10 Best Delivery App Jobs (And Gigs) in 2019

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One way you may be able to bring in some extra cash is to become a delivery person. These days you don’t have to go and work for a big company like FedEx or UPS if you want to deliver stuff.

Instead, you can become an independent contractor. Independent contractors who deliver stuff may get to choose their own hours. They can often choose which deliveries they want to take and which they don’t as well.

Top Delivery Apps to Make Money

Companies who partner with independent contractors often have cool apps that allow you as a contractor to deliver as you please. This means you get to have a lot more control over what and where you deliver to this way.

Let’s face it: it’s a whole lot more fun when you get to have control over what you do and when you do it. On that note, here is a list of some of the best delivery partner app gigs we found, and some details about each one.

Maybe one or more of these companies can be your side hustle ticket to financial success.

1. DoorDash

DoorDash specializes in delivering restaurant meals to clients, and they’re always searching for Dashers. Dashers use the DoorDash app to find jobs delivering to people.

As a Dasher, you might deliver a restaurant meal to a person or family at their home or somewhere else. There are all sorts of cool things about delivering food to people:

  • You get to find out about great restaurants you may not have heard of
  • You’re involved in bringing people meals, and it’s always good to eat
  • You get to earn extra cash

When you deliver with DoorDash you get paid per delivery. Note: many dashers earn tips as well. Maybe you’ll use your DoorDash earnings to pay for a much-needed vacation. Or to get out of debt.

Here’s what you need to have to become a Dasher for DoorDash:

  • Valid drivers license
  • Valid insurance

Dashers have to sign a contract to deliver, so you have to be at least 18 years of age.

Also, you cannot have more than 3 moving violations in the last three years. Dashers have to have driving records that are free of major violations such as DUI, assault, etc.

DoorDash operates in thousands of cities all across the U.S. and Canada, including most major U.S. cities.

Note: Some cities even allow dashers to use other types of vehicles besides cars. Depending on the city regulations, you may be able to Dash using a scooter, bicycle or by walking. The DoorDash website has more information on what the different cities allow.

If you like the idea of delivery food to people, Doordash could be a fun app for you to try.

2. Postmates

Postmates delivery drivers deliver all sorts of things. As a driver for Postmates you might deliver a restaurant meal, a grocery order or a liquor store order. Customers like Postmates because they make all deliveries in under an hour.

This company operates in dozens of cities all over the United States.

Some of the cities Postmates operates in include:

  • Manhattan and New York City
  • Chicago
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Miami
  • Phoenix
  • Boston
  • Los Angeles and San Francisco
  • Seattle and Portland
  • Salt Lake City
  • West Palm Beach

And many, many more. To qualify to be a deliverer for Postmates you have to be 18 years of age or older. You also have to have a qualified delivery vehicle for your city (car, bicycle, scooter, etc.).

Postmates hires deliverers with an upbeat and positive attitude. In return for a great work ethic, you’ll get paid well and even have the potential to earn tips. The Postmates website says that their drivers earn up to $25 per hour.

3. Uber Eats

You may have heard of Uber. Uber is a ride request app that brings people from point A to point B. People partner as independent contractors and drive others to their requested destination.

Well, Uber Eats utilizes independent contractors to deliver food to customers. As with the other delivery apps, when you deliver with Uber Eats you can work when it is convenient for you.

You can also choose your own wheels. Depending on the city you live in, you can deliver with a car, scooter, bicycle or other modes of transportation.

Uber Eats is available in many cities throughout the United States. As an independent contractor, Uber will pay you an amount for each delivery. You also have the potential to earn tips as many Uber Eats delivery partners do.

Note: you do have to be at least 19 years of age to deliver with Uber Eats. You also have to have a car that is 1999 or newer.

Note: you can get qualified to do both Uber Eats delivery and do regular Uber rideshare rides taking people places.

4. Instacart

Instacart shoppers deliver groceries to people at home. Their app makes it easy to get jobs and get paid fast. As a full-service shopper for Instacart, you’ll shop for peoples’ groceries based off a list Instacart gives you.

Then you’ll hop in your car and deliver the groceries to the client. As with DoorDash, when you sign up to be an Instacart full-service shopper, you choose the hours you work.

