This Company Will Pay You to Deliver Groceries and You Can Set Your Own Hours

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The workplace as we know it is changing… and now I’ll tell you the sky is blue!

Seriously, though, as you’re well aware, the gig economy is booming. That means earning a paycheck doesn’t have to happen within the walls of your 9-to-5. In fact, some people do away with it altogether and take up several side jobs, instead.

One of our favorite options? You could get paid to deliver food with Postmates, one of the few app-based side gigs that will pay you 100% of your earnings.

That means there are no annoying service fees, booking fees or transaction fees to deduct from your pay — the money you worked for goes directly into your pocket. All of it.

And because there will always be someone who wants a milkshake but doesn’t want to drive to go get it (ahem… me), your money might add up faster than you think.

Getting started only takes a few minutes.

How Much Can You Earn?

The amount you can earn varies, but the median earnings per hour during peak times is $19*, CEO Bastian Lehmann said at a 2015 TechCrunch event. 

Unlike other apps, you’ll take home 100% of your earnings when you make a delivery — no service fees, booking fees or transaction fees.

Signing Up Takes 3 Minutes

It took us about three minutes to sign up when we tried it. But it could be less, honestly, if you happen to speed through it.

What’s great about signing up to join Postmates’ fleet is how simple the process is. You don’t need to stress about the hassle of scanning in forms of identification, and you can forget about finding the right lighting to get a photo of your license verified.

So what do you need?

Just your driver’s license and Social Security card nearby — unless you already have both those numbers memorized, in which case you’re a God-tier human.

After that, you’re all set to provide this basic information and authorize a (free!) background check:

  1. Email address

  2. First and last name

  3. Full address and phone number

  4. Vehicle type and drivers license number

  5. Social Security number and date of birth

Then, you upload a selfie, and you’re done. Fini. Terminado.

Once you complete the sign-up process, Postmates will ship you a welcome kit (a free delivery bag and a prepaid card to make your purchases) to help get you set up for deliveries. Link the card to the Postmates Fleet app, and you’re off to earning extra money.

Postmates lets you decide how much or little you want to drive, and when. So in a way, you’re your own boss.

And because this is so epic, I’ll say it again: you get to keep 100% of your earnings, tips included. (That’s where it differs from other apps.)

Pro Tip

To maximize your earnings, deliver during Postmates’ recommended weekday peak hours of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Demand is always high on weekends, so log some hours then, too!

Whether you’re on two wheels or four, you’re welcome to deliver takeout, groceries or alcohol. Just, you know, make sure you have enough room to hold the requested items.

So, Cliffs Notes: You can get started in three minutes or less; you get to keep 100% of your money; and no one even has to get in your car. No awkward small talk, for the win!

The Postmates Fleet app is free, and it’s available on iOS and Android. Creating an account is easy, so you’ll be making extra money before you know it.

Beep beep!

Farrah Daniel is an editorial assistant at The Penny Hoarder. She tested the sign-up process for this article and is excited to receive her welcome kit.

*Actual amount earned will vary, depending on a number of factors. You’ll see how much you earned after each delivery and exactly how your earnings were calculated.