This may be one of the least Millennial of all the methods I discuss, but I include it because it has proven to be one of the more profitable ones.
What it is:
Well, it should be self-explanatory. You take pizza or other foods from the restaurant and take them to the customer.
How to get started:
For this job you usually have to actually go and apply, usually at your local big chain pizza place, online or rarely, in person.
For me this is one of those right place, right time situations. I was picking up an Uber Eats order when the store owner asked if I would be interested in helping him out a couple of days a week during the lunch rush. Of course I said yes, any money is good money when unemployed.
This is actually more difficult than driving people, and actually more difficult than driving Uber Eats. You have a real boss calling you to see where you are, you have people who are expecting a higher level of service than Uber Eats customers, and you are collecting money and keeping track of receipts. And instead of a GPS preprogrammed with your destination, you are given a chicken scratched ticket to decipher and enter in your phone yourself.
Maybe that’s just the small joint I work, who knows…
So far it has been fun. I’ve seen even more parts of town and have met even stranger people than those I meet when I drive. The most annoying times are when people make me wait or don’t tip (frequently both) and just the general annoyance of finding parking. Thankfully I have a magnet on my door which gives me magical parking powers in any loading zone in the city.
How much money are we talking here?
I said this was the most profitable, but that is not because of gross earnings. What makes this the most profitable is the simple fact that I get to drive a beater van which gets better mileage AND I am not driving the 130 miles in a night that I do with Uber and Lyft. It also has the added benefit of being paid in cash, hourly, and nearly every person tips.
So for between 3 and 4 hours I can bring home between $35-70 after gas. I’m not sure how comparable this is to other places, or to the big chains, but I’m satisfied with the little bit of extra cash.
Dress “nice”, people appreciate someone who looks kinda put together coming to their door.
Make sure the voice entry works on your phone, there is nothing like wasting time typing in an address, especially when you have less than one full hand available.
Carry change, and make sure it’s ones. Giving back ones in change is a good way to encourage tipping. Having exact change and taking time to count out every penny is as well.
There isn’t flexibility about hours like the other driving jobs, but the only person you have to worry about killing is yourself. And mangled pizza. And you can drive whatever nasty wheeled contraption you favor. And the pay is pretty well considering the amount of time and effort.
So if you can, I’d say try it out.