Just a few years ago, the concept of driving for a rideshare company like Uber or Lyft was pretty novel, but it picked up steam incredibly quickly.
People from students to professionals looking for a side gig have found that they enjoy being a rideshare driver, as it provides flexibility and on-demand work opportunities, but there’s a new kid in town thanks to the many delivery services popping up.
One of the biggest hitting the scene is called Amazon Flex, which has drivers deliver packages for the mega-retailer.
So, if you want to join the gig economy and make some extra cash, which option is right for you? Should you be a rideshare driver, or should you deliver packages instead of people?
The following are some things to consider as you decide.
You may be eligible to receive a sign-up bonus, depending on when and where you sign-up with any of these companies.
For example, Lyft frequently offers new drivers a bonus just for signing up, as does Uber. Bonuses with both companies go up to $1000, but it depends on the city you live in and when you sign up.
While you may come across some sign-up bonuses with delivery companies like Amazon Flex, they’re less common than with Uber and Lyft’s rideshare services.
There are restrictions when it comes to your vehicle and driving for Uber or Lyft. If your car is older or isn’t in a certain condition, or of course doesn’t have room for passengers, you can’t drive for rideshare services.
With delivery, on the other hand, it doesn’t matter.
You also don’t have to worry about the time to takes to maintain your car in terms of keeping it super clean. Rideshare passengers expect nothing less than a spotless car, but if you’re a delivery driver, it doesn’t matter.
When you’re a rideshare driver, you definitely have to put a lot of focus on your ratings, and sometimes you might not get the best ratings just because your passenger felt like leaving you a not-so-great one.
There are two primary groups of people. This includes those people that love talking to others, hearing stories and generally being entertained. They might feel like this is the best part of driving for Uber or Lyft, and it can make the time go by faster.
If you’re an introvert, you probably feel quite the opposite, and it can be overwhelming to have conversations with passengers. Interactions can become even more difficult if you’re picking up passengers who have been drinking.
This all comes down to personal preference.
While it can vary based on so many factors, including where you live and how much you’re able to work, the overall consensus is that rideshare does pay more than delivery driving for something like Amazon Flex.
Of course, if you still can’t decide which is right for you, try them both. There’s no rule against doing some rideshare driving and some delivery driving. You can see what’s right for you based on personal experience.