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Part-Time Delivery: How To Make $1000 A Month Delivering Stuff

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There are many delivery platforms in the new sharing economy space. Good news for you: there’s a lot to choose from. Today we are going to talk about how to make money delivering goods.

The delivery market in the U.S. is valued at over $70 billion. Specific to food delivery, Americans spend approximately $9 billion a year on take-out.

Many sharing economy platforms are tapping into this market by introducing smart technology to deliveries. This in turn is empowering micro-entrepreneurs like you to make side income.

If you are making regular trips on a daily basis or have spare time, why not become a deliverer?

There are currently 250 million vehicles on the road on any given day, with more than 1 billion square feet of cargo space that is unused. Sharing economy shipping services are tapping into this unused asset. You can too.

“Fact: 1 billion sq ft of unused vehicle space on daily basis – Sharing economy is monetizing this. You can too.”

What Makes A Good Sharing Economy Deliverer?
Over and over, we hear the same two pieces of advice from the Casual Capitalist Community about the delivery space. First, confirm your deliveries within 2 minutes via smartphone. And lastly, always hang out in the busiest areas of your city.

Colin, for instance, is new to the Casual Capitalist Community. But Colin is a veteran deliverer, and platform stacks with both Instacart and Postmates. Colin works 3 hours a day delivering for both platforms during his spare time.

Colin hangs out at his favorite downtown San Fransisco coffee shop working on his ebook business. When Colin wants a break, or during peak hours, he turns on his apps and waits for delivery requests. Colin has the flexibility to accept or deny any delivery request if something else comes up. Colin makes a cool $1,300 a month from his Monday-Friday 3-hour side job as a deliverer.

Research and common sense dictates that deliverers who are on top of checking their smartphone on a regular basis earn more money.

According to Colin, it’s a good practice to remain proactive as a deliverer. Remind customers about where you are and the status of their delivery. This can help you get a 5-star rating on the various delivery platforms.

When you pick something up, make sure you double check that all the items are included. This way, you’re never stuck when you get to someone’s house and the order is incomplete.

Many in the Casual Capitalist Community say that they ask the store to double check the goods in front of them. Tell people that you make it a practice of doing this. You can say that although the delivery is going to be complete, the person ordering asked to double-check.

When Is The Best Time To Work As A Deliverer?
According to studies, the best times to take deliveries is between 10:30am and 3pm, as well as 5pm and 10pm. These times are when delivery volume is at its highest.

So what are the best delivery platforms out there? There are dozens. Below is a selection of what the Casual Capitalist Community has experience with.

1. Postmates: Postmates is a sharing economy delivery service where U.S. deliverers earn up to $25 an hour. Postmates operates in 40 U.S. markets, overseeing 18,000 independent contractors who work as couriers.

Anyone needing a shipment is matched with the Postmates courier. This courier will then travel to the restaurant or store, buy the product, and deliver it to the buyer.

One of the benefits of delivering for Postmates is that they don’t require a certain year or make for your vehicle. Where other platforms have specific vehicle requirements, Postmates allows you to drive the vehicle you choose.

Want to double dip as a ride-sharer and deliverer? Postmates reports that 25% of their couriers drive for other sharing economy services, including Uber and Lyft.

The most interesting aspect to Postmates is their credit card. Postmates will provide couriers with a card that acts just like a credit card. This is used to pay for whatever you pick up.

2. Instacart: Another popular U.S. platform is Instacart, which operates in almost every major city. Instacart has become so popular that Target has partnered with them to provide grocery delivery to Target customers.

Instacart currently works with over 4,000 personal shoppers around the U.S.

In the delivery space, Instacart is one of the biggest. Consider that Instacart is currently valued at $2 billion. Or, that in 2015 Forbes declared Instacart to be the #1 company on Forbes Americas Most Promising Companies list.

Much like other sharing economy platforms, workers for Instacart are classified as independent contractors. In June 2015 however, Instacart has given the option to couriers in certain locations to become part-time employees.

3. DoorDash: DoorDash is an on-demand delivery service that promises food delivery within an hour. DoorDash operates in over 250 U.S. cities.

A deliverer, or ‘DoorDasher’, can make up to $25 an hour delivering for DoorDash.

DoorDashers make money through deliveries as well as tips. According to many Casual Capitalists, they enjoy working with DoorDash because it affords them flexibility. They can turn on the app if they have a spare hour or two. Or not. It’s up to them.

What is required for the DoorDash job? You must be at least 18 years old and own a smartphone. You can use any type of car for deliveries. You can also use motorcycles, scooters, bikes, or even walk to deliver.

DoorDash provides DoorDashers with $1 million of insurance liability. This is common among all delivery platforms.

DoorDash also gives DoorDashers a t-shirt that can help them skip lines at many restaurants who know the DoorDash service.

According to DoorDash, 1 in 3 households in the San Francisco Bay Area have ordered food through DoorDash.

4. Amazon Flex: It is not only startups taking their slice of the sharing economy delivery space. For instance, Amazon recently launched Amazon Flex. With this service, deliverers earn between $18 to $25 an hour delivering packages for Amazon.

Amazon Flex is only available in the Seattle market, but is coming soon to New York City, Baltimore, Miami, Dallas, Austin, Chicago, Indianapolis, Atlanta, and Portland.

Amazon’s hiring requirements are like other delivery platforms. We suggest checking back with Amazon Flex to see when they have expanded to other markets. You can also sign up on the Amazon Flex website, and they’ll let you know when they’re coming to your area.

