For some gig workers, ridesharing gigs just aren’t their cup of tea.
The thought of interacting and chatting it up with customers all day may sound like a nightmare.
Luckily, if you’re in this camp, there’s another job title available to you — on-demand delivery jobs.
On-demand delivery companies provide you with excellent opportunities for flexible employment that enables you to be your own boss and set your own schedule.
By delivering food, groceries, alcohol, and packages, you can secure an additional stream of income and start making some extra cash in a heartbeat.
There are plenty of delivery companies out there for you to choose from.
In this article, we’re going to highlight the 11 most popular delivery jobs so you can decide which one you’d like to work for.
We’ll also provide you with plenty of helpful Gig Worker articles you can use to learn more about each delivery driver job you might be interested in.
You can browse the currently available jobs, then read more about each below the list.
The Best Delivery Jobs (Overview)
Deliver fast, casual, and fine-dining food through DoorDash
Make money, on your own schedule, shopping for and delivering groceries with Instacart
Make more money with the world's largest food delivery app, Uber Eats
Full List of Delivery Jobs
We’ve included an overview of our top picks above. For a full list and detailed information on each pick, scroll down.
1. Amazon Flex
The e-commerce juggernaut has taken its business into the world of micro-delivery.
With Amazon Flex, independent contractors can sign up to deliver goods straight to consumers’ doors.
Think of it as being a truck driver for FedEx, but instead, you can use your own vehicle and you don’t need to take a CDL class.
The delivery offerings run the gamut, including packages, takeout orders from restaurants, and groceries.
Here are the four different types of deliveries and job types you might encounter:
- Amazon Prime: Items can be delivered to customers at a later date
- Amazon Prime Now: Customers order items and you must deliver them on the same day
- AmazonFresh: At-home delivery of groceries
- Amazon Restaurants: Takeout delivery orders similar to Grubhub and Uber Eats
Amazon Flex is currently only offered in select cities, so make sure you check out the links below to see if your region made the cut.
- The Definitive Guide to Working as an Amazon Flex Driver
- How to Become an Amazon Flex Driver
- 7 Ways to Make More as an Amazon Flex Driver
As its name leads on, Caviar is a slice of the good life.
Caviar, which launched in 2012 in San Francisco, is a premium on-demand restaurant delivery service that connects consumers with the best restaurants in town.
As a delivery driver, you’ll be taking orders via the Caviar app, driving to trendy restaurants to pick up orders, and dropping them off to customers in your city.
This delivery option is great for exploring the finest grub your city has to offer while on the clock making money.
- Caviar Driver Requirements: How to Get Started Today
- Become a Caviar Courier: Time Commitment, Application, and FAQs
- How to Earn More With Caviar Referral Codes, Bonuses, and Incentives
Deliveroo is another on-demand restaurant delivery service that’s headquartered in London.
Think of it as the U.K.’s version of Grubhub, Uber Eats, or DoorDash.
Similar to these services, you’ll be taking orders through the app, driving to restaurants, and delivering orders to make money.
The catch is that Deliveroo is primarily a U.K. company and doesn’t service the United States.
If you’re located in the U.K. or one of the other 13 countries it operates in, then by all means, look into signing up.
This on-demand food delivery company is another service that helps restaurants deliver their food to customers.
While DoorDash is a newer player in this space, it’s one of the more popular options out there.
There’s a good chance DoorDash operates in your city, but if not, you may want to look into another delivery service.
If you’re interested in a flexible job that lets you set your own schedule, then DoorDash might be a wise choice for you.
- How to Become a DoorDash Driver
- DoorDash Driver Requirements
- DoorDash Referral Codes: Maximize Your Signup Bonus Today
Drizly is unlike every other delivery service on this list on a few different fronts.
First off, Drizly is an on-demand service that delivers beer, wine, and liquor.
As a driver, these are the only products you’ll be responsible for delivering.
What also makes this service different is that drivers aren’t employed by Drizly.
Instead, they’re employed by the partner liquor stores that determine your rate of income.
In order to find Drizly alcohol partners, you can apply through Drizly’s application portal.
Favor is a great way to change up the delivery game. Instead of delivering just food, Favor gives a chance to deliver a wide variety of other options, such as clothing, groceries, and everything in between
Perfect for: Texas-based delivery drivers who are up for delivering anything from A-to-Z
Minimum age: 18
Introducing Favor, the Lone Star State’s own on-demand delivery service.
Favor is an all-in-one delivery solution that brings customers groceries, pizzas, clothing, and nearly anything else you can dream up.
What makes Favor different is that they make sure everyone knows how fast they get deliveries to consumers.
On average, Favor deliveries are completed in about 35 minutes.
Oh, and by the way, you can only work for Favor if you live in Texas since this is the only state they operate in.
That’s convenient if you’re in cities like Dallas, Austin, or Houston, but move on if you’re looking for employment in other cities across the U.S., like Denver, Chicago, or Atlanta.
Another unique delivery option is GoPuff, a company that specializes in convenience items like snacks, personal hygiene items, and more. Customers have no problem paying for convenience, which makes this a great option to add to your delivery toolbox
Perfect for: Drivers who seek steady and consistent deliveries from one warehouse location with drop-off locations no more than 30 minutes away
Minimum age: 21
When it comes to convenience store items, GoPuff has this niche locked down.
