Is Doordash a good job?
Can you make good money as a dasher?
Can you make a full time living as a dasher?
If these questions are popping in your mind, then you have definitely arrived at the right place!
In this Doordash review, I have covered all of these questions with reviews from real dashers.
What is Doordash and How does it work?
Doordash is a food delivery service where you can work as a driver and earn money in your free time or full time.
It’s available in about 4000 cities in the North America and they are constantly adding more cities in their list.
Customers place orders from their desired restaurants through the doordash app or website. They accept the fee they have to pay to the app and also add any tip they want to give to the driver.
The company then finds a nearby dasher and sees if they accept it or not.
A driver is called ‘Dasher’ in doordash. So, if you’re going to be the one who is logged into the app at that time and available to deliver the food, you’ll get a notification to check and accept the order.
You’ll be given 80 seconds to accept the order.
After accepting the order, you have to reach the restaurant and swipe the app. it will let the company and customer know that you’ve reached the restaurant.
There, you’ll place the order as per customer’s requirement and simply wait for it to be ready.
Once ready, you’ll receive the food from the restaurant and get ready to drive to the customer’s location.
After picking up the food, you’ll be asked to swipe the app to let doordash and the customer know that you’ve picked their food.
Finally, it’s time to deliver the food to the customer and swipe last time in the doordash app to complete the order.
How would you know about the customer’s location where you need to deliver the food?
DoorDash’s app has all such information as to where exactly you need to deliver the food. The app will also help you set directions accordingly in your phone.
Some customers also leave a note about their location. This is a pretty nice gesture as it will help you reach the customer’s location easily.
Even after all these, if you’re still facing any problem, you can send a text or call the customer through your app. I often chat with the customer and it helps a lot when directions are not clear.
Now that you know about the working of doordash, let’s look at their pay model in the upcoming section of this review.
Is Doordash a good job?
Yes Doordash is a good job and you can make a full time living as a dasher, but, I wouldn’t advise you to solely rely on Doordash as the only medium of your living.
You can do a corporate job in the morning and work as a dasher in the evening,
But doing a full time job and working as a dasher simultaneously can be tough.
So I would advise you to work for Doordash 9 to 5 and start a small online or offline business on the side.
This way you would end up with a good amount of money by the end of every month.
If you love driving, it can act as a healthy motivation for you to become a doordash driver.
These days, food delivery services are increasing rapidly. The covid has increased the pace of work more than usual.
What Drivers Tell About DoorDash: Legit Reviews from Actual Drivers
If you’re getting a good number of dashes, you’ll be making considerable money.
Good support from the company and promotions are there from my personal experience while working with doordash, but I would say I couldn’t grab all the information to make my today’s review unbiased.
After all, I wasn’t working in all the cities and restaurants attached with doordash.
So, I got in touch with other drivers online and hop on to their communities to know their opinion and experiences with this app.
While doing so, I also checked their reviews on different websites online.
Let’s read on some of those which were highlighting specific information.
“good side hustle”
“for extra cash only”
Most of the reviewers were mentioning that they won’t recommend working as a driver with doordash as full time earning source. Instead, they said that it can be considered a good side hustle only. It’s because probably the realistic earning potential might not be very good throughout the US. Well, you’ll know more by reading further.
“not consistent dashing available”
“sometimes slow dashing”
Some of the drivers were sharing that they were not getting orders consistently. So, they were not making much money out of their hustle. As the demand for delivery services vary depending on the area where you’re living, dashing can sometimes be slow. In any case, you’ll explore that after working in your area.
“flexibility of work is awesome”
Another positive benefit of working with doordash highlighted by dashers was the flexibility of the job. They said that they were free to work as per their own hours. You can work at any time and for any duration.
“not motivated enough to work”
Here I observed two kinds of drivers who said that they were not motivated enough to keep working as a doordash driver. Some of them were bored due to long waiting hours and slow dashing. While some others mentioned that they got bored due to too much driving. So, again, it’s on you to keep yourself motivated while working with this company.
