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The Definitive Guide to Favor Delivery

Last updated: June 25, 2019
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There’s never been such a high demand for delivery services. That’s why companies like GrubHub, UberEATS, and Postmates are thriving.

Currently, the online food delivery industry is worth $35B and it’s expected to grow by 10x over the next ten years. So, people are pretty excited about ordering food and having it delivered straight to their door.

In response to this high demand, a new company popped up a few years back: Favor.

Similar to other competitors in the space, Favor hires independent contractors to pick up items and deliver them to customers’ homes.

Interested in learning more about this service? Want to use it to order something, or maybe even work for them?

Read on to find out everything you need to know about Favor.


What is Favor?

Here’s the deal: Favor is an on-demand delivery service that will bring almost anything you need directly to your door.

Customers simply download the Favor app, make an order, and wait for a delivery person to bring it directly to them.

So, whether you need a pizza, a t-shirt, or a lawnmower, this service can deliver it to you.

Awesome, right?

And it gets even better.

They won’t just deliver it, but they’ll deliver it fast.

According to the company, they can deliver most things in less than an hour, as long as the store you want your stuff delivered from is open and close by.

On average, Favor deliveries take about 35 minutes.

Like Uber, GrubHub, and other gig-based services, this one operates by hiring independent contractors. These “Runners,” as the company refers to them, can take on orders whenever they feel like working.

As customers call in orders, the Runner receives a “ticket” that they can either accept or deny. The ticket gives the customer’s name, their address, and the list of items they need.

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If the Runner accepts it, they’re responsible for picking up the item and delivering it to the customer’s home. If they deny it (because it’s too far away or for any other reason), they can stay logged onto the app and wait for another ticket to come through.

So, if you’re looking for a way to earn some extra cash, this could be a good way for you to make money. All you need is a smartphone and a car to apply.

And, if you’re just a hungry customer who’s looking for some food, you may want to download the app.

If their “less than one hour” claim is true, they’ll deliver a hot meal to your doorstep in no time!


How is This Different From Postmates, GrubHub, and Other Delivery Apps?

You’re probably thinking to yourself:

This just sounds like Postmates…

or…

Isn’t this the same as GrubHub?

or even…

Jeez, another online delivery service app. Great.

Well, yeah. You’re not wrong. This does have a lot in common with other app-based delivery platforms.

But, before you write it off, let’s look at how Favor separates itself from competitors.

After all, everyone needs to eat at some point, right? So, you’ll probably want to know how these services are different so that you can pick one when you finally decide to order some food.

Got it? Good.

This service is very similar to Postmates in the sense that they deliver everything, not just food. Whereas GrubHub, Uber Eats, and DoorDash focus specifically on food from restaurants, Favor and Postmates will pick up anything from groceries and fast food to cleaning supplies, clothing, or computer parts.

Favor and Postmates share some other similarities, too. They’re both relatively similar in price (depending on where you live), and both pride themselves on quick service (lightning fast!).

But, that doesn’t mean Postmates is exactly the same as this service.

In fact, there’s one crucial difference between the two of them:

Their market size.

Yes. Favor has a very small market in comparison to other delivery platforms.

And by small, we mean tiny. Like one state tiny.

Currently, this service only operates in their home state of Texas, mostly in large cities in college towns. They used to be in places like Boston, Philly, Denver, and D.C. But, they’ve withdrawn business from all of those places in order to “focus on markets closer to home.”

Favor currently operates in these cities:

  • Abilene
  • Amarillo
  • Austin
  • Beaumont
  • Brownsville
  • Bryan
  • College Station
  • Corpus Christi
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth
  • Edinburg
  • El Paso
  • Harlingen
  • Houston
  • Killeen
  • Lake Houston
  • League City
  • Longview
  • Lubbock
  • McAllen
  • Midland
  • Mission
  • New Braunfels
  • Odessa
  • Pharr
  • Port Arthur
  • San Antonio
  • San Marcos
  • Temple
  • Tyler
  • Victoria
  • Waco
  • Weslaco

Now, just because they’re small doesn’t mean they’re not as good. Actually, we can imagine that fewer customers gives them the ability to focus on providing stronger customer service.

But, if you live outside of the Lone Star State, you’re out of luck. You’ll have to wait until the next time you visit Austin, Dallas, or another Texas city to use this app.


Is The Anything Favor Won’t Deliver?

Yes.

When we said that Favor will deliver anything, we may have been exaggerating.

There are definitely a lot of things they will bring you, but they also have to make sure their drivers are safe and that they’re not doing anything illegal.

So, they restrict certain items from passing through their drivers’ hands. In their Terms of Service, they say that customers aren’t allowed to use their platform to deliver illegal items.

Other than that, you should be good. However, all Runners are permitted to refuse deliveries if they think it’s necessary.

Therefore, if a customer arranges for the delivery of guns, or drugs, or anything else along those lines, the Runner is going to deny the order.

Also:

Favor is happy to deliver alcohol. BUT, they obviously can’t deliver it to kids. And they can’t let anyone spend more than $300 on alcoholic drinks either.

So, if you order some drinks for you and your friends, you’ll have to show a valid ID before the Runner can drop it off.

And if you want more than $300 worth of beer, wine, or liquor, you’ll have to head over to the store and pick it up yourself.