That means you have the pleasure of choosing your work schedule based on what’s best for you. You also get paid every week – plus you can earn tips as well.

To be a personal grocery shopper for Instacart, you need to meet the following qualifications:

  • You have to be 18 years of age or older
  • Be eligible to work in the United States
  • Have consistent access to a vehicle (including insurance)
  • Be able to use efficiently and have consistent access to a newer model smartphone
  • Have the physical capability to lift between 30 and 40 pounds without assistance

It helps too to know the basic layout of local grocery stores in your area. This will help you earn more as you’ll be able to shop faster for customers. Shopping faster means you’ll be able to take more deliveries and earn more money per hour.

This could be a fun side hustle for you if you like the idea of shopping/delivering groceries to people.

5. Favor Delivery

As with Postmates, Favor Delivery will deliver what clients need in less than an hour. Favor’s “runners” can work part-time or full-time.

When you’re a runner with Favor, you’re more like a personal assistant. You might deliver groceries, a restaurant meal or pick up and deliver a dry cleaning order.

In order to be a runner, you have to be 18 years of age or older and have a reliable vehicle. You also need to have a clean driving and/or other record.

All scheduled hours have minimum guaranteed pay rates. Most runners earn between $10 and $18 per hour.

Note: you get to keep 100% of your tips.

Favor is available in a variety of U.S. cities including:

  • Arlington, Dallas and Fort Worth Texas
  • Washington DC
  • Arlington and Falls Church, Virginia
  • Eugene, Oregon
  • Brooklyn, New York

And more. Check the Favor Delivery website today for more information on becoming a runner for them.

6. Caviar

The Caviar app allows clients to get the food they love through delivery or pickup. When clients want food delivered, they need drivers like you to bring it to them.

If you start working as a Caviar courier, you’ll get paid up to $25 per hour for delivering food. You get to see earnings, pickup and drop off locations before you take a job.

Knowing where you’ll be going and what you’ll get paid helps you decide whether or not a job is right for you.

Note: as a Caviar courier, you can choose to get paid after each and every delivery.

Also, Caviar has a dedicated support team in place that is ready to chat whenever you need them.

To be a courier for Caviar, you need to be 18 years of age or older and have a car, truck, scooter or other vehicle. Remember that each city has its own ordinances regarding what types of vehicles can be used for delivery.

And you have to have a working smartphone so that you can check for jobs on the Caviar app.

7. Saucey

Saucey offers 30-minute delivery of your favorite alcoholic beverages right to your door. When you become a Saucey courier, you can work when it is convenient for you. You use your vehicle to deliver to customers.

And you can choose to deliver in a part of town that you’re familiar with. This is important because Saucey operates in large cities.

Saucey is currently operating in the following metropolitan areas:

  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco
  • Chicago
  • San Diego
  • Sacramento
  • Oakland

They do ship to other areas of the country, but of course you wouldn’t be delivering there. When you deliver with Saucey, you’ll earn cash for each delivery. You also have the potential to earn tips. Note that you have to be 21 years of age in order to deliver for Saucey.

8. Eaze

If you live in California, you could become a delivery driver with Eaze. Well, you actually don’t work for Eaze, but for one of the dispensaries that Eaze works with.

You see, the Eaze app helps coordinate delivery of marijuana orders to customers. And they need drivers to make those deliveries.

When you drive for an approved dispensary using the Eaze app, you’ll generally work between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. You’ll get paid an hourly wage from the dispensary, plus mileage reimbursement for each delivery.

Note: you may earn tips as well.

9. Deliv

Deliv offers same-day delivery to individuals and small businesses. Most Deliv drivers deliver items from local malls and retailers.

As a Deliv driver you might deliver clothes, flowers or alcohol. They even have a separate delivery program called Deliv RX for those who need pharmaceutical items delivered.

Deliveries are typically within a 15-mile radius of where you live. And you’ll generally deliver to residences, hotels and workplaces.

When you become a driver for Deliv, you use their app to tell them when you’re available. Then they’ll send you delivery jobs to complete.