GoPuff specializes in convenience items like snacks, drinks, cleaning products, personal hygiene items, and anything else you’d find in a typical convenience store like 7-Eleven.
While this might sound like it crosses over into similar services like Postmates — which it does — GoPuff distinguishes itself for having its own warehouses in operating cities.
That means that instead of driving to convenience stores, you’ll drive to a GoPuff warehouse to pick up items.
You won’t need to worry about crazy drives since GoPuff promises that your delivery route will be no more than 30 minutes away from the warehouse.
- The Definitive Guide to GoPuff
- How to Become a GoPuff Driver
- GoPuff Driver Requirements: How to Become a GoPuff Driver
Grubhub is as synonymous with food delivery as Uber is with ridesharing.
The leading food delivery platform in the nation, Grubhub processes an astonishing 460,000-plus orders every single day and serves almost 18 million active diners.
This is great news for you as it promises a steady stream hungry diners for you to make money from.
Since it’s the largest on-demand restaurant delivery service, you’ll likely be able to find Grubhub in your city.
Grubhub is a great place to start if you want to get your feet wet in the delivery service space.
- Grubhub Driver Requirements: A Guide for Grubhub Applicants
- Should You Become a Grubhub Driver? Here Are the Pros and Cons
- What Does Working for Grubhub Pay in 2020? All Your Questions Answered
Sign up to shop or drive with Instacart and break out of the food delivery business and into grocery delivery. It's a great way to switch things up
Perfect for: Gig workers who want the option of delivering groceries or working as an in-store shopper
Minimum age: 18 for full-service shoppers, 17 for in-store shoppers
Uber has ridesharing locked down and Grubhub has restaurant delivery in the bag, but what does Instacart bring to the table?
Instacart is a leader in the grocery delivery space and offers gig workers multiple forms of employment.
Working for Instacart, you can decide to be a full-service shopper or an in-store shopper.
A full-service shopper is an independent contractor who shops for items in grocery stores and then drives to a customer’s location.
An in-store shopper is someone who is a part-time employee and prepares orders in-store for delivery drivers to pick up.
Whichever you choose, Instacart pays well, and isn’t bad for picking up a few hours here and there to bring in some extra cash.
- Get Paid to Shop: Driver Requirements for Instacart
- The Difference Between In-Store and Full-Service Instacart Shoppers
- The Definitive Guide to Instacart: Everything You Need to Know
Similar to Favor, Postmates is an all-in-one delivery platform.
Think of it as every single service on this list all rolled up into one.
As a Postmates courier, you’ll encounter deliveries of all kinds.
You can expect to frequent restaurants during lunch and dinner rushes, grocery hauls over the weekend, alcohol deliveries on a Friday night, and miscellaneous items like convenience items and office supplies any other time throughout the week.
With the breadth of Postmates’ delivery services and the extensive coverage it has from Los Angeles to New York, you’ll definitely be able to keep busy as a courier.
- Postmates Courier Referral Code (For 2020 and Beyond)
- Postmates Requirements: What Potential Drivers Must Know
- Postmates Rates: How to Maximize Your Driver Earnings
11. Uber Eats
This gig is great for anybody, especially existing Uber rideshare drivers looking to fill downtime with another delivery option. If you can deliver people safely, you can probably excel at delivering food too
Perfect for: Uber drivers looking to make the transition into the food delivery game
Minimum age: 19 to drive, 18 if you deliver by bike or foot
If you mastered the rideshare business and continue to be a dominant force in urban mobility, what would you do next?
In Uber’s case, they decided to expand their services into the food delivery space with Uber Eats.
Uber Eats is an on-demand restaurant delivery service that Uber launched to compete with the other top dogs of Grubhub, Postmates, and DoorDash.
Uber was on the sidelines watching the food delivery service boom and decided they wanted a piece of the action.
Since it launched, Uber Eats continues to eat up market share and is quickly becoming a popular option for hungry consumers.
This should definitely be part of your consideration set when deciding which delivery team to join.
- How to Become an Uber Eats Driver
- The Definitive Guide to Uber Eats
- Grubhub vs Uber Eats: Driver Comparison Guide
Even More Open Delivery Jobs
We’ve included our top picks above, but for even more open delivery positions, check out the jobs below:
Skip Ridesharing and Start Delivering
To make the most of the information we provided above, make sure you head to some of the links we provided to learn more about each service.
For the most part, each service requires that employees are a certain age, have a valid driver’s license, and own an iPhone or Android phone.
Whether you’re new to the game and looking for some entry level delivery positions or you’re a seasoned gig worker looking for full-time hours, you’ll surely find that one of these services is the perfect fit for you.
1 thought on “11 Delivery Jobs You Can Get Right Now”
GoPuff and Drizly aren’t really gig jobs. GoPuff might call people 1099 workers, but if they’re making you sign up for shifts and only work for them during those shifts, they are employers. Drizly doesn’t hire independent drivers at all. They connect people to retail stores that might be looking for W-2 employees.
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