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On-demand delivery is booming all over the world as consumers pay more to get what they need right at their doors. The Favor app is quickly gaining popularity by upping the convenience even further. If you want to capitalize on their success, you can apply to be a Favor Runner.
Owned by Texas-based grocery chain H-E-B, Favor is a delivery app that allows consumers to request deliveries from just about anywhere in the state. Instead of being limited to restaurants or grocery stores, users on the platform can order everything from tacos and beer to clothing and flowers.
When you become a Favor driver — better known as a Favor Runner — you provide much-needed and unique delivery services. Even more attractive, you can earn money on your own schedule.
If this gig sounds like what you’re looking for, keep reading to learn what the Favor Runner gig entails and how you can apply.
- What Do Favor Drivers Do?
- Where Can I Drive for Favor?
- How Much Do Favor Runners Make?
- Benefits of Becoming a Favor Runner
- How to Become a Runner
- Frequently Asked Questions
What Does a Favor Runner Do?
Favor Runners are responsible for fulfilling pick-up and drop-off services on demand.
When you log onto the Favor Runner app, you’ll start receiving requests, which will include all the information you need to complete a delivery. Once you arrive at your assigned store, you’ll simply use your Runner Card — a Favor-issued prepaid card — to check out and head to your customer’s location for the final drop-off.
That’s all you need to do to complete a delivery request — and if you don’t want to complete any others, you can head home. As a Favor Runner, you have control over your schedule. The only limitations you might face are the hours of operation in your market, though you can usually deliver from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays, 7 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays, and noon to 11 p.m. on Sundays.
Drivers can easily log in whenever they’re free, or they can schedule shifts ahead of time.
Where Can I Drive for Favor?
Favor operates in over 100 cities all across Texas. Here’s a small selection of the cities included in the company’s coverage area:
- College Station
- Corpus Christi
- El Paso
- Fort Worth
- New Braunfels
- Port Arthur
- San Antonio
- San Marcos
To see a complete list of Favor’s markets, scroll through this list of cities where Favor delivers.
How Much Do Favor Runners Make?
The average Favor Runner makes between $10-$18 per hour, which is well above the minimum wage in Texas. This average, as provided on Favor’s website, matches driver-reported data on Glassdoor which shows that drivers typically make $10 per hour before tips (of which you’ll receive 100%).
You can expect average Favor earnings to be consistent across most markets, which is in contrast to competitors like Uber Eats and Postmates. Since the company solely operates in the state of Texas, there’s not a lot of variance between regions. That means you won’t have to worry about making significantly less than expected in any area.
However, since Favor drivers are classified as independent contractors — which means you truly are your own boss — you will have to pay self-employment taxes (typically 15.3% of your income) on top of your other income taxes. Plus, you’ll need to cover all job-related costs (like gas and car maintenance costs), though these expenses are tax-deductible.
Benefits of Becoming a Favor Runner
While the Favor runner/favor driver earnings are fairly average for courier gigs, the company stands out by offering guaranteed a minimum pay for all shifts that are scheduled ahead of time. Depending on your market, you’ll make at least $9 or $10 per scheduled hour — even if you don’t receive any delivery requests. Even if you drive on a slow day, you won’t have to go home empty-handed.
When available shifts are marked with a green star badge, you’ll even be offered a bonus on top of guaranteed pay.
Favor is also a community-driven regional company, which comes with perks of its own. The brand improves upon the typical gig worker experience by offering:
- Healthcare assistance: Favor partners with KindHealth, a Texas-based health insurance company, to offer dedicated support to Favor Runners who seek coverage. KindHealth can help you with everything from basic medical coverage to dental insurance and life insurance.
- Car maintenance discounts: Runners receive 10% off most services at select Jiffy Lube locations, so the cost of oil changes and other car maintenance necessities isn’t so daunting.
- Fun events: Favor frequently hosts meetups throughout Texas, so you can meet your local Runner community.
Like drivers for most delivery apps, Favor Runners get to select their own hours. You’ll also be covered by the company’s Runner auto insurance policy — which includes third-party liability and contingent collision coverage — whenever you work on a request.
