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This story originally appeared on DollarSprout.

Convenience is becoming more and more important for people these days.

With the busy schedule, it's easier to deliver packages, groceries, restaurant meals, and recipes than to use our limited free time to run errands.

If you're looking for a way to make extra money, are familiar with your area or spend a lot of time in your car, you can take advantage of that demand by delivering on the side.

When people are busy, the last thing they want to do is go shopping or spend a few hours in a restaurant waiting for a meal. So they turn to grocery delivery services. You can make money in your free time with these delivery apps.

1. Postmates

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Postmates is a grocery delivery app that hires drivers, known as “couriers”, to deliver groceries, restaurant meals and personal items to customers. Drivers are paid for kilometers driven, wait for orders and how many orders they can fulfill in an hour. As a driver, you can also keep 100% of your tips – one of many advantages that differentiate Postmates from other delivery services.

Drivers can set up alerts for new delivery requests that they can accept or decline, or register for auto-acceptance so they are automatically assigned deliveries. There is no way to decline offers if your profile is set to auto-accept.

How to get started
If you choose to use postmates, they'll first confirm your information and do a background check. You will receive a welcome kit with a prepaid credit card and a delivery bag. Once you've passed your background check and received your kit, you can download the Postmates app and activate your prepaid card to begin deliveries.

To make deliveries for Postmates, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • You have access to a car, truck, van, bike or scooter.
  • Pass a background check.
  • Have access to a smartphone.

How much can you earn
$ 10 to $ 20 an hour plus tip.

2. DoorDash

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DoorDash drivers deliver groceries to customers from local restaurants. As soon as customers place an order via the app, it is picked up by a delivery driver and taken to the customer's home, office or other location. Delivery and service fees depend on the restaurant you choose.

Around one to two weeks after acceptance, new drivers can download the DoorDash app to start making money. You have the option to schedule a future shift or to start immediately by clicking the "Cancel Now" button.

How to get started
To become a Dasher, complete an online application and take a background check. If you pass the background check, you will be given an activation kit with an insulated bag and a prepaid debit card or "red card" that you use to pay for groceries in fast food restaurants.

To be a Dasher you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have not had any major moving violations in the past seven years.
  • Have no more than three accidents or violations of the rules of movement in the past three years.
  • Do you have a car, scooter, or bike?

How much can you earn
$ 9 to $ 12 per delivery plus tip.

3. Instacart

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Instacart offers same day delivery and grocery collection services to customers who purchase local grocery stores online or through the Instacart app. Once you've finished shopping, you can ask a personal shopper to collect your order and deliver it to you the same day.

Unlike other apps, Instacart offers customers two options: full service and in-store only. As a full-service shopper, you buy orders and deliver them to customers. In-store shoppers purchase items and prepare the order for customers to pick up. This option offers a little more flexibility, especially for those without a vehicle.

How to get started
Enter your personal data in Instacart's online application. You will then receive a text with a link that you can use to download the Instacart app. When you download the app, you can choose to become a full-service or in-store shopper and pick orders that suit your schedule.

To become an Instacart full service shopper, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Have access to a vehicle and a smartphone.
  • Lift 50 pounds unaided.

To become an in-store shopper, you must meet the same requirements with the exception of a vehicle.

How much can you earn
$ 10 to $ 16 an hour plus tip.

4. Shipping

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Targeted Grocery Delivery Shipt enables customers to order groceries from local supermarkets through its app or website. Shipt shoppers shop on your behalf and deliver their groceries in just one hour. Customers pay a monthly membership fee plus a delivery fee when spending less than $ 35.

How to get started
Complete the Shipt Shopper application by providing basic information such as your name, age, driving experience, and wait 24 to 48 hours for approval. After approval, download the Shipt app and complete a training course in which you learn about the shopping rules and how to navigate the app.

You must also pass a test at the end of your workout.

To become a Shipt Shopper you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a valid driver's license and car insurance.
  • Have a reliable vehicle that is 1997 or newer.
  • Know how to choose products correctly.
  • Own insulated cooler bags.
  • Be able to lift 40 pounds.
  • Have a smartphone.

