Postmates is an increasingly popular option in the gig economy. However, most gig economy workers know there’s wisdom in working across multiple platforms. If you’re looking for other gigs like Postmates to give you more options for work, here’s a list of possibilities.
Doorman currently operates in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco. It interfaces with online retailers to provide top notch delivery services to customers. Their promise is one hour delivery, seven days a week, before midnight. Drivers drive to the Doorman warehouse, pick up the order, and deliver it to the customer via GPS-guided directions in the app.
Doorman drivers need a large van or an SUV along with car insurance. NYC drivers are allowed to use motorcycles, bikes and scooters as well. Doorman drivers are paid hourly, but have the flexibility of the rest of the gig economy. There are also incentive gigs for completing extra deliveries.
Similar to Doorman, Deliv is a platform that has you working for the supplier rather than the consumer. Retailers use Deliv to provide same-day delivery to their customers. Currently, Deliv operates in 33 markets around the U.S. and Canada (up from 17 earlier this summer). Their coverage area includes Boston, Atlanta, Kansas City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa and Chicago.
Drivers must be at least 18 and have a car 15 years old or younger, with working AC. Drivers should also have insurance, a smartphone with data plan, the ability to life 50 pounds, and at least a year of driving experience.
Roadie is perfect for people who drive a lot or enjoy road trips. An alternative to shipping for large or fragile items (or pets, incidentally), Roadie allows you to earn money delivering random items people list as needing transport via the platform.
Roadies need to be at least 18 and have auto insurance. The app allows them to see what delivery requests are in their area and/or along the route they are already planning to drive. Gigs have per-item pricing, which could allow you to very creatively (and lucratively) schedule these deliveries between your driving for other platforms.
Rinse carries the benefit of not considering its workers independent contractors. Instead, they’re part-time (W-2) employees. They receive regular pay plus mileage compensation at a rate of $0.54 per mile. They also work regularly scheduled shifts between 7:15 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.
Drivers need a four-door vehicle, a smartphone and a clean driving record.
Rinse currently provides service to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Chicago.
Kango is a great option for people who like kids. The website allows people to request and apply to be babysitters and drivers for children.
Only drivers in the San Francisco Bay area have access to this platform at this point. Job options include babysitting, picking kids up from school, taking them to soccer practice, etc. Drivers need to pass a background check, a fingerprint check and DMV records analysis. They must also attend a Kango training. Kango has a zero tolerance policy for drug or alcohol use while providing services.
Drivers must also have childcare experience. However, Kango workers can earn around $35 per hour. There is also a $25 sign-on bonus.
UberEATS has less stringent requirements than traditional Uber. Since you’re transporting food, not people, drivers only have to be 19. Cars must be model year 1997 or newer. However, you also have the option of using a bike, motorcycle or scooter as well.
If you’re looking for a fast option, this is a great one. The wait time between application to UberEATS and when you actually begin work tends to be very short.
This Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento and Chicago based service is the opposite of a paid designated driver. Think more of a paid, designated bar. They specifically deliver alcoholic products—beer, wine, spirits, snacks and mixers. All deliveries are guaranteed in 30 minutes or less.
You do have to be willing to work designated shifts and check IDs of your customers, but other than that, Saucey runs pretty much like Postmates.
Shipt, a grocery shopper service, has been growing in popularity. It now covers 16 states and allows customers to order products from local grocery stores online and have them delivered the same day. Similar to other delivery services, you must be at least 18, have a working cellphone and car (15 years or newer). You should also be able to lift at least 25 pounds.
Drivers in the Southern states (Alabama, Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas) are eligible for this platform. This is a simple, user-friendly app that allows customers to choose from various local options. Most Waitr drivers report earnings of $12 to $15 per hour.
Zesty taps into the health-food craze. It provides delivery of fresh, healthy meals specifically to businesses in the Bay Area. Meals are served “family style” (read: no boxed lunches). Customers can choose from more than 150 options.
Drivers work in shifts but are not considered employees. They must commit to at least two lunchtime shifts per week (Monday through Friday). Drivers can make up to $25 per hour.