If you live in a large, dense city, one thing you might consider doing is DoorDash walking – that is, doing food delivery with DoorDash on foot.
It’s not the most efficient way to do deliveries, but it is a possibility for someone that’s thinking of doing DoorDash and doesn’t have access – or doesn’t want to use – a vehicle.
In this post, we’ll take a look at how DoorDash walking works, what you need to do DoorDash walking, and whether it’s worth it to do DoorDash on foot.
DoorDash Walking – How It Works
To sign up to be a DoorDash walker, you’ll first need to sign up in a market that allows walking. There are only a few cities that have this option – New York City being the most obvious example. This makes logical sense, of course. If you’re going to walk, you need to be in a dense city where orders are short enough to make walking feasible.
When you sign up, you’ll select walking as your mode of transportation. Once you’ve filled out your application and passed your background check, you’ll be able to start walking deliveries.
As a walker, DoorDash will limit you to short-distance orders that you can complete on foot. These will typically be within 1 mile or less. Because you’re limited to short-distance orders, you’ll naturally get fewer orders compared to someone using a car or a bike.
What Do You Need To Be A DoorDash Walker?
As a DoorDash walker, you don’t need any special equipment. DoorDash will send you the DoorDash activation kit, which comes with a delivery bag and a DoorDash red card. The red card is the only item from DoorDash that you need to start delivering (you can’t start delivering without an active red card).
That being said, I do recommend a few pieces of equipment to make your delivery experience easier. A delivery bag is a must. It’ll make it much easier to hold your food items. I’d recommend using the DoorDash delivery bag that they send you. It holds plenty of food and should do the job.
A good pair of walking shoes is also critical. If you’re walking, you need to be comfortable and you don’t want to walk around a city in uncomfortable shoes.
Finally, it’s a good idea to get a transit card or something that lets you use the mass transit in your city. Being able to hop on the subway or a bus can save you a lot of time when you’re walking orders. I’ve walked orders a few times when I’ve visited New York, and being able to hop on the subway has definitely saved me time.
The first two items are really all you need, with a transit pass a good item to consider as well. But as long as you have a delivery bag (the DoorDash one will do) and decent shoes, you should be fine.
Is Walking DoorDash Orders Worth It?
The obvious advantage of walking deliveries is that you don’t need a vehicle and you won’t have to deal with traffic or parking. For bikers, not having to worry about your bike getting stolen is a nice plus.
DoorDash walking also is useful if you work in an office and want to make a few bucks during your lunch break. Even if you’re in work clothes, you can still walk around and deliver a few orders during the lunch break without getting dirty or breaking a sweat. It’s a nice way to get some steps in and make a few extra bucks too.
The other time I consider walking DoorDash orders is if I’m traveling and don’t have access to a bike or car. One of the big advantages of DoorDash is that you can do it in any state. When I’m traveling, I like to turn on the DoorDash app and see if I can get any decent orders. It allows me to explore a new city and get paid while I do it!
With all that being said, walking orders isn’t the best way to do DoorDash, and the only reason I’d do DoorDash as a walker is if I simply wanted to earn a little bit of extra money or I just wanted to get some exercise and fresh air and get paid while I do it. I see DoorDash walking as something to do mainly for fun.
If you’re looking to make real money from DoorDash, I highly recommend getting a bike, ebike, or electric scooter. These vehicles aren’t that expensive and you’ll earn your money back quickly. The way I see it, buying an ebike or electric scooter to do food delivery with can be treated as an investment – buy a solid ebike or scooter and use it to do deliveries. You’ll make all of your money back if you use the right delivery strategies.
DoorDash walking is an interesting option that might be available to you, depending on where you live. You can make a bit of extra money doing it this way, but I don’t recommend it as anything more than a side hustle or fun thing you do. If you can, I highly recommend getting a bike though. It’ll be much better (and you may have more fun biking around your city too).
Some people online have shared videos of themselves walking orders on DoorDash. They’re pretty entertaining videos, so take a look and see how they do it and if it’s something you want to try out too.