How much can you earn
$ 16 to $ 22 an hour plus tip.

5. Uber eats

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Uber Eats is an online app for ordering and delivering groceries. Customers browse hundreds of Uber Eats restaurant partners, place their order through the app, and wait for delivery. The distance between the customer and the restaurant determines the delivery fee.

Uber Eats offers an alternative to working as an Uber rideshare driver.

How to get started
Download the Uber app and register to become a driver. You'll need to fill out some digital forms and upload documents for a background check. Then link your bank account or add a debit card so you can get paid. Once approved, the app will show you available nearby delivery orders that you can take.

These depend on whether you are delivering by car, scooter or bicycle. If you would like to deliver with a scooter or bicycle, select these options when registering.

Car delivery conditions

  • Meet the minimum age to drive near you.
  • Have a reliable two-door or four-door car manufactured from 1999 onwards.
  • Hold a valid driver's license, valid registration, and valid car insurance.
  • Have at least one year of driving experience.
  • Pass a background check.

Scooter delivery conditions

  • Be at least 19 years old.
  • Do you have a scooter under 50cc.
  • Have a valid driver's license, valid registration, and valid car insurance.
  • Pass a background check.

Bike delivery conditions

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have government issued identification.
  • Pass a background check.
  • Have a smartphone.

How much can you earn
$ 10 to $ 15 an hour plus tip.

6. Caviar

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Caviar is a food order and delivery service that specializes in local and independent gourmet and gourmet restaurants. It works with restaurants in select cities and metro areas to make order fulfillment easier and faster. There are also some features that set it apart from other delivery services, including no driver rating system, free industrial accident insurance, and higher tariffs.

How to get started
In order to deliver with Caviar you will need to create an account and fill out an online application. If accepted, you will receive an email asking you to take part in a personal or remote orientation. The email will contain all the relevant information that you need to bring with you. Make sure you have this documentation ready and to hand.

You'll also want to make sure you live in or near the areas where caviar is used. These include Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas, and Los Angeles. Please visit the website for the latest list.

To work as a caviar courier you must:

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Do you own a vehicle, bicycle, scooter, or motorcycle.
  • Have a smartphone.
  • Have two years of driving experience.
  • Pass a background check.

How much can you earn
The site claims that you can make up to $ 25 an hour. However, it depends on where you are delivering, how many orders you are taking, what the total cost of buying the customer is, and what tips are being given.

7. GrubHub

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GrubHub is the self-described largest and most comprehensive grocery delivery service available in more than 4,000 territories. Via the app, website or by phone, customers can order groceries from local restaurants and have it delivered to their home, hotel room, dormitory or office. Drivers can set their own shift hours or work in blocks.

GrubHub is part of Seamless. So if you sign up to work with one, you can probably drive for the other.

How to get started
The first step in working for GrubHub is to apply online or use the GrubHub app. After submitting this, you will need to do a quick survey to make sure you are a good fit, then provide documentation with copies of your driver's license, vehicle registration and bank account details. You must also agree to a background check.

Once you've passed all of these, you will need to attend an onboarding session and select your insulated delivery bag before you can begin delivery.

As long as you're 19 or older (or 21 and over in Chicago and Las Vegas), you can ride for GrubHub. You must also have:

  • A car (or bike in selected areas).
  • A valid driver's license (at least two years) or a valid state ID (if delivered by bicycle).
  • Car insurance.
  • An iPhone with iOS11 or higher or Android with 5.0 or higher and a data plan.
  • A checking account.

How much can you earn
Earnings vary based on location and type of order, but on average, drivers make $ 12 an hour plus tip. If you choose to have delivery in certain blocks of time, GrubHub can add to your income if you fail to meet a minimum per hour (only available in certain locations).

8. Local restaurants

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Chances are there are a variety of restaurants in your area that offer delivery services to their customers. These can be chains like Applebee & # 39; s and Outback Steakhouse or smaller locally owned restaurants. In most cases, they charge delivery fees based on how far the customer's home or business is from their location.

