5 tips for food delivery drivers

Since the beginning of Covid-19, many rideshare drivers have switched from taking passengers to delivering food. There are some obvious things that make drivers successful at food delivery. Those include not eating your customer’s food and picking up and dropping off the order on time.

But what else can be done to make delivering food easier? Below are some simple tips that can make the task of delivery much easier:

  1. Focus on main thoroughfares – When looking for deliveries in smaller cities and towns, focus on main streets, roads, and thoroughfares that lead from one urban place to another. This is where demand is greatest.
  2. Roll of quarters – Picking up and dropping off food, often requires parking at a meter. There are plenty of meters that still do not take credit cards. Having a roll of quarters is an efficient to pay for parking and avoid a parking ticket.
  3. Thermal food bag – Customers want to receive their order the way it was plated and piping hot. Not all delivery platforms provide drivers with thermal food bags. It is a good idea to have one of your own. 
  4. Food Box – Having a plastic bin or even a cardboard box for orders that don’t fit in the thermal food bag is a good idea. Big orders with multiple boxes of food shift around a lot while you are on the road. Having a box will help to secure these larger orders.
  5. “Enjoy” – When dropping off a delivery to a customer who is waiting at the door or curbside, try ending the delivery with, “Enjoy”. Adding this simple word to the end of each delivery can help with ratings and even tips.

Following the above tips will make your hours of delivery driving a whole lot easier.

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What to look for when buying a mask?

As more and more cities, counties, and states are mandating their citizens wear masks while in public, we thought it was time to review what you should look for when purchasing a mask.

First of all, you should not be wearing an N-95 mask according to the CDC. These masks are still in critical supply and should be left to our healthcare professionals. However, there are still so many other choices making it difficult to figure out which one to purchase.  

USA Today has put together a list of 8 thing to look for when purchasing your mask:

  1. Choose the right fabric – Fabric has different sized spacing between individual yarns, meaning some fabrics will have larger or smaller “holes” depending on the construction and this will affect their effectiveness against the coronavirus.
  2. Tightly woven fabrics offer better protection – Dense and tightly woven fabrics will also offer the best chance of protection because these have the smallest “holes.” 
  3. Multiple layers increase effectiveness – Studies found that multiple layers of fabric increase the effectiveness of filtration of virus particles, but there’s a trade-off—it may be harder to breathe.
  4. Bandanas are not a good choice – A study from a group of engineers at Missouri S&T tested bandanas, pillowcases, and furnace filters for face coverings. Out of these items tested, bandanas performed the worst.
  5. Knit materials tend to stretch and don’t make for the best protection – Knits are made to stretch and when that happens the holes get bigger, which means it’s more likely that viruses can get through.
  6. Filters are effective but can pose a safety risk – While many masks for sale have an additional pocket for a filter, it could potentially do more harm than good. Certain types of household filters contain fiberglass which can be dangerous if inhaled.
  7. It should fit snugly to your face – Aside from fabric type, fit is a factor in the quality of a cloth mask. The mask should fit snugly on your face, covering your mouth and nose with no gaps.
  8. It is better to go with a mask than without – Some people may find wearing masks uncomfortable. If a double-layer tightly woven fabric mask is uncomfortable or makes it hard to breath, try a single-layer, lighter weight fabric or stretchier mask. These may offer less protection than a denser mask, but might be more comfortable to wear.

Knowing what to look for in a mask can make it easier to choose the mask that is right for you. 

*Previously posted on Aug 7th 

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Help with fogged up glasses while wearing a mask!

Having to wear a mask during Covid-19 is an inconvenience we are all bearing right now. However, if you wear glasses or sunglasses, it can be challenging. This problem starts when your glasses fog up. It can happen when you are running around on the street doing errands but it can be really dangerous while driving.

