Chloe told me it was her first time ordering from Postmates, which was awesome, because it was my first time delivering for them. Right after I finished that job, another delivery came my way, which I accepted — picking up a burger and fries from Super Duper downtown. So I was ready for another long wait.
Right before I wiped out. See those dudes peeking out from between the two cabs? The Postmates Helpline, after not receiving a text back from me right away, called while I was in transit. And so I picked up.
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While biking. Not the smartest move, of course. So there I was, riding down Stockton and just hanging up when a few guys walked out from in between two cars, right in front of me. I stopped as quickly as I could, but that basically meant being bucked off my fixie and tumbling into the street. I brushed myself off and rolled over to Super Duper, and waited there in another tremendously long line. Based on my limited experience, delivering for Postmates means you spend more time waiting in line than doing anything else. Hey TJ. Postmates is a great thing to do for your road trip!
The great thing with Postmates is you can do it in any city that has the service.
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All you have to do is log in and wait for any orders to come in. One thing I wish someone would do is to do a cross country bike trip, doing Postmates in each city they come to. What a great side hustle, FP! This would be great for anyone living in a city. These on-demand apps are really only available in large cities, just due to the supply and demand.
Still, at least you know about it and it can get you thinking about weird ways you can make some extra cash! I had never considered Postmates as a potential side hustle before. This is a great idea, FP! We all need to do a little bit of exercise anyway. I see making deliveries as sort of a little game. Nice review, FP! I have not used postmates delivery service. Thanks Michael! But always worth seeing if its out there. Wow, how cool! It just goes to show that anyone with the will can make some extra cash if they want to. Plus, you can stay in shape.
And honestly, I find it really fun too do. Great review FP! Really enjoyed reading about your experience with Postmates. A side hustle like this would be perfect for anyone looking to turn their free hours into extra money to improve their situation!
Thanks Matt! Totally right. And honestly, biking around and getting paid? I always enjoy reading your side hustle! It is kind of crazy how the society is pursuing convenience and willing to pay for it. Totally right! I hope people stay lazy forever because I have so much fun doing some bike messengering.
This the big problem with Postmates when it comes to tips. The customer can decide to tip after the delivery is complete. With DoorDash, when you place your order, you have to put the tip in beforehand. Uber Eats is the absolute worst. Got through the first few questions then it blocked bike mode for delivery on me.
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No use trying it by car. We have parking meters everywhere! You could try signing up with a car anyway. When I signed up Ms. All we did was sign up anyway, then when we got activated, we changed her to bike within the app. I bet you can do the same thing! Admittedly, at first I was very skeptical of this post, but after having read it, I approve of post-mates.
The reason is that you combine everything that is great for happiness, exercise, fresh air, and income. For example, I ride my Priority 8 bicycle to work on a daily basis. It is only 20 minutes longer ,round trip, than driving my car to work. I estimate I save about 50 cents per mile, not driving my car. On top of it, I have no gym membership, so I am cost neutral as far as exercise goes. I recently wrote an article that frugality trumps side hustles in almost every case, then listed four reasons why to have a side hustle.
I think, had I known about this, combining exercise with pay is about the best a side hustle can get. Even taking an hour to do some deliveries after work is worthwhile. I had one day where I did deliveries for an entire day. Great read thanks! I am less then two months into Post Mating, as I call it. I drive, I turn the app. I love that I can start and stop at will any given day. And today I booked a vacation, that 2 months ago was only a dream.
I used to do the same thing when I worked in downtown Minneapolis. I personally just prefer being able to do it via bike.
enter site Note that I get a bonus for referring people. The good thing is if you can convince your spouse to do deliveries too, then you can refer them too and snag yourself even more money. I signed up for Uber Eats on my bike. Indeed delivery services are the best way to capitalize on lazy people!
My boyfriend did a Postmates bike delivery for someone ordering one Starbucks latte! I did one delivery from a Chinese restaurant but I found it super awkward balancing the food on the shoulder bag they provide while biking uphill…Your post was inspiring though, so I may just pick up a few soon with a backpack this time!
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Generally bike-share bikes are heavier, poorly geared, and generally less efficient than bikes owned by people who really like biking. You are person who likes biking. Have you considered that the decrease in productivity resultant from using bike-share bikes might outweigh the savings you experience from maintenance costs resulting from using your own bike? I tend to do deliveries more for fun and exercise, however, rather than to maximize my revenue, and for whatever reason, I have a lot more fun doing my deliveries on bikeshare bikes, than I do on my normal bike.
Hence why I tend to do them on bikeshare bikes, rather than my own bike. Finally, I hate having to constantly lock and unlock my bike when I go into a restaurant. The nice thing is that I usually can just leave a bikeshare bike outside, and no one will really steal it. When you signed up, did you have to give drivers details, because I am looking into making bike deliveries since I do not have a license. Thank you very much…. Maybe a passport or something? Do you personally ever find yourself canceling orders when you see where you need to go?
And if so, have you ever received a message from Postmates about this? I have done it before, but probably only 3 times or so. This is problematic obviously because, if you cancel at that point, you still have the food.
Right now, the two delivery services that let you bike and tell you where the order is going are DoorDash and Caviar. Wow, thanks for this info. Really helpful. I tested out PostMates for the first time this week and it took me about the max trip distance for being on a bike, some of it on a fairly congested street without too many alternatives. It's a new delivery service in Portland and as such, its staff could be working extra hard to impress customers.
Whatever they are doing is working.