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How To Become A Favor Runner [Requirements & Application]

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Key Takeaways

  • Favor Runners handle on-demand deliveries, purchasing items with a Favor-issued card.
  • Available exclusively in Texas, supporting wide-ranging cities and offering flexible scheduling.
  • Earnings range from $10-$20 per hour, with runners keeping 100% of tips.
  • Application is straightforward, requiring background checks, and offers diverse delivery opportunities.

What Does a Favor Runner Do?

A Favor Runner fulfills on-demand pick-up and drop-off services. Using the app, they receive delivery details, purchase items with a Favor-issued card, and deliver to customers.

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?

Currently, Favor Runner is only available in Texas. It was founded in Austin in collaboration with H-E-B, Texas’ primary chain grocery store. Eventually, it might move outwards to other states and cities, but currently, it’s a Texas-only service.

Here’s a small selection of the cities included in the company’s coverage area:

  • Abilene
  • Alice
  • Amarillo
  • Austin Metro
  • Bastrop
  • Bay City
  • Beaumont
  • Beeville
  • Big Spring
  • Brenham
  • Carthage
  • College Station
  • Columbus
  • Corpus Christi
  • Crockett
  • Crystal City & Carrizo Springs
  • Cuero & Yoakum
  • Del Rio
  • DFW Metro
  • Eagle Pass
  • Edna
  • El Campo & Wharton
  • El Paso
  • Falfurrias
  • Fredericksburg
  • Gatesville
  • Granbury
  • Hondo
  • Houston Metro
  • Huntsville
  • Kenedy
  • Kerrville
  • Killeen
  • Kingsland & Burnet
  • Kingsville
  • La Grange
  • Lake Jackson & Angleton
  • Lampasas
  • Laredo
  • Livingston
  • Longview
  • Lubbock
  • Lufkin
  • Luling & Gonzales
  • Marble Falls
  • Marlin
  • Mathis
  • Mexia
  • Midland
  • Odessa
  • Pearsall
  • Pleasanton
  • Port Lavaca
  • Refugio
  • Rio Grande City
  • Rio Grande Valley
  • San Angelo
  • San Antonio Metro
  • San Marcos
  • Stephenville
  • Temple
  • Tyler
  • Uvalde
  • Victoria
  • Waco
  • Waxahachie-Corsicana-Ennis
  • West Columbia
  • Wichita Falls

To see a complete list of Favor’s markets, scroll through this list of cities where Favor delivers.

How Much Do Favor Runners Make?

Favor Runners typically earn $10-$20 per hour, with data from Favor’s website and Glassdoor supporting this.

Importantly, the $10 often comes before adding tips, and Favor allows runners to retain all their tips. Such tips are augmented by Favor’s extensive delivery options, yielding higher tip rates than rivals like Uber Eats.

They also offer a unique payment structure: Runners scheduling work slots via the app receive a guaranteed base rate of $8-$9 per hour if no deliveries are made, but certain conditions apply.

However, being independent contractors, Runners handle self-employment taxes and operational costs, affecting their take-home pay.

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.

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.

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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 is used in an Uber background check and many other on-demand companies, so if you drive for any other apps, there’s a good chance you’ll pass.

Application Process

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.”

Favor Runner application

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.

After you’ve completed your orientation and cleared your background check, you can immediately start your side hustle by logging onto the Favor Runner app for iPhone or Android.

What is the Favor Runner App?

The Favor Runner app is the smartphone application for the Favor deliveries.

With it, runners can schedule their shifts, arrange for deliveries, and receive payouts from the company.

The Favor Runner app is available on the iOS app store, Google Play, or any smart device.

The Favor Runner app is not the same as the Favor app.

While the Favor Runner app is for the couriers themselves, the Favor app is for customers.

If you want to use Favor to deliver groceries, food, or other items, you must first download the original Favor app.

What Does the Favor Runner App Do?

The Favor Runner App has a scheduling portion, where runners can schedule their available time and navigate to deliveries.

It also keeps the Favor Runner’s profile information, ratings, payment, and availability on hand.

The Favor Runner app is similar to many other food delivery applications, such as DoorDash and UberEats.

However, Favor Runner is run by a smaller, local company, so it offers more perks to the worker than several other larger corporations.

How to Use the Favor Runner App

Once you’ve applied and been accepted to become a Favor Runner, it’s time to start driving.

To do this successfully, you will need to download the app to keep track of your current and upcoming orders.

Download Instructions

To download the Favor runner app, you simply need to go to the app store (if you’re on an iPhone) or Google Play for an Android.

Search “favor runner” and look for the app with a white background and blue “R.”

The Favor app itself looks different, with a blue background and white bowtie.

This app is for customers.

Use Instructions

Once it’s downloaded, you can log in using your credentials (if you’re already a runner, these will be set up online) and begin filling out your availability, area, and schedule.

After this is filled out, you’ll be able to start delivering and making money. If you haven’t applied to become a runner yet, you’ll need to do that and get accepted before logging into the favor runner app.

The Favor Runner app should start as a normal app and show your schedule and upcoming deliveries. It will include addresses, the size of deliveries, and the times requested.

You can do all of your work with this app by navigating through its various tabs and sections.

What To Do if the Favor Runner App Isn’t Working

Nothing is more frustrating than showing up for work and not being able to work, especially when you depend on this work for your primary or secondary income, such as Favor.

Sometimes, the Favor app doesn’t work. But, while it’s not often, the company is small enough that it makes a difference to its customers and drivers. Here’s what to do.

Troubleshooting

There are several common issues with the Favor Runner app, and here are some things to try before calling customer service.

  • The notifications aren’t working–if you’re not getting notifications, check your settings and ensure that you’ve turned notifications on for the app
  • The app won’t load–check for an app update, as it updates regularly, and older versions won’t work. Alternatively, try rebooting your phone and see if that helps.
  • Uninstall the app and reinstall it. It might be an issue with the installation process.
  • Check that your phone is updated to a recent enough version.
  • Always check your wifi and data signal.
  • Read error messages to ensure that your account hasn’t been suspended.

Contact Customer Service

If you’ve tried all of these things and nothing is working, you should contact Favor’s customer service. You can reach the Help Center through your online Favor account from a laptop or another device.

If that website is down, it’s an issue with all of Favor and not just your app. Give it time, and they’ll get it fixed!

It’s also possible to reach out to customer service directly. The best email is contact@favordelivery.com.

However, it might take some time for them to get back to you. Check your original email for any contact number–there is no public helpline listed.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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