Postmates is expanding, and hiring too!
Postmates is the leading on-demand delivery platform. In short, Postmates is the 21st-century version of a courier service. The service delivers everything from retail purchases to food and promises that all goods are delivered within one hour from the request.
In this article, we’ll give you a rundown of what Postmates is, how to apply to work for the courier company, and—most importantly—how to get the $200 new rider bonus.
Postmates is growing rapidly and needs more drivers in its supported cities. To aid in this effort, the company is offering new drivers up to $200 in sign-up bonuses after applying and making their first few deliveries.
Delivery people come in two types: drivers or riders.
Drivers handle longer distance trips and use their personal car or truck to complete the delivery. On the other hand, riders use their personal bicycles or mopeds to make short-distance deliveries.
Drivers are more common in cities that are spread out, like LA, and riders are common in cities where the population is large but condensed. Think San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City.
Delivery people come in two types: drivers or riders.
Drivers handle longer distance trips and use their personal vehicles. Riders, on the other hand, use their personal bikes to make deliveries. Drivers are more common in cities that are spread out, like LA, and riders are common in large cities where the population is large and condensed, like Chicago or New York City.
Application & Onboarding
Whether you are interested in riding or driving, the Postmates application process is easy and straightforward.
Applicants must first ensure that they meet the Postmates courier requirements. Missing even one of these requirements can result in a rejected application, so study the list carefully.
- You must be at least 18 years of age at the time of applying
- You must have a valid driver’s license for at least one-year prior, at the time of applying.
- You must own a smartphone to receive orders. If you don’t have one, you can lease one from Postmates.
- Prior delivery or customer service experience is a plus, but not necessary.
- Must have a reliable car, truck, bicycle, moped, motorcycle, or other mode of transportation for the drop offs.
If you don’t have a car or bike—or simply don’t want to put miles on your own vehicle—check out Scoot. Scoot is a membership-based scooter rental business that lets you rent scooters short-term.
Using Scoot is simple: just pick one up and drive it to a Scoot depot near your destination when you’re done with your deliveries. Scoot currently operates in the San Francisco Bay Area but may expand to your city soon.
Postmates Referral Code
Like discussed earlier, Postmates is offering new drivers a lucrative sign-up bonus. This bonus varies city-by-city, so you’ll find out the exact value when you apply. You must make a city-specific number of deliveries within your first 30 days of account approval to receive the bonus.
You have to apply through a “bonus” link and enter a new courier invite code to receive your sign-up bonus. Don’t worry, we’ve supplied both below.
Note on entering the referral code:
If you click the “Apply for Free” OR “Rideshareapps@gmail.com” links above, the referral code will automatically be applied to your application at signup, hence making you eligible for the bonus. If you see an email address in the referral code box during the application, leave it there as this is your invite code.
TUTORIAL: Postmates Application Process
Ready to make deliveries for Postmates? Here’s a step-by-step guide through the application process.
Step 1 – Driver Account
The first thing you need to do when applying to drive for Postmates is to create a driver account. Do this by signing up with your Facebook account or email address. Then, click the “Become A Postmate” button to continue to the next step.
Step 2 – Account Information
The next thing you need to do is enter some basic information about yourself. This includes your first and last name, phone number, device (smartphone), market,you’re your Postmates driver referral code.
** Please note***
Make sure to enter the promo code RSPROMO to make your account eligible for the sign-on bonus we discussed earlier.
Step 3 – Driver Details
You will now be prompted to enter driver-specific details. Have your driver’s license handy because you will need to enter all your information from it in this step.
Step 4 – Home Address
Now, enter your home address. Postmates needs this so it can send you important information, verify who your identitiy, and ensure that you live in an eligible coverage area.
Step 5 – TOC
After entering all your courier information, you must agree to the Postmates terms and conditions. Read these conditions completely and, if you agree with them, hit the next button to move on to the next step.
Step 6 – Background Check
Postmates runs a background check on all new applicants. This is to ensure that you’re eligible to drive for Postmates and do not have a criminal record. Consent to the background check by signing your name.
The background check usually takes just a few days and looks into things like criminal history, driving record, and other things of the sort. Any criminal background (burglary, arson, theft, possession of drugs etc.), or prior driving misdemeanor (road rage, homicide etc.) is enough ground for rejection.
Step 7 – Thank You!
Once you clear the background check, Postmates contacts the potential recruits for an orientation session, in which new drivers are taught all about the company, and how to maximize their time behind the wheel (or handlebars).
