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Postmates vs. DoorDash vs. Uber Eats

Postmates, DoorDash, or Uber Eats — which of these is the best delivery company for you to work with? Or should you work with all three? Only you can answer these questions, and your answer will depend on your geographic area, resources, and what you’re looking to gain from taking on delivery as a side gig.

All three food delivery services have automated systems that bring the delivery opportunities to you, enable you to pick and choose which ones you want to accept, pay you for the miles you drive, and have set systems in place so you’re not laying out your own money to complete orders.

So in making the decision between Postmates vs. DoorDash vs. Uber Eats, availability would be the first difference to look for. You may live in an area in which only one or two are active services. Or there may be an entirely different food delivery app that holds the market share where you live.

How much you can make with each of these services is also a big consideration. DoorDash offers drivers a minimum amount they’ll earn per order, usually between $2 and $10, with some jobs that pay even more.1 This is the base pay, which is calculated based on time, distance, and desirability of a job (less popular locations pay more). In addition to base pay and promotions, such as extra pay during peak times, you will get 100% of whatever is tipped. Tips are recorded through the app customers place the order through, so you should be able to track exactly what you’re earning from job to job.

Postmates has gotten rid of its minimum pay per order system, so you’re only earning the base fees for pickup, delivery, time waiting to get the order, and mileage for each delivery. If you're doing food delivery with Uber Eats, you won’t have a minimum amount paid to you per order either. Instead, your pay is based on flat fees for pickup and drop-off, mileage (not available in some markets), and a per-minute rate for time spent from arriving to pick up a delivery through to completing the job. This amount of time is estimated, not based on real time spent, and it is not offered in some markets.

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