Another installment for our side hustle series is an article on Postmates! We’ve found that this can be a great way to earn extra money in your spare time. In this article, we’ll explain what Postmates is, how you can earn cash with it, and some tips to help maximize your earnings.
First Off: What Is Postmates?
Postmates is an American logistics company that delivers good to people locally. They were started in 2011 and are headquartered in San Francisco, California.
They are basically an on-demand delivery service. Postmates connects local contractors with people who need deliveries. Contracts (like you and I) will pick up whatever goods the customer wants, and deliver it to them for a small fee.
As of 2018 Postmates operates in 550 cities in the USA, and opened its first international location in Mexico City.
How Can You Earn Money With Postmates?
You earn money with Postmates by being a delivery person. You would ride around picking up packages and delivering them. The average fee that they charge customers for delivery is $8, and Postmates takes 20% of that, so you will likely earn an average of $6.40 per delivery.
Additional Tips For Postmates
- Use the heatmap in the app! It shows you historical data of ordering, so you’ll know if you’re in a good area for deliveries, and if deliveries normally happen at the time you’re working
- You can do multiple deliveries at once, but they have to all be completed within an hour and it’s first come first serve. This is a great way to increase your hourly earnings if you’re able to swing it.
- If you use a motorcycle you’re able to see what exactly you’re delivering (for example you can see how large of a food order you are delivering and can potentially get a larger tip).
- How you look and act are important! Be sure to act professional, it can definitely impact your tips, especially because tips are given after the delivery has happened instead of beforehand.
We hope you learned a bit in this article, now it’s time to go out and earn some money with Postmates!