Why You Should Try to Drive for Postmates if You Live In a Busy Area

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Have you recently thought about making quick extra cash? Are you a stay-at-home mom just trying to help out the hubs earn a few extra bucks or even earn some more funds to buy you or the kids something that they need? What about the single mothers out there needing an extra source of income but not wanting to compromise giving up time with your kids?  Are you looking to work on your own time, without the hassle of clocking in and out?  What about this scenario- You need money like tomorrow or the lights are going to go out? Whether any of these apply to you or not, whatever your situation, if you are in need of some fast extra money, try out Postmates! 

The thing I really like about Postmates is that all you have to do is sign up with them through their mobile app.  It's user friendly and hassle free.  You can do it on your smartphone and the app is free to download.  You sign up, they send you a Visa Postmates card in the mail (wherever you want to send it) along with a Postmates bag.  All you need to deliver for them is a bank account, a mobile phone, and preferably a debit card (although not necessarily needed). You don't even need a car! You can deliver on bike, on foot, or on the bus.  Whatever!  I do believe you will get less deliveries if you are not in a car, but the earning potential is still there.  An upside to delivering on foot would be you don't have to pay for gas and you get good exercise for the day. But to make this a viable option the best route to go is to deliver in your car (and hopefully your car is good on gas as well).  

Here in the Phoenix area, Postmates is pretty popular.  Now, we are not anywhere as densely populated as LA or NY but we do have a lot of families and good restaurants here that people love to enjoy.  It also helps if you are close to a college or a mall.  On the app it will show you those red hot areas to rush over to and hang out in. 

After you have received your PostMates package in the mail, and you have downloaded the app, it's time to get to work! Some good tips (to get tips) when getting started.-

 1)  Communicate with your customer
When you have picked up their order, shoot them a text right away even before you leave the pickup spot. Introduce yourself and let them know that you have their food. Ask them any questions you might have and let them know you are on your way. Also tell your customer around how long you will be to drop off their food. DO NOT TEXT AND DRIVE. PERIOD.
2) Make sure to grab any extras
This includes plastic cutlery, straws, napkins, salt and pepper, condiments etc. For goodness sake don't forget the straws. Don't you hate getting a drink you can't immediately take a sip of? Errrrr.
3) Double check the order before you leave
Check and make sure the restaurant got the order correct (don't touch the customer's food, c'mon) and make sure you have the whole order. I have delivered an order before without the whole thing being there and I had to go back to the place to grab the rest of it and bring it back to the customer. So embarrassing and no she didn't tip.
4) Turn on your 'Automatic Accept' under your Preferences section
Having this preference on can help you grab orders that you are close by to you.  You can pick them up even before dropping off your first order.  This helps your productivity.  More deliveries the more possibilities for tips.  It's all about the tips people!
5) Deliver your order with a smile
A little customer service goes a long way.  Be happy towards your customers and address them by their first name (which you can see in the app). Even introduce yourself. They have had a long day and are hungry or even hangry.  This definitely makes a difference in your tip jar, trust me.  Customers appreciate someone who calls them by name. 
6) Keep a car charger handy
This app does suck some serious battery energy from your phone. You WILL need a car charger to get through the dinner rush.

---Final thoughts---
Delivering for Postmates can be rewarding and freeing.  Yes, you are going to have to put in effort. Yes, there are going to be some bad nights. There are going to be people that don't tip even if you do all the right things. Sometimes your order can send you very far away. But you just keep doing your thing and keeping a positive attitude and keep going, you will see a good amount of cash flow coming into your bank account.  It is good for a part time gig, but I have met some people who have made it their full time job or are seriously considering making it their full time one. However hard you work at it, and don't give up, you can make it work.
Good luck and see you on the road! Get out there and go POST!

Leave a comment down below if you have any questions about Postmates at all! I would love to help you! 


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