Qualifications to be a Deliv driver:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older and have a smartphone with a data plan
  • Your vehicle must be 1998 or newer
  • You’re required to speak English fluently and have great customer service skills
  • You must be able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • And you must have at least one year of driving experience and be able to pass a background check.

You can choose to work “when you want, how you want” with Deliv. Deliv says their top delivery specialists earn up to $22 per hour.

Drivers who sign up ahead of time and submit their hours for the coming week get priority jobs. You have to have a motor vehicle to deliver for Deliv. An exception is if you live in New York City. New York City deliverers can use bikes or walk in some areas.

Deliv is available in multiple cities throughout the United States.

10. OrderUp

OrderUp specializes in food deliveries. Currently, OrderUp operates in several states and is growing.

You can be an OrderUp driver if you live in:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Indiana
  • Missouri
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Virginia

Note that new states and cities are being added regularly. When you become a driver for OrderUp, you get paid a commission on each delivery you make.

Note: you get to keep 100% of tips you earn. OrderUp is a part of the Groupon family.

Summary

As you can see, there are many opportunities to make money in the delivery business. And, you can choose to deliver just about anything you want.

Note that with all delivery jobs where you work as an independent contractor, you’ll have certain financial responsibilities. Independent contractors are required to keep track of income and expenses.

They’re also required to pay taxes on any income they earn, including tips. We recommend saving a portion of all delivery income and setting it aside for tax time.

That way you’ll be financially prepared for any income taxes due.

Have you ever worked as a delivery specialist using any of the apps or companies mentioned above? If so, what did you like best about it, or what didn’t you like? Share in the comments below.

65 COMMENTS

65 responses to “10 Best Delivery App Jobs (And Gigs) in 2019”

  1. Vrimee | Earnfreedollars says:

    To Laurie,
    This is a good list. Could you please provide more insight regarding the below queries?
    1. How does the pay work? Is it hourly, or based on the driving distance?
    2. Will they pay instantly for every delivery, or only after reaching the minimum payout?

    • Deacon says:

      Actually, every company can be different. If you read the post, DoorDash pays by delivery yet Postmates appears to pay by the hour. The best way to find out positively is to go to their website and read about it. That should answer all of those kinds of questions for you.

  2. Cassandra says:

    I deliver for both Postmates, and DoorDash in Kansas City, MO and they both pay by the delivery.

  3. Josh says:

    Quite a random list you’ve got here. I’ve worked for Postmates, Uber eats, and Caviar, and make 3 times as much as I could for any of them doing deliveries for 2 companies that aren’t even on your list. Kinda makes you wonder what qualifies as ‘best’ to you.

  4. Rose says:

    I have been working with Postmates for over 2 months with my husband. He drives and delivers and I do the pick ups. We have made close to $2000 in the past 2 months working 3 hours a day 3-5 days a week. It’s not tons of money, but it’s actually sort of fun and we get to spend time together. It’s our side hustle, and since Postmates doesn’t require that you sign up for shifts, it’s been great! We’ve done a few deliveries or as many as 13 in 5 hours. We’ve gotten bonuses for getting 8 deliveries in 4 hours and for signing people up. It does do a number on our cars and gas does factor into the equation. We have yet to do our taxes, so we will see about that…
    We know our city, Pittsburgh, quite well, and we work well together, so it works for us. It saves worrying about where to park and getting a ticket and we are pretty efficient!!! Not being able to call when we’ve had problems is a pain, but I actually have been able to talk to someone, or email, if necessary.

    • Deacon says:

      I’m glad Postmates is working out so well for you and appreciate your comments. Keep up the good work for more bonuses in the future! 🙂

  5. Wendi Groth says:

    I’m having difficulty finding the actual amount each service pays their driver. Whenever I look into any job, my first question is, “How much will I get paid”? I can’t find that information on their websites, or I’m not looking in the right place. Please help.

    • Deacon says:

      Well, for Uber it’s listed on the bottom of the main page, but it is variable and depends on several things. We have a post that might help answer a few more of your questions for both Uber and Lyft. It compares the two, so be sure to check it out. However, it still doesn’t spell out what the pay is exactly. DoorDash pays based on each delivery. I imagine it is based on the size of the order, time of day, distance you travel to deliver, etc. I believe Postmates and most of the others are the same way. We also shared a podcast on our site from someone who does this for a living. It is called, “How to Make Money Using Lyft and Uber with Harry Campbell”. I know that doesn’t give you a set answer, but perhaps you could try it as a side hustle to start out? Or, take a delivery from one of them in your area and ask the driver. Whatever you decide to do, I wish you luck with it.

