If you want to learn how to make $1,000 a week with Uber Eats, this post will give you the tips and strategies to do just that.
Making $1,000 a week with Uber Eats isn’t an easy task. But it’s not impossible either. I find it’s easiest to think about it using simple math. If you want to make $1,000 a week with Uber Eats, you need to average about $142 per day. If you limit yourself to working 5 days per week, you’ll need to make $200 per day.
This is very doable for most people. If you can average just $30 per hour, you can do it working about 5 hours per day if you work every day, or about 7 hours per day if you only work 5 days per week.
Making $30 per hour might seem like a lot of money. But you can do it if you work at the right times and are strategic with the orders you accept. For myself, I easily average $30 or more per hour by working at the time times and using the right strategies.
Here’s what you can do to make $1,000 a week with Uber Eats.
The most important thing you can do if you want to make $1,000 a week with Uber Eats is to not rely solely on Uber Eats. Every app is going to have slow periods and if you want to make the most money you can from Uber Eats (or any other delivery app), you need to get as many orders as possible. By multi-apping, you can make sure you stay busy whenever you work.
Multi-apping is when you use multiple delivery apps at the same time. Whenever I work, I always log in to DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub. I then try to accept orders from all the apps if I can line them up so they’re going in the same direction. Instead of doing one delivery at a time, I can usually do 3 or more deliveries at once.
You can see how valuable this can be by considering a single example order. Say you have one order paying $6 on Uber Eats. If you can also get orders from DoorDash and Grubhub going in the same direction, you can double or triple your earnings on one trip. Instead of making $6 for the order, you could make $12 or $18 for about the same amount of time.
Multi-apping is something you have to practice to get good at it. I’ve been doing food delivery and multi-apping for over 5 years, so at this point, I’m pretty darn good at it. If you want to make $1,000 a week with Uber Eats, you need to multi-app.
Here are some in-depth posts you can read about each food delivery app. I recommend checking them out.
- DoorDash Dasher: What It’s Like Delivering For DoorDash
- Uber Eats Driver: Delivering For Uber Eats
- Grubhub Delivery Driver – What It’s Like Delivering For Grubhub
2. Work During Prime Hours
A mistake many Uber Eats drivers make is not being strategic about when they work. Food delivery is fairly predictable. You know that it’ll be busy during lunch and dinner hours. During the in-between hours, things will be much slower.
Unlike a normal job where you can work all day, Uber Eats doesn’t lend itself to that style of working. Instead, what you should do is work during the lunch rush (from 11 am to 2 pm), take a break, then work again during the dinner rush (from 5 pm to 8 pm). You’ll work less and make more money doing it this way.
3. Cancel Orders If You Need To
When you’re delivering with Uber Eats, you’re inevitably going to find yourself with an order that’s taking too long to complete. The most common situation is when the restaurant isn’t ready with your food and you find yourself waiting for a while. When this happens, don’t be afraid to cancel the order. This is going to be a judgment call, but sometimes, you need to cut your losses and move on.
A lot of people are afraid to cancel an Uber Eats delivery because they think it’ll negatively impact them. The truth is, Uber Eats doesn’t care if you cancel orders so long as you do so before the order is picked up. If you cancel the order before it has been picked up, Uber will send the order to another delivery driver who can then complete the order.
The only time you can have issues is if you cancel orders after you’ve picked up the food. If you’re going to cancel an Uber Eats order, do it only if you haven’t picked up the food yet.
4. Volume Is Usually The Way To Go
There’s a debate in the Uber Eats delivery world about whether to go for longer-distance, higher-paying orders, or whether it’s best to take lower-paying orders that are short-distance. I generally aim for the latter – shorter-distance orders that I can complete quickly.
To me, aiming for volume is the best way to make money with Uber Eats. The more orders you can complete, the more you can generally make. And while a high-paying order might seem tempting, you have to think about how long it’ll take you to complete. If one order pays $20 and would take me an hour to complete, it’d be better for me to take four $6 orders that I can complete in the same amount of time.
5. Think Like A Business
When you’re working for Uber Eats, you’re working as an independent contractor. That means, in practice, you are your own little delivery business. As a result, you have to think like a business. You need to understand your expenses, how long each delivery will take you, and whether you’re making money after taking everything into account.
Don’t fall into the trap of taking any order that gets sent your way. You need to be strategic and only accept orders that make sense for you and are profitable. You’ll learn what orders are worth it as you do more Uber Eats.
6. Do The Math
How to make $1,000 a week with Uber Eats is ultimately a math problem. You need to know how much you need to earn per day and how many days you want to work.
How much you’re able to earn per hour will matter a lot when it comes to how much you need to work. When I work during prime hours, I aim to make at least $30 per hour. But remember, apps like Uber Eats don’t pay you for the time you work. They pay you for the deliveries you complete. You’re trading tasks for money, not time for money.
To make $30 per hour, you need to think about how many deliveries you need to complete in that time and how much you’ll make per delivery.
If you average $5 per delivery, you’ll need to complete 6 deliveries per hour to make $30 per hour. That’s not difficult to do, especially if you are multi-apping and working during peak hours.
If you can increase your average earnings to $6 per delivery, you’ll only need to complete 5 deliveries per hour. Again, that’s not difficult to do.
Figure out how much you can make per delivery. Then figure out how many deliveries you need to complete per hour to hit your hourly earnings goals.
Making $1,000 a week with Uber Eats isn’t easy. You’re going to have to be able to work a decent number of hours. But it’s within reach for many people, especially if utilize the tips and strategies in this post.