Amazon Flex requires that you work in blocks of 2, 4, or 8 hours. As a deliverer, you can open your availability up to 12 hours per day.

5. Uber: This sharing economy behemoth has even entered this space with UberRUSH. UberRUSH is currently available in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco, and is expanding to other markets.

If you’re already an Uber driver, you might as well join UberRUSH. With UberRUSH, you can drive your own vehicle or even ride a bike.

To become a deliverer for Uber, you need to be at least 19 years old and able to lift 50 pounds. You also must have a valid driver’s license, insurance, vehicle registration, and have at least 1 year of driving experience.

For biking, the requirements are less. You need to be 19 years of age and be able to lift 30 pounds.

There you go folks, five solid options for earning income in the sharing economy delivery space. All of these services will pay you between $15-$40 an hour to deliver goods.

Do you already drive with Uber or Lyft? Do you have spare chunks of time you want to monetize? Does making $60 in 3 hours sound appealing to you? Just like Colin, you can easily make money by delivering goods when it’s convenient for you. Sign me up (wait…I already am).

Good luck!


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  1. Richard

    Hi Glenn,
    very informative article, I wanted to know which service I can sign up with if I want to deliver a package on my way home. I work in Downtown Los Angeles and I live about 40 miles to the East of DT L.A. I think non food deliveries would work better in my situation…..any assistance would be appreciated.

    • Glenn Carter

      Hey Richard! Thanks for the comment. Some food might be worthwhile to consider. Check out Instacart for groceries, but you should probably stay away from prepared meals from a restaurant. Unless there is a market for downtown LA food in the suburbs where you live. I am not familiar with the LA market. Either way, it’s about getting creative. You might be able to take an Instacart order and stop at the store on your way home. As with anything in the sharing economy, I always suggest testing out the market as a user and seeing what’s available. In Instacart’s case, you can get a few deliveries, or even sign up as a deliverer to first see what the demand is. Good luck!! Ride-sharing isn’t out of the question either, I’m sure there’s a market for commuters looking to exist downtown LA during working hours.

    • Masti

      Try roadie

  2. D. Richard

    What Delivery Companies are available in Baton Rouge LA

    • Glenn Carter

      Hey! I’ve checked and unfortunately there are no popular sharing economy delivery services that I’m aware of in Baton Rouge. You could start with something like general freelancing or ride or home-sharing while you wait for the popular delivery services to expand to Baton Rouge.

  3. James Thompson

    I travel for work in a pretty good size SE USA territory. I am able to make my own schedule and rent a vehicle for these trips. This week I might drive from New Orleans to Pensacola while next week I might run from New Orleans to Shreveport. I have a good amount of flexibility while travelling and am interested in earning extra income. Ideal situation would be one that I might provide my schedule a week in advance and have “Transporter” type delivery lined up. Any ideas of where to look?

    • Glenn Carter

      Hey Jim! Thanks for the comment – there are certainly options when it comes to transporting goods. Sidecar was the big player in this delivering of goods space, but they recently shut down. The other big name in this niche is Roadie – I would suggest checking them out. Good luck and let us know how it goes!

  4. Moti

    Hi Glenn,
    I have found lots of sharing economy delivery platforms, However some seem to be just a web page or app with no real substance.
    Do you know who are the leading platforms in the US and do they work nationwide or just local?

    • Glenn Carter

      Hey Moti! Yes, many of these platforms are specific to major cities, but many are nation-wide. Check out Postmates and DoorDash as they are the bigger players in this arena. They are way more than just landing pages and have a lot of information for people looking to get started. Hope this helps!

  5. James Thompson

    Thanks; will do!

  6. Michael Feuerstein

    Great article! Amazon Flex has expanded. I just applied in Los Angeles. They say the background check usually takes about 25 days.

    • Glenn Carter

      Hey Michael, thanks a lot for the info – it took Amazon a while to expand but glad they’re doing it now. Please let me know how it goes and your experiences. Either comment here or you can always email me at I’d be very interested in seeing how it goes. Thanks!

  7. Bill Placher

    Thanks for the info Glenn, good stuff. I travel between Portland and Central Oregon several times a month to visit family. My schedule is totally flexible so I am checking into the possibility of mixing business with pleasure and making some money doing deliveries. Does this scenario fit with any of the companies listed above? Thanks

  8. Adeel

    Hi Glenn,
    Very Informative article. Glenn soon I will start driving for Uber. So with Uber do you recommend any other platform that I can generate more income on daily basis? I am currently residing in Hackensack, NJ, so being said that I am new to this. Your comments will help me into right direction.


    • Glenn Carter

      Hey Adeel! I would recommend trying out Lyft as well, and some delivery platforms like DoorDash, Instacart, or Postmates. Good luck! Let us know how it goes.

  9. arthur banks

    i would love to start being a delivery man for amazon but i’m being told that there are no amazon deliveries in new orleans

    • Glenn Carter

      Hey Arthur, looks like you’ll have to wait until they roll out in your area. Try Postmates or Instacart.

  10. t fisher

    I am interested in making some extra money part-time. How can I get into this market? I live in the Atlanta area but I do not want to do ride share. Please advise

    • Glenn Carter

      Hey! You can look at all delivery platforms that could be available in your area – Postmates, Deliveroo, Foodora, UberEATS.

  11. Robert

    Hey Glenn, what is your Twitter handle??
    The Twitter icon above is not working for me ….
    Btw..Many thanks for the info!!!
    Great article!!

    • Glenn Carter

      Hey Robert, thanks for the comment! My Twitter is @casual_glenn.



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