So what can be done to prevent this problem? The Cleveland Clinic came up with some simple yet smart answers:

  1. Mask sure your mask fits tightly across the bridge of your nose – this prevents moisture in your breath from reaching your glasses.
  2. Gently clean your glasses with soap and water – soap residue prevents moisture from clinging to your lens.
  3. Use your glasses to seal your mask – make sure your glasses sit on top of the mask on the bridge of your nose .
  4. Tape your mask down – use a piece of medical tape to tape down your mask across the bridge of your nose. Make sure to use a tape for sensitive skin for this tender area of your face.
  5. Buy an anti-fog solution – these solutions are available from both online and brick and mortar retailers.

Be safe out there and wear your mask!

 

*previously posted on July 30th

Lyft Essential Deliveries Service

Yesterday, we talked about Uber’s latest delivery service, UberRush. They are not the only rideshare company getting into the delivery game. Back in April, 2020, Lyft also announced a new delivery service called Essential Deliveries.  

This new pilot program is aimed at government agencies, local non-profits, businesses and healthcare organizations and making deliveries of meals, groceries, life-sustaining medical supplies, hygiene products and home necessities to those in need, according to the Lyft Blog.

Currently, this service is being offered in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Orlando, Phoenix, San Francisco, San Diego, San Antonio, and Seattle. There is talk of expanding the service to non-profit organizations for deliveries from food banks, senior meals programs and even the Girl Scouts delivering their cookies. It will be interesting to see how this project moves forward. 

*Previously posted on July17th

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5 big mistakes food delivery drivers make all the time!

This pandemic has had a big impact on our lives in so many ways — including how we make money. With the rapid drop in requests on both the Uber and Lyft rideshare platforms, we have had to shift to UberEats, GrubHub and more. Since this has been a new shift for many of us, we are bound to make some mistakes along the way.  

So what are the 5 biggest mistakes that food delivery drivers make?

  1. Parking illegally – You are trying to be efficient with your time because there is nowhere to park. You think to yourself, it will just take a minute to run into the restaurant to pick up the order or to drop it off to your customer. You get back to your car and ouch, there’s a ticket on the windshield for parking illegally. This one ticket may be all of the money you make for the day. Stop taking chances, find a proper spot to park. If you are dropping off your order it might be worth it to text your customer. Say, “This is your UberEats driver, there is no where to park that I can see, do you know of a spot?” It is surprising how often they do!
  2. Forgetting to pick up the sauce (picking up extra is always good), plastic utensils and napkins – Your customer is hungry and there’s no sauce or anything to eat it with. Nothing says “No tip” like no sauce!
  3. Not using the hot bag especially, in front of the customer – When you are delivering hot food make sure you have your hot bag to transport the food in. Also, when you do deliver it, make sure you remove the food out of the hot bag in front of your customer. This will show them you did your part in keeping their food hot! Be careful not to let any drinks you were carrying spill along the way.
  4. Not sending your customer a text message when you are on your way – This little extra communication is a great way to show you are on top of things. Quite often I find that the customer is waiting outside for their order because they got the text. It is also a good idea to send your customer a quick thank you text after you drop off their food. The real money in doing food delivery is in the tips. Every little extra thing you do will often lead to more tips.
  5. Working at the wrong time of day – The reason you are doing this is to make money. Plan your day around the best delivery times, especially dinner time. Evening delivery orders tend to be larger and more expensive. More often than not, the larger the order the larger the tip.

Even in food delivery, you’ve got to be on top of your game to make the money you deserve!

*Previously posted on July15th

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Social contact while social distancing

This week we’ve talked about your health – both mental and physical. But part of health is healthy relationships. Maintaining your relationships while also keeping distance can be a challenge.

Realistically, this situation may be difficult to handle on your own. That’s totally understandable, and there are professional resources that can help. 

*Previously posted on April 11th

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The importance of a daily routine

When we’re stressed out, we often turn to bad habits or coping mechanisms. Perhaps we are at a loss of what else to do to fill our time. But bad habits – like drinking to excess – can have a negative effect on our mental and physical health.

On the other hand, maintaining a routine during COVID-19 can be highly beneficial. A routine goes beyond just keeping us organized – it can actually decrease the stress you feel and improve your mental health.

