We are living an unprecedented golden age for food delivery. What would have seemed impossible even 10 years ago is now a daily reality: Press a couple buttons to order food for delivery straight to your door, all without any exchange of cash, credit card numbers, or phone calls.
One entrant to the booming food delivery market is established rideshare giant Uber. Along with competitors such as Grubhub and Postmates, Uber Eats is one of several food delivery services operating today. Elsewhere on this site, we’ve discussed how to use Uber Eats and how to get started as an Uber Eats driver.
But why would you choose to drive for Uber Eats to begin with? What advantages does it offer compared to other side jobs and driving gigs? We’ve identified six reasons you should consider driving for Uber Eats, even if you already drive for another ridesharing service.
1. Lower Minimum Age Requirement
Driving for Uber or Lyft is a great opportunity to earn some extra money or even as your main source of income. But one barrier for many experienced, licensed drivers is the minimum age requirement for each of these platforms. Both Uber and Lyft require their drivers to be at least 21 years old.
This can be frustrating if you have a functioning vehicle and are old enough to work most other jobs. Uber Eats can be a viable alternative, since the minimum age requirement is only 19. You’ll still need to meet other standard requirements such as passing a background check, but the lower age requirement still makes Uber Eats more widely accessible to young people looking for a new job on the side, such as college students.
2. Freedom and Independence
Uber Eats drivers are self-employed, independent contractors. This means that you don’t have to answer to a boss or corporate hierarchy like you would if you worked in a traditional job. For many people, this kind of freedom is a significant draw. You don’t have to ask if you want to take a day off or worry about putting on a suit and tie each day.
This freedom means you can set your own schedule and work whenever is convenient for you. If you prefer to work nights, that’s your call. Need to work around your kids’ schedules? You can do it. You don’t have to work within the confines of the traditional 9-5.
Of course, this freedom does come with certain things you need to keep in mind. You have to file your own self-employment taxes and motivate yourself to fill enough delivery orders to earn the amount of money you need — there’s no boss to bug you if you don’t.
3. Learn About Local Restaurants
One thing that distinguishes the new generation of food delivery apps from traditional delivery options is the quality and variety of restaurants available for delivery. Sure, you can still get classics like pizza or fast food delivered, but food delivery companies have now partnered with higher-end, local restaurants to offer far more interesting fare.
When you work as an Uber Eats delivery partner, you get a chance to learn about these restaurants first-hand, meeting the people who work in them and even seeing the interiors of the restaurants themselves. For any food-lover, this is an opportunity to get paid to check out local restaurants, filing them away to try later. Just make sure to resist eating the delicious food order you’re delivering!
4. Explore Your City
Along with learning about the restaurants in your city, driving for Uber Eats is a chance to learn more about your city itself. Think about it: how much of your city do you see in an average week? You probably see the area around your home and the places you shop for groceries and do errands. But besides this, it’s unlikely that you deviate much or venture into other parts of the city.
When you are an Uber Eats driver, you’ll have a chance to see every corner of your city where the service delivers. Of course, you may choose to stay in certain areas because they offer more deliveries or higher tips (and some areas just have more Uber Eats customers than others). But you’ll still see people and places you never would have in a traditional job.
5. More Flexible Vehicle Requirements
While the vehicle requirements for Lyft and Uber aren’t especially strict, they can still disqualify owners of older vehicles or vehicles with minor cosmetic issues. And if you don’t have a car, then you’re completely out of luck when it comes to this rideshare opportunity.
The Uber Eats delivery vehicle requirements, in contrast, are far more relaxed. As long as your vehicle functions and is reliable, you can use it to make Uber Eats deliveries. In some cities, you can even deliver on a motorcycle, scooter, bicycle or on foot. To see eligible delivery driver vehicles for your city, visit the Uber Eats Delivery page and scroll down to “Local Information.”
6. Diversify Your Uber Driving Income
If you’re already an Uber driver, then becoming an Uber Eats driver is an easy way to boost your earnings. You’re already driving around town, so why not grab some extra cash while you’re at it? In particular, being an Uber Eats driver can be a good way to boost your income during the lulls that can occur while people are at work (but are having lunch delivered, for instance).
Best of all, if you already drive for the regular Uber service, you don’t need to download a separate driver app to start making Uber Eats deliveries — just follow these steps:
- Open the Uber Partner app and navigate to Account
- Select Vehicle Options
- Accept the delivery terms to begin accepting delivery requests
- Turn delivery on and off as you wish
Don’t start driving without using one of our Uber Eats driver referral codes – these are the fastest way to boost your earnings.
Make Your First Delivery and Start Earning
We hope you see the benefits that can come from being an Uber Eats driver. Whether it’s the flexible schedule, the simpler vehicle requirements, or just the chance to get out and explore your city, Uber Eats is an opportunity worth considering. Visit this page to get started making deliveries for the Uber Eats app today.