If you have any questions about the Postmates application process, or would like to learn more about driving for other rideshare services, don’t hesitate to email us. We’ll respond as quickly as possible and do our best to help you out!
Once you get a call for orientation or an email invitation to on-boarding, you’re almost ready to start making deliveries. Here’s what to expect during the on-boarding process.
Note: Their CEO clearly stated in TechCrunch, this is at best a part-time gig, so don’t expect to earn a full-time job salary. By all accounts, the median pay is around $9/hour–but charm your customers for tips and work during busy times to earn more.
Most orientations are held in local Postmates offices. On-boarding usually happens in groups of 5 to 20 couriers and are led by a Postmates Community Manager. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or share prior experience with a similar business model.
It’s important to pick the brain of your Community Manager so that you can get a hang of the business model, learn local know-how, and find ways to maximize Postmates income. Here are a few things to ask about during your orientation:
- Local coverage – many city limits are not completely covered by Postmates, ask about the coverage zone in your city.
- Best times to drive – ask when your city is the busiest, so you can maximize deliveries and earn the most tips.
- Postmates insurance – Postmates has a $1 million in excess liability insurance, including up to $50,000 in medical expenses. For bikers, they have $1 million in general liability.
- Background check – The background check typically takes 2/4 days – though in certain cases it may take longer if you have some hiccups, or past record issues.
- Pex card – Postmates will provide you a Pex card (similar to a credit card) to pay for the products you be deliver. If you get a request from a cash-only place, you need to cover it and request reimbursement from Postmates—ask about this process.
- Deliveries – Secure your delivery in a good carriage box/basket if you’re delivering via bike, motorbike or scooter.
- Partnerships – Some restaurants have partnership with Postmates, make sure to ask how these work and if you need to do anything special for those deliveries.
- Differentiation – Unlike ridesharing services like Lyft or Uber where you’re tethered to your home state, Postmates allows you to work anywhere they operate. So, if you moved from Chicago to New York—you’re still in business as a courier.
Postmates Driver FAQ
So, how did Postmates start, anyways?
Co-founders Sam Street, Sean Plaice, and Bastian Lehmann started Postmates as a passion project back in 2011. Instead of building warehouses (think Amazon) to cater to regional demands, Postmates leverages the available inventory of local businesses to service the needs of consumers in that marketplace.
Is there any way to increase my earnings while driving with Postmates?
While delivering food and retail is unlikely to match the earning of driving passengers for a ridesharing company like Uber or Lyft, work smart and you can make the most of your deliveries. Here are a few ways to increase your earnings:
- Work during ‘Blitz pricing’ hours to make most of surged pricing for deliveries.
- Utilize the lunch-time rush to get most number of online delivery orders.
- Target office-spaces – business orders pay better, are traditionally generous with tips, and offers repeat transaction opportunities.
- Print and carry some promo codes around. At every delivery point, you may gain a few new customers for Postmates, which in turn earns you more credits from two-way referrals.
- For those who don’t own cars, using bikes, trucks or even sedans from any other private jobs are possible. This is a great earning model for vehicles which are not personally owned.
- Text customers after delivery and send them recommendations (Google and Yelp are your friends!) based on a prior order. Doing this will make customers more likely to tip you.
Where can you drive for Postmates?
You can drive in any of the cities where Postmates services are available, including but not limited to:
Arizona: Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe
California: Alameda, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Burlingame, Costa Mesa, Culver City, Cupertino, Emeryville, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Long Beach, Los Altos Los Angeles, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Mountain View, Newport Beach, Oakland, Palm Springs, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Sacramento, San Bruno, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santa Monica, Sunnyvale, Tustin , and West Hollywood
District of Columbia: Washington, Arlington and Bethesda
Florida: Miami Beach, Miami, Coral Gables, Tampa, Jacksonville,
Georgia: Atlanta, Decatur
Massachusetts: Boston, Cambridge, Somerville
Minnesota: Minneapolis, Edina, St. Paul
New York: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens
Texas: Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and West Lake Hills
In addition, you can also drive in major cities of respective states like Charlotte (NC), Philadelphia, Pittsburgh (PA), Denver (CO), Portland (OR), St. Louis (MO), Nashville, Forest Hills (TN), Seattle (WA), Las Vegas (NV), Skokie, Evanston, and Chicago (IL) among others. They are always expanding their operations.
Why should I drive for Postmates?
These services are highly competitive, so using all of them in conjunction will let you earn maximum returns on your time. Plus, it never hurts to diversify your income sources.