*Previously posted on April 7th

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Is it worth it to turn your car into a moving billboard?

Even though the picture chosen for this blog is of a car on a billboard, many drivers are choosing to add advertising to their rideshare cars — in essence turning their cars into billboards. With money tight for everyone, this could put some extra dollars in your pocket.

Advertising can be placed on the inside or outside of your vehicle. Let first start with inside:

Octopus is a tablet device that is installed on the back of the front seat headrest. It allows riders to play a trivia game while riding in the car. The questions are broken up advertising interludes which riders must watch in order to move on to the next question. Drivers can make up to $100.00 per month and which could be great for  drivers who do a lot of weekend work once Covid-19 is under control.

If you want to add advertising to the outside of your vehicle, Firefly is the biggest and most popular company offering an external billboard that is attached to the roof of your car. They are currently looking for rideshare drivers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Austin and Miami. They are an app based company and they are currently offering up to $300.00 per month to drivers. They will install the LED sign to your car making things hassle free. Before you decide to sign-up you do need to consider that you will no longer be able to take your car through the car wash. If you wash your car yourself, this might be a great choice for you.

Wrapify is similar to Firefly in that they are app based and their advertising is exterior. The major difference is they wrap your car, covering its exterior with advertising typically for a single product or company. You have likely seen something similar on busses used for public transit. Based on your driving habits you could earn between $200.00 to $400.00 per month. However, you do not want to do this if your car is coming up for a rideshare inspection as it will likely fail.  

Each of the above have certain requirements to participate so be sure to read all of the fine print. There are other options available, make sure you do your homework before making any decisions.

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If you haven’t already signed up to do food delivery, here’s how!

According to the New York Times, Uber recently acquired Postmates as yet another way to further expand their offerings beyond rideshare. UberEats and other food delivery companies are not only a great way for rideshare drivers to generate income during Covid-19 but also safer because there is no rider.

Some Uber drivers may be unsure of how they can get started with UberEats, but it’s really quite simple once you are logged into the Uber App:

  1. Tap the status bar at the bottom of your map screen.
  2. Select the settings icon at the bottom of your screen to get to “Driving Preferences.”
  3. Tap “Deliveries” to turn on UberEats. If you accept the terms, you’ll can start receiving delivery requests right away.

To avoid making some of the newbie mistakes, check out our blog from July 15 – 5 big mistakes food delivery drivers make all the time!

If you are already an Uber driver, UberEats is the easiest for delivery service to get started with but they are not the only game in town. Some of the other app-based delivery services to try are DoorDash, Grubhub, and grocery delivery like InstaCart.

The more income opportunities we make available to ourselves the better off we will be to support ourselves and our families.

*Previously posted 7/22/2020

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Some do’s and don’ts on wearing a mask

Wearing a mask is now part of our daily lives. By wearing a mask, we are doing our part to help protect ourselves, our families, and others. As with anything, there are always dos and don’ts for us to follow.

Edward and Elmhurst Health has compiled a very thorough list. For the complete list click on their link but here are some of most enlightening ones below:

Dos:

  • DO ensure your mask has multiple layers of tightly-woven fabric and that you can breathe through it.
  • DO wash your hands before you put on your mask, every time you touch it and immediately after removing it.
  • DO know the proper way to put on and remove the mask. (See the previous blog on April 14th)
  • DO consider wearing a mask at home if you live and interact with older adults or someone who is immunocompromised.

DON’TS:

  • DON’T push your mask down on your chin to eat or drink. Remove it completely, perform hand hygiene, and then put it back on snugly when finished.
  • DON’T wear a mask that hasn’t been cleaned thoroughly, or that is soiled, torn, saturated, damaged, or has any distortions in shape or form.
  • DON’T let the mask provide a false sense of security. You can still get infected by touching your eyes (which aren’t covered by a face mask).

The CDC is another great resource with information on mask-wearing that is based on science. Please continue to wear your mask until the scientific experts tell us not to.

*Previously posted on 8/26/2020

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