How to get started
Do some research online and find out which restaurants deliver in your area. You can go to google and type in "restaurants that deliver near me" or "delivery orders near me".

Once you've found a restaurant that you want to deliver for, visit their website to see how to apply. If it is a smaller restaurant you may need to go there in person to learn more and apply.

Every restaurant has its own requirements for delivery drivers. Typically, however, you must be at least 18 years old and have a reliable car with a valid driver's license and valid car insurance.

How much can you earn
Payment depends on the restaurant you are delivering for.

9. Amazon Flex

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In the past, Amazon relied on companies like UPS and FedEx to deliver packages. Now Amazon is using its own delivery program, Amazon Flex. Drivers work as independent contractors and can deliver traditional packages, groceries and other items to customers.

Amazon Flex doesn't always hire. So check his website to see if your region is hiring.

How to get started
To apply you will need to log into your Amazon account or create a new one. Then download the Amazon Flex app and fill out the application. The application asks you a few questions about when you are available for work and where you want to deliver.

If you live in an area of ​​high demand, you may be able to get started right away. If you don't, you will be placed on a waiting list. Before you begin parcel delivery, you'll need to provide a copy of your driver's license, bank account information, and social security number.

To deliver packages for Amazon Flex, you must:

  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Do you own a midsize sedan, SUV, van, or pickup truck with a covered bed.
  • Have a valid driver's license and valid car insurance.
  • Have a smartphone.

How much can you earn
$ 18 to $ 25 an hour.

10. UPS and FedEx

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UPS and FedEx are the two leading delivery service companies in the United States. While FedEx typically uses independent contractors to deliver its packages, UPS prefers its delivery drivers to be temporary or permanent employees.

Each company offers its own perks. So do some research to find out which one will suit you better.

How to get started
UPS has a delivery driver page on its website. Visit the page to search for delivery driver opportunities in your area. You must complete a comprehensive training program before you can work.

Please visit the FedEx careers page for more information about available delivery driver jobs and what you can expect from the company.

These depend on the company and the specific position you are applying for. In most cases, you'll need a valid driver's license and wear a UPS or FedEx uniform. Lifting packages that weigh between 25 and 35 pounds is another common requirement.

How much can you earn
UPS: $ 21 per hour plus benefits.

FedEx: $ 18 per hour.

11. Roadie

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Roadie is a community of delivery drivers who make money delivering items to places they are already on the go. For example, if you're going to Atlanta, you can pick up a box of cupcakes and give it to a customer's aunt who lives there. The affordable delivery services are available to both individuals and businesses.

How to get started
You can fill out a short driver registration form or log in with your Facebook account. Once you've passed a background check, download the Roadie app and head to the Roadie map to see the gigs available.

To find out more about a particular gig, simply click on its marker. You will learn what needs to be delivered, where to go and how much you can earn.

To work as a roadie driver you must:

  • Own a reliable car.
  • Hold a valid driver's license.
  • Have car insurance that meets the requirements of your state.
  • Maintain at least a four-star rating to stay active.
  • Pass a background check.

How much can you earn
$ 8 to $ 650 per delivery, depending on distance.

12. TaskRabbit

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TaskRabbit is a micro job site known for bringing craftsmen and contractors together with clients who need help with everyday tasks. This could include, for example, assembling furniture, cleaning gutters or delivering items to customers.

How to get started
To become a "Tasker" you need to register with your name, email address, phone and zip code. As soon as you receive an email confirming that you have been approved, join an onboarding session near you. After you've completed the onboarding session, you can download the app and take delivery tasks in your area.

If you want to deliver as a "Tasker" you must:

  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Have a valid social security number.
  • Pass a background check.
  • Own a reliable car.

How much can you earn
$ 30 an hour.

13. GoShare

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GoShare is an on-demand app that connects individuals and businesses with local moving companies and delivery agents. Customers can book services in advance or at the last minute and receive a free estimate before booking. Drivers use their own vehicles, including cars, pickups, vans, and vans. The jobs they take on depend on the type of vehicle they own.