  6. Brandon says:

    I’ve been delivering with Door Dash and Uber Eats for about a month now. Typically I make between $4-6 per delivery, not including tips, but sometimes more, depending on whether I’m working when it’s busy because they offer bonuses (or boosts, as Uber Eats calls it) to help keep up with demand. The pay depends on how busy it is (demand), the distance to the restaurant, the distance to the delivery location, and the trip time to the delivery location. You’d probably be surprised by how many people won’t tip. (Though to be fair, the delivery fees are already kinda high on Uber Eats) It’s a really easy side job to make some decent extra cash.

  7. CG says:

    I’m a Dasher and I’m making average of about $150 a week. I think I average only about $12/hour. It’s hard to get orders – sometimes I just get one an hour. It’s been pretty frustrating to make it worth the gas money and wear and tear on my vehicle. I think the more expensive the restaurant, the better the delivery pay. I had $85 worth of food to deliver only a couple of miles away and made $20. But that’s only happened twice. I’m trying to find another delivery service for a city near me that has great delivery opportunity potential as far as the volume of restaurants in the area. I’m going to try Uber Eats again too, but nothing is near where I live. I have to drive a bit to get to where these services are available.

    • Deacon says:

      Yes, it’s tougher to make a living delivering food if you don’t live in a city large enough to support delivery services. Of course, driving to and from somewhere can eat into your profits too. But I hope you can make a go of it!

  8. Raquel says:

    I’ve used instacart for a while and it’s very difficult to make any money. On the average, you spend 1.5-2.5 hrs and go up to 15 miles to fill a grocery order of 5-30 items and make $14-20. After gas and vehicle use, your making about $8/hr and sometimes less. I’m not sure how it’s legal, but they don’t pay minimum wage difference. The worst part, is instacart leads people to believe tips aren’t neccessary, so most people only tip $2-3. It’s sadly obvious that keeping drivers happy and allowing them to make decent money is far from a priority for them.

    • Deacon says:

      I’m sorry to hear that. Of course, you can always try to find other work or another delivery service to work for. In addition, you could let them know that if you haven’t already. Thanks for your comments.

  9. Rayla Elkey says:

    I have been working with DoorDash with my boyfriend for about a month. You get paid per delivery and the payment also depends on how much you’re delivering and how far you’re traveling. For example, you’ll definitely get paid more for delivering 8 meals to a real estate office than for delivering 1 smoothie to a girl in dorm room 24B. I also really enjoy the peak pay incentives that add on anywhere between $2-$10 per delivery just for working in a busy city during lunch or dinner rushes. I usually average between $80-$120 for about 6 hours of work in a city. When my boyfriend and I team up, we can usually get closer to $200 in the same amount of time. The only downside is that DoorDash doesn’t take into account restaurants not having the order ready, traffic, etc., so it’s really hard to be on time. I have done deliveries that expect me to have their order to them in 10 minutes when its 8 minutes of travel plus waiting for the restaurant to prepare their food! LOL

    • Deacon says:

      Thanks for your perspective on working for DoorDash. It sounds like getting food there on time can be challenging at times. At the same time, it’s nice to hear you are making money doing it. 🙂

  10. Chris Raynor says:

    I’ve done delivery and courier work for many years. Be prepared to have car transmission issues. Repairs are not cheap. Take this into account when deciding.

    • Deacon says:

      You have a good point. There will be some maintenance to account for if you use a car to work in a delivery job. Thanks for your comments.

  11. Mike says:

    I drive for DoorDash. I make about $400-600. Every Monday I work from 12:30-5:30, Monday through Saturday. It’s a pretty good side hustle. I don’t feel like I’m working. I tried Postmates and they are okay, but you go all over the place.

  12. Jesse Valentine says:

    There’s no mention of Grubhub.

