I love unusual ways to make extra money while still maintaining the freedom that comes with Independent Contractor status. DoorDash was founded in 2013 with a mission to support local economies. They partner with local restaurants that may not be able to offer delivery service on their own, and contract with local freelancers to make those food deliveries.
How Does DoorDash Work?
Once hired as a “Dasher,” you will be able to sign up for available shifts in your desired location – DoorDash is currently available in many major cities. During your shift, you may be assigned to wait near a partner restaurant for orders to roll in. Once an order is placed, you are dispatched to make that delivery.
Dashers are paid $5 per delivery plus tips. Per Mike Henry, Operations Manager for DoorDash Chicago, DoorDash will fund the difference in the event the dasher does not make at least $10/hour with the delivery fee and tips. As an Independent Contractor, you are responsible for gas and maintenance of your vehicle. Don’t forget that’s a tax deduction. The standard mileage rate for 2015 is 57.5 cents per mile.
Today we have the pleasure of having Maria Salazar stopping over to share how she is making money as a food delivery driver at DoorDash.
What was your motivation to become a DoorDasher?
I have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Not wanting to miss any moment in my kids life I decided to be a stay at home mom and for the past 6 years I have enjoyed it, but like everything my joy came to an end when they started to go to school full time and that is when I decided I needed to do something while they were in school.
I started searching until I found DoorDash, I read about it and I put my name and number and the next day I received a call from Mike Henry to conduct a phone interview, I sent him all of my paperwork and we scheduled orientation, I went to the office and the more I sat there and listen to Mike the more I felt DoorDash would be a great fit for me.
I took the job and I started with them since day one, it was the best decision of my life, I don’t consider them as a job but as my family because that is how I get treated.
Tell us about a typical day in the life of a Dasher.
I get to pick my own hours, the days I want to work, the area I want to be at. I work the morning from 11:00 to 2:30 and then again the afternoon from 4:30 to 9:30 or depending the homework load my kids have.
How and when do you get paid?
I get paid every Tuesday for what I worked from the previous week. We get paid $5.00 per delivery plus all of our tips. What company is going to pay you for sitting around waiting for orders?
Safety is always a concern. Would you recommend this gig to your female friends?
DoorDash is very safe to work for, I have never had any problems or heard of anyone having any kind of safety issues, we don’t carry any cash with us and all of our customer are very nice. I definitely recommend Door Dash to all of my female friends.
What tips do you have for those wanting to join DoorDash?
The tips I can give our future Dashers is always have a smile on your face no matter how rough it gets, be kind and friendly to everyone you come across; restaurant staff, doormen, valet parkers, even the police trust me. The friendlier you are the easier your job will be. Be nice and courteous and always keep an open communication with your Manager. DoorDash is one big happy family and I am very thankful to Mike Henry for giving me the opportunity to become part of it.
DoorDash is currently operating in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago. Visit the site to learn more about this opportunity.
P.S. DoorDash also hires at-home order takers. The positions appear to only become available every six months or so and are listed here. Check back frequently.
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