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Side Hustle Idea #1: Door Dash

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Break up the monotony of your day and Dash!

DoorDash like many of the other food delivery services like Uber Eats, Postmates and Grubhub offer an easy way for additional income. I chose DoorDash as it's the easiest platform to use and I find the application to be more aesthetically pleasing.

From a consumer standpoint, DoorDash is easy to find deals and promotions. Whenever I've had issues with a delivery, customer service was fast in responding and either refunding or cancelling an item/order.

As a Dasher, the application is straightforward if pinpointing areas that have current or upcoming promotions. I have been able to proactively sign up for future time slots which helps because the more Dashers there are in one area, the less chance of more delivery activity. When an order pops up, the Dasher has about a minute to accept and the same will happen if an order comes through on a current delivery. This is a chance to boost the Dasher payout as well as tip.

Some of the promotions I have already participated in included an extra $3.00 in The Bronx from 12:00AM-3:00AM and $1.50 in White Plains from 9:00PM-12:00AM. The analytics in the application breaks out the Dasher payment as well as any tips and promos received on each run.

Here are some tips I learned that could help maximize profit and efficiency.

1. Higher end areas offer a better chance of offering a tip i.e. Manhattan vs. the Bronx. Granted you will still get a payment for your delivery, it's always nice to see a portion of that payment include a tip.

2. Keeping an open communication helps build that quick rapport with the customer. I keep a template of messages in the notes section of my phone and change the name of who I am texting. I like to send a text if I am waiting for the food and keep the customer up to date on the status of his or her order. It also helps to thank the customer for their patience as there are times when the delay is totally out of your control.

3. Always read the delivery notes, that way you are prepared of what you need to do. Either you hand the meal to the customer or leave at the door. If you leave the order at the door, make sure you have your phone to take a picture. DON’T LEAVE IT AT THE WRONG DOOR! And if the order does not specify how to deliver, assume that you are bringing the order to the door.

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4. If you are going to an apartment building/complex, look for street signs or address signs on the side of the buildings.

5. If I am communicating back and forth with a customer and I’ve built a good rapport with them, I will send a quick message after the drop off asking them to give me a rating and review if they have the time.

6. Make sure you look put together and not disheveled. Treat your time Dashing as if you were going into the office.

7. Scope out the area(s) you are going to Dash, a lot of fast food restaurants are open in rural areas later at night and may not be a high payout. I found that restaurants that may offer a higher payment are located in the heart of any city and you may have a chance of getting paid more, especially between 12:00AM-5:00AM.

8. Easiest way to have your phone accessible while driving is to have a phone stand on the dashboard. That way you can see orders come in and easily accept.

9. Stay close to the hot spots and look for areas that have a red flame meaning you get a boost for delivering orders during that time in that area. Before accepting a job, look at the location of the restaurants and the house. If the house is going to put you way outside of your current hot zone, you could wait for a different order to come in, but it all depends on how much time you are willing to spend driving and waiting. If you are going to end up near another hot zone, you can always change locations.

Dashers can get immediate payouts after dashing for two weeks and completing at least 29 orders. Make sure you have updated ACH information on file and you track all of your earnings as well as money spent on gas. This also includes receipts for car repairs etc. Since you are considered an independent contractor, you could potentially claim all expenses the following year with your taxes.

PLEASE NOTE: I am not a tax advisor. For any tax inquiries, I recommend leveraging an advisor, H&R Block, Turbo Tax etc.

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