DoorDash connects the modern, globalized demands of the customer to their local market. DoorDash allows the local retail and merchandise to thrive, but leverages their path-breaking logistics network and business model to ensure delivery of a diverse category of items.
Founders Tony Xu, Stanley Tang, Andy Fang and Evan Charles Moore have taken their passion project from the dorms of Stanford in 2013 to arguably the fastest growing on-demand delivery service in the United States today.
With an ever-growing list of merchants, major locations nationwide, time-sensitive deliverables and logistics, DoorDash boasts of an infrastructure to rival the busiest of business entities and connects the world like never before.
Driving for DoorDash
Drivers (or “Dashers”) are the vital cog in direct-to-customer delivery service like DoorDash. Not only do they deliver a wide range of merchandise – some of which may require greater handling and transportation care – they are also DoorDash’s customer facing unit. As such, they’re responsible for a major part of the feedback and the veritable engine room of a fast-paced business model like this.
There are quite a few reasons why people drive for DoorDash, varying from making a little extra money, to just enjoying working for a small budding startup. Here are a few of the most popular:
Opportunities – Local chains and small business operators are all allowed to deliver via DoorDash, making it a perfect opportunity for individuals with some spare time and a good vehicle to get involved in DoorDash’s excellent network of delivery personnel. DoorDash also has performance bonus and stock options for their drivers, which can work out to a hefty amount for enterprising individuals.
DoorDash runs all year round – No forced holidays on Thanksgiving or New Year’s eve. If anything, you may choose to earn some extra cash during the busy holiday season when people typically prefer the convenience of ordering in rather than venture out in the cold. Pick your day, your number of hours and earn up to $25/hr driving for DoorDash. Be your own boss!
No car? No problem – Yes, you heard that right! Unlike Uber or Lyft, working as a delivery-man for DoorDash doesn’t need you to own a car. As long as you can commute independently and meet DoorDash driver qualification criteria1 you can be a ‘Dasher’. Superheroes are welcome!
Commercial Auto Liability – As a legitimate and responsible service provider, DoorDash offer a generous $1,000,000 limit for property damage to third parties (pedestrians etc.), physical injury and any other losses arising out of an auto accident while making a DoorDash delivery.
Driver protection – A ‘Dasher’ is also protected from rude or threatening customers by DoorDash’s employment policy. Any unruly behavior, bodily injury or threat must be promptly reported back to DoorDash and is swiftly and responsibly dealt with, in accordance with local laws.
Where do I sign up for DoorDash?
As a relatively new service, DoorDash is available in select cities at the moment. The cities/ metro areas being served by DoorDash at present are: Arlington, Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, LA Valley, Los Angeles, Lower Manhattan, Minneapolis, Oakland/East Bay, Orange County, Palo Alto, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose/Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.
Watch this space as DoorDash expands to nearly 250 centers in the next few months.
Pro Tip: Get your feet wet working in the downtown area for the first few weeks and garner a good count of orders. It’s best to save your free rides, sign-up rewards and promotional codes for irregular or long-distance orders to maximize your rewards and income until you get more familiar with the way it all works.
DoorDash Interview and Orientation
The training introduces you to general guidelines for completing a successful delivery and a handbook or a printed manual for other rules specific to DoorDash, and/ or compliance to local marketplace laws.
A team of experienced drivers and mentors walk you through a delivery process end-to-end and explain all the available DoorDash features which aid the drivers.
A short presentation on the company is part of orientation process since early 2015, outlining a brief history, a short overview of the business model, company policy (Do’s and don’t’s) and onboarding process.
The last part involves signing a contractor agreement. DoorDash drivers are not full-time employees of the company, and their work is treated as individual contractual entity. This step is vital since, you will need to file your own 1099-K or 1099-MISC to account for the correct taxable income even if DoorDash does not provide you the relevant documents above.
Grab your “Door Dash” tee shirt on your way out and you’re ready to dash!
DoorDash Driver Requirements
There are few eligibility requirements to drive for DoorDash:
You need to either own a car, or a bike (with helmets and lights).
Clean driving record, valid license and driver’s insurance at the time of application – no suspensions, DUI or major traffic transgressions on record. Speeding tickets and minor violations typically do not affect your candidature. The insurances are monitored every six months.
Must be at least 18 years old – if you’re turning 18 in two weeks’ time and submit your application today, chances are you’ll be rejected.
At least two years of driving experience at the time of application.
No criminal history – DoorDash hires third-party verification services for background check.
Cheerful and welcoming personality – Dashers represent DoorDash (and the merchants) to the customers. While the interaction might last less than a minute, you’re supposed to make them feel happy, thank them for their patronage and ensure repeat service.
Familiarity with smartphones.
Driving for DoorDash is fun, active and rewarding. With DoorDash, you don’t just deliver food or retail purchase; you deliver convenience and make customers happy.
How much does a DoorDash driver earn?
The DoorDash website claims up to $25/hour, which might be a stretch for most markets. However, you are guaranteed a minimum $10/ hour. In the rare case you make less than $10/ hour,
DoorDash pays the difference. The average pay per order is $5, plus anything you make from tips.
Payment may be earned via third-party gateways like PayPal or direct electronic deposits. It is typically credited every Tuesday of the week.
That being said, there are a few expenses you need to keep in mind before you dive in thinking about all the money you’ll make:
Gas expenses – delivery fee is a flat amount for a radius, so you may end up spending on gas if your delivery locations are quite far or you’re serving a sparsely populated area.
Maintenance – whether you drive a car or ride a bike, you have to spend on keeping your primary mode of commute shipshape.
There isn’t a way around either of the above. Once you’ve been assigned a delivery, you can’t refuse it on the basis of distance from your location. DoorDash assigns orders based on their location algorithm which takes note of your address, and generally it works out well.
In addition, DoorDash drivers are provided two free meals and drinks during the flexible working hours in addition to periodic bonus in form of DoorDash gift cards which can be directly accrued to your account online or even transferred to your customer account and used to pay towards your next DoorDash usage.
Do DoorDash drivers earn tips?
Tipping is optional for DoorDash drivers.
While customers are typically happy to tip for a good experience, it isn’t the primary source of income for the drivers.
DoorDash charges a flat fee for every order, regardless of the merchant’s relative standing. So a high-end fine-dining place and a food truck could both end up with same service fee. While the deliverables themselves are kept at the same price point as their in-store counterparts, the flat fee helps pay for the delivery fleet. At times extra charges or delivery fee might be incurred if ordered online – in accordance with the websites or third-party payment gateways.
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Table of Contents
- Driving for DoorDash
- Where do I sign up for DoorDash?
- DoorDash driver referral code: DoorDash22
- DoorDash Interview and Orientation
- DoorDash Driver Requirements
- How much does a DoorDash driver earn?
- Do DoorDash drivers earn tips?