The GIG Economy seems to be everywhere! From Uber to Postmates to DoorDash to InstaCart. So many to choose from! With so many options how do you choose the one that's right for you? You can either try them all and see which is best for your needs or you can simply read our reviews and decide from there. We have already tried them out for you! Here's what we learned from our Doordash experience...
First things first! You cannot log on, register on the site and start working. You have to wait 2-4 days for your packet with your delivery bag and your DoorDash card to arrive. Only then can you start delivering. So even if you are just considering giving it a try you may want to just register so you have all the materials needed. That way if some free time pops up and you want to make a few bucks you can.
I signed up on a Sunday and had my Packet by Thursday. I was ready to go!
Once your ready you can log on to the dasher app. The App will have different areas mapped out near your location. When an area is busy it will flash red. Sometimes it's right where you are. Other times you have to drive there. Once you are in that area you hit the Dash now button. It will ask you for an end time to your Dash, once you select the end time the App will begin to look for orders. When there's an order to be delivered it will send it to you. You can either accept or decline. The order will show you which restaurant to pick up from and the amount you will make. If you decline, you must wait for another order to come your way. If you accept you go the the restaurant (sometimes you have to pay with the DoorDash card), pick up the order( you usually have to wait), and then deliver to customer. Once delivered you head back to the busy areas and wait for the next order. You get paid for your efforts once a week, Mondays. There is an option for fast pay but we stuck with the weekly pay.
As far as the process that's the long and short of it! So how did we do? Let's see...
I worked as a Dasher for 2 days. The first was a Tuesday from 11-130 and the second was a Sunday from 11-2. I delivered a total 9 orders on those two days. I earned $57.96 cents in my 5.5 hours of work. I also spent $12 in gas on my deliveries which left me with a grand total profit of $45.96!
When you look at this from an hourly wage perspective it's not that great, $8.35/hr which is well below minimum wage in our area. At first glance it looks as if Doordash is a waste of time! Don't dismiss so quickly, even though the hourly rate isn't good when you compare to a typical job wage I still believe there is value in Doordash as long as you look at it the right way!
DoorDash is not now and will never be a viable "Job", so don't try to make it one. Doordash is good when you want to make a few extra bucks and have nothing else to do. That's how you use it!
If you want to get the best out of it follow these Guidelines:
1. Turn the App on when you get out of work! Perhaps you can do a quick delivery on the way home. I found the money from each delivery to average around $8. So if you can do one a day on your five day work week then that's 40$. Not Bad! 160$/month average (Just be prepared, there aren't always deliveries available when you want them to be).
2. Do you spend anytime reading, studying, or even just watching TV? If so, go to a busy location in town where the hot spot is likely to be and hang out there. Read, study, watch tv on your phone in the parking lot. Turn the App on and deliver in between chapters or shows! This way your doing something you like while making a few bucks!
3. Need something to do with the kids? Turn on the App! My 7 year old was curious about what it takes to make money, so i took him on one of my DoorDash shifts! He loved it! We had a great time hanging out! We were able to make a few bucks and I was able to teach my son about work and money. Win-Win
THE FINAL VERDICT:
DoorDash is a viable gig to make a little bit of money in the short term. It is not a job, a steady source of income, or a career. By no means should you ever depend on this GIG to pay your rent or feed your family. It's just meant to be used as a way to make a few extra bucks here and there, which is great if that's what your looking for. As long as you use it the right way then I say go for it! If you want to give it a try just click here!
I hope you enjoyed the review! If you know of anyone who would benefit from this information please pass it along!
Thanks for reading!
A little bit about me! I'm a family man with a lovely wife and three awesome boys. I have a bit of an entrepreneur bug. I started and sold my own company twice ( small businesses but the experience was valuable), I've dabbled in real estate, been an Ebay reseller, and also spent many years in management roles which is my current stream of income ( plus a few side streams I've put together). I'd say all in all I'm your typical guy trying to make a better life for his Family.