The food delivery market is steadily growing and shows no signs of slowing down. Fueled by today’s busy work and family schedules, more and more people are turning to services like Uber Eats, Grubhub, Postmates and in house restaurant delivery. All of this means a lot of job opportunities are on the table. I know...I couldn’t help myself!
So, you’re thinking about taking a position as a food delivery driver? Let’s talk about some ways that can help maximize your efficiency, which in turn will help make you more money!
5 Tips for Being A Successful Food Delivery Driver
- Appearance - put yourself in your customers shoes on this one… I don’t know about you but I’m a little picky when it comes to something I’m going to ingest. I feel much better seeing a clean, well kept person handling my food than the opposite. That being said, make sure you present yourself well by wearing clean clothes, and make sure long hair is in a hat or tied up. Also, another good trick is to where a local college sports team shirt. This can help increase your tips.
- Know Your Area - study your map during slow times, this way you won’t have to waste time keying in the information to your GPS. Besides, GPS devices don’t always give you the fastest route and can sometimes be inaccurate. You can spend this saved time making more deliveries and more money.
- Be Prepared - pick up a bright LED flashlight for when you have to deliver in a poorly lit area and keep extra napkins and plastic wear for when the restaurant forgets to include it. Also, pick up a food delivery bag (like this one) to keep the food hot while you're driving. A happy customer means a better tip.
- Check the Order - take the extra 30 seconds to verify that everything is correct with the order before heading out. You don’t want to have to make a second trip just because something was left out and waste valuable time and money going back to the restaurant.
- Communicate With The Customer - if you’re going to be late for any reason, call and let the customer know. They will be much more understanding than if you just show up late.
Just like anything else, the food delivery business is something that you will get better at as time goes on. You will become more familiar with your routes allowing you to save time and make more money. Also, learning which times of the day and delivery areas make you the most money can be invaluable.
Stay patient and give yourself room to grow. Good Luck!
Also, if you have any additional helpful tips please leave a comment below.