Is it worth driving for Amazon Flex? – Hear it from an experienced on-demand driver

    Is it worth driving for Amazon Flex?
    1000 500 Balazs Szekely

    With rideshare demand down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and increased levels of potential restrictions amongst states, on-demand drivers have shifted their attention towards package- and food delivery apps to supplement their income.

    We chatted with one of our members the other day (who chose to remain anonymous) to see how he’s maximising his income across multiple on-demand platforms, including Amazon Flex and Uber Eats. Our silent helper was kind enough to share his experience with us. Here’s his advice on driving for Amazon Flex:

    1. Don’t hesitate to sign up

    Many rideshare drivers are aware of the benefits of topping up your income with parcel deliveries, but get discouraged of the paperwork and postpone signing up for months. The full onboarding at Amazon Flex might take a while, but once you’re in, the platform is very rewarding and easy to navigate.

    All you need is to have an approved four-door car with up-to-date paperwork, and to pass a background check.

    2. Use time blocks to your advantage

    Amazon Flex allows drivers to book in a set amount of time when they’ll want to work, known as blocks.

    For example, the team at Amazon Flex releases a new set of blocks on Fridays, and our member usually reserves a four-hour block for the following week, whenever he expects a low demand on the rideshare apps. This way he knows he’ll earn a minimum of $200 in this period, even if he’d otherwise be wasting time waiting for a ride request.

    3. Discover similar apps

    Once you get the hang of delivery driving with Amazon Flex, you’ll have a world of other earning opportunities at your fingertips. For example, this same Splend member often uses his car for Uber Eats too.

    Uber Eats can be tricky around the city centre because of parking difficulties and having to wait for restaurants to finish the orders, so his top tip is to go online when you’re in the suburbs. This way, you can find parking easily and continue to earn top-up income beside your Uber trips.

    4. Enjoy it

    Delivery driving is a great way to take a break from ridesharing. There’s a certain kind of pressure in personal transport that – weirdly enough – you might only notice once it goes away. One of our member’s favourite things about delivering for Amazon Flex is that he can take advantage of being alone in his car.

    Look at it this way: you finally get a small window to focus on your thoughts, put on your favourite music, or listen to a podcast you’ve wanted to enjoy for a long time but never had the chance.

    About Splend

    We enable people to make money by driving for on-demand apps such as Uber.

    We’re more than a car rental company. In addition to new-model cars and all the essentials to start earning money with Uber as quickly as possible, our members enjoy driver training and dedicated support via a personal account manager, as well as member benefits such as partner discounts and exclusive events.

    For more information about Splend, make an appointment and drop by to your local Member Support Centre, email us, or say hello on 1800 775 363.

    AUTHOR

    Balazs Szekely

    Maker by nature, writer by profession, and a petrolhead at heart, Balazs is our very own content creator who brings Splend’s voice to life. He’s been a wordsmith his entire career, having seen it all from the print media to radio through online publishing and marketing copywriting. He’s fascinated by things he has yet to fully understand such as photography, ice hockey, and the bizarre art of aquascaping. In his free time you may find him mixing up cocktails for his friends or away from home on a city break. Drop him a line at balazs.szekely@splend.com

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