  13. Kimberly Mitchell says:

    This is a good article. Thanks! I have a concierge and housekeeping business that services the Philadelphia area as well as Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia, and I’m always looking for more efficient ways to offer deliveries as well as finding quality workers.

  14. Amber says:

    In Florida we also have GrubHub and Waitr.

    • Deacon says:

      Those are two additional options you could choose from in some locations. Thanks for mentioning them.

  15. Bg says:

    I’ve been working for Uber Eats and Postmates for about 2 months. They both pay you a set amount for the pick up and drop off, and then you get paid per minute on how long your wait is for the pick up. Also, you get paid for mileage to the drop off only. I normally work hours after my day job, 6pm-8pm, maybe 3 to 4 times a week, and then the weekend shift – Friday’s and Saturday’s from 6pm to 10pm or sometimes later. I make about $150 to $300 a week depending on my hustle.

  16. Deb says:

    Maybe those are the 2 mystery places Josh above didn’t want to tell us. 🙂

  17. Annie Paredes says:

    I am looking into Shipt. Do you have any information about them?

    • Deacon says:

      We do mention them in one of our other posts on this site. The best way to find out info is to ask someone you know who delivers for them or uses their services. You could also check out their site for yourself and look up reviews about them to see if people like using the service.

  18. Michael Martin says:

    Hey, Deacon. Two companies that aren’t mentioned on your list that pay hourly plus tips are Waitr and Bite Squad. They are similar to the other delivery services, but you are a W-2 employee instead of a 1099.

    • Deacon says:

      Thanks for mentioning these, Michael! Of course, we don’t always have the room or the time in the post to mention them all. So, I’m glad you commented about these two!

  19. Nick says:

    I work for Amazon Flex in the Boston, MA area. I usually make $1000 per week for under 40 hours of work and about $1200 or more working 40 hours. Sometimes it’s very difficult to get blocks. I manage to get them, though. I also work for GrubHub. I make about $200 per week working about 8 hours.

  20. Jerry A. says:

    I enjoy working for Uber Eats except for two things. They have the worst GPS that I have ever seen. You cannot trust it or depend on it. I have had it try to send me the wrong way on one way streets. It never chooses the most efficient route. Forget about even trying to use the driver support. All of the people are from foreign countries and have the idea that patronizing you is the way to get things accomplished. They are more frustrating than the GPS.

    • Deacon says:

      It sounds like you need to let Uber Eats know about these issues, if you haven’t already. For your sake, I hope they are resolved soon.

  21. Brittany says:

    I highly recommend Bite Squad if it’s available in your area. I’ve worked for them in the Gainesville market for a year now. We get paid hourly with guaranteed rates during lunch and dinner hours, and a guarantee of $15 per hour on Friday through Sunday evenings. I typically make at least $11 per hour, although I commonly make closer to $16 per hour. The scheduling is extremely flexible (you only need to commit to working 3 hours a week, but I typically work around 20 hours a week), you can withdraw funds from your bi-weekly paycheck within a day, and the pay is awesome. I regularly make at least $500 per paycheck. It is by far the best delivery service I have found to work for!

  22. Wendy Keetch says:

    I’ve delivered food for Postmates for close to 1 1/2 years. It’s been my second income getting me through the month here in California – my day job is a HS teacher’s aide). I was doing well with Postmates until 3 months ago when they lowered the base pay per delivery and changed mileage and wait times, etc. For example, I use to average 6-8 deliveries within a 3-4 hour window per night during the week, excluding Fridays. I earned approximately $45-$60 a night not including tips. Now, for the same number of deliveries during the week, I’m making just under $20. Go figure! I used to rave nothing but good about Postmates. This change for less does not work for many of us here in California as we pay high gas prices already.

    • Deacon says:

      I’m sorry to hear that you are not having good luck delivering for Postmates any more. Perhaps you could check out their competition to see if the pay is better.

  23. Sharon says:

    I work for Doorash and Postmates. Postmates is good if the customer tips. Dash is cheap. If the customer gives you a good tip, Door Dash will only pay you $1. They use your tip as part of their base pay. It’s tip theft. There is a class action case against them.

