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Interview with a Foodora rider in Stockholm

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Priyan is a master’s student in Stockholm. At 25 years old and after only ten months in Sweden, he already knows every street, neighborhood, and island in Stockholm.

Priyan is one of Stockholm’s famous Foodora riders. with their fast bikes and pink box-bags. Originally from India, Priyan has been working for Foodora since January 2017. He was kind enough to answer a few questions to help future riders learn what it’s like to be a Foodora rider in Stockholm.

Foodora Stockholm
Photo courtesy of Foodora

1. Thanks for agreeing to share your experience with us! How often do you deliver?

You’re welcome! I work only on the weekends, four to seven hours per day, so around twelve hours per week.

Can you take a break if you are tired of all the cycling?

Yes, usually you can take a break every three hours. I get a schedule, but I don’t have to follow it if I can’t. My schedule is not so rigid, so I can decide when to take a break myself. If I am feeling tired, they will never say, “you have to do it!”

Do you need to have your bicycle? Would they provide you with a bike if you didn’t own one?

You have to deliver with your bicycle. They won’t give you one. I bought mine.

What time of the day is busiest?

Since I deliver on the weekends, I would say that 2-3 p.m. in the afternoon and 8 p.m. in the evening are the busiest.

Do you get any free food?

Ha ha! Well, no. But they do give us some coupons that we can use.

Any crazy delivery stories? Has anyone ever been mean?

To be frank, Sweden is the most friendly country I have ever been. For me, that’s so different. Sometimes even if I am 20 minutes or even 40 minutes late, I apologize, and people are like “no, no, it’s ok, it’s not your fault.”

foodora rider stockholm
Photo courtesy of Foodora

So, no one has ever been mean? Not one person?

Seriously, no! People are so kind!

Is there traffic in Stockholm? Is it dangerous to cycle during rush hour?

There is no traffic in Stockholm. It’s very easy to cycle here because there are so many bike lanes and everyone drives so carefully.

What do you do if the order is mixed up?

I call my supervisor, and they deal with it. I don’t have to do anything else. I will still get paid for it.

What is the best thing about being a Foodora rider?

They are flexible. We do get schedules, but if I don’t feel like working or if I am feeling sick, I won’t get a penalty. There is something called “no-show,” if you don’t show up and you don’t tell let them know, you don’t answer their calls or messages after a few days, then you get a strike. They are really acceptable when you have a valid reason.

What is the worst thing about being a Foodora rider?

They could probably make the garage a bit more secure, where we leave our bikes. I heard that there were some stolen bikes.

Foodora gives you a bag when you deliver. Isn’t that heavy?

No, it’s not heavy. It looks heavy, but it’s made up of styrofoam. It’s a very light material. The bag is probably around 2-3 kgs.

And the most important question! How much do you make?

I work only on the weekends, and I make around 6000-7000 SEK. That’s if I only work 10 hours per weekend. The maximum I got was somewhere around 10,000-12,000 SEK. It’s worth mentioning that the rates are different depending on when you work. I get charged per delivery because I work on the weekends and not per hour.

Is it worth it? Do you recommend Foodora?

Yes! Professionally speaking, it’s difficult to cycle in the winter when it’s snowing. The temperature went down to -7 when I was cycling in January. But, I recommend it because I got to see a lot of Stockholm, make money, and now I know everywhere.

Stockholm Foodora rider interview
Photo courtesy of Jason Briscoe

Do you need a map?

I don’t need a map anymore. For new riders, Foodora’s app is connected to Google Maps. Once you click the location on the app, it directly switches to Google Maps.

Paulina Bajorowicz joined Appjobs in November 2018 and she is now the Content Marketing Specialist. She manages Appjobs blog and social media channels, coordinates outreach activities and cooperates with journalists and content creators around the gig economy.