Lyft is a very convenient service when you need a ride. Part of the growing sharing economy and rideshare movement, Lyft lets you summon a ride from your smartphone. A Lyft driver then drives to your location, picks you up, and transports you to your destination in a private car. All payment occurs through the app, and the review system holds drivers and passengers accountable.
If you’re a fan of using or driving for the service, you may have wondered if they also offer delivery. In this guide, we’re going to answer your question, as well as explaining everything there is to know about Lyft delivery.
- Does Lyft Offer Delivery?
- GoShare: Lyft for Delivery
- GoShare for Customers
- GoShare for Drivers
- Lyft Delivery and GoShare FAQ
The short answer, unfortunately, is no. It’s a fair question to answer, especially since Uber, the other major rideshare player, offers a food delivery service called Uber Eats (as well as package delivery services for businesses). At the moment, Lyft does not offer a similar service. They only offer passenger transportation services. This could change in the future, and we’ll be sure to update this article if it does.
If you want food, groceries or other goods delivered to your door, here are your current best options:
- Uber Eats — Get food delivered from local restaurants. Tends to focus more on chain restaurants, but you’ll find some independent restaurants as well.
- Postmates — Get food (or just about anything else that’s legal) delivered.
- DoorDash — Offers food delivery, plain and simple.
- Grubhub — Similar to DoorDash but with a larger reach, Grubhub offers food delivery.
- Instacart — If you need groceries delivered, this is an excellent option.
While the above are all good delivery options, we also want to let you know about another service that promises to be the Lyft of delivery. Read on to find out more about GoShare, company that’s changing the way delivery works.
Founded in San Diego by Shaun Savage (who’s also the current CEO), GoShare takes the Lyft business model and applies it to a delivery service.
These aren’t just any deliveries, however. While companies like Postmates might be able to deliver small items you’d buy at a grocery or retail store, GoShare specializes in delivering large items. GoShare drivers use pickup trucks, cargo vans, or box trucks to transport bulky items that traditional courier services can’t handle.
This benefits both customers and drivers. GoShare connects truck and van drivers with customers who need their services. At the same time, customers get a more convenient way to book than with moving companies or truck rental services.
To learn more about the company, visit www.GoShare.co. And read on to find out more details about how the GoShare app works for customers and drivers.
The applications for GoShare are nearly endless. Whether you’re an individual who needs to move a washer and dryer to a new house or a business that needs to deliver something heavy to a customer (such as furniture deliveries), GoShare can help you.
Starting with the individual perspective, GoShare can be a handy alternative to a truck rental service like U-Haul or paying a moving company. If you’ve ever tried to move heavy items yourself, you know it can be difficult, time-consuming, and even dangerous.
For these reasons, it’s better to leave the transportation of large items to the professionals. However, most of the companies that provide these services are difficult to deal with. You have to waste lots of time making phone calls or struggling to use outdated websites. You’ve probably found yourself wishing that contracting a delivery company could be as easy as ordering a Lyft ride. This is what GoShare offers.
The entire process takes just four easy steps:
- Download the GoShare app for iPhone or Android.
- Enter the pickup and drop off addresses.
- Choose a pickup truck, van, or box truck for your delivery.
- Describe your delivery and get an estimate before you order.
- Track the status of your delivery and pay in the app using a credit card.
If you own a business, then you can also benefit from GoShare. Last mile delivery is a challenge to coordinate. You can provide it yourself, but this requires you to manage and maintain a vehicle fleet. It’s much easier (and often cheaper) to contract this work to a third party.
However, the issues that individuals face when contracting delivery companies also plague business owners. It’s far better to use a modern mobile app like GoShare than to waste valuable time (and money) dealing with outdated moving companies. Contact the GoShare sales team to discuss partnership opportunities.
Are you the owner of a pickup truck, box truck, or cargo van? Are you strong and skilled enough to move heavy objects? Then you could have what it takes to become a GoShare delivery professional. The company is always looking for new independent contractors to expand its fleet.
To be a GoShare driver, you need to meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Your vehicle must be year 2003 or newer and pass a vehicle inspection. No salvage titles.
