Gone are the days where the only side hustle you could do is to have a part-time job. Now there are so many options when it comes to earning extra money on the side. One of my favorite side hustles that I have done is delivering food for DoorDash.
How Does DoorDash Work?
DoorDash is a food delivery service app. Customers order food from one of the dozens of restaurants offered in their particular area and agree on delivery fees and tips. The app gives the order to a “Dasher” who is logged into the Dasher app. The Dasher picks up the customer’s order from the restaurant and delivers it to the customer.
DoorDash Pay Structure
As a Dasher, you get to keep 100% of the tips that customers leave to you, the delivery fee, and any boosts called peak pay that is in effect. Rates are determined by how many miles you have to travel, the size of your orders, and how many orders you complete.
If you’re wondering how DoorDash makes any money, they charge the restaurants a percentage fee on every single order.
As a dasher, you need to always be creating a valuable experience for everyone involved. There are certain ratings you need to be aware of and to keep your eye on.
Every single order you pick up, the customer rates you on your service. The customer rating is from one to five stars. Usually better an faster service will equal a higher rating.
What can be sucky about this system is when something crazy happens during the delivery of the order which isn’t your fault and you get a poor rating because the customer blames you. So, know that can happen. But usually, people are fairly understanding. The best thing you can do is to provide the best service you can on every single order.
The next rating you need to keep your eye on is the completion rating. Every time you accept an order you need to complete the order. You need to keep close to a 100% completion rating or else DoorDash could kick you out as a dasher and you would lose your job. So, keep that in the back of your mind when accepting an order, if you don’t have enough time to complete it, then don’t take the order.
What Do You Cover?
As a Dasher, you are in charge of paying for all of your own expenses. This includes gas, wear and tear on your car, car insurance, data for your phone, and self-employment tax. So, in essence, everything.
How to Earn More Than Average
On the DoorDash website, they claim you can make anywhere between $15-$25 per hour. In my experience that entire range is possible. But it is more common to make $15 an hour and deliver between 2-3 deliveries per hour. When I first started delivering with DoorDash, I was still learning the ropes and trying to figure out how to maximize my earnings, so I earned closer to the $9-$10 range.
If you want to earn more then average and really maximize your earnings, this is how to do it:
- Only Accept Large Orders
Be picky about the orders that you accept. When the order pops up on your screen, an estimated total shows up. Most of the time that is the amount that you will be given once you complete the order.
There are times when the customer tip ends up being so large that the estimation is blown out of the water, but these orders are rare. Usually, this only happens in a super fancy restaurant in my area and even receiving these orders are rare. If you see an order where the estimated total is $3.00, run away. Don’t accept that order. It won’t be higher.
The customer tips are based on a percentage system, so find the largest orders possible. (But an important thing to note, is not all customers will use the percentage system to tip. Some customers, no matter how large their order is will tip lousy or not at all. Just something to be aware of.)
- Drive During Peak Hours
It is in your best interest to deliver during busy times. Think lunchtime or dinnertime. It’s not worth working if nobody is ordering. You’ll just sit and wait, wasting valuable time.
- Avoid High Traffic Areas
Traffic slows you down, making it harder to deliver in a reasonable amount of time, plus parking gets difficult.
- Use Multiple Apps
If you want to be extra successful, become a certified UberEats, Postmates, and Grubhub driver, so you can guarantee work anytime.
Is Becoming a Dasher Right for You?
I love the flexibility that DoorDash gives me as a busy mom to a little one. I get to decide how long and when (well, to a certain degree) I’m going to Dash. It allows me to make some extra money to help my family out.
Have you delivered with DoorDash? What was your experience like? Will you try delivering with DoorDash?