How can you make money with Uber Eats? More than ever, delivery food is in demand & so too, are drivers to deliver it!
Uber Eats started in 2014 and enables people to get food delivered from hundreds of different restaurants, with the ease of an App.
With companies like Uber Eats now making restaurant take-out the norm, other similar companies also share in this success, (such as Deliveroo, founded in the UK).
The rise of opportunities such as Uber or Amazon Flex, (where you can make money delivering Amazon parcels) the question is really if such opportunities are worth it.
The attraction of opportunities like this, is you can choose when you work, it’s entirely flexible.
But the downside is that work is not always stable or guaranteed. If you don’t work – you don’t get paid.
If they are low on orders for whatever reason, you may struggle.
So, from my perspective this looks more like an in-between job opportunity, OR a side hustle. Something you can do on top of your regular job.
That being said, some people do work at this full-time and can support themselves on what they’re earning.
If you already have a stable income coming in, then a side-job like this is a going to be FAR less nerve wracking to start up.
But How Does Uber Eats Make Money?
You may be wondering how a company like this makes much money, when they also have to pay their delivery drivers.
Well, Uber Eats chargers restaurants a 30% of the order price per customer. This is how Uber gets their initial cut.
But what about the Drivers… ?
How Much Money Can You Make With Uber Eats?
You might have expected the drivers to simply get paid the delivery fee, but they actually get more than this.
A breakdown of their pay, to my knowledge at the time of writing in the US is:
- Fee for pick up – $1.50
- Fee for dropping off – $1.00
- Time Fee – $0.30 per minute, worked out depending how long the order is meant to take + time waiting at the restaurant to collect.
- Distance Fee – $0.65 per mile.
When you add it all up, their overall payment will be higher than the basic cost of delivery.
The more trips you can fit in, the more money you can make and it’s really as simple as that.
The less time you take, the more money you make.
The driver in the video posted below says on a slow day they may make $100 for 7-8 hours work.
On a good day, he may make $200 per 7-8 hours. Getting tips can also make a great difference.
Of course, how much you make is going to GREATLY depend on things such as; your location and how popular Uber Eats is in your area.
The good thing about this though, is that there is no risk involved – you can join this company just to try it out and if it doesn’t work for you, you can simply stop.
As well as your payment from Uber Eats, you may also get a tip.
Customers can sometimes pay you tips in cash – however, they can also tip via the App, both before AND after the food delivery.
How Can You MAXIMISE Your Earning Potential With Uber Eats?
The drive above gave some good tips via their video including….
- Make sure you figure out the BEST times to work – e.g. not too much traffic, with a lot of orders. Lunchtime, dinner & weekends are going to be good.
- Pay attention to the details… e.g. is there a popular area? Stay around there and make the most of it.
- If you have a limited schedule, drive at boosted times. Sometimes Uber Eats will have areas that are “boosted.” This means you can earn more for delivering food in those areas for a limited time. You can find out this information in the promotions tab inside the App.
Getting Paid With Uber Eats?
Once you arrive at the restaurant, your fee starts to build up and you get paid for your mileage as well, (as I mentioned further up).
A great thing about Uber Eats, you get paid right away – there is an instant pay feature, which means you can cash out at ANY time.
The money immediately goes into your bank account when you request it, so there is no waiting around.
It’s important to track how many miles you’re doing, because you will be able to use those as expenses come tax time.
Be sure to check out other expenses you can write off too – these expenses can really add up!
Some Perks Working For Uber Eats…
- It’s a great way to learn to navigate a city.
Maybe you’re just moving into a City for work or studying – taking up with job, you will very quickly learn the area.
- Find great new places to eat!
You also will get to find some great new places to eat. Maybe some places you never knew existed.
- Freedom to work as and when you want.
You can work whenever you like – but you do need to do at least one delivery within 90 days, or you may be thrown off.
- Potentially free food!
If someone cancels their food after you’ve already collected it – you get to eat it!!
While this may happen pretty rarely, this has to be a big perk when it happens.
- They have a referral program.
You can get paid to refer your friends and family to join Uber Eats and you can both earn a bonus if they follow certain steps to qualify – which I believe is between $10-$500.
Is Signing Up Easy?
Another good thing about this opportunity, is that the sign up process is quick & straightforward.
Simply register via the App, you will need some identification and documentation –
For example; take an image of your drivers license, a bank statement, motor insurance certificate and photo.
As work goes, the application is straight forward – no super long application forms here.
Is Uber Eats Worth It?
This is going to depend on so many factors such as…
- How much money you need to make right now,
- How popular Uber is in your particular town/City, (e.g. how many restaurants they’re partnered with),
- How busy your location is,
- How well you maximise your earning potential,
- How well you can cope and adjust to this type of work — and much more.
The good news is, it’s something you can test out for yourself pretty easily. After a short time, you’re going to figure out for yourself if it’s worth it for you & if you want to continue with it in the long term.
Have you worked for Uber Eats? I’d love to hear your opinion – let me know in the comments below!
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Other Ways To Make Extra Cash – In The Long Term…
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What I like the most about online side hustles is that you can do they from anywhere in the World… as long as your internet connection is strong.
Location independence is important for me in the long term, because I do dream about living abroad someday!
One of the first ways I learnt how to make money online is through having my own website & it’s still one of the main ways I make money today.
It’s what I recommend getting started, because it’s something you can grow at your own pace, over time.
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All the best!