If you don’t qualify for Uber or don’t feel like driving people around, package delivery gigs may be an ideal choice. These services still give you the chance to earn money on your own schedule, without stress or hassle. You can even do multiple package delivery jobs or combine them with rideshare driving if you want to.
Each company has its own quirks and processes, along with differences in pay rate, so it’s important to research first. We’ve done the hard work for you and summarized the key features of each company, including the income that you can expect.
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Package Delivery Side Gigs
Amazon Flex is one of the most significant package delivery options, especially as Amazon keeps expanding. Amazon claims that you can earn from $18 to $25 per hour.
The higher rate is based on being efficient and getting tips, while the $18 per hour is the minimum, regardless of the specific orders that you get. Making income certainly seems possible, although the service isn’t available in all areas.
The style is slightly different than normal. Amazon’s app operates using delivery blocks, which you need to accept ahead of time. To see the blocks, you first need to set your available hours. You can then accept blocks, which will have a start and an end time, along with a total fee.
The blocks system can seem a little frustrating, as the blocks often go quickly. If you change your mind about a block, you’re unlikely to be able to get another block in the same window. The approach means less flexibility too, as you need to work the whole block.
Even so, the style means you’ll always be getting a decent rate per hour, which is unusual in this field. Amazon is also well-organized and provides detailed instructions for every step of the process.
Roadie is an interesting company. It is promoted as an ‘on-the-way delivery service’, which means you’re basically bringing items with you on a trip you would have been taking anyway. Roadie can be used to deliver pretty much anything, including pets and oversized items.
The idea is fantastic from a customer perspective. Roadie charges a much lower fee than many other companies and has fewer restrictions on the type of item. The service works well for drivers too, as you often don’t need to go far out of your way.
You also get to see details about the item before you accept any assignment. Just be aware that the information provided won’t always match reality. Some drivers mention that customers sometimes write incorrect descriptions as a way to get around extra fees. You won’t find this out until after you’ve met with the customer, which can be frustrating.
While the service works as advertised, it isn’t amazing as an income approach. Roadie charges low fees to users, so you’re not getting paid much either. If you are going on the trip anyway, Roadie may be well worth the effort. If you’re not, you may want to consider a different company.
PeerShip also focuses on the idea of deliveries that are on your way, but the process is very different. For one thing, you’re not picking up items from members and then delivering it somewhere – you need to source the item too. This can create some interesting challenges, as the items that people request won’t always be attainable.
The app allows people to make requests for delivery, setting the price that they’re willing to pay. Members are then able to choose which deliveries they’ll accept.
You can also input your planned travel and see if there are any requests on your route. Interestingly, the app is connected with Facebook, which makes it much less anonymous and helps promote honesty.
The base pay is $0.99 per delivery, but members can place higher fees on deliveries as well. You’re likely to find that difficult or urgent orders tend to earn you more. The amount you earn per hour will heavily depend on your local area. The app also relies on user participation, so the income potential may be very low in some locations.
With Deliv, you’re delivering packages from local retailers to customers. The service relies on contracts from retailers, including Walmart and Office Depot. Their marketing suggests that you can earn as much as $22 per hour.
As always, your actual income will depend on the orders you get. The retailers you’re delivering for will also be relevant, as some will be more organized than others.
Because you’re focused on retail packages, you’ll often be delivering heavy or difficult to maneuver items. Some drivers also mention that work is scarce and that the hourly rate isn’t as good as Deliv claims. Of these, low work availability seems to the biggest issue. This may change if the company manages to land additional contracts.
Burro is an interesting option for some situations. The service offers the delivery of large personal items, including packages and furniture. It currently just operates in Austin and most operators are truck drivers. You need to have a full-size truck that is at least 9 feet long and can contain items up to 7 feet tall. Car drivers can sometimes earn as a driver helper.
Drivers earn between 65% and 75% of the price that Burro charges users. The price is calculated based on various factors, including the time and distance. Drivers will always earn at least $40 for a delivery and Burrow estimates that you can earn between $30 and $45 an hour.
The income potential with Burro is higher than other companies and the app gets good reviews too. Even so, there is more work involved, along with the costs of running a truck and buying any moving supplies that you need.
CitizenShipper operates a little bit different. It is a peer-to-peer service, so CitizenShipper itself isn’t paying you to do any package deliveries. Instead, the CitizenShipper site acts as a hub that facilitates connections between drivers and people who need items shipped.
As a driver, you can see the various requests on the app and then bid on them, based on how much you would charge. Members are able to see various details about you to ensure that they can trust you with their items. This does mean that you need to go through a background screening and there is also a driver rating component.
The catch is that you need to pay to be a driver. You get a 3-month free trial to test it out, then need to pay $24.99 per month, regardless of whether you accept any work or not. This makes it best for people who plan to earn money through CitizenShipper regularly, rather than every so often.