How to Become a Favor Runner
It’s easy to qualify and apply for the Favor driver gig. In this section, we’ll take you through exactly what it takes to become a Runner.
Favor Runner Requirements
Before you apply to Favor, make sure you can meet a few basic eligibility requirements. All Favor Runners must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have a valid United States driver’s license
- Have a valid Social Security number
- Own a personal vehicle — cars, scooters, motorcycles, and trucks are all acceptable
- Have an active auto insurance policy
- Own a smartphone that’s compatible with the Favor Runner app (iOS 11.0, Android 5.1, or later)
- Have a bank account to receive payments via direct deposit
If you’re located in downtown Austin, you can apply to be a delivery cyclist instead of a delivery driver. If you choose to do so, you do not need a vehicle, auto insurance, or a driver’s license. However, you will need to provide a valid government ID.
Favor Runners also need to pass a background check and driving record check with a fairly clean record. You’ll automatically be disqualified if you have a record of:
- Violent or sexual crimes
- Theft, burglaries, or property damage
- Felonies, misdemeanors, DUIs, DWIs, or reckless driving offenses within the past seven years
- Major traffic citations or more than two moving violations within the past 36 months
Favor uses Checkr, the same third-party background check service as Uber and many other on-demand companies, so if you drive for any other apps, there’s a good chance you’ll pass.
If you meet the requirements listed above, you’re all set to continue with your application. To do so, head to apply.favordelivery.com and enter your first name, last name, email address, phone number, and zip code. Then, tap “Become a Runner.”
On the following page, enter your preferred password in the spaces provided and tap “Continue.” Follow the prompts to submit the requested personal information. This will include your Social Security number, which is used to run your background check.
Soon after Favor receives your application, you can schedule a required orientation. The orientation will run through how to set up and use your mobile app, pick up and deliver orders, and generally be a successful Favor Runner.
The Favor orientation takes the form of either a 10-minute online presentation or an in-person orientation at a Runner support center (known as a “Runner Clubhouse” or “Community Center”) near you. On the company’s website, it’s unclear if both options will be presented or if one option is outdated.
However, if you do end up attending an in-person orientation, you’ll need to bring your iPhone or Android, your driver’s license, and your direct deposit information. This will help the Favor team verify you and set up your account.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re looking for an easy earning opportunity, the Favor driver gig is definitely it. Here are some answers to common questions to help you decide if this delivery gig is right for you:
1. Can I deliver for Favor on foot?
Unfortunately, Favor does not allow on-foot deliveries at this time. If you don’t have a vehicle and don’t live near downtown Austin (where you can deliver on a bike), you may want to consider national food delivery apps like DoorDash and Grubhub, which allow on-foot deliveries in select high-volume markets.
2. Can I drive for Favor full-time?
Absolutely. Once you’re approved, you can drive for Favor as much or as little as you want. However, you’ll still be classified as an independent contractor. That means working full-time instead of part-time won’t get you any special benefits like insurance or paid time off.
3. Does Favor include a commission on orders?
Yes. Aside from the minimum payment, earnings are based on Favor’s current pay model. The model allows drivers to earn 35% of customers’ delivery costs and 100% of tips. Favor takes the other 65%.
Deliver What Others Don’t
If you’re looking for a gig that sends you to more than restaurants and drug stores, Favor can be the right company. Whether you’re looking for a simple side gig or a full-time opportunity, applying to Favor can help you start earning in as little as a day. The Favor Runner position allows you to make money just by driving around your city and making stops along the way.
If you don’t live in Texas, or if Favor simply isn’t the right fit for you, check out these food delivery apps to learn more about your driving options.
Brett Helling is the owner of Ridester.com. He has been a rideshare driver since early 2012, having completed hundreds of trips for companies including Uber, Lyft, and Postmates. In 2014 he acquired Ridester.com to share his experiences with other drivers. His insights are regularly quoted by publications such as Forbes, Vice, CNBC, and more. He is currently working on a book about working in the Gig Economy, expanding his skill set beyond the rideshare niche. Read more about Brett here.