Is Uber Eats worth it in 2024? I’ve been delivering for Uber Eats for nearly a decade and things have changed a lot during that time. In general, I think Uber Eats is still worth it, even as more drivers get onboarded and things get more competitive. That being said, whether Uber Eats is worth it for you mainly depends on a variety of factors, including where you live, what type of vehicle you’re using, and whether Uber Eats is a full-time or part-time gig for you.
I will say that whether or not Uber Eats is worth it for you, I still think it’s worth signing up if you can, primarily because there isn’t any real downside to getting signed up with Uber Eats. Even if you don’t plan to do many Uber Eats deliveries, it’s good to be signed up so you can use it if/when you need it.
With that background out of the way, in this post, we’ll take a deep dive into the question of whether Uber Eats is worth it, looking at the most important factors that will determine whether Uber Eats is worth it for you.
Is Uber Eats Worth It?
Whether Uber Eats is worth it for you depends primarily on four factors. Here’s what will matter the most for most people.
1. Where Do You Live?
Probably the most important factor that’ll determine whether Uber Eats is worth it will be where you live (or, more importantly, where you will work). Uber Eats is available in many markets and while you can earn decent money anywhere, you’ll likely be able to earn the most in a major city.
The best places to work are dense neighborhoods in large cities. This is where you’ll likely find the most customers ordering Uber Eats, as well as the most popular restaurants. The distances you’ll have to travel here are also usually shorter, since in dense neighborhoods, customers will live closer to the restaurants they’re ordering from.
Uber Eats does operate in smaller cities and towns and while there are some advantages to working in these places, for the most part, you’ll still have more customers and higher demand in bigger cities. The main advantage of a smaller, less busy area, is that there may be fewer Uber Eats drivers to compete against. But that advantage, in my view, is mitigated by the lower demand for Uber Eats in those areas due to fewer customers and restaurants.
The best situation to do Uber Eats is if you live in a dense neighborhood of a large city, making it possible for you to work close to home and potentially not even have to leave your home to get delivery requests. I live in a dense neighborhood in Minneapolis, so Uber Eats works well for me because I can turn on my Uber Eats app while I’m sitting on my couch and wait for delivery requests to come in. Once I find a good one, I can head out the door and start my shift. This saves me commuting time, which allows me to maximize my earnings. When I’m done for the day, I can also easily return home without having to travel a long distance.
2. What Vehicle Are You Using?
The largest expense you’ll have when delivering for Uber Eats is your transportation expenses – so the vehicle you use will matter a lot. Most people will opt to use a car when delivering for Uber Eats. If you’re going to drive, your main expenses will be fuel, potential parking or traffic tickets, maintenance, and depreciation on your vehicle. As a result, you want to pick a vehicle that’s reliable and fuel-efficient so you can save as much money as possible on fuel and maintenance (here’s a post I wrote on some of the best cars to use for Uber Eats).
Depending on your situation, an electric car can be a great option. I own a Chevy Bolt EV, which can provide me with up to 250 miles of range on a full charge. That should be plenty of range for most people to deliver for a full day. An EV like my Chevy Bolt comes with a lot of advantages since I don’t have to worry about paying for gas and the maintenance on my car is fairly light.
Of course, an EV isn’t going to work for everyone, so if you’re using a traditional car, opting for a hybrid or other fuel-efficient vehicle will be your best bet. A Toyota Prius is the top choice when it comes to good hybrids. Affordable, reliable normal cars like the Toyota Corolla are also excellent options that are low maintenance, fuel-efficient, and can maintain their value.
While most people will opt to use a car, I hate driving and think it’s an inefficient way to deliver for Uber Eats. Instead, I opt to use an ebike or electric scooter. Using an ebike or scooter makes it so I can do my deliveries faster. I also don’t have to worry about gas, traffic, or parking. And maintenance on my ebikes and scooters is low. Overall, I make more money delivering with an ebike or electric scooter and I reduce my expenses, which means more profit for me.
If you’re interested in seeing how Uber Eats deliveries work with an ebike or scooter, check out my YouTube channel.
3. Are You Doing Uber Eats Full-Time Or Part-Time?
Another factor that will matter when it comes to whether Uber Eats is worth it is whether you’re delivering for Uber Eats full-time or part-time.
If you’re delivering full-time, I think Uber Eats is less worth it, mainly because it can be difficult to make a full-time income with Uber Eats in some places. The other issue with doing Uber Eats full-time is that there are a lot of times during the day when it’s slow since people mainly order food during lunch and dinner hours. While you can make a full-time income as an Uber Eats delivery person, it’s not always easy and it puts a lot of pressure on you to keep working so you can maintain your income.
Delivering for Uber Eats part-time, on the other hand, is well worth it for most people, especially if you live in a city and can complete your deliveries using an ebike or scooter. If you live in a neighborhood where you can receive Uber Eats deliveries while you’re at home, that’s even better, since you’ll save time commuting.
The big advantage of delivering for Uber Eats part-time is that you can concentrate your work time during the busiest, highest earning hours. By working during the busiest hours, you’ll maximize your hourly earnings.
I deliver for Uber Eats part-time and can often average $30 or more per hour by working only during the lunch and/or dinner rush. If I spread my time out during the in-between hours when things are slow, I’d earn far less on an hourly basis.
4. What Phase Of Life Are You In?
Finally, whether Uber Eats is worth it depends a lot on the stage of life you’re in. Uber Eats is well-suited for college students, for example, since many college students have free time on their hands and can use the extra money. Even better, most college students tend to live in dense areas that are busy and well-suited for Uber Eats. The fact that you don’t need a car to deliver for Uber Eats is great too, especially since many college students don’t have a car.
People who need flexible schedules are also well-suited for delivering food with Uber Eats. If you’re a stay-at-home parent, for example, you would do well with Uber Eats since you can log into the app when your schedule allows. If you have a full-time job, Uber Eats works well too because of the flexibility that comes with it – you can deliver for Uber Eats outside of your day job when you have free time.
I used to be a full-time lawyer, and Uber Eats was a great, fun side hustle. It also provided me with a sort of therapeutic benefit. My job was stressful, but I enjoyed biking around and delivering food in my spare time. It was nice that I made extra money doing it, but often, delivering for Uber Eats wasn’t even about making extra money – rather I did it because it was a form of stress relief.
Overall, Uber Eats is still worth it for many people, even as earnings drop and more people sign up to deliver for Uber Eats. As a full-time gig, I’d probably recommend against it, but for a side hustle, I think Uber Eats is great, especially if you live in a city and can do your deliveries with an ebike or scooter.
Consider the above four factors when deciding whether it’s worth it for you. For many, I think they’ll find Uber Eats is worth it.