How Much Do Favor Runners Make?

At first glance, it appears that Favor runners aren’t paid very well.

Per order, they make $2.10 a pop. This delivery fee applies no matter the size or how much time it takes.

Really?

We know. You’re probably thinking “$2.10 an order?! How is anyone supposed to survive on that?”

But, the company makes up for this by allowing customers to keep 100% of their tips.

Which, in the end, may not actually add up to much. However, if you consider that most people tip 10%-20% of the total cost of their order (if they’re decent tippers), then tips at least have the potential to add up quickly.

Furthermore, the company requires that all customers tip at least $2 before they’re able to check out. This is nice because you won’t have to worry about walking away from an order empty-handed.

And, if you can complete at least 3 deliveries in an hour, you can make around $12/hour (which is just above minimum wage in most places).

In fact, the average Runner makes between $9 and $15 per hour.

Of course, this means that you have to work strategically. We’d recommend that you park in a busy location with a lot of restaurants and wait for orders there.

Then, return to that location whenever you have a lull so that you can snag an order from a nearby restaurant as soon as the ticket comes through.

Unfortunately, however, you’ll still have to pay for tolls and gas. It’s a bummer, but the company doesn’t cover the cost of these necessities.

Luckily, however, you can write them off as business expenses when you file your taxes at the end of the year. So, the money that you spend on tolls, gas, repairs, and other necessary will all be tax-free if you file properly.

In Texas (where you probably live if you work for Favor), freelancers are required to pay estimated taxes every quarter. So, if you make your living as a Runner, don’t forget to keep up with your payments!


How Do I Become a Favor Runner?

Overall, it’s pretty easy to become a Favor Runner. It’s a good part-time job that allows you to make your own hours, but we do wish it paid a little better.

There’s only one major requirement:

You must be over the age of 18.

As long as you can check that box, all you have to do is sign up for the service on the website.

You can do so by clicking the “Apply Now” button on their homepage (it’s about halfway down in the middle).

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Once you do that, you can fill out an application with your basic info, date of birth, address, bank account number, and other information.

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Once you get through the initial application, you’ll have to consent to a criminal background check, which basically helps them see that you’re a safe, trustworthy person.

Unfortunately, if you have any violent offenses, property crimes, or other felonies on your record from the past seven years, your application will be disqualified, so Favor is out of the cards for you.

But, as long as your record is clean, you should be good to go.

Some people who’ve been through the process say it takes as long as 2 weeks. But, others said it only took a day or two.

After that’s done, though, you’re ready to start Running. All you have to do is download the app, sign on, and start taking tickets!


Favor Vehicle Requirements

You may be wondering:

Does Favor have any vehicle requirements?

What type of shape does my car need to be in?

Can I deliver food in my Ford Focus or do I need a Mustang?

Luckily, this isn’t UberBlack. It’s not a rideshare service, so no customer is ever going to enter your car. Therefore, they don’t really care what kind of car you have.

The company’s one request is that your vehicle is in reliable condition. Essentially, this means that it shouldn’t break down during a delivery.

After all, it doesn’t look very good on them if your car stalls on the side of the highway while you’re delivering barbecued ribs to someone’s house (hungry people get angry pretty quick).

So, they just want to make sure that your vehicle is trustworthy and can get you from Point A to Point B without any problems.

If it meets that simple requirement, then Favor is happy to have you as a Runner.


Is My Car Insured Under Favor?

This is actually the bad news:

Favor does not cover their Runner’s vehicles in the case of an accident.

So, if you’re driving for this company, make sure that you have good coverage. It’s your responsibility to cover the cost of any damage caused to your vehicle, your vehicle, another person, another person’s vehicle, or any and all property while you’re on the job.

Lately, the company has actually faced some serious scrutiny for this insurance policy.

In an article published on the NASDAQ website, one writer criticized their practice of allowing delivery drivers to work without insurance:

Some Runners, the writer claims, work without even without having their own insurance plan, which is a danger both to the runner and the general public.

We should note here, that the article was published two years ago. There’s a chance that Favor has begun to making bigger strides to ensure that their Runners have their own policies. But, we haven’t seen evidence of that, yet.

However, they have received some praise for their partnership with KindHealth, a Texas-based insurance company.

Through this partnership, Runners have access to affordable healthcare determined by their income.

So, although their car insurance practices may be slightly sketchy, they are taking big steps to help their Runners stay healthy.


Can I Make Deliveries on My Bike (Or on My Feet)?

Yes! If you don’t own a car (or just don’t like driving one), you’re welcome to apply as a bike Runner or even a walking Runner.

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The job requirements and the application process are exactly the same for bike and walking Runners as they are for people who drive.

Obviously, this only works in urban areas where it’s easy to get around on a bike or on foot. After all, you don’t want to have to walk through the desert just to deliver someone’s pizza.

The age requirement still stands, though. You still have to be 18 years old to work for this company, even if you’re not driving.


Favor is Texas’ Food Delivery Hometown Hero

The world is bursting with delivery apps right now. No matter where you find yourself, it’s not hard to find someone who will bring your food and any other items you need directly to you.

You don’t have to look very far to start working for a delivery service, either. These companies thrive on employing folks who are eager to start making cash. So, if you live in Texas, Favor might be a great service for you to work for. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait for them to expand into other cities first.

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