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Ultimate Guide to Become a Doordash Driver in 2020: Requirements, Payment & Support

How to become a Doordash Driver: Complete Dasher Guide

Nowadays there are hundreds of driving gig jobs to pick between for a full-time or part-time job. This guide is designed to help anyone looking to make money delivering for DoorDash. With sign-up details as well as tips on how to maximize earnings as a delivery driver for DoorDash.

What is Doordash?

Doordash is a food delivery company that is available in over 4,000 cities in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Doordash connects people with local restaurants and offers a delivery service for restaurants that do not otherwise do so. Millions of people worldwide use Doordash to deliver all kinds of cuisine directly to their homes. 

How does Doordash work?

Doordash connects drivers to orders that were placed in their local area. Working for Doordash is relatively simple, there is no requirement for experience as a driver. DoorDash drivers, or Dashers, earn money by utilizing their phones and personal vehicles to deliver food to locals.

What does a Doordash Driver Do?

Dashers decide when they want to work by simply turning on their Dasher mobile application. From there they are connected to restaurants to pick up food. Once the food is picked up, Dashers are responsible for delivering food to customers. 

Where Can you Deliver for Doordash?

Doordash is available in the United States, Canada, and Australia. In the United States alone, Doordash is available to over 4,000 cities in all 50 states including Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. Some of their major U.S. cities include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and San Diego. Doordash also delivers food in over 80 cities in Canada including Torotono, Vancouver, and Montreal. While in Australia, Doordash is continuing to expand but caters to Sydney and Melbourne. 

Doordash Requirements

Doordash Driver & Delivery Partners Requirements

To begin working with DoorDash, a few requirements need to be met. The requirements include:

  1. Age 18 or older
  2. Mode of transportation: car, scooter, or bicycle (in select cities)
  3. Driver’s license number
  4. Social security number (only in United States)
  5. Consent to background check

DoorDash Vehicle Requirements

A mode of transportation is required in order to work for DoorDash. Acceptable modes of transportation are bicycles, motorcycles, scooters, and cars.  If you have a vehicle, it is important to note that you have to be insured. 

How to work for Doordash: Step by Step Guide for “Dashers”

The steps to becoming a DoorDash are:

STEP 1: Sign Up

  1. Sign up to start working with DoorDash here
  2. If DoorDash is looking for drivers in your area you will be prompted to continue, however, if there is a surplus of drivers then you will not be able to sign up and DoorDash will instead place you on a waiting list. 

STEP 2: Mode of Transportation Details

  1.  If there is availability in your city you will then fill out your mode of transportation (car, bicycle, or motorcycle), driver’s license state, and driver’s license number
  2. You will also need insurance for your vehicle

STEP 3: Background Check Consent

  1. Next you will be prompted to consent for a background check thus you must provide your birthdate and Social Security Number

STEP 4: Get Activation Kit

  1. Lastly, you will provide your address for an activation kit to be sent to your home once you have passed the background check which gives instructions on how to get started
  2. After completing the W-9 form, an Activation Confirmation page will appear confirming your request was successful.
  3. You will receive an email with tracking information for your Activation Kit’s delivery status which will take 1 -4 business days. 

STEP 5: Attend Orientation (in person or online)

Depending on where you live, your DoorDash orientation may be in person at an office or online

Types of Orientations:

  1. Scheduled Orientation: Choose an office and sign up for a specific orientation session.
  2. Open Orientation – choose an office and go to the office during the hours which orientation sessions are offered.  If you go to an in person orientation, you will need:
  • Your smartphone (fully charged) for downloading the Dasher app.
  • Driver’s License (or government issued ID)
  • A credit/debit card if you would like to purchase Dasher gear.

3. Request an Activation Kit to be mailed to you so completing orientation in-person is no longer necessary.

  • If the Activation Kit is the only orientation option available to you, then in-person orientation sessions are not offered in your city at this time.
  • After all of this, you will set up your red card (DoorDash credit card) to be able to pay for deliveries so that you can begin working for DoorDash.

DoorDash Payment

Dashers are paid on a weekly basis with a direct deposit made into their bank account. The weekly amount can be tracked in the “Earnings” tab through the mobile application. The text below breaks down how much Dashers make and tips to maximize earnings. 

How Much do DoorDash Drivers Make?

Dashers make a vary amount of money depending on the hours worked, city, as well as promotions. While DoorDash states that Dasher typically makes around $15-25 per hour some other websites such as the Ridesharing Driver  suggest that $8-15 per hour is more standard. The Rideshring Driver also says to calculate your earnings after DoorDash takes their share, use the equation: Base pay + Promotions + Tips = Total Earnings. Base pay is how much of the delivery fee you will receive which is typically a minimum of at least $2, while promotions are city and time dependent such as during rush hours, and lastly tips are fully given to Dashers. 