“too much driving”
“so many towns to go”
People give all kinds of reviews about their work. These two reviews were also highlighted by drivers who were bored from too much driving. Although they didn’t show any other particular concerns.
“pay is low”
This was a general review of some of the drives only. Some people might not rate the earnings very well. Still, you must have developed an idea about how much you’ll be making.
“wait is too much”
“app crashes frequently”
Although not a lot, I also came across a few reviews from the drivers who were complaining about two things. They were either annoyed as they had to wait at the restaurants or simply for the next order after finishing the first one. Now, if I’ll talk generally, I’ll add that this might not be the problem with all the restaurants. Even if some of the hotels might be making them wait, that can still be the problem with that food franchise in their city only. So, in your case, you have to get started to know the experience.
Further, there were few reviewers talking about the app crash incidents. They’ve written that the doordash app doesn’t work well. So, this can also be a little shady as everybody else is using the same app.
All these reviews can help you get an overview of what it actually is, while working as a delivery driver. But you should still read one of the upcoming sections of this article in which I have shared tips to earn better as learned from the top earners from such delivery service websites.
How To Become A DoorDash Driver?
If you have decided to try out Doordash, here is how you can join them.
To become a doordash driver, you simply need to complete certain requirements and signup on the company’s website.
I’ve broken down the whole process below which you can follow step by step to get started with doordash.
Doordash Driver Requirements
Before starting to work as a delivery rider, you need to complete some mandatory requirements which i have written below:
- You must be 18 years or older to fulfil the minimum age requirement.
- You must have a source for transportation such as a car, motorcycle or even bicycle.
- A valid driving license depending on which vehicle you’ll be using to deliver food.
- In the case of a car, doordash might ask you to submit your car insurance proof.
- You should have a smartphone to use their app
Once you’ve gone through these requirements, you’ll be able to sign up in the app. But there is another mandatory requirement which you need to complete.
When you submit your information, they’ll ask you to clear a criminalized background check. After that, you’ll be able to complete the signup process to login and start working further.
If you guys prefer a video tutorial of the whole sign up proces, here it is,
Doordash Driver Signup And Login
Now that you clearly know all the requirements, you’ll fill up your information on their app to sign up.
Upon submitting all the basic information such as email address etc., they’ll take around 3 to 5 days to review your application.
If all their requirements are met, you’ll be accepted as a dasher in their community.
After that you’ll be able to get started.
Before starting you’ll receive your starter kit after completion of your registration to sign up and login to the app.
Schedule A Dash
You’ll find a schedule tab after you log into the app.
By opening that tab, you’ll be able to see information about available shifts.
You can check your weekly schedule and sign up for shifts as per your availability during those shifts.
it’s completely your choice if you want to take work in a particular shift or not. It doesn’t have any kind of effect on your working and ratings.
Now after scheduling, your app must remain active before the starting time of your selected shifts.
Doordash will send you a notification 30 minutes before the starting time of our shift.
You need to select ‘Start Dashing’ within this time, after getting online through your app.
If you don’t do that, your shift will be canceled and allocated to anyone else.
You can also stop working anytime during your shift. This feature was very helpful in case of emergencies and I had to leave my shift halfway the total time of the shift. It doesn’t even affect your rankings.
Dash Any Time
It’s not mandatory to always plan your dashing schedule. You can start working at any time.
This can help you in case shifts are not available in your area.
So, to catch orders, you need to keep an eye on the map inside the doordash app. Once it turns red, it indicates that orders are open and you might get one to deliver.
If not generally, your map will turn red during peak hours such as breakfast, lunch, or dinner time. That’s when most people need to eat and they’ll probably order through doordash.
All in all, you can get food delivered if you’re online and dashing when the area is red.
How To Earn More With DoorDash: Tips To Work As A -BETTER EARNING- Delivery Driver
Experts and experienced drivers say that they have been making $25 an hour while I was able to achieve $20 by myself as well.
So, if you’re looking to know what exactly experienced drivers have done to earn better, keep reading this section to explore the tips.
Simply talking, it’s about how often you’re driving while that’s not all. There is much more you should know.
