How do you make money as a Grubhub driver?

When you start as an independent contractor, it’s hard to adjust to being your boss — especially if you’ve turned to Grubhub at a time when you’re desperate for some fast cash.

But the truth is, Grubhub needs delivery drivers more than you need Grubhub. Have a list of all your business write-offs at tax time.

Business write-offs work by bringing down your taxable income, meaning — you guessed it — you pay fewer taxes!

As a food delivery driver, there are lots of car expenses you can write off on your tax bill, not to mention other costs of doing business. Experiment with your delivery hours
If your schedule allows it, block out hours at a variety of times of day until you know what works best.

Some popular delivery windows include

Early morning coffee runs
Lunch hour
The dinner rush
Late night munchies
How well these times work will depend on what the customers in your area lean toward, as well as how many drivers compete for each time.

The dinner rush is usually the most common block for drivers to deliver in, though, which makes it the most competitive. Learn how weather impacts orders
No one likes going out in the rain to pick up dinner, but the kids have gotta eat and the fridge isn’t going to magically fill itself.

In addition to times of day, the weather can be a big factor in how many orders come into Grubhub.

Since not all drivers want to work in bad weather, being comfortable in rain, cold, and yes, even snow can be a big advantage.

At the end of your shifts, make a quick note about

The weather conditions that day
How well the orders went
You may find a pattern you can capitalize on next time.

Get to know your local restaurants
Similar to knowing what orders are worth it, know what restaurants are worth it.

Being a savvy Grubhub delivery driver means knowing which ones are slower to get their food together. Don’t be afraid to multi-app
It may seem counterintuitive for a list of Grubhub tips to tell you to use other delivery apps. But the bottom line is, no one app is likely to provide enough orders to be a full-time job.

That’s why you’ll find the highest-earning independent drivers double-, triple-, and even quadruple-dipping, queueing up orders on Doordash, Postmates, Uber Eats, and more.

Once you get the hang of one app, feel free to add a second (or a third… or a fourth!) to your delivery business.

Juggling multiple apps may take some getting used to. Sometimes quite impatiently — being “hangry” is no laughing matter!

Always let the customer know if there’s a delay or a question about their order.

You can also introduce yourself once the order’s placed, so they know who to reach out to if they have a problem. Don’t rely solely on GPS
A computer can’t know your city like a native — but you can.

Whether it’s avoiding traffic, planning a string of deliveries, or just learning little shortcuts, knowing the lay of the land can only benefit your business.

If you get stuck with a slow order day, use that downtime to find all the best routes to and from the most popular restaurants in your area. Remember that most advice is area-dependent
What works in New York City may not work in Santa Barbara or Boise — not to mention a small town with just a handful of restaurant partners.

There are a few things that apply to all Grubhub drivers: tax deductions, insurance, and learning how to think like a business owner, for example.

Beyond those basics, though, a lot of what it takes to find success on Grubhub depends on understanding the needs of your particular customers.

That means not being afraid to experiment.

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