Now Hiring: 4 Grocery and Food Delivery Services That Need Drivers

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Plenty of money-making options for drivers don’t involve real, live humans. For example, you can get paid to deliver food — whether that’s groceries or takeout — or even retail purchases. In my opinion, the gig seems less daunting than ride sharing, and you can still make a substantial side income.

But which delivery app pays the bestThat will depend on a lot of factors, such as your location and when you’re able to log in. But some apps might have features that make the gig more attractive to your situation.

To help you get the most out of your hours driving around town, we’ve compared six popular food-delivery services to determine which will help you make the most money.

1. Deliver Groceries and More With Postmates

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Want to live life on the edge? You could deliver just about anything as a drive with Postmates driver — food, drinks, groceries… You never know!

Postmates is different from the rest: You’ll take home 100% of your earnings when you deliver groceries, takeout and even retail purchases through the app.

No service fees, booking fees or transaction fees.

It’s just like other side-gig apps — you’ll pick and choose how much or how little you want to work — but you won’t get hit with fees.

You can deliver through Postmates delivery by car, bicycle or foot. Just create an account, then you’ll receive a welcome kit in the mail within a week (a free delivery bag and a prepaid card to make your purchases). Link the card up to the Postmates Fleet app, and you’re off to earning extra money.

How to apply: Enter your email address and create a password here. Continue to enter basic information and authorize a background check. Next, you’ll get to create a profile, set up direct deposit and explore the dashboard. Wait for a welcome kit in the mail.

2. Be a DoorDasher

This is arguably the best title on our list of food-delivery gigs: DoorDasher.

With DoorDash, you’ll be delivering food from restaurants in your area.

Here are more details:

  • Locations: DoorDash is in more than 300 cities around the U.S. 
  • Pay: The site lists no specifics, but one guy reported making an average of $18 an hour last December, which he says was his lowest earning month.
  • Schedule: Flexible, though many report Sundays are the busiest days.

Requirements: You must…

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have no major violations in the past seven years.
  • Have less than three accidents or traffic violations in the past three years.
  • Have an iPhone or Android smartphone.
  • How to apply: Head over to the DoorDash site to sign up.

3. Get Paid to Grocery Shop as an Instacart Shopper

Instacart is different from other grocery-delivery services because it offers shoppers two different money-making opportunities.

Your first option is to sign up as a full-service shopper, which requires you to shop and deliver groceries. Then there’s the in-store shopper option, which doesn’t require making any deliveries. The in-store shopper simply shops in the store and bags the items so they’re ready for pick-up.

To be consistent with the delivery trend we have going, we’ll focus on the full-service shopper.

Here are more details:

  • Locations: There’s a big ol‘ map of Instacart’s service areas. Enter your zip code to get more details about your area.
  • Pay: Instacart doesn’t share any average earnings, though you’re paid per delivery. Some recent Indeed reviews of Instacart have mentioned $9 an hour in Indiana. In a bigger area, like San Francisco, one independent contractor cited making $15 to $20 an hour.
  • Schedule: Flexible, no note of popular times.

Requirements: You must…

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Have reliable access to a vehicle and two or more years of driving experience.
  • Have a smartphone (iPhone 4S or Android 4.0 or newer).
  • Be able to lift 30 to 40 pounds.
  • How to apply: Enter basic information here. Then, attend an assigned in-person group session, where you’ll get an overview of Instacart, its app and your next steps.

4. Become a GrubHub Driver

Grubhub has been around for a while — since 2004. It satisfies all of our take-out needs.

Side note: If you’re wondering why Seamless, another food-delivery service, didn’t make the list, GrubHub and Seamless merged a while back. So if you want to drive with Seamless, it’ll redirect you to GrubHub’s driver page. 

Here are more details:

  • Locations: Here’s a long list of cities GrubHub delivers in.
  • Pay: GrubHub deems pay “competitive” and notes that drivers keep 100% of their tips.
  • Schedule: Flexible.

Requirements: You must…

  • Be at least 19 years old.
  • Have two or more years of driving experience.
  • Have an iPhone (iOS 8 or newer) or Android (4.4.2 or newer) phone.
  • Have a valid driver’s license, insurance and clean driving record. You can also deliver via motorcycle, scooter, bike or food.
  • Have a checking account for direct deposit.
  • Pass a background check.
  • How to apply: Submit an online application, then attend a local onboarding session.

So now you know: It is possible to make money in the gig economy without that whole… people… thing.

This story was originally published at The Penny Hoarder.

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