    • Deacon says:

      Have you asked them about this or checked out any agreement you signed with them to see if this enters into it? Those are some places to start if you want to resolve the issue quicker.

  24. Michelle Anne LaRocque says:

    Are there retailers that provide delivery service as opposed to drive-up? While there’d be less personal control, the employer would pay 1/2 of the social security and medicare taxes. You’d be on their books for taxes. I’ve worked retail. Drive-up service is usually handled by a front-end staff member. It doesn’t offer the benefit of getting out of the store and jaunting about town.

    • Deacon says:

      Some retailers provide delivery services. However, each one has their own policies, etc. on how they reimburse their drivers.

  25. Vicki says:

    I do Postmates and Uber Eats. I do pretty well during the peak times with Uber Eats, especially when they’re offering promotions. However, with Postmates, I had to pay for the food once I got to the restaurant using my Postmates Debit Card. I was totally turned off by that. So, I need to have money on my Postmates card at all times so I can pay for the orders. Then, I have to wait to be paid for those orders.

    • Deacon says:

      I’m sorry to hear that Postmates is not working out for you as well as you’d hoped. Keep in mind there are other options you could try as well. 🙂

  26. Gigi says:

    Doordash definitely shouldn’t be number 1. It’s hard to actually earn money because they take your tips to use toward your guaranteed amount. So, even if a customer tips $5, if the guaranteed amount is $7, that’s all you get. Postmates is okay, but they don’t tell you how far your total trip is until you’re done. It sends you all information in stages as you complete your delivery. But the tip is 100% your own. Uber Eats is good, but they also take some of your tips for taxes instead of making the customer pay them.

  27. Shantell says:

    I work for Postmates. They don’t take the order money from you. You’re not responsible to pay it. They put the amount to cover the order. You should not be putting money on that card – FYI.

  28. Natasha Bodemer says:

    What delivery jobs are in Winston Salem, NC?

    • Deacon says:

      I do not know. You can either Google about it or check out the links in this post to see if any of the sites have delivery jobs in your area. Or another alternative is that you might be able to start your own!

  29. Amy Smith says:

    I worked for Shipt and took on about 4 orders thrown to me that I couldn’t physically get to while delivering to other shops for them over a period of a month. They let me go yesterday because of it. I’ve never been let go in my 50 years on Earth. It’s just awful. Beware.

  30. Darrick White says:

    I love to work. I’m good with people and very nice. I will do anything you want me to do. I love to walk a lot.

  31. Alice Wilson says:

    I’m trying to deliver for Uber Eats. No one has contact me yet to begin my runs.

    • Deacon says:

      You could always contact them to check and see if there is anything additional they need from you so you can get started. Look for their contact information on their website.

  32. James says:

    These jobs are very very dependent on 3 things.

    Location
    Time of day
    Number of delivery drivers

    If your location has very few people you are not going to make even 1/4 minimum wage.
    If you can’t schedule out the right times of day because they limit the number of active deilvery drivers you won’t get any money.
    If there are hundreds of people doing the same thing competing for the orders, you’re done.

    Companies like Instacart has proven that in a small city or over saturated employee area you make less than 20 dollars a week. Not even close to what is need to live on. In places like LA and Miami the customers are very cheap never tipping and the company likes to send you on large orders for almost no pay.

    Realize that companies like Instacart charge by the item… NOT QUANTITY. So if a customer orders a case of 40 bottle waters… quantity 200… Instacart will pay you 4 dollars for the order for a 15 mile drive. No heavy pay, no tip, no peak hour bonus. Just 4 dollars for 200 cases of bottled water… oh and they time you so you have only 10 minutes to shop for them, 3 minutes to check out, and 2 minutes to drive the 15 miles to deliver… if you’re late you speed rating goes down, you get less orders.

    They are NOT worth the headache as these companies are nothing but pyramid schemes designed to generate revenue from free labor… you don’t even break even with gas. Instacart alone has been sued by the shoppers over 7 times in the last 10 years and they’ve settled out of court every time cause they know they would lose the case.

    • Deacon says:

      I’m sorry that you’ve had a bad experience with Instacart. It’s true that a lot of them are dependent on where you’re living and some other variables, however other have had some success with these and I hope you can find something that works for you!

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