Drive During Peak Hours
There can be two clear benefits when you drive during peak hours. Usually there are more orders. Secondly, you can check if you’re getting extra from doordash for driving during this time. often pay is higher during peak time and you can earn more with every completed delivery.
Keep An Eye On Promos And Bonus
- $1 to $7 with each dash as incentive in certain areas and specific times
- Keep an eye and drive
- You can get signup promotion in some cities (it’s even $750 in some cities right now while not for all) to get this bonus, you have to complete minimum number of deliveries
- Earn referral bonus. Referral code in your app. You’ll get bonus once your referred driver will complete minimum number of deliveries
Just like working in peak hours, you may find promotional reward in some areas. Or either simply a bonus if there is any. Keep an eye on the money you’re going to earn from each order.
In some cities, you might also be able to win a signup bonus which can be as high as $750. But you won’t get this money right away. Instead, such bonus money comes with a condition in which you have to complete a minimum number of deliveries in a given number of days.
Another kind of bonus which can make you more money is when you refer other drivers to join DoorDash. You can find your referral code in your app. Simply ask the person to use that code while signing up on their app.
Multiple Orders At One Time
When i started working with doordash, i didn’t know that i could take multiple orders at one time.
So, one day when I reached a restaurant to pick up an order, I received a ping to accept another order from the same place. I accepted and then I delivered both orders after picking up food for both customers from that restaurant.
It saves time and gas for driving to customer locations.
When you’ve just joined the company, I’ll ask you to keep dashing for as much time as you can. This way you’ll figure out the duration in a day when you’ll be getting orders consistently. You need to figure out that routine in your area.
This tip is completely linked to the area where you’re working. So, you have to figure out yours on your own. Lastly, be consistent.
Deliver Quickly Drive Where You Don’t Need to Pay For Parking
Parking fee can eat your profit. So, you can check areas around you and try accepting orders where traffic flow is not much. This will save you tons of time and gas.
Drive for Multiple Apps
There are multiple food delivery services such as Grubhub, Lyft, UberEATS etc. and you can join all of these at once. This will keep you engaged better and you’ll be making more money than usual.
Earn Better TIP
Your way of dealing with the customer can help you earn better tips. While, all the customers might not give you tips but it’s still a positive effort that can help you earn better overall.
Skip Small Orders
You can skip orders which aren’t paying that much. This way, you’ll be making better money with each delivery. While, I’ll not suggest skipping every small order.
Although all these tips work well and it depends on your own working ethics to earn better, I’d still like to share a few bottom lines to keep in mind.
- You have to keep the doordash happy by taking care of your acceptance rating. It’s about how many jobs you’ve accepted out of the number of jobs which doordash sent you. So, while trying to earn more, don’t play with your acceptance rating by refusing orders more than usual. You’ll get a warning if you’re doing it frequently while there is “no minimum requirement for acceptance rate”.
- You have to keep an eye on your expenses and earnings. That way you need to pay taxes on your actual income after excluding the expanses. DoorDash will send you 1099-MISC while you need to report your expenses on your own such as mileage
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Does doordash pay for the gas?
No, it doesn’t. You have to bear your expenses of not only gas but also your vehicle’s maintenance.
Does doordash pay for your mobile data?
No. You have to recharge your mobile data on your own.
Does doordash pay for mileage?
The expanse of mileage of your vehicle is to be paid by the driver but not by Doordash. This is the same as your other job related expenses.
Does doordash pay hourly?
It can’t be straight forward. If you look at their pay model, it considers the time you take to complete a delivery. But that’s not the only factor which tells you how much you’re going to make. Instead, they’re paying you per delivery and that also varies. So, there isn’t any hourly pay till now.
Does doordash pay daily?
No, they pay weekly. You get paid every Monday. And your money shows up in your account within 2 to 3 days.
Wrapping It Up
At the end, I’d say Doordash is a good job but not a full time career option. You can enjoy making a few hundred bucks or more than a grand each month but keep it as your side hustle only.
Secondly, I found the flexibility of working as a major plus point. Further, you can sign up with doordash and start delivering food to the people. While doing so, try to follow the tips I’ve shared today and see what works for you in your area.