In general, I never think about the DoorDash schedule. That’s because I live in a market where I rarely have to schedule myself in advance. For the most part, I can log into the DoorDash Dasher app and Dash whenever I want.
That being said, in some markets, scheduling yourself in advance might be necessary. However, depending on where you Dash, getting onto the DoorDash schedule can be a pain.
In this post, I want to look at a few DoorDash schedule hacks that you might be able to use to get yourself Dashing. None of these strategies is a surefire way to get onto the DoorDash schedule if there aren’t any openings, but these DoorDash schedule hacks could give you a better shot at getting onto the schedule.
DoorDash Schedule Hacks
Below are some DoorDash schedule hacks that may work for you.
1. Early Access Scheduling
The only obvious way to get onto the DoorDash schedule is to be part of the Early Access Scheduling program. If you qualify for this program, you gain access to the DoorDash schedule 1 day before other Dashers who aren’t in the program.
Specifically, you’ll be able to access the schedule 6 days in advance, whereas other Dashers can access the schedule 5 days in advance. 1 day might not seem like that big of a deal, but if you’re in a busy market with a lot of Dashers, that 1-day difference can make all the difference.
While the Early Access Scheduling program sounds good, it does come with some caveats. To qualify, you have to meet the following requirements (available here on the DoorDash website):
- You qualify if you have a Customer Rating of at least 4.6, a Completion Rate of at least 95%, and have accepted and completed at least 5 deliveries on the DoorDash platform between 12 am the previous Friday and 11:59 pm the previous Thursday; OR
- You qualify if you have a Customer Rating of at least 4.6, a Completion Rate of at least 95%, and have accepted and completed at least 500 lifetime deliveries on the DoorDash platform.
These requirements aren’t too difficult to meet. Keeping a high customer rating is easy, and indeed, everyone delivering for DoorDash should strive to maintain a customer rating higher than 4.6 (my customer rating is currently at 4.97 as I write this).
Completing the required number of deliveries also shouldn’t be an issue for most Dashers. If you’ve been Dashing for some time, you’ll likely have over 500 lifetime deliveries, and even if you don’t have that many deliveries, you only need to complete 5 deliveries in a given week to qualify for the Early Access Scheduling program.
The most difficult criteria to meet will be the 95% completion rate. While maintaining a high completion rate isn’t necessarily difficult, there are times when it makes sense to unassign orders that you’ve already accepted. This is especially true if you’re multi-apping, as you may sometimes receive a better order from other apps while you’re Dashing, forcing you to unassign a DoorDash order that isn’t as good. My completion rate typically hovers between 90% and 95%, so this is why I often don’t qualify for Early Access Scheduling.
All that being said, if you want to maximize your chances of putting yourself on the DoorDash schedule, try to meet these three criteria so you can schedule yourself a day earlier.
2. Schedule Yourself Even If Your Zone Is Gray
If your zone is gray, you should still click the schedule button in your Dasher app to see if you can schedule yourself. Often, even if the zone is gray, you’ll find that you can still schedule yourself for a nearby time.
The most common thing I see is when I’ll want to Dash, but then find my zone is grayed out. When I click the schedule button, I’ll often see that I can start Dashing at the next 30-minute mark (i.e. if I log into the Dasher app at 1:01 pm and see my zone is gray, I’ll often find that if I click the schedule button, I’ll be able to schedule myself to start Dashing at 1:30 pm.
3. Schedule Yourself In Other Zones
Another simple strategy you can do is to Dash in other zones that are available. DoorDash is different from other food delivery apps because it divides cities into a lot of different delivery zones. This means that even if your zone isn’t available, other zones likely will be. While I rarely have an issue Dashing without scheduling in advance, there are times when my zone will be gray, but other zones will be red and available for Dashers.
4. Schedule Yourself Early And Often
The final thing you can do is to put yourself on the DoorDash schedule early and often. Pick all the times you can and cancel them as needed. That way, if you need to Dash, you can do so. And if you don’t need to Dash, you can cancel. There’s no penalty for canceling Dashes that you scheduled in advance, so there’s no reason not to schedule every Dash you can as soon as you can.
There aren’t a ton of DoorDash schedule hacks, but hopefully, I’ve given a few ideas to you in this post on how to handle the DoorDash schedule.
Your best bet will be to make yourself eligible for the Early Access Scheduling program. This will give you earlier access to the DoorDash schedule, which you can then use to schedule yourself in advance. There’s no downside to canceling Dashes, so it’s a good idea to schedule every time you think you’ll want to Dash if you’re in a market where scheduling matters.
For me, scheduling isn’t a problem, so I rarely think about these issues. Instead, I usually log into the Dasher app and start Dashing whenever I want.