Are you looking for a job without too many requirements? A part time or a full time job in which you are free to set your own hours? You're in the right place! Like Uber or Lyft, working for Postmates or Doordash is a moneymaking opportunity. But which is better to drive for?
Thanks to our experience and the data and information found in the Doordash Help Center website and Postmates Fleet Help Center we will explain everything you need to know about Postmates and Doordash driver/courier job. We will make a accurate comparison of the driver requirements, the vehicle requirements, the application process, from the sign up to the background check to the Orientation.
At the end of this article you will have all the elements to make your choice and get a lucrative and satisfactory work experience and earn more.
The first thing to understand is the difference between Postmates and Doordash
DoorDash is an on-demand restaurant delivery service. They connect people and restaurant through Doordash app.
Postmates is an on-demand "everything" delivery service. Postmates help customers get whatever they need, whenever they are through Postmates app.
For a driver the big difference between Postmates and Doordash is that while with Doordash you will deliver only food, with Postmates you can also find yourself delivering flowers 💐
Both with Doordash app and with Postmates app, corporate or catering orders can be made.
Now that this first important difference is clear, let's continue with our analysis.
Postmates driver requirements and Doordash driver requirements are really similar so we list them below. If you qualify for one you definitely qualify for the other too.
You must be 18 years of age or older (you must be 21 to deliver alcohol)
Own a smartphone (iPhone or Android)
Your smartphone will be your main work tool because everything goes through the Postmates App (Postmates fleet app) or Dasher app.
Driver’s license (even if you don't own a vehicle, you need a valid U.S. driver’s license to become a Postmate or a 'Dasher'').
If you are not U.S citizen, you must be authorized to work in the United States (a work permit/visa is required)
What makes the difference are the vehicle requirements. Unlike Uber or Lyft for both you will not have to pass a vehicle inspection and there are no limits in the type of vehicle that you can use to perform the deliveries. But while both Doordash and Postmates claim a freedom to use any type of vehicle you want, after careful analysis in the main markets, this is actually true only for Postmates. Doordash in fact authorizes only car deliveries in different markets where instead with Postmates you can also do motorcycle deliveries.
We have made a list of some major markets with their respective authorized vehicles:
Los Angeles: Car or scooter
New York: Walk, bike, scooter, or car
Brooklyn: Walk, bike, scooter, or car
San Francisco: Walk, bike, scooter, or car
Chicago: Walk, bike, scooter, or car
Evanston: Car or Scooter
Ft-Lauderdale: Car or Scooter
Miami: Car or Scooter
Orange County: Car or Scooter
Phoenix: Car or Scooter
Las Vegas: Car or Scooter
San Diego: Car or Scooter
Portland: Walk, bike, scooter, or car
Nashville: Car or Scooter
Charlotte: Car or Scooter
Sacramento: Car or Scooter
Los Angeles: Car, scooter or Bicycle* (*only available in Downtown Los Angeles and Westwood)
New York: Car or bike
Brooklyn: Car or bike
San Francisco: Car, scooter, motorcycle, and bicycle
Chicago: Car or bike
Miami: Car or Scooter
Orange County: Car
Las Vegas: Car
San Diego: Car
Now that you have looked at this list and know that nobody works for dreams but for money. It is important to know that Postmates allows you to switch the type of vehicle you use at any time you want. If you read our article how much do Postmates drivers make, we refer to the part of the hidden costs of a delivery driver. With Postmates you can choose, for example, to make your bike deliveries during weekends and save gas money.
Postmates is an eco-friendly company, it has developed an ebike and scooter rental program in different cities. Is ecology today a factor not to be taken into consideration? We really believe no.
It's a mandatory step for all rideshare and delivery company.
The Postmates background check and Doordash background check cover criminal background history and if you sign up to use a car or a motorcycle, they also check your Motor Vehicles Record.
Status of drivers license
Driving record points
Traffic law violations, convictions and fines
DUI public records
Whether your driver license is valid, suspended or cancelled
The criminal background check includes national and county-level databases and records. Background screening company gathers the information from many different sources. More precisely your report lists information will include details such as:
The background check is the same for Postmates and Doordash. We have collected some experiences about it and some candidates have noticed a difference in the timing of the background check. Postmates and Doordash use different companies to run the background check ... This explains why sometimes one result comes before the other. Learn more on what to expect on the background check and tips to pass it in our complete article.
