In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, many of us are looking for ways to either increase our income or reduce expenses. If you’ve reduced as much as you can possibly reduce and still need help to pay the bills, then you might need to look into various odd jobs you can do to help get by.
If you’re joining us for the $1000 savings challenge this month, then you may also be looking for ways to add additional revenue streams where you can.
When looking to make some fast cash, one of the best options we’ve found is to become a driver for Amazon. Delivering Amazon products is a job that almost anyone with a vehicle can do. While the most familiar type of Amazon driving involves delivering packages to Prime customers, there are several other options as well. Amazon Fresh, for example, is a fast-growing service that delivers groceries, which is becoming an essential job / need throughout this chaotic time.
Let’s look at the options and requirements for becoming an Amazon driver.
Amazon Flex: Several Ways to Drive for Amazon
Amazon, as the world’s leading online retailer, has expanded into almost every corner of the economy. In addition to providing many warehouse jobs, Amazon also employs drivers through various channels through Amazon Flex. As Amazon says on their website, it’s a great channel for you to become your own boss.
Amazon has become synonymous with fast delivery. In order to provide this service, Amazon needs reliable drivers. Here are the general requirements for driving for Amazon Flex:
- Be at least 21 with a valid driver’s license.
- A reliable, insured vehicle. You must have a 4-door sedan, van, or pickup truck. Smaller 2-door cars are not permitted as you may be required to deliver larger packages.
- A smartphone with an OS 5 and above or Android 4.4 and above.
- Pass a background check. If you have any felony convictions, DWIs, or excessive violations you may be rejected.
If you meet these requirements, Amazon Flex provides several driving opportunities.
Amazon Logistics covers most deliveries from Amazon, including Prime and ordinary (non-Prime) deliveries. Deliveries are between 8 AM and 9 PM and most drivers work 3 to 6-hour shifts. Routes are assigned by an automated system and the volume of deliveries will vary depending on your location and season. Your main responsibility is to make your deliveries promptly and accurately.
With Amazon Prime, customers can order products that arrive within a day or two. For some, however, this isn’t fast enough. Enter Amazon Flex, which promises delivery within one to two hours. Some Prime Now deliveries are for perishable items in which the customer has to sign for the item. Because there’s additional time pressure and you often interact directly with customers, you have a chance to earn tips with Prime Now, which can significantly increase your earnings. Positions for these routes are often quite competitive.
Amazon Fresh is Amazon’s grocery delivery service, available to all Prime members. Since Amazon owns Whole Foods, customers have quite a wide choice of products to order. Amazon Fresh customers can choose between one and two-day deliveries. There are two basic options that customers can choose when ordering: attended and unattended delivery.
With attended delivery, you will either hand the item directly to the customer or leave it with a doorman or other authorized person. With unattended or doorstep delivery, you transport the package in temperature-controlled bags and leave them in front of the customer’s door or at a requested location. Amazon Fresh is only available in certain cities. It was first tested in a few cities such as Seattle but was expanded to other areas. It is expected to continue growing in the coming months and years.
Amazon Restaurants is still another option for Amazon drivers. This service is similar to Uber Eats, in which customers order meals from local restaurants. Customers order meals using a mobile app. Unlike most other Amazon services, you’d be delivering food from restaurants that aren’t otherwise affiliated with Amazon. Otherwise, however, the work is similar to Amazon Fresh. In both instances, you’re expected to deliver promptly to keep items fresh and hot.
Advantages of Driving for Amazon
There are quite a few benefits of becoming an Amazon driver.
- It’s a flexible gig. If you have a part or even full-time job, you can still schedule shifts for driving. You can do it short or long-term.
- Guaranteed income. Amazon Flex jobs have a base pay of $18 per hour. If you get a busy route or collect good tips, you can make even more. While this may not be a fortune, it’s still more than many part-time jobs and side hustles pay.
- Independent working environment. Many drivers like the freedom of working on the road, even if this sometimes means navigating city traffic. You’re not confined to a store, office, or warehouse. There’s also a certain amount of diversity as you have different routes and meet a variety of customers.
How is Amazon handling the current COVID-19 crisis as it pertains to their employees?
Due to the recent need for at-home deliveries throughout the coronavirus crisis, Amazon has released plans to hire 100,000 more workers. That’s great news for those of us who need extra hours and don’t have vulnerable, at-risk family members at home.
All in all, driving for Amazon can be a good way to earn needed income fairly quickly, pre and post a financial crisis. You have several choices, depending on where you live, and the guidelines for becoming a driver require less skill than most.
As Amazon is an ever-growing and evolving company with various new ventures arising – Amazon Kitchen, Amazon Fresh – so it’s a good one to keep back of mind if you ever need to earn money in a pinch. You can check out the Amazon Flex website here and their FAQ page here for specific details regarding driving opportunities in your area.