DoorDash is a tried-and-true, well respected side gig option. It has a great customer support team and a thorough, well-designed, user friendly website that has lots of FAQ and help pages for new users. We like that they allow you to see whether you have received a tip or not, and the distance of the delivery, before confirming an order. We also like that they have protocols in place if customers are unresponsive, such as leaving the food in a safe space and describing your actions in the delivery log on the app. DoorDash is supportive in most cases and works with its drivers, rather than against them.
Although every gig comes with a cost, consider how DoorDash will fit into your personal and social life. The busiest times are generally weekday nights, weekend mornings, and weekend evenings. You may have to sacrifice plans and weekend leisure in order to work during peak hours and make the most money.
DoorDash is a consistent, reliable way to earn a side income but be aware that you will be putting more mileage on your car and must consider the extra maintenance fees this will necessitate. You are also responsible for your own fuel costs and as the prices are currently high, you need to be strategic about where you deliver to. Keep a detailed balance sheet of expenses and income. Look at your DoorDash gig as your own business and keep track of every little expenditure. This mindset will also come in handy when it comes to filing your own taxes.
One of the drawbacks of platforms like DoorDash is that they classify their workers as independent contractors, even when they are working upwards of 30 hours per week. They don’t offer healthcare, benefits, or tax support which is not a great deal considering how much work some of their drivers put in. But if you’re looking to work part time, or a few days a week, in addition to another source of income then this won’t be such an issue for you, and DoorDash is a reliable way to start earning money fast.