How old do you have to be to Grubhub? It’s a question you might be asking yourself if you’re young and are looking for a side hustle to bring in some extra income.
Here’s the answer. To deliver for Grubhub, you must be at least 19 years old. Other than meeting the minimum age requirement, there’s not much else you need to do Grubhub.
In this post, we’ll go into some more detail about the requirements to become a Grubhub driver. I’ll also explain why I think Grubhub is a great side hustle or money maker for any young person looking for a way to earn more money in their free time.
How Old Do You Have To Be To Grubhub?
As noted already, to deliver for Grubhub, you have to be at least 19 years old. This is different from DoorDash, which only requires you to be 18 years old, or Uber Eats, which requires you to be 19 years old if delivering by car, but lets you deliver on a bike if you’re 18 years old.
If you’re 19 years old, you’ll be able to sign up for Grubhub and all of the other major food delivery apps. If you’re still 18, you’ll need to wait on Grubhub and sign up for DoorDash and Uber Eats as a biker.
In addition to meeting the 19-year-old minimum age requirement, Grubhub also requires you to meet the following requirements:
- Access to a car
- Valid driver’s license and auto insurance (or valid state ID if you’re biking)
- Pass the Grubhub background check
Most people won’t have trouble meeting these requirements although the background check can be problematic if you have a criminal history or issues with your driving record. For example, if you have a DUI, you likely won’t be able to pass the Grubhub background check.
Why Grubhub Is The Perfect Side Hustle For Young People
I’m a huge fan of Grubhub and think it’s one of the best side hustles for young people, especially if you’re still in college or are a recent graduate. Grubhub didn’t exist back when I was in college, but you can be sure that if it had, I would have definitely signed up for it.
Below are four reasons why I think Grubhub is a great side hustle for young people.
The main reason delivering for Grubhub works is that it comes with great flexibility. You can log in and accept deliveries whenever you want, work for as much or as little as you want, and accept or reject any delivery requests that come your way.
This flexibility means that you can fit Grubhub around your schedule. If you have time during the day, simply log into the app, do some deliveries, and make some extra money. It doesn’t matter when you have spare time either. As long as people are ordering food, you can do Grubhub. That makes it particularly well suited for young people and students, who often have odd schedules and some extra time on their hands.
2. You Don’t Technically Need To Use A Car
Grubhub is a bit interesting compared to the other food delivery apps. While the other apps let you sign up to deliver with a bike in almost any market, Grubhub limits bike delivery to only a few select markets – namely New York and San Francisco. For most people, it would seem you can only deliver for Grubhub using a car.
However, while you might only be able to sign up to deliver with a car, nothing is stopping you from completing your deliveries with a bike. I’m technically signed up for Grubhub as a car driver, but I’ve never done any deliveries using my car.
You’ll have to be more strategic about the orders you accept because Grubhub will still send you orders that are designed for cars, but as long as you pick orders that you can complete on a bike, you can still do Grubhub on a bike even if you’re signed up as a car driver.
Using a bike comes with a lot of advantages too. First, you can save a lot of money since bikes are far cheaper to operate than cars. Second, if you work in a dense area, you’ll be able to save a lot of time by avoiding traffic and not having to deal with parking. If you’re young, there’s a good chance you even live in a dense area that’s better suited for biking than for driving.
You aren’t limited to only using a traditional bike either. My brother often does his deliveries using a skateboard. I’ve transitioned towards doing most of my deliveries using an electric bike or electric scooter.
Try out various modes of transportation and see what works best for you.
3. The Reverse Latte Factor And The Power Of Compounding
Becoming a Grubhub Driver can be very valuable financially thanks to a concept that I call the Reverse Latte Factor. There’s a concept in personal finance called the Latte Factor (coined by David Bach, who wrote a great personal finance book called The Automatic Millionaire). The idea behind the Latte Factor is that we spend small amounts of money daily on things that we don’t really notice. If we save and invest that money, it can add up to hundreds of thousands or even a million dollars if given enough time.
The Reverse Latte Factor takes that idea and applies it in reverse. Instead of saving small amounts, what happens if we earn small amounts of extra money and save it? It turns out that it can add up to a lot of money.
Consider this. Earning an extra $10 per day means you’ll end up with $3,650 by the end of the year. If you invest that amount each year for 30 years and average a 7% annual rate of return, you’ll end up with over $368,000. Double it to $20 per day and you’re looking at over $735,000. Save $30 per day, and you’ll end up a millionaire – just from 30 dollars a day.
When you’re young, compounding can be an amazing force. Take the time now to earn a bit of extra income and your future self will thank you.
4. It’s Fun
Perhaps most importantly, I think Grubhub is a great side hustle because it’s fun. There’s something about going out and completing these little tasks that I find very satisfying. In a way, it sort of gamifies my life. It also probably helps that I’ve been doing it so long that I know the best ways to make Grubhub as stress-free as possible.
You don’t have a lot to lose by trying out Grubhub – so just give it a try and see if you enjoy it. If not, you can always find something else to do.
Final Thoughts – I Wish I Had Grubhub Back When I Was In College
Grubhub is something I wish existed back when I was in college in 2009. I had a variety of jobs in college. I worked as a janitor in my dorm for a bit. Then I got a job at a golf course, which worked out well because it gave me access to free golf.
But I also had a lot of free time on my hands too – time that I would have loved to use doing something more productive. If Grubhub had been around back then, I definitely would have done it. And I’d probably have had a lot more money in my pocket too.
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