How old do you have to be to Uber Eats? There are two different minimum age requirements to deliver for Uber Eats depending on which mode of transport you use. If you sign up to deliver for Uber Eats via bike, you must be at least 18 years old. Meanwhile, if you sign up to deliver for Uber Eats in a car, motorcycle, or moped, you have to be at least 19 years old.
In this post, we’ll go into more detail about the requirements to become an Uber Eats driver and explain why Uber Eats is a particularly good side hustle for young people looking to make some more extra money.
How Old Do You Have To Be To Uber Eats?
As noted in the introduction to this post, the minimum age to deliver for Uber Eats will depend on the vehicle you use. If you’re delivering using a bike, you must be at least 18 years old. Meanwhile, if you’re using a car, motorcycle, or moped, you’ll need to be at least 19 years old.
It’s a bit interesting that Uber Eats has two separate minimum age requirements depending on which type of vehicle you use. The other major food delivery apps don’t seem to differentiate between bikes and cars (DoorDash requires you to be at least 18 years old, while Grubhub has a minimum age of 19 years old). This makes Uber Eats interesting because if you’re too young to drive for Uber Eats, you could still sign up as a biker.
In addition to the minimum age requirements, you’ll also need to have the following:
- A valid driver’s license (or government-issued ID if you aren’t driving)
- Social security number (so Uber Eats can run a background check)
- Access to a vehicle (car, moped, or bike)
For the most part, most people won’t have trouble meeting these requirements, although if you are planning to drive, you’ll need to be sure that you can pass the Uber Eats background check (serious traffic violations or DUIs may disqualify you, for example).
When signing up, be sure you select the correct vehicle type. Depending on the city you’re in, you can sign up using a car, moped, bike, or walking.
Why Uber Eats Is The Perfect Side Hustle For Young People
Uber Eats is, in my opinion, one of the best side hustles for young people. Uber Eats didn’t exist when I was in college, but if it had, I would have definitely done it. It would’ve been a perfect way for me to make extra money, instead of working a campus job that wasn’t as fun or as flexible.
Here are some of the reasons why I think Uber Eats is a great side hustle for someone just out of high school or in college (or someone just beginning their career and looking for some extra money).
The main benefit of Uber Eats is the flexibility that comes with it. You can usually 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. Even better, unlike other food delivery apps, Uber Eats doesn’t have any scheduling features, which means you can always log into the app.
The flexibility means you can fit Uber Eats around your schedule. If you have time, simply log into the Uber Eats app and do a few deliveries.
If you’re like most people, you probably have a lot of spare time where you’re doing nothing. Try turning on Uber Eats and see if you can do some deliveries and make some extra money. I like listening to podcasts while I deliver for an hour or so. It’s a great way to use some of my free time. You might even be surprised at how much you can make.
2. You Don’t Need To Use A Car
One of the reasons Uber Eats is so appealing – especially for young people – is that you don’t need to have a car to sign up. I’ve been delivering for Uber Eats for years (since 2016 at this point) and have exclusively done my deliveries using a bike. Using a bike can also save you a lot of money too.
For students or other young people, Uber Eats on a bike can work really well. It’s likely you live in a dense area that’s better suited for bike deliveries. On college campuses, for example, traffic can be a huge pain and there aren’t many places to park. With a bike, however, you can zip through traffic and park your bike anywhere. And since college campuses are small areas, you can stay in a tight zone and get a lot of deliveries done. Plus, you also get the benefit of improving your health and avoiding the costs associated with operating a car.
You aren’t limited to doing Uber Eats on 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. You can be as creative as you want!
3. The Reverse Latte Factor And The Power Of Compounding
Becoming an Uber Eats 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 each day on things that we don’t really notice. If rather than spending that money, we save and invest it, 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? The answer is that it can become a lot of money with time and consistency.
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 money 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. It’s that easy.
When you’re young, compounding can be an amazing and unstoppable force.
4. It’s Fun
Perhaps most importantly, Uber Eats is a great side hustle because it’s fun. I don’t need the money from doing Uber Eats these days. I do it because it’s fun. 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 Uber Eats as stress-free as possible.
You don’t have a lot to lose by trying out Uber Eats – so I say 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 Uber Eats Back When I Was In College
If Uber Eats had existed back when I was in college, I definitely would have done that instead of some of the other college jobs I did. I had a lot of free time on my hands – time that I would have loved to have used to make extra money.
So give it a try and see how it works for you. If you’re like me, you might find it’s a lot of fun – and lucrative too.