Torontonians, ever got your online food order delivered by a cyclist?
Well, this is real since May 2015, when UberEATS was launched in Toronto. Through the UberEATS app you can get your meal delivered in minutes. Yes, even by an UberEATS driver by bike!
Many Torontonians who are using the app enjoy awesome food from thousands of Toronto’s best restaurants, since UberEATS partners up with only the most popular local restaurants.
UberEATS is the fast way to order and have food delivered in Toronto. With hundreds of drivers (cars and bicycles) on the road, you'll get your food delivered on average in 15 minutes. You can also track your order from pick-up at the restaurant to your own doorstep. Very innovative and convenient!
I didn't know about this concept until my friend Janneke talked about it once she heard that my husband and I were moving to Toronto.
“You should become an UberEATS bike courier!”
She made me enthusiastic and of course I wanted to “try” being a driver with UberEATS in my spare time.
"How can I, as real Dutch woman, refuse that as former city cycle addict in The Netherlands?"
So first, I signed up online and then I had to visit an Uber office to verify my registration. After the completion of this I had to wait for the background check which took 2 business days. I got approved! Oh, and thanks to using my friends’ referral code I even got $50 welcome bonus (make sure you read it all the way till the end to see how you can get a $50 bonus too!). An ideal start of this UberEATS bike courier journey.
Then, there was just one step left: picking up THE UberEATS bag. Huge bag! I almost feel like the bag is bigger than I am, so it must look kinda funny from the back. Anyway, the bag feels very solid and is super light weighing.
Since I am a cyclist with UberEATS I just love every shift in its own way! Not one shift is similar and I see and feel so many positive things of doing this. It inspired me to write this blog post about it, to hopefully make you enthusiastic as well to become an UberEATS bike courier.
I want to share 6 things with you why you should consider becoming an UberEATS driver (by bike).
1. Get some exercise!
Do you have a sedentary job? Are you ready for a break in between your work (e.g. when you work from home), or ready for some activity after a long day in the office? Right, jump on your bike and go!
For example, as Web Designer I am quite sedentary and I sit a lot all day. Luckily I am flexible in what hours I work during the day, so for me it’s perfect to go online for UberEATS around lunch time. Why?
- I start working at 8am and literally sit down for hours other than walking back and forth to the kitchen for coffee. I’m used to a more active job and was on my feet most of the day, but times changed, so after a few hours I’m craving to move around!
I start my UberEATS trip around 11:30am and I am online for about 1,5 – 2 hours.
- UberEATS has promotions which means that the earnings increase with 30% during lunch time. Including the fact that you don’t have to wait at all for delivery requests. Full power!
- My husband comes home late, so after my Uber shift I still can squeeze in 6 more hours of work before dinner and “downtime”.
Are you not flexible in doing UberEATS during the day as work break? Why not going after work? They still provide a boost of up to 30% when you deliver between 6 and 8pm or 20% after 8pm.
2. FRESH air
Of course, when you read #1 above you can think “Why not just going to a gym for my exercise?”. Well, there are a few reasons why you can think of doing UberEATS instead (note: for your cardio workout):
- A gym membership costs you money, UberEATS pays you with money.
Getting paid for cardio exercise, how cool is that?!
Yes, some of you also do resistance training… Sorry, UberEATS doesn’t really help you with that. But for cardio it’s great! Believe me, some routes with a lot of hills and the speed of biking (to deliver the fast you can) really bring your heart rate up!
- With UberEATS you’re not stuck inside, but you get fresh air! Fresh Air is like medicine. For example, it can boost your focus, improve your mood and increase vitamin D levels. Read HERE here more about it.
UberEATS extra income as bike courier
3. Extra income
My earnings for 2 shifts and 11 trips in (3.5h total) (Including welcome bonus!)
Like written above, you get paid for your cardio work. The great thing about it is that you can go whenever you want! Even when it’s late at night or early morning, especially in the “high-demand” zones in the city, there are always requests coming in.
If you plan your rides in specific time frames, you may make 30% more or even higher than that when they have special boost rates due to bad bike weather.
My average hourly rate is between $18-22 when I am online as UberEATS bike courier during peak hours in Summer.
4. More productive rest of the day
Why do I love exercising on work days so much? Because I feel boosted after! I wrote about "31 physical benefits of exercise" and "27 psychological benefits of exercise" before. As UberEATS bike courier you can definitely experience many of these described benefits!
But just in short: research proves that exercise before, during or after work can give an average performance boost of 15 percent, as well as improved time management skills, mental performance and ability to meet deadlines. You are less likely to suffer from post-lunch energy dips after exercising and also improve your mood.
It is also great for relaxing your mind, and getting into a state of “flow” that can help you can brainstorm unique and often brilliant ideas. Read this post from Business Insider for some more details.
Your boss should really let you go, right? 😉
5. Great way to explore the city
My husband and I recently moved to Toronto and I don’t know the city very well, yet.
With my 2 hour UberEATS shifts during lunch time I bike on average 22-24 (!) km in total through the city.
This bike does it all 🙂
Believe me, I can’t imagine a better and quicker way to explore the city. I get to know the streets better and also which roads to avoid for safety reasons, or to avoid traffic lights or traffic jams. Besides that, it