Students Work for Food Delivery Service DoorDash
After suggestions from friends, Larson Hill applied to deliver for DoorDash, one of several food delivery companies increasing in popularity.
Hill originally applied to replace the income that he lost due to his job washing cars declining this winter.
“I wanted to make some money while I wasn’t doing that and it turned into a really good source of money for me,” Hill said
The requirements to become a “dasher” are to be 18 years old, have a reliable car, a valid driver’s license, a social security number and a background check. Applications are available on DoorDash’s website or via the app.
Dashers have the freedom to work for as much or as little as they want. They can accept or decline orders based on their distance, time or how much they pay. On average dashers can earn $15 to $20 an hour, well above the current $10.30 an hour minimum wage in Missouri.
“There are no strict schedules or strict regulations,” Hill said. “It’s really just up to you how much you want to work and how much you want to make.”
One thing that sets DoorDash apart from its competitors is the incentives that are offered to dashers during busy times. Called “peak pay”, dashers can get bonus on their base pay for deliveries that they complete during certain times of the day.
DoorDash also has had to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic to keep dashers, restaurant workers and customers safe, dasher Daniel Altamirano, senior, said.
“There is not a lot of interaction between people, which I really like,” Altamirano said.
Dashers must wear masks when picking up and dropping off food and instead of picking up deliveries at the door, food is left on the customer’s doorsteps “contactless” to decrease transmission of the virus. Customers can also leave dashers special instructions or request to meet dashers at the door if contactless delivery doesn’t work.
Altamirano said the job can get difficult sometimes.
“It can get stressful when you are trying to make deliveries on time and following directions to places you’re not familiar with,” Altamirano said.
Marysa Leopando, senior, said DoorDash also offers pay bonuses during busy times or when there are few dashers out deliveries.
“I normally don’t take the orders that are really low in money because I know I’ll get one higher in no time,” Leopando said.
In addition to getting paid, Leopando said delivering for DoorDash can be fun if you go with friends.
“I go with my boyfriend so it’s like a date but we are both making money,” she said.
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