Bring in extra cash by picking up and delivering restaurant orders for companies like Doordash, Uber Eats, or Grubhub! Working as a food delivery driver may not sound glamorous, but it’s an easy way to make part-time money with little effort.
You can pay down your RV loan, or cover gas, insurance, or the grocery bill from just about anywhere your RV is parked.
Let’s say you choose to accept deliveries on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Perhaps you earn $50 each day, including tips. That’s not a huge sacrifice for around $400/month.
Restaurant Food Delivery in a Nutshell
How it Works
As an independent contractor, you decide when you want to work. There’s usually no minimum time investment to stay active with a company.
You’ll need a newer style smartphone (iPhone or Android). Download the company App to manage your schedule, deliveries, earnings, and more.
Log into the App when you want to work, browse available deliveries, and accept the ones you want. The App lets you know how much you’ll earn before you accept each job.
Log out when you don’t want to work anymore. Most companies allow you to switch cities in the App if you travel to a different location.
Remember, you’re the boss. If you’re not feeling well, have plans, your car is in for repair, or for any other reason making deliveries isn’t convenient, then don’t. No questions asked.
Generally, earnings average $2.25 – $5.00 per pickup/delivery. In addition, you keep 100% of your tips. Rates differ depending on the company, local market, and other factors.
Payment is usually broken down as a flat fee for pickup at a restaurant, a flat fee for completed delivery, and a per-mile rate from the restaurant to the customer’s location. In some cities, you are paid a per-minute rate for your time spent once you arrive at the restaurant (including wait time) to the delivery location.
You can also earn incentives, bonuses, referral fees, or other rewards. You are typically paid weekly via direct deposit to your bank account.
Restaurant Delivery Jobs for RVers
DoorDash Delivery Driver
“As a Dasher, you can be your own boss and enjoy the flexibility of choosing when, where, and how much you earn. All you need is a mode of transportation and a smartphone to start making money.”
Uber Eats Delivery Driver
“Between picking up and dropping off deliveries, it’s just you and the road—relax, bump your music, and enjoy cruising around town. ”
About Uber Eats
Grubhub Delivery Driver
“With Grubhub, it’s easy to earn competitive pay, keep 100% of your tips and create your own flexible schedule.”
Postmates Delivery Driver
” Sign up and we’ll send you a free delivery bag and prepaid card so you can deliver food, drinks, retail, and more—from anywhere in your city—literally.”
Instacart Shop and Deliver
“Shopping on the Instacart platform is great for anyone looking for flexible, seasonal, home-based, entry level, weekend, weekday, after-school, or temporary opportunities.”
“You have the flexibility to choose your own delivery hours! Caviar is typically busy during lunch and dinner but is open 7 days a week from 8 am—11:30 pm. The more you work as a courier, the more you’ll earn.”
Why Not Give Food Delivery a Try?
Restaurant delivery jobs aren’t available in all cities, so check on your location before you apply. They also require basics like a valid driver’s license, car insurance, dependable vehicle, and a background check.
Some Tips from the Restaurant Delivery Pros
- Only take deliveries that come out to $1 per mile or more. Once you’ve got the hang of it and are familiar driving your area, you can loosen up your criteria.
- Find a parking lot near a major freeway to park and wait until the next delivery. Bring a book or some good music in case you’re sitting awhile.
- Start tracking the good restaurants from the bad ones (as far as wait times, location, etc.) You can avoid accepting deliveries from the ones you don’t like.
- Create ‘canned’ messages in your phone’s text application so you can quickly keep customers informed. But don’t text and drive. Great customer service will increase your tips. Examples include:
“I’m on my way to the restaurant.”
“I’m waiting at the restaurant.”
“I’ve got your food and I’m on my way to you!”
- Use a phone app to track your mileage so you can claim it accurately on your taxes.
Just like anything new, restaurant delivery jobs take time to master. But you’ll be more efficient, and making more money, in short order!