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DoorDash Vs Postmates: Which Is Better for Drivers?

It would be nice to have a side hustle with a flexible schedule, right? Postmates and DoorDash are food delivery apps that can help you make some extra cash. 

With the whole Coronavirus situation, most people are not going to restaurants. They are ordering from home. So you can be a freelancer for the two apps, delivering for as many restaurants as you want. 

If you want to know which one is the best between the two, here is a comparison. 

How the Delivery Apps Work

To join the fleet, you need to download the apps then wait for delivery requests. The orders are mostly for convenient stores and restaurants. Postmates partners with the Apple Store and retail stores such as Walgreens. 

Log in when you are free and you will be assigned deliveries. About payment, you can either wait for the weekly payment (which is standard) or request to be paid for the day.

DoorDash

It is available in 4,000 United States cities. If you are in Australia and Canada you can join too. 

The app operates in smaller cities as well. So you will be working with locally owned and national restaurants. 

The national partners include:

  • Bonefish grill
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Chipotle
  • Papa John’s Pizza
  • Wendy’s
  • McDonald’s

Convenience stores include:

  • 7-Eleven
  • Casey’s General Store
  • Wawa

Postmates

It operates in large- and mid-size cities all over America. It is less likely to operate in smaller towns—unless it is a major tourist destination. 

This is what you will deliver when you join the Postmates fleet:

  • Alcohol
  • Groceries
  • Merchandise
  • Restaurant Takeout

Can You Work with Both?

As a freelancer, you can deliver with both apps. You will receive more requests and make more money.

But it is probably best if you join one at a time. They both offer new driver bonuses if you make a set number of deliveries within a specific period. 

DoorDash Vs Postmates

Driver Requirements

The minimum requirements are similar for both apps:

  • Pass a personal background check
  • Have access to a scooter or car
  • Valid car insurance
  • Minimum age of 18 years

How Long Will It Take to Join?

The background check can take two days. You will receive a welcome kit once you have passed. 

How Much Will You Make?

The payment models for the two apps are similar but they don’t mention the hourly pay. Just plan for $15/hour (this is before bonuses and tips).

The flat amount you get paid for each delivery ranges from $2 to $10.

With DoorDash and Postmates, you make money in three ways:

  • Base pay
  • Customer tips
  • Bonuses

Getting Paid

Weekly payments are sent out every Monday morning for the two apps. You can ask for a daily payment at a fee. 

Which Is Better?

DoorDash

Pros

  • Available in 4,000+ U.S cities
  • Bonuses for peak hours deliveries
  • Higher base pay
  • You keep 100% of tips
  • One-time sign up bonus

Cons

$1.99 fee for instant payment request

Only partners with convenience stores and restaurants

Postmates

Pros

  • Deliveries for merchandise, groceries, takeout
  • You keep 100% of tips
  • $0.50 fee for instant payment request
  • One-time sign up bonus

Cons

  • Lower base pay
  • Available in fewer cities