How to be a successful Uber Eats delivery driver

Jason has been an Uber Eats driver since 2020, completing hundreds of deliveries in various cities in the Midwest of the United States.

my initial story

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve been interested or at least considered what it would be like to be an Uber Eats driver as a side job or even full time if you can. When I started driving for Uber in November 2020, I was working a job I didn’t like and decided to try what this would be like on my days off and see if it was worth it, and potentially leaving my current job to the Uber driver. full time. To my satisfaction, I tried a few days for about 8 hours each day and made a little over $100 for each day I drove, roughly the equivalent of working 8 hours at my day job. I knew right away this could have potential but the problem I had was that winter was near and if you know anything about Midwest winters they are very unpredictable and the last thing anyone wants to do is drive their own car through conditions dangerous on the road. and sub-zero temperatures. You can get old quickly.

So I decided that come spring I would quit my current job and commit to Uber Eats full time. Fortunately, spring came early, and in early March 2021, I took the risk of quitting my job to commit to Uber. Over the winter, I spent many hours reading articles and watching YouTube videos of people doing this full time and bringing home up to $8,000 a month, even. Some even allege that if a person commits to Uber full-time for an entire year, he may bring home more than $100,000 in that year. I decided that even if I could do a fraction of that, I’d be happy. That’s what this article is about, my experience driving for Uber Eats, some tips on how to make your driving experience the best it can be, and then my final thoughts on whether or not it’s worth it.

Location is very important

Now, before I describe my story further, I’d like to point out that location might be the number one reason for whether or not you’ll have a successful Uber experience. This goes beyond the obvious of just living in rural areas, even some small to medium sized cities and towns may not have the highest volume or be the best areas to browse. In some cities or regions of the country, other driving apps like DoorDash or Grub Hub may have more users than Uber Eats. This is field research that you would have to do on your own. All of the driving apps work similarly, but find the one that works best for you, or even some people use them all simultaneously to maximize their order volume. Location-wise, if you live in an area where it might not be Uber-friendly, you may need to travel to the closest big city to you if that’s feasible, or consider moving to a big city if that’s an option. for you. If you’re committed to wanting to do Uber full time and you know you can do it, what’s to stop you from moving to a big city if you don’t have anything holding you back? Some people even take advantage of Uber by using it as an excuse to take a road trip and spend some time in a new city every few days making deliveries for Uber along the way. It all depends on what is important to you and whether you have the opportunity and the resources to make it happen.

How much did I win and what was my strategy?

During March and April 2021 I decided to spend 3-4 days a week driving Uber for 12 hours each day. Keep in mind that I live in a small town, so I would have to drive almost 40 minutes to the nearest larger city. I would usually drive every other day and to my surprise each day I would earn between $210 and $300 every day I drove. Typically you’d make about $700 a week driving, not bad for just working half the week at your own pace.

I also discovered that it really didn’t matter what days of the week I worked, I usually did the same thing whether I worked on a Monday or a Saturday. If you learn the habits of meal times in your area, it really shouldn’t matter when you deliver. Monday through Friday can be busy lunch hours, while weekends can be busier in the late afternoon and evening. Night driving can also be great. It has no traffic and most of the restaurants that stay open after midnight are fast food restaurants where most of the time you can get in and out quickly with the order. These are the strategies I found to work for me, and finding the ones that work for you is key.

Life had a change of plans for me in May and I decided to start college soon after. My experience with the university will have its own article. While I did not continue this routine consistently, I feel like it would have continued to work and achieved my desired goals if I had continued full time.

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find your routine

The first few weeks were the hardest, learning the routine and finding which restaurants were the most efficient and which areas of the city were the best to deliver to. This can also be key to your success, pick a handful of restaurants you like to deliver to. and be picky about which areas of your city you’d like to deliver to. If you have a consistent volume from the same restaurants, you’ll eventually develop a business relationship with the staff and they’ll know why you’re there and are more likely to do it. Make your experience more efficient. If you can develop a routine that works for you and you can put little effort or thought into it, this can make your experience much more pleasant and help with your longevity in giving birth.

the negatives

Of course, all jobs have downsides, but one positive part I’ll point out first about driving for Uber is that you get to work within your own risk tolerance and not have someone push you to work outside of it. The biggest drawback I found was having the mental discipline to stay on track delivering. He usually won’t go constantly, and he has to take a break from time to time, and a lot of times he starts to wonder why he’s doing this and thinks of other things he could be doing, or feels the need to go. home for the day and that you’ve done enough to deserve it. We cannot avoid these thoughts, but it is our choice if we choose to ignore them. Sometimes it can be difficult.

Another drawback I found is driver fatigue. The more hours you are on the road, the more likely you are to develop driver fatigue and, in some cases, have an accident. It can be difficult for many people. If you’re not a confident driver to begin with, consider your risk tolerance when you’re on the road.

You may think you have to deal with rude customers, and this can happen, but after hundreds of orders I can honestly say this has been weird for me. Many customers even ask to just leave the order at the door and you never see them. When I meet customers at the door, most are usually friendly or courteous. If you come across a rude customer, just make your delivery and heed what they say. Long hours on the road can wear you down, so be careful. All it takes is a few customers reporting a stupid incident that may or may not have been your fault for Uber to close your account.

One final negative that I have found is that while most days I got consistent results, some days you will just be disappointed. You go out of your way to engage with Uber that day to do next to nothing or even nothing if you’re that unlucky. This can be extremely discouraging and may make you reconsider why you are driving in the first place. It happens, we can’t help it. You just have to keep going out there and trying.

final thoughts

So would I recommend Uber Eats? I think it can be a great secondary concert, as it was meant to be. As far as committing full time, I think it may be doable for a year, but it’s not sustainable. Can you imagine doing this job almost every day for several years? It’s just not going to work for almost anyone, not to mention all the wear and tear on your car along the way. Miles can add up quickly, but luckily they’re tax deductible, so be sure to keep track of your miles. I knew life would soon change for me, so I didn’t hesitate to quit my day job and commit to Uber full-time for the time being. So if you live in a colder climate, half of the year is generally unbearable driving conditions. However, if you manage to carve out a few days a week driving for Uber and have a routine that works for you, I think you’ll be happy with the amount of extra income you take home at the end of the year.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not intended to be a substitute for formal, individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Jason

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