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If you’ve ever craved a midnight snack or needed cold medicine when you’re too sick to leave the house, it’s safe to say you’re not alone. The demand for 24/7 deliveries of convenience store essentials has driven the success of goPuff across the United States — which means you can start making cash as a goPuff driver, too.
While the majority of modern delivery apps are putting their focus on deliveries from restaurants and grocery stores, goPuff is filling in the gaps. goPuff is helping you connect with consumers who are seeking the necessities (like laundry detergent and deodorant) or the unnecessary wants (like ice cream and beer) that few competitors can provide.
If you’re searching for jobs like Uber that don’t require you to invite strangers into your car, goPuff could be the best fit. Keep reading to learn more about how this gig works and how to get started as a goPuff driver.
- How Does GoPuff Work for Drivers?
- How Much Do GoPuff Drivers Make?
- GoPuff Driver Requirements
- How to Become a GoPuff Driver
- GoPuff Delivery Driver Pros and Cons
- Frequently Asked Questions
How Does GoPuff Work for Drivers?
While goPuff customers are placing their orders on the primary goPuff app, you’ll be assigned to customer orders through the company’s goDrive app. Much like the Postmates Fleet app and the Uber Driver app, the goDrive app is where goPuff drivers receive information about their incoming orders during their shifts.
The overall goPuff driver experience is similar to that of grocery delivery drivers in that you must sign up for shifts ahead of time. However, you’re actually required to show up at your designated goPuff warehouse at the start of your shift and sign in through the goDrive app. This is because all deliveries actually start at the warehouse, where goPuff team members pack up your orders for you.
Once the order is ready, you pick up bags from your bin and use your app for guidance on where you need to go — though you’ll never have to drive more than half an hour away. When all your bags are delivered, you’ll return to your goPuff facility to pick up your next batch of orders.
How Much Do GoPuff Drivers Make?
GoPuff uses a payment system for drivers that’s unique from most delivery companies today. Because you’re required to be stationed at the warehouse or out on delivery throughout the duration of your shift, you will get your first guaranteed payment for simply showing up. This base payment varies based on the length of your shift, but current employees report it to be slightly above minimum wage.
On top of this base payment, you’ll also receive a percentage of every delivery, plus any tips your customers provide. With all of these payment factors accounted for, delivery drivers reportedly make an average of $14.83 per hour, slightly surpassing average Uber driver earnings according to our 2018 survey. Your earnings will be paid out weekly.
It should be noted that your payments do not include any benefits or car maintenance support, since all goPuff drivers are classified as independent contractors. This means self-employment taxes are your responsibility on top of income taxes, too. Still, being an independent contractor gives you the flexibility to choose your own shifts, whether you want to work part-time hours or a full-time equivalent.
GoPuff Driver Requirements
Before you get started with the goPuff driver sign-up process, you need to know if you even qualify to drive. To become a goPuff driver, you must:
- Be at least 21 years old.
- Have a valid United States driver’s license.
- Have a car that’s covered with auto insurance under your name.
- Have an iPhone 5 with iOS 10 or newer, or an Android 4.4.3 or newer. These operating systems are required for the goDrive app to function.
- Pass a background check.
If your city allows alcohol delivery, you must be willing to pass an alcohol delivery training course, as well. Resources for this are provided by goPuff.
Additionally, you must be located in a city where goPuff is available. The company’s markets include over 100 large cities and college towns, such as:
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Chicago, Illinois
- Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Flagstaff, Arizona
- Norfolk, Virginia
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Portland, Oregon
- Seattle, Washington
- Syracuse, New York
- Washington, D.C.
How to Become a GoPuff Driver
When you’re ready to apply to be a goPuff driver, you can head to this career page to look for a delivery driver position within your city.
If goPuff is actively searching for drivers, you’ll be able to click the listing for your market and confirm that you meet all the basic requirements. Soon after your completion of this bare-minimum application, you should receive an invitation to set up a basic phone or in-person interview that will determine whether or not you get the job.
Sometimes, goPuff may already have enough delivery drivers in your market. If you don’t see any job listings for your city, you can submit your full name, email, phone number, and state through this application form. When positions are available, you may be contacted by a goPuff employee.
GoPuff Delivery Driver Pros and Cons
One of the greatest benefits of driving for goPuff is the fact that you always know exactly where your trips begin and the region where you’ll end up. Thanks to the fact that goPuff stocks all of its products at the company’s own warehouses, you’ll always pick up from one location and never drop off an order more than 30 minutes away.
In comparison, driving for a service like Postmates will lead to new pick-up locations, from your local 7-Eleven to a Chipotle 20 minutes away, and drop-off locations across your metro area.
However, driving for alternate food delivery services does have the potential to offer better earnings from tips. This is because convenience items tend to be low-cost, single-use items, whereas meals from restaurants are typically around $10 or more. Naturally, a 15% tip for a goPuff driver will drop below a 15% tip for a Postmates driver on many occasions.
Still, goPuff does make up for lower tips by paying you for your time spent idling with your base payment. This makes driving for goPuff an excellent option for anyone who has time restrictions and needs to work at odd hours without the worry of not getting any requests.
Frequently Asked Questions
Becoming a goPuff driver is a great way to guarantee your earnings at any time of the day. To help you learn more about the service that you could be driving for soon, here are some frequently asked questions:
1. Do I need to meet any specific vehicle requirements to drive for goPuff?
GoPuff doesn’t have any vehicle requirements publicly listed for delivery drivers. Since you won’t be liable for the safety of passengers, it’s unlikely that you’ll need a newer vehicle model with a pristine interior to drive. As long as your car is registered and insured, you’re probably good to go.
2. What can I do to get goPuff in my city?
If goPuff isn’t already serving your market, the company recommends tweeting their account (@goPuff) with where they should launch next. This helps them keep tabs on demand as they’re rapidly launching new markets. However, it does seem that goPuff’s growth is currently limited to the United States, so anyone living outside of the U.S. may need to sit tight until the company begins its international ventures.
3. Are there situations where I won’t be able to schedule a shift at my desired time frame?
In newer or slower markets, goPuff limits its operating hours to noon to 4:30 a.m., but you should still be able to book shifts for any day of the week. In other cases, shifts may not be available simply because too many other drivers have already signed up. Typically, you should be able to find at least a handful of shifts that work for you each week.
Drive Toward the Demand
Making money on your own schedule is more than a possibility once you’re an approved goPuff driver. With plenty of consumers demanding fast delivery for any and all products nowadays, you can start earning by teaming up with the service that’s helping users access everything from candy bars to hookah on demand.
If you’re more interested in saving time than earning money, you may want to consider joining goPuff as a user instead of a goPuff driver. Make sure to take advantage of these goPuff discount codes before you sign up to ensure you’re saving as much as possible on your convenience items.
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.