The drivers are the backbone of Postmates, Doordash or other ridehare companies like Lyft or Uber. All these companies have developed a referral program to encourage drivers to sign up for them. The driver application process is really easy for both company, it will take you a few minutes. The sign up bonus amount changes from city to city and obviously depends on the need and discretion of Postmates or Doordash. Both Postmates and Doordash if you sign up using a referral code they guarantee you a sign up bonus at the end of a required number of deliveris. After an exam we noticed a difference between Postmates and Doordash. Generally the number of deliveries requested by Postmates to claim your sign up bonus varies between 30 to 60 (deliveries must be made within the first 30 days). The number of deliveries that Doordash asks for to be able to receive the sign up bonus ranges between 120 and 150 to be made in the first 60 days.
Both Doordash and Postmates offer a sign up bonus. With Doordash you must therefore wait two months before receiving your new driver sign up bonus. This aspect should be taken into consideration especially if you need to have cash fast.
Related: Get your Postmates referral code
Orientation is a mandatory process to become a Dasher, you must schedule it at the time of sign up. During the Orientation you will be given some information on the Dasher App (the Doordash app for drivers), you will be given the red card (the card you will use to pay) and you will be able to buy the Doordash welcome kit (t-shirt + insulated bag). Postmates does not provide an orientation in its application process, it's simple. The welcome kit including the insulated bag + card will be sent to you directly and free of charge at home(be careful to write the right address when signing up).
Related: Postmates driver requirements
So as for Lyft or Uber, even for Postmates or doordash what a 'driver' earn differs from city to city. We will try to define in general the pay model of the two companies and to highlight perks and incentives of both.
Postmates has a Pay Guarantee program in many cities. In San Francisco, for example, you earn at least $ 300 if you make 30 deliveries. I'll let you do the calculation if you do 30 deliveries a day for 30 days ;) It's interesting, is not it?
DoorDash will show you the guaranteed amount you'll earn for completing a delivery before you choose to accept or reject that order. The guaranteed amount is based on a variety of factors including the size of the order, whether you have to place the order in person, and the projected driving distance, traffic, parking, and wait time at the store.
Once you complete drop off the customer receives a push notification asking them to rate the order and tip. Customers are not able to place new orders until they take action on rating and tipping in their app. The app calculates a recommended 20% tip based on the total price. However, customers are free to tip any amount they choose. You’ll get 100% of tips.
DoorDash updated the tip policy on February 2018. Customers will now only tip in advance, rather than upon delivery. You’ll still get 100% of tips received by DoorDash from the merchant or the customer, but you will no longer need to present a paper receipt to your customer. Because tipping will now only be done in advance, Doordash will no longer accept tips provided after the delivery via paper receipt.
If for both companies the goal is to help drivers to complete more deliveries in less time. Postmates also to help Postmates drivers to earn more through batching orders.
We said it, your smartphone is your main work tool. Through it you will receive and accept orders, check your earnings and you will be assisted by Postmates support in case of need. Before going on with the comparison we clarify that Postmates as well as Doordash and the other rideshare companies, have two Apps, one for the users / customers and one for the drivers. Postmates app is the customer app, do not let yourself be misled. Postmates when he refers to his "drivers" always talks about Fleet. Here is a comparison of the two Apps.
The two apps are very simple to use, both have an integrated navigation system. It is not difficult to navigate the menu of the two apps and find what you need. Congratulations to the developers
Postmates Fleet help website has an entire part where you can find useful links and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ).
Postmates provides three types of support for their drivers. Support via request (for non-urgent questions) through the fleet help website. Online Support (through Postmates fleet app) If you are online and have a problem, this is the right way to contact Postmates You can also use Twitter @Postmates_Help
As for Doordash, the dasher app does not provide an online support menu for its drivers. Doordash drivers can receive support by requesting them through the doordash website. Doordash also seems to be quite responsive and support customers and drivers via twitter @DoorDash_Help
In conclusion, if the requirements to work for Postmates or Doordash are really minimal, Postmates seems to be more flexible than doordash in terms of vehicle requirements allowing and accepting deliveries made with scooters in all markets. As for the application process, Postmates still wins the medal. In fact, orientation is not necessary to become 'Postmate'and Postmates will offer you the insulated bag. As for the pay, if the pay model and the incentives are similar for both companies, working for Postmates you can make more money thanks to the baching orders. We hope this article has helped you answer your questions and trivia. Supports Postmatesbonus.com and our community, share this article and like our Facebook Page.
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