How Uber Eats Work for Drivers: Everything You Need to Know

Just as Uber revolutionized the on-demand transportation industry, Uber is also looking to make waves through its network of delivery partners Uber Eats, a popular and convenient food delivery space.

Spoiler alert: he’s more popular than ever and growing at an incredibly fast rate.

Uber Eats is an app that allows users to order food with the push of a button. It’s convenient, inexpensive and makes it possible to offer full delivery services like Postmates and DoorDash for their money.

Sound like something you’d like to get on board with? Our Uber Eats driver guide will cover everything you need to know to start becoming a bike or scooter delivery driver.

How does Uber Eats work?

Uber Eats is similar to the Transportation app, but rather than pairing users with rides, this app pairs users with food.

Once logged into the app, the user can select different foods from the menu and then place their order. Once the order is completed and paid for, the food will be made and then delivered by an Uber Eats delivery partner to the user’s location.

How does Uber Eats work for delivery partners?

Uber delivery is a three-step process for partners:

1. Register

Visit to begin the registration process in minutes. Download the app and start your activation. If this option is enabled, you will be able to accept deliveries.

2. Receive a delivery request

Users will order food through the Uber Eats app. Once the order has been placed, a nearby delivery partner will be contacted and offered to pick up and deliver the order.

3. Go get food at a restaurant

If you accept a delivery, take your car, bike, scooter or even your shoes and go to the restaurant to pick up the delivery slip. The Uber Eats app will guide drivers to pickup and drop-off locations. (Cycling, scooter and walking are not available in all cities).

4. Drop off the food at the customer

Once picked up, delivery partners will travel to the customer’s location to drop off the food. Since transactions and payment are processed directly through the Uber Eats app, the delivery process is very easy for delivery partners.

Delivery with Uber Eats

Delivering with Uber Eats is a great way to diversify your income, especially if you’re already a partner driver looking for new ways to make money.

Uber Eats delivery driver requirements

Drivers must….

  • Be at least 19 years old
  • Have a vehicle that matches the Uber Eats vehicle requirements
  • Have a driver’s license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration.
  • Have at least one year of driving experience

Uber Eats salary

Uber Eats delivery partners get paid every time they place an order with a customer. Payments are processed by the delivery app through the customer’s credit card, so drivers don’t have to carry cash or worry about taking payment directly.

The driver’s salary is based on the cost of delivering the order, which can vary based on a few factors, similar to the cost of an Uber ride. These include:

  • Pick-up costs
  • Disembarkation fees
  • Mileage charges
  • Peak pricing (which may apply if demand for delivery from a particular restaurant is high)

Uber Eats delivery partners can cash out their earnings up to five times per day when they register their debit card with Instant Pay. Additionally, delivery drivers can receive tips from Uber Eats customers through the app (although tips are not required).

Uber Eats Deliveries

Picking food with Uber Eats is similar to accepting travel requests through the driver app.

When a customer places an order for food delivery through Uber Eats, delivery partners will have the option to accept the request. Once accepted, customer information will be displayed, including order details such as pick-up location and delivery location.

Types of Uber Eats orders

When picking up a customer’s food for a delivery slip, you can expect two types of delivery options: door-to-door delivery and drop-in delivery.

Different cities have their own delivery terms that determine the type of order delivery partners can expect. To find yours, check your city on the Uber Eats website, then find your city on the list. You will be able to see which of the two types below is available.

1. Home deliveries

When you visit a customer for this type of Uber Eats delivery, they will be notified and invited to meet you outside. You can stay in your vehicle and hand their order over to them without having to leave. This type of delivery is much more convenient for you as the driver, since it does not require you to get out of your vehicle or search for the customer’s residence.

2. Deliveries to the drop-off counter without an appointment

This type of delivery matches most other typical food deliveries. Once you arrive at a customer’s house, you will walk into the office, lobby, or up to the door and meet them to hand over the food. It’s always best to let them know as soon as you arrive so that the customer doesn’t have to wait a long time to receive their food. This is a small detail in customer service that can help you improve your tips.

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