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Postmates Food Delivery Driver Review

Find out how to make money delivering food from local restaurants.
By: Aaron Moriarty
Updated: January 24, 2021
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What is Postmates?

Postmates is an app that allows customers to order food from nearby restaurants on their phones. Customers can browse through a restaurant's full menu, select what they want to eat, customize the order, write specific delivery instructions, and tip all inside the app.

What does a Postmates delivery driver do?

Once an order is submitted, you would go to the restaurant, pick up the food, and deliver it to the customer's door. It's as simple as that.

How do I make money with Postmates?

You get paid for every completed restaurant pickup and completed drop-off. You’ll also earn for every minute you spend waiting in the restaurant or store for the order to be finished. In addition, you earn on the distance traveled between the pickup and drop-off locations. You also keep 100% of all customer tips. On top of all that, you’ll have opportunities to earn bonuses, which are based on completing a certain amount of deliveries within a set period of time.

Is there a set schedule?

When you’re ready to work, open up the Postmates app and you’ll see a heat map of the delivery demand in your area. Tell Postmates you’re ready to go online and the app will find your next delivery job for you. When one becomes available you’ll be prompted to accept or decline it within a certain period of time.

Can I pick and choose which orders to accept?

You never have to accept a delivery you don't want to. When you're online and in between deliveries, Postmates will send you notifications of available orders. You can preview where the restaurant is you need to drive to. You'll have a set period of time to accept or you can skip and wait for the next one.

How often will I get paid?

You will get paid every Monday for the previous week’s work. If you want it earlier, you can get paid the earnings in your account instantly for a small fee.

What about tips?

You get to keep 100% of the tips. Postmates calculates a recommended 20% tip on every customer’s order.

Which restaurants will I pick up food from?

Postmates is one of the most popular food delivery apps and partners with local restaurants along with national chains like Chipotle, Subway, McDonald's, and Burger King.

What are the requirements to become a delivery driver for Postmates?

No prior delivery experience is needed. If you can drive and have access to a car, you can deliver for Postmates. Here are more specifics:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Access to a vehicle to deliver (car, truck, van, motorcycle, scooter, or bicycle)
  • An iPhone or Android smartphone

How do I sign up to become a Postmates food delivery driver?

  • Sign up on the Postmates website by answering a few simple questions.
  • Download the app on your phone and start earning once approved.

Is there a background check?

Yes, most gig jobs require a background check and Postmates is no different. Background checks can take from 3-10 business days and are processed through Checkr, a third party consumer reporting agency. After you submit your application, you can check your status directly on the Checkr website.

Is being a Postmates food delivery driver right for me?

Food delivery is a good option for those looking for a flexible job where you can set your own hours. Another benefit is unlike rideshare jobs, you won't have someone riding inside your vehicle and the condition of your car does not matter.