How to Get Started
In this context, delivery driving involves working with an established service such as GrubHub
to find work. Because of the level of technology and infrastructure required for seamless communication between restaurants (or stores), drivers, and customers, it is impractical for a driver to find their own delivery customers.
Once you have decided on the services you would like to work with, or if you have decided to work with multiple services, you can begin the application process. Generally, companies working with delivery drivers will want proof of your legal ability to drive as well as information about your vehicle.
There are few other requirements to become a delivery driver. Most companies provide brief training and instructions, but you’ll do most of your learning on the job. Companies generally offer a wide margin for error during a driver’s first few deliveries while they learn the ropes of the job.
There is a learning curve to being a delivery driver. Over time, drivers tend to learn what areas are likely to be the most profitable, how to complete delivery quickly and safely, and how to respond to customer concerns. There is a customer service element, as much of a driver’s earnings are tip-based, and exemplary customer service can increase earnings substantially.
Training and Certifications
The only prerequisite to becoming a delivery driver is a legal ability to drive. Some companies reject drivers with multiple moving violations on their driving record, but this will vary. Generally speaking, as long as you are not in jeopardy of losing your driver’s license, you are eligible to begin work as a delivery driver.
Depending on the company you work with, the times you deliver, and the areas you deliver to, you can expect to make
between $10 and $25 per hour. Keep in mind, this does not include the cost of gas or wear on your vehicle.