For example, the Ridesharing Driver shared a typical ride payout looks like:

Also, check out this video from Biance Bello discussing a day in the life of a Dasher and how much she typically makes.

How Does DoorDash pay?

DoorDash has weekly direct deposits for their drivers or for a fee to get the money instantly deposited into your account. For earnings, Dashers have direct streams of income such as base pay, promotions, or tips. Base pay is how much of the delivery fee you will receive which is typically a minimum of at least $2 and up to or even more than $10. While promotions are city and time dependent such as during rush hours such as earn an extra $3 by accepting 80% of deliveries. Lastly, the full tip is given to Dashers for deliveries. 

Tips to maximize your earnings in DoorDash

There are a lot of different ways to try and maximize earnings with DoorDash but some of the best tips per categories are:

Scheduling

  1. Shifts are posted at midnight and staying up to be able to choose shifts that are during peak hours is a tactic often used by Dashers.
    • Peak shifts are typically Fridays-Mondays, during inclement weather, or sporting events
  2. Dash Now allows drivers to sign in for deliveries in specific areas without having scheduled a block of time due to high demand. As Dash Now can be dynamic, it is important to access the benefits of driving to the specific location in order to work in case Dash Now is no longer available when you arrive. 
  3. Early Access Scheduling gives highly-rated and experienced drivers priority scheduling at 3pm rather than midnight. Every week Dashers must requalify for Early Access so getting high ratings is important which is discussed in the next category of tips.

Customers

  1. Communication is key when working for DoorDash and delivery food to people. Making sure to let them know when you’ve arrived at the restaurant to pick up food as well as keeping them informed during the process often leads to higher ratings as well as types. 
  2. Being professional is another great way to impress your customers by both dressing the part as well as when interacting with them.

Taxes

Dashers are classified as self-employed or 1099 independent contractors. Thus the best way to maximize earnings is to keep track of write-offs such as money spent on gas or mileage spent driving for DoorDash.

Common write-offs include: gas, insurance, car maintenance

Declining orders

DoorDash gives you the opportunity to see how much an order is worth before accepting it which can be both beneficial and detrimental. Declining orders is harmful for your acceptance rate which can be useful for early access scheduling. However, declining orders strategically can be beneficial for earnings.

DoorDash Driver Support

The best way to receive help from DoorDash is through their support center.

 

Doordash Alternatives

Doordash is not the only food delivery service that is available worldwide. Other alternatives include companies such as Postmates, Grubhub, UberEats or Shipt. These companies are well known worldwide, however, many countries have specific food delivery services such as Foodora which is a Germany based company or Glovo which was established in Spain. There are many other delivery service companies that deliver other goods not only food as well such Amazon Flex.

 

”FAQ

❓ Is it worth it to work for DoorDash?

DoorDash is an excellent service to work for several reasons. DoorDash requires no experience thus it can be relatively easy to sign up for. Along with that DoorDash offers driver’s flexibility as well as autonomy.

Can you deliver for DoorDash without a car?

You are not disqualified if you do not have a car. Other modes of transportation that are accepted are bicycles as well as motorcycles.

Do I have to wear a DoorDash shirt?

Although sometimes shirts are provided, it is not necessary to wear a DoorDash shirt.

Dashers are able to work unlimited hours. Although there is no overtime pay, you are able to work however many hours you want.

✅ Can someone ride with me while driving for DoorDash?

There are not any set rules on if someone can ride along with you. If it is preferable to you then you may.

Does DoorDash pay you for waiting?

DoorDash does not pay you while you wait, however, they do give minimums for orders. The base pay for orders are typically between $2-$10 and sometimes more.

Can you make a living off DoorDash?

DoorDash can be a sufficient way to earn money. Driving in your area and learning the specifics, peak times, and taking advantage of promotions is a great way to maximize your earnings to be able to live off of. While this may not be the case for every city or every Dasher, it is not impossible.

Can you make $200 a day with DoorDash?

With DoorDash, earnings vary on market and demand. Doordash estimates that their drive4rs make $15-25 per hour where Ridester stated the average per hour is around $13.25. DoorDash also increases prices during busy hours and Dashers are allowed to accept and keep 100% of tips. If you average 8 hours per day and are making $25 per hour it can be possible to make $200/day. However, that is not guaranteed and is dependent on customers and pricing for the day.

How many hours can you work for DoorDash?

Dashers are able to work unlimited hours. Although there is no overtime pay, you are able to work however many hours you want.

Summary

DoorDash is a great company to utilize as an extra or main source of income. Signing up for DoorDash is relatively easy and once approved starting is easy. When beginning to work, it is important to pay attention to peak hours within your city, promotions offered by DoorDash, as well as how to serve your customers best. Along with this, keeping track of your expenses and learning how to best gauge which orders are profitable and declining those that are not is a great way to maximize your earnings.

Anya Prevallet-Kinstle is a Project Manager at Appjobs. She is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and specializes in research and content strategizing.

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