In contrast to many delivery apps, GoShare offers its drivers freight and liability insurance and also offers the option of working as a "helper". Helpers help with work that requires heavy lifting but does not make money with their vehicles.

How to get started
You will need to complete an online application that will include both personal information and information about your vehicle. If you pass the initial exam, you will receive an email invitation to watch an orientation video. After that, you'll need to pass a vehicle inspection and background check, as well as upload copies of documents related to your vehicle, including registration and proof of insurance.

If you pass all of these, you will need to provide your banking information to set up a direct deposit. Once that's done, you'll be set up on the GoShare platform.

Note that you will have to pay the background check out of pocket. You might get a refund if you're hired, but the company won't refund you for failed background checks.

If you want to drive for GoShare you must:

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Have a vehicle that is less than 15 years old and that can pass the inspection. It must not have any residual title.
  • Pass a background and driving history check.
  • Do you have a smartphone that can support the app.
  • Have a checking account for direct deposit.
  • Speak english.
  • Have a valid driver's license, registration and insurance.

How much can you earn
Drivers can earn $ 33 to $ 67 an hour (depending on the type of vehicle used) plus tip. Helpers average $ 39 an hour plus tip.

Other ways to make money delivering things

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While groceries, restaurant meals, and packages are some of the most popular items that you can deliver, there are many other options. Seniors and disabled people who can't make it to their local pharmacy can pay you to bring home prescription drugs.

If you don't mind heavy lifting, furniture or equipment delivery is another option. Many stores use third-party logistics companies who use independent contractors to deliver these types of larger items.

The delivery of wine, beer, liquor, blenders and ice cream is another option. On-demand alcohol delivery services like Drizly and Minibar work with liquor stores in select cities and metro areas. After you've scoured the websites to find stores near you, you can contact those stores directly to see if they are hiring drivers.

You can also make an appearance and deliver legal documents to law firms, balloons or flowers from a florist, or linen and linens to hospitals and other institutions. You can even find work driving cars from one state to another.

And don't forget local or country-specific apps. For example, platforms like Burro, Burpy, and Favor only work in Texas and offer drivers the opportunity to make money delivering groceries, take-away, and other items. And if you live in California, you can work for Eaze, a cannabis delivery service.

There is no shortage of delivery orders available. All you have to do is search for delivery orders in your area to find opportunities.

What do you need to know before you hit the road?

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Before you take on a delivery appearance, you should consider certain things.

  • Additional car costs. Since most delivery jobs require you to use your car, you need to keep it in good condition. This means keeping track of gas refills, oil changes, tire rotations and other maintenance and repair services.
  • Insurance costs. Most companies require their delivery drivers to have car insurance and possibly other types of insurance. If you can't afford your current policy or think it is too expensive, do your research and find a cheaper insurance option.
  • Personal security. While driving delivery gives you an opportunity to make money, it can also be dangerous. You never know what kinds of people or situations you may encounter. Hence, it is important to pay attention to your surroundings. If you feel in danger, leave immediately and contact the police if necessary.
  • Fees and commissions from the apps. Many of these apps reduce your income in the form of commissions or fees. Before accepting a delivery order, you need to find out how much will be deducted from your wages. This can help you avoid unwanted or unexpected financial surprises.
  • Earned income in relation to delivery time. Deliveries take time. You need to take an order, visit a location to receive the order or package, and drive to the customer's destination to have it delivered. Do the math and make sure every job you take is worth your time.
  • Taxes. As an independent contractor, taxes are not deducted from your paycheck. Instead, you are responsible for paying them yourself. So make sure you set aside a percentage of your income for this. Talk to an accountant who can help you estimate how much you might owe.

You don't necessarily need a car to get started

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Many people think that if they don't have a car, they can't make money delivering things. The reality is that this is not true. You can possibly deliver by scooter, bike, or even on foot. When you land a gig with a delivery company, you may be given a vehicle or the option to rent or borrow one.

While delivering groceries and other items is a potentially lucrative sideline, it may not be for you. In that case, there are plenty of other apps out there that you can use to make money.

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