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SkipTheDishes: Your Guide to the Canadian Food Delivery Service

Last updated: June 19, 2019
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When you don’t have time to make dinner for yourself or even pick up takeout, there are delivery services that will bring food right to your door.

Companies like Grubhub, DoorDash, and Postmates all enable you to conveniently order food from home without ever having to leave the couch. And if you’re interested in flexible employment, these platforms also provide a way for you to find work on the side.

One food delivery service you might not know about is SkipTheDishes. In this article, we’ll introduce you to this platform and also share how it might help you make some extra cash in your free time.

What Is SkipTheDishes?

SkipTheDishes is a Canadian food delivery company that only delivers to cities within Canada. The app makes it easy to browse local menus, order through the app, and get your meals delivered directly to your home.

It also offers a great side job to gig workers all over Canada. As a Skip driver, you can lock in a decent wage by bringing customers their food.

Where Is Skip Available?

Before getting into the details of ordering and delivering with SkipTheDishes, you should figure out if the service is even offered in your city. Skip delivers food in over 100 cities across Canada, however, it no longer has market share in the United States.

Up until recently, Skip had operations in Buffalo, St. Louis, Omaha, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus. Its rival competitor, Grubhub, then made a deal with SkipTheDishes to take over its American operations.

Now, Skip is only available in Canada in most major cities. If you’re in Calgary, Winnipeg, Edmonton, or Toronto, you won’t have a problem using Skip.

If you’d like to know if Skip operates near you, head to the SkipTheDishes homepage and scroll to the bottom to see city availability.

Driving for SkipTheDishes

Driving for SkipTheDishes is an excellent way to make money on the side with a flexible source of employment. As a Skip driver, you’re able to set your own schedule, work as much as you’d like, and be your own boss.

Through the Skip app, you can set your availability and start delivering orders when you choose. When it’s time to work, you’ll be assigned orders that will come through the app. After you drop off an order, you’ll hop back on the app and get ready for the next.

As a SkipTheDishes independent contractor, you’ll explore your city and all the culinary treats it has to offer. And because you can work whenever you want, you can establish a nice work-life balance.

How Much Do Skip Couriers Make?

How much you make with Skip will largely depend on how much you work and when you decide to work. For each delivery you make, you’ll be paid a driver fee and you keep 100% of the tips you earn.

How far you drive between the local restaurant and drop-off point also plays into how much you’re paid for each delivery.

Once you clock in and complete deliveries, you can get paid directly through the app. Payment will be made to you every week through direct deposit.

You should also keep in mind that you’re an independent contractor, so set some money aside for the end of the year when taxes roll around.

Courier Requirements

In order to become a Skip delivery driver, you must be at least 18 years old and have a reliable vehicle to complete deliveries. You must also pass a background check.

If you’re interested in becoming a driver, you’ll need to meet all of the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Own a reliable vehicle that is registered and covered by auto insurance.
  • Have a valid driver’s license.
  • Pass a background check.
  • Legally allowed to work in Canada.
  • Own a smartphone with a data plan.
  • Own thermal bags.

How to Get Started

If you want to drive for SkipTheDishes, you can begin the application process by going to the sign-up page.

You’ll start by giving your name, email address, and phone number to create your account. You’ll then provide the city that you want to work in, the address you’ll be beginning your shifts from, and then agree to Skip’s terms and conditions.

Screenshot of SkipTheDishes orientation page

Skip then assigns you to a delivery zone based on the address and information you’ve provided. Depending on which zone you’re assigned to, you may be able to make deliveries with either a car or bicycle. In some zones, you even have the option of making deliveries with both.

Screenshot of the courier portal for SkipTheDishes

After that, you’ll begin your courier orientation. This includes uploading the required documents, scheduling a quick phone call interview, providing banking information, downloading the food delivery app, and ordering your courier thermal bags.

You should be prepared to provide your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and vehicle insurance when filling out your application. You’ll also need to watch short videos that explain what driving for SkipTheDishes is like, including what your responsibilities are and how you can maximize your earnings.

Once you’ve completed your orientation, passed your background check, and ordered your thermal bags, you’re ready to hit the road and start making money.

If Skip isn’t available in your area, then you can also look into other delivery companies like Grubhub, Postmates, and DoorDash.

Ordering With SkipTheDishes

Ordering food through SkipTheDishes is simple and convenient. With its easy-to-use ordering platform, you can order food from home and explore restaurants all around your city.

How to Order With Skip

To place a SkipTheDishes order, you’ll first need to download the mobile app. The SkipTheDishes app can be downloaded on the App Store and Google Play.

Once you download the app, you can browse through your favorite local restaurants to find what you’re craving. You then decide if you want to place a pick-up or delivery order and what time you’d like it to be ready.

After selecting a restaurant, you can pick the food and beverages you’d like to order. You can also leave comments for any special requests.

When you’re all set, tap the checkout button to complete your order. At this point, you can decide to pay online or pay with cash in person.

As your order is being prepared, you’ll be updated with its progress as it makes its way to your home. When your delivery arrives, the only thing left to do is sit back, relax, and chow down.

How Much Does Skip Cost?

SkipTheDishes doesn’t advertise the exact fees it charges customers. It does, however, say that delivery fees will depend on how far the driver has to go to deliver your food.

Typically, delivery fees for companies like these are somewhere in the $4-$8 USD range. You can also decide to leave your driver a tip, which will add a slight bump to your total. However, unlike most delivery services, SkipTheDishes doesn’t impose a minimum order amount.

How to Use a SkipTheDishes Voucher

If you’d like to save a few bucks on your first or next order, you can find a SkipTheDishes promo code to help offset the costs.

Promo codes are randomly released throughout the year and will give you a discount on your first order or free delivery. You can also sign up to use SkipTheDishes and receive coupon codes via email.

In order to apply your voucher code, you’ll type it into the “Add Voucher” box when completing your food order. This discount will then be applied to your food and beverage subtotal.

Discount codes won’t be accepted for alcohol deliveries or orders you pay for with cash.

Delivery Made Easy

Being a food courier for SkipTheDishes is one way to make money on the side while exploring restaurants in your city.

It’s also a convenient way to order food from home so you never have to leave the house. If you live in a major Canadian city, Skip is a great go-to for online delivery.

If you live in the U.S., SkipTheDishes is no longer available, so you’ll need to use a service like Postmates, DoorDash, or Grubhub.

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