- Be able to pass a background check and driving history check. No felonies, DUIs, or violent misdemeanors in the last 7 years.
- Have an iPhone or Android phone that is capable of running the latest version of the GoShare Driver App.
- Have a checking account to receive direct deposit.
- Be able to speak English.
- Have a valid license, registration, and insurance in the state that you are driving. If you drive in California you need California documents. You must have minimum state insurance requirements and be compliant with local laws.
- Be able to lift heavy items. Ideally, you have experience as a mover, hauler, or delivery driver who can provide quality customer service, though GoShare can teach you the basics of the job via their orientation videos.
So how much can you make driving for GoShare? This depends on the vehicle you own. Here’s a breakdown of potential earnings based on vehicle size and capacity:
- Standard Pickup Truck — Up to $47.52 per hour
- Large Pickup Truck — Up to $61.92 per hour
- Cargo Van — Up to $61.92 per hour
- Box Truck — Up to $71.52 per hour
Sound like an exciting opportunity? Apply today to start driving and earning.
To conclude this guide, here are answers to some common questions about Lyft delivery and GoShare:
1. Will Lyft offer a delivery service in the future?
Anything is possible. Historically, Lyft has kept their focus on passenger transportation and has not tried to compete with Uber’s moves into self-driving trucks, commercial shipping logistics, or consumer delivery. This could change, but Lyft has not made any announcements that they will offer delivery services.
2. Who are GoShare’s competitors?
Primarily, GoShare competes with existing moving and delivery companies both large and small. Uber Freight, the “Uber for trucks,” offers a somewhat similar service, though they focus on large-scale, long-haul commercial shipping using semi-trucks, not local deliveries as GoShare does.
3. Can rideshare drivers drive for GoShare?
Possibly. This depends if your vehicle meets both the GoShare and Uber or Lyft requirements. Many larger pickup trucks meet the requirements to drive for Uber or Lyft (so long as they have 4 doors), and they would also meet the GoShare requirements.
Making GoShare deliveries could be a good way to supplement your rideshare income during times when demand for rideshare services is low. That being said, the fuel costs of operating such a large vehicle may not be worth if for what you’ll earn as a Lyft or Uber driver, and driving only for GoShare could end up being a better use of your time. You’ll have to do the math for your own situation to find out what will work best.
4. How is GoShare different from Amazon Flex?
Amazon Flex is an umbrella term for Amazon’s network of independent contractor drivers who make package, food, and other deliveries. It helps Amazon offer services like Sunday package delivery or Prime Now 1-hour delivery.
The main difference between how GoShare and Amazon Flex operate is the size of the deliveries involved. With Amazon Flex, you’re not going to transport anything that’s very large or very heavy. GoShare, on the other hand, will require you to transport very heavy, very large items that will likely require a hand truck or other special equipment to safely move.
If you already work as an Amazon Flex driver, you could consider driving for GoShare as well if you have the right vehicle. The best vehicles to drive for Amazon Flex generally have a large capacity (since you can hold more packages). Driving for GoShare could be a nice way to diversify your income, especially during times when demand for Amazon Flex deliveries is lower.
5. Are GoShare drivers employees?
No, all GoShare drivers are independent contractors. This means that you don’t receive employee benefits like health insurance or retirement plans. This could be different from other driving jobs you’ve worked in the past. On the other hand, you get the benefit of a flexible schedule and the potential for higher earnings.
6. Where is GoShare available?
GoShare is currently available in the following cities and regions:
- Central New Jersey
- Jersey City
- Los Angeles
- Orange County
- San Bernardino
- San Diego
- San Francisco Bay Area
- South New Jersey
Don’t see your region on the list? Give it time. Eventually, they’ll expand pretty heavily into new markets.
Use GoShare to Get the Lyft Delivery Experience
While Lyft doesn’t currently offer an on-demand delivery service the way Uber or other services do, GoShare is an exciting alternative.
Curious to learn more about how to use or drive with Lyft? Check out our comprehensive guides:
- Your Step-By-Step Guide to Becoming a Lyft Driver
- Lyft Promo Code: 5 Secret Promotions [That Actually Work]
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.