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Review of Uber Eats Food Delivery

Find out how to make money delivering food from local restaurants.
By: Aaron Moriarty
Updated: July 30, 2022
Make money delivering food for Uber Eats
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What is Uber Eats?

Uber Eats is an app that allows customers to order food from nearby restaurants on their phones. Customers can browse through a restaurant's full menu, select what they want to eat, customize the order, write specific delivery instructions, and tip all inside the app.

What does a delivery driver with Uber Eats do?

Once an order is submitted, as a deliverer, you would go to the restaurant, pick up the food, and deliver it to the customer's door. It's as simple as that.

How do I make money with Uber Eats?

You get paid for every completed restaurant pickup and completed drop-off. You’ll also earn for time and the distance traveled between the pickup and drop-off locations. You also keep 100% of all customer tips.

Is there a set schedule?

When you’re ready to deliver, open up the Uber Eats app and you’ll see a heat map of the delivery demand in your area. Tell Uber Eats you’re ready to go online and the app will find your next delivery request for you. When one becomes available you’ll be prompted to accept or decline it within a certain period of time.

Can I pick and choose which orders to accept?

You never have to accept a delivery you don't want to. When you're online and in between deliveries, Uber Eats will send you notifications of available orders. You can preview where the restaurant is you need to drive to. You'll have a set period of time to accept or you can skip and wait for the next one.

How often will I get paid?

You will get paid every Monday for the previous week’s work. If you want it earlier, you can get paid the earnings in your account with Instant Pay. Terms apply.

What about tips?

You get to keep 100% of the tips. Uber Eats calculates a 20% tip and recommends this on every customer’s order.

Which restaurants will I pick up food from?

Uber Eats is one of the most popular food delivery apps and partners with local restaurants along with national chains. Available restaurants will vary by city.

What are the requirements to become a delivery driver with Uber Eats?

No prior delivery experience is needed. If you can drive and have access to a car, you can sign up to deliver for Uber Eats. Here are more specifics:

  • Must meet the age requirement for your city
  • Access to a vehicle to deliver (car, truck, van, motorcycle, scooter, or bicycle in some cities)
  • An iPhone or Android smartphone to access the app

How do I sign up to become a delivery driver with Uber Eats?

  • Sign up on the Uber website by answering a few simple questions.
  • Complete the screening process.
  • Download the app on your phone and start earning once cleared to deliver.

Is there a background check?

Yes, most gig opportunities have a background check process and Uber Eats is no different. Background checks can take from 3-10 business days or more and are processed through Checkr, a third party consumer reporting agency. After you complete your sign up process, you can check your status directly on the Checkr website.

Is being a deliverer with Uber Eats right for me?

Food delivery is a good option for those looking for a flexible gig where you can set your own schedule. Another benefit is unlike rideshare gigs, you won't have someone riding inside your vehicle and the condition of your car is less strict.