Becoming an Uber Eats Driver is a flexible job opportunity if you want to make money as an independent contractor, working to your schedule each day.
Uber Eats is a service offered by Uber, the rideshare service. They expanded in 2012, offering their customers the option to have meals they ordered from a range of local restaurants straight to their doors.
An Uber Eats Driver picks the food up from the chosen restaurant or fast food service and delivers it to the customer.
You could choose to make working as an Uber Eats driver a successful weekend job.
If you are interested in driving for Uber Eats, read on.
What Do Uber Eats Driver's Do?
Uber Eats delivery drivers pick up a customer's food order from their chosen restaurant and deliver it to them at their home or chosen destination.
The drivers can provide the customer with the food in a variety of ways:
- Walk the food order to the customer's door
- The customers will meet the uber eats driver at the front of their homes for what is known as curbside delivery.
- In some condensed urban areas, Drivers use bikes or scooters to deliver food orders.
Uber delivery drivers will never handle cash; customers pay for the service on the Uber Eats App, which they have to download to access the services.
A Day in The Life Of An Uber Driver
Uber Eats drivers can choose to work hours, which are suitable for them, giving a great deal of flexibility.
However, the ordering and delivery process will be the same for every order:
1. The Uber driver logs into the Uber driver app.
2. The driver waits for an order request to come in, accepts that order, and drives to the restaurant to pick up the food.
3. The driver delivers the food order to the customer's home.
The vast majority of Uber Eats drivers already work for Uber rideshare, so drivers pick and choose whether they deliver food or pick up a ride request.
How Much Money Do Drivers For Uber Eats Make?
Uber Eats driver can earn somewhere between $8 and $12 per hour, taking into account a small percentage to cover your vehicle expenses.
Earnings will vary for each driver; income can vary depending on the day of the week, the time of the day worked and in which area you are.
If you plan to work during meal times, then you would expect to generate a higher income than if you worked outside of those times.
Analysis of Uber Eats Driver Pay
Uber Eats pay their drivers for each element of the service provided:
1. Pick up fee - For every order made, you will receive a pickup fee, uber eats set different rates for every restaurant. The pickup fee is generally under $5.
2. Delivery fee / Drop off fee - You will also receive a payment for every delivery made. The fee depends on where you are, and the distance between the collection point and the customers drop off location. The further away the restaurant is, the higher the delivery fee will be.
3. Distance Traveled fee / Mileage - Just as with the Uber rideshare fees, Uber drivers will receive a mileage fee, you will receive a rate per mile, which varies depending on the mode of transport you are using and where you are based.
4. Additional Fees - Uber Eats will also add on additional fees for:
- Multiple order fee - if a customer requires the driver to pick up multiple orders, then the driver will receive an additional fee.
- Boost fee - during busy periods, customers must pay an extra fee, which the driver receives a share of, resulting in an increased pay during those periods throughout the day or week.
5. Tips - Uber Eats drivers often receive tips from their customers, boosting your wage. Uber does not take a percentage of these, so it belongs entirely to the driver.
The tip amount is dependent on the customer and can be paid via the app after they have received the food or to the driver directly when the food is delivered.
Uber Eats also takes a 25 percent cut from the total earnings and pay weekly.
How To Earn Tips
Earning tips is a great way to increase your wage as an Uber Eats driver. I've included a few tips on how to improve the tips you receive:
- Always be timely, customers value drivers who deliver their food punctually.
- Ensure your car is clean; customers don't want to see a dirty vehicle.
- Be understanding; patience is a valuable skill when working in the delivery of food items. Delays in restaurants often occur, or customers may not be prompt at answering the door, so ensure you stay calm.
Steps To Become A Driver For Uber Eats
To become a Uber Eats driver, you will need to start by reviewing the Uber Eats service areas to ensure the company offers its services in a city near where you live.
Before you become a driver with Uber Eats, you will need to meet the driver and vehicle requirements. See below.
If the service is available and you meet, Uber eats requirements.
Follow these steps to sign up for a position:
1: Sign up on Uber.com.
2: Create an account, entering your name, address, phone number, and email address.
3: Provide evidence that you have a current driver's license and provide proof that you own a vehicle by providing your vehicle registration and insurance.
4: Submit your application and wait for Uber to reply.
5: When Uber has completed their application checks, you will be contacted by email and given a username and password if they accept you, which you use when logging into the uber eats driver app.
Uber Eats Requirements
UberEats has set out several requirements you must meet to become a driver:
Driver requirements For An Uber Eats Driver Role (USA)
- You must be 19 years or older; applicants who are 18 will be able to deliver by bike or on foot.
- All drivers must have held their driver's license for at least one year.
- You must hold a valid driver's license, proof of insurance, and current vehicle registration.
- Drivers must pass the Uber Eats background check, which includes checking for any major traffic violations, felonies, or sex offenses.
- You must be able to lift and carry at least 30 pounds; Uber expects all its drivers to prepare for bulky food orders.
The same requirements are relevant in Canada; however, you must be 21 years old to apply to become an Uber Eats driver.
Vehicle Requirements to become a Driver For Uber Eats
If you've met the driver requirements, Uber Eats will then check your vehicle meets the following criteria:
- The car must not be older than 15 years.
- Cars cannot have dents, damage, or miss parts. They must be safe.
- Rental vehicles are not to be used when delivering for Uber Eats, except for ones rented through Uber Eats.
- All vehicles must have an insurance policy in the name of the Uber Eats driver; if you borrow a car, then the insurance policy must detail your name.
If you plan to deliver by motorcycle, the vehicle requirements are:
- The bike must have two wheels and a motor lower than 50cc.
- Your motorcycle must travel at speeds under 30 mph.
- You will require an insurance policy in the name of the Uber Eats driver.
Planning to deliver by an un-motorized bike, then you are lucky as there are no vehicle requirements for you.
Switching From Uber To Uber Eats
If you are a current Uber driver, then driving for Uber Eats, in addition to your current role, could not be simpler. All the requirements are the same, so request to upgrade to delivery on your uber app.
Simple. Once signed up, you will receive ride requests and food delivery requests on the same app.
Pro's and Con's Of Becoming A Driver For Uber Eats
Working as a driver comes with a range of benefits and negatives:
Pros of Working As An Uber Eats Driver
- You get to choose your hours and when you work
- Depending on the times worked and how much you work, you could make more than $100 per shift.
- Ask your tax accountant to deduct mileage and the maintenance for your delivery vehicle on your tax returns.
Negatives of Working As A Driver For Uber Eats
- It is more beneficial for you to work weekends and meal times as they are the busiest times of the days for uber eats drivers; this could impact on your home life.
- Extra maintenance costs on your vehicle.
- You may receive unfair bad reviews.
- Some customers are just tricky.
Overall, becoming an Uber Eats driver comes with a variety of benefits, which in my opinion outweigh the negatives, resulting in a great source of income. You can sign up to become an Uber Eats Driver here.
About The Author
Susan is a stay at home mum of three young girls. Originally a chartered Accountant, but moved into content writing so she could have flexibility and be there for her kids