Doordash is just one of the many food delivery services across the United States.
Working as a food delivery driver is a great way to earn some extra cash each month, it provides you with a flexible schedule and the ability to make money part-time.
Thousand of drivers earn an income as a DoorDash driver if you want to join them then read on to find out if it is something that interests you.
Who Are DoorDash?
DoorDash is an online delivery service available in over 4,000 cities across the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
They connect restaurants that do not have a delivery system in place to their customers using delivery drivers (Dashers).
Customers need to log on to the DoorDash website, place their order, and wait for delivery.
One great thing about DoorDash is customers can schedule their orders up to four days in advance.
How Does DoorDash Work?
As with most food delivery services, DoorDash's customers can order from a wide range of restaurants in the Dasher app.
When the customer places an order, it automatically shows up in the Dasher Driver app; the driver can then decide if they want to accept or reject that delivery.
If the driver accepts the order, they then pick it up and deliver it to the customer in their specified location.
DoorDash has made the ordering process simple for its customers. The app allows them to place and pay for their order within the app, which means drivers do not have to handle cash.
DoorDash Driver Eligibility
To become DoorDash drivers or Dasher, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must be at least 18-years-old
- Have a car, scooter or bike (in select cities)
- You will need to provide your driver's license number
- Provide your social security number (In the U.S)
Owning a car is not a requirement in all cities, but a valid driver's license, insurance, and having a clean driving record are essential.
The final eligibility requirement is to consent to a background check. You could be waiting for up to 2 weeks for a job offer.
How much Does DoorDash Pay?
DoorDash is very transparent with drivers pay, on their website they provide details of how they calculate delivery drivers pay, in the coming months, how much you will make as a Dasher will be calculated as follows:
Base Pay + Promotions + Tips = Pay
Dashers Base Pay:
Dasher's base pay ranges from $2 to $10 for every delivery. The actual amount you receive within this range is dependent on the estimated delivery duration, how far you travel while delivering the food, and the desirability of the order.
Your base pay will be higher if the delivery takes a long time to deliver, you have a longer distance to travel, and the order is located in an area that is less popular with dashers.
Dashers are allowed to increase their pay by earning a promotional amount.
DoorDash promotions will be rolled out in the coming months; they will include a peak day and challenge bonus.
During busy periods, DoorDash delivery drivers will receive an additional amount for each delivery.
We do not know when DoorDash will start paying their drivers this promotional amount, but as soon as we know, we will update this page.
If you work for DoorDash, you will receive 100% of your tips in addition to your base pay. Customers can tip at the checkout, and in the future, they will have the option to tip after delivery.
The tip amount will show in each Dasher's earnings breakdown.
You can also earn additional cash by referring friends or family to become DoorDash Dashers. In some areas, the referral amount paid can be quite significant.
How To Work For DoorDash
If you think you meet the eligibility requirements set out on the DoorDash website, you can then complete an online application form.
The application form asks you for your details, location, and further information relating to your background and motor vehicle.
DoorDash will then carry out a background check; once completed, you will receive an Activation kit.
The Activation kit includes an insulated bag and a 'DoorDash red card'", this red card is a prepaid debit card, which you may use to pay for food. You will need to collect the kit when attending the Dasher orientation at a DoorDash Office.
DoorDash Driver Schedule
Now its time to dash!
You can schedule shifts in advance in the Dasher app. In the app, you will find a schedule tab, where you can plan your working blocks.
DoorDash allows you to do this up to a week in advance. Scheduling time limit blocks for drivers means the number of DoorDash drivers are limited, which keeps competition lower.
If you are available immediately, DoorDash gives you the option to "Dash Now." Areas, where you can dash now, are usually highlighted in pink or red so you can quickly see where drivers are required.
Dasher Driver App
You will also need to download the DoorDash Dasher app on your phone when you start working for DoorDash. The app is available for Apple and Android phones.
The Dasher App will provide you with access to:
- Important Announcements
- Schedule dashes
- Review previous deliveries
- Ratings and Earnings
The app is handy as it will show you which area has the most orders and will suggest orders for drivers based on their location and transportation type.
When Do DoorDash Pay?
Dashers are paid weekly via direct deposit for the deliveries they made between the Monday and Sunday of the previous week.
Eligible Dashers can receive their money a little faster using DoorDash Instant Pay.
This means Dashers can access their earnings daily using fast pay. Dashers must work in an active fast pay market, dashed for at least two weeks, and have completed 25 deliveries before they have access to DoorDash Instant pay.
Every time you access fast pay, you will need to pay $1.95.
Dasher Out of Pocket Expenses
It is essential to understand that there are several costs to consider when working for DoorDash, you will need to record all business expenses because a proportion of the costs are deductible when completing your tax return at the end of the financial year.
As an independent contractor, you are responsible for all start-up and maintenance costs:
- Smartphone and phone plans
- Vehicle maintenance
- Car depreciation costs
How Can You Make More Money Driving For DoorDash?
Is Working for DoorDash worth it?
Upon first glance, drivers may not consider DoorDash as a viable part-time role. However, there are several opportunities to make extra money:
Number of Orders - While you are working, take as many orders as you possibly can. Try to schedule your work time during busy times to maximize the opportunities available.
Friday, Saturday nights, and most dinnertimes are the busiest periods.
Peak Pay Incentives - DoorDash offers drivers incentives for delivering at a particular time or in a specific area.
They will pay an additional $1 to $4 per delivery for drivers who work during peak hours.
Why Should You Become A Food Delivery Driver?
If becoming a driver delivering food across your city interests you, then becoming a DoorDash driver could be for you.
Consider becoming a Dasher if you are looking for an additional income or a part-time job at the weekends as you probably wouldn't be able to make enough money for it to be a full-time role on its own
You could also consider delivering for one of the DoorDash alternatives, such as Uber Eats or Grubhub, to increase the income you generate.
About The Author
Susan is the founder of a2zonlinehub, a blog specializing in helping people become successful working from home or as independent freelancers. Originally a chartered Accountant, but moved into content writing to allow her the flexibility to work from home, around her three girl's schedules.