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Uber Eats Driver: How to Deliver Food for Uber in 2020

Last updated: January 8, 2020
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There are more ways now than ever to make extra money. Whether you want to walk dogs, help people out around the house, or drive people around, there’s a gig that will let you do it. As long as you have the necessary skills and the time, you can get some extra cash through the gig economy.

One of our other favorite ways of making money is through food delivery. The number of companies in this industry has exploded, and one of the most exciting companies in this space is Uber Eats.

An offshoot of the popular Uber ridesharing service, Uber Eats is expanding rapidly across the globe. In this guide, we’ll take a look at how you can use the service to earn extra money, as well as the requirements to drive for the service.

What Is Uber Eats?

Uber Eats is a food delivery service that delivers from popular restaurants across the country and the world. Recognizing that it already had a large network of drivers, Uber launched the Uber Eats service in 2014. Today, their delivery partners are able to offer food delivery in dozens of cities across six continents.

Using the food delivery app is super easy. All a customer has to do is browse the list of restaurants, choose the items they want from the in-app menu, and place an order. From there, a delivery driver goes to pick the food up from the restaurant and delivers it to the customer. All payment happens through the Uber Eats app (including tips), making the whole process far more convenient than traditional food delivery.

But what does it take to deliver for Uber Eats? Keep reading to find out.

Uber Eats Delivery Driver Requirements

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The requirements to drive for Uber Eats are quite straightforward. Most adults will be able to meet them, making Uber Eats a great gig for anyone who wants to make some extra money.

The specific requirements for Uber Eats vary based on the delivery method you want to use. Uber Eats currently offers the following delivery methods:

  • Car delivery
  • Scooter delivery
  • Bike delivery

Let’s take a closer look at the requirements for each method:

Car delivery requirements:

  • Meet the minimum age for your city (generally at least 19, though some cities require you to be 21)
  • Drive a two-door or four-door car made after 1999
  • Valid driver’s license, registration, and vehicle insurance
  • At least one year of driving experience

Scooter delivery requirements:

  • Be at least 19
  • Have a motorized scooter under 50cc
  • Valid driver’s license, registration, and vehicle insurance

Bike delivery requirements:

  • Be at least 18
  • Have a valid, government-issued ID

As you can see, the Uber Eats delivery requirements are a bit less stringent than those for the regular Uber app. In particular, the vehicle requirements are less strict, and the age limit is lower (particularly if you’re making deliveries on a scooter or bike). This makes Uber Eats a great way to get a feel for the Uber platform even if you don’t meet the requirements to drive passengers.

We should also note that, while bike and scooter delivery are options, they aren’t available in every city. Bike delivery, for instance, works much better in dense urban centers like New York City than it does in sprawling metropolises like Los Angeles. You’ll be able to see the specific vehicles that your city allows when you sign up to drive for Uber Eats.

How to Deliver for Uber Eats

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Now that you know the requirements to drive for Uber Eats, let’s take a look at how you can make your first Uber Eats delivery. The whole process has just a few easy steps:

1. Sign Up for Uber Eats

To start, you’ll need to sign up for Uber Eats, which you can do here. You’ll need to enter some basic information about yourself and the vehicle you intend to use. You’ll then need to wait for Uber to approve your application, which can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

2. Download the Uber Driver App

Once Uber has approved you, you’ll need to download the Uber driver app for Android or iOS. Don’t be confused by the name — you use the same app to make deliveries and pick up passengers. If you’re only making deliveries, you won’t see any of the passenger functionality.

After you download the app and log in to your account, you can start accepting delivery requests. Uber Eats orders are super easy to complete, as you’ll see in the next section.

3. Make Your First Delivery

Now, the part you’ve been waiting for. Once you have the Uber driver app set up, all you have to do is go online and wait for the delivery orders to roll in. If you’ve never delivered food before, don’t worry. The Uber Eats app walks you through the entire process.

You’ll first see the places you need to pick up orders, along with directions to the restaurant. You should always follow the directions that the app gives you, as Uber Eats carefully calculates the most efficient route. Following this route will ensure that you can get all your orders delivered on time (which will help you to boost your tips).

After you’ve picked up the food, the app will guide you to the customer’s address. Again, be sure to follow the directions the app gives you. Naturally, if there’s an obstruction in the road or something else that would make it unsafe to go the way the app tells you, you should use a different route. But besides that, we don’t recommend deviating from the directions.

Once you’ve reached the destination, follow the delivery instructions that the customer has given you. These will specify if you need to take the food to their door or if they’ll just meet you outside. If the customer is in an apartment complex and you’re having trouble gaining access or finding their apartment, then you should contact them to get further instructions. Customers will appreciate this extra step, as it helps them get their food faster.

When the food is in the customer’s hands, you’ve successfully completed the delivery. You can now head to your next destination and repeat the above process until you’re done for the day.

4. Collect Your Pay

The only thing left now is to watch the money roll in. Uber Eats pays weekly, making it easy to stay on top of your bills. If you need money sooner, you can cash it out quicker using Instant Pay.

Uber Eats pays using a system that’s based on the orders you pick up and drop off. You get a pick-up fee for getting the order from the restaurant and a drop off fee once you deliver it to the customer. This system exists to protect you from not getting paid if a customer isn’t where they say they are or you’re otherwise unable to deliver the order.

In addition, customers have the option to leave you a tip after you complete an order. They can tip as little or as much as they want, and Uber Eats never requires customers to tip. In order to boost your chances of getting a tip, we recommend that you always provide the best customer service possible.

This includes things like staying in communication with the customer while you’re delivering their order, always arriving on time if you can, and letting the customer know if there’s traffic or something else that will delay you. These are small touches, but they can make a big difference in the tips that you’ll ultimately earn.

Uber Eats Driver FAQ

To conclude this guide, here are answers to some common questions about driving for Uber Eats:

1. Does Lyft offer a food delivery service?

Currently, they do not. If Lyft does decide to offer a food delivery service similar to Uber Eats, we’ll be sure to write about it here.

2. Can UberX drivers deliver for Uber Eats?

Absolutely. In fact, all Uber drivers can transport passengers and make deliveries during the same shift. Uber carefully schedules everything so that you never have to worry about a delivery conflicting with a passenger pick up. If you’re already driving passengers around, then accepting food deliveries can be a good way to earn even more money.

3. Who are some of Uber Eats’ competitors?

Uber Eats is far from the only player in the food delivery space. Caviar, DoorDash, Grubhub, and Postmates are some other food delivery apps worth checking out.

4. Do I have to handle cash or make change as an Uber Eats driver?

No, you do not. Uber Eats is designed to be an entirely cashless experience. All payments occur within the app using the credit card that the customer has on file. The only time you’ll have to handle cash is if a customer offers you a cash tip (which we assume you’ll have no problem accepting).

Start Delivering for Uber Eats Today

We hope this guide has shown you all the benefits of becoming an Uber Eats driver, as well as how to get started with the process. So what are you waiting for? Sign up to drive for Uber Eats and start earning!

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