they deliver for nor by Uber Eats. Rather, they partner with Uber Eats, and can work when it is convenient for them. Uber Eats is available in most major cities across the globe, as well as a few smaller ones, so make sure to check its website to see if its available in your city.
2.) Do You Have a Set Schedule?
No. That’s the best part! Being an Uber Eats delivery partner provides the flexibility to work when you want, making it the perfect gig for those looking for a flexible (or full-time) gig.
While we believe the best times to deliver are during the lunch and dinner rushes, you can deliver whatever timeframe you like. Are you a morning person? Consider signing on during the early hours and delivering breakfast! Night owl? The opposite is true: work from sunset to sunrise if you like.
3.) Tell Me About The Money
If you’re an Uber Eats delivery partner, there is great earning potential– it just depends how many hours you deliver, and demand in your area! If you want to be an Uber Eats delivery partner as your main income source obviously you’ll earn more than should you decided to deliver 10 hours a week. It all depends on you.
Plus, you won’t need to wait until the end of the month to collect your earnings.. Earnings can be cashed out weekly, or you can opt for theInstant Pay program, which allows you to immediately transfer your earnings to a debit card – up to 5 times a day!
4.) Can Anyone Be an UberEats Driver?
No. Not everyone is eligible to be an Uber Eats delivery partner. Prospective Uber Eats delivery partners must be at least 19 years old (as opposed to 21, which Uber driver partners need to be) and are required to complete a background check process. Delivery partners must also own a bike, car, or scooter, depending on their location and which mode of Uber Eats transportation they are signing up for. *Bicycle age requirements vary by location.
If you opt to drive, you’ll need a 1998 or later model car and at least one year of licensed driving experience. You will also have to have car insurance.
If you opt for the scooter option, your scooter must have a motor of 50cc or less and travel no faster than 30 MPH.
You’ll alsoneed a smartphone, as Uber Eats works via the Uber app.
5.) How Do I Get Started?
If you already drive for Uber, you can start ASAP! You can accept deliveries through the same app you use to pick up passengers.
If you’ve never worked for Uber before and are only interested in delivering for Uber Eats, you’ll need to start by downloading the app (for your iPhone or Android) or signing up online. Create an Uber account (if you don’t already have one), fill in the requested information, and upload the required documents for the background check.
If approved, you can start immediately. Link your profile to a bank account and a debit card so you can receive Instant Pay. Once your background check clears and your method of payment is set up, you can start making deliveries.
6.) Can UberEats Help Me Get in Shape?
If you embrace the biking option, it is a great opportunity for exercise! With Uber Eats, you’ll get to enjoy the outdoors. Soak up the Vitamin D, and feel free to cancel your gym membership as you’ll burn plenty of calories delivering throughout your turf. Training for an Ironman and need a bit more bike riding experience? What better way to train than to get paid for it with Uber Eats.
Prefer the scooter option? You’ll still be able to take in the great outdoors!
We will warn you: if you deliver in NYC, remember that not allbuildings have elevators, and some deliveries will be made to 5th-floor walkups. But again, if you’re looking to get in shape, there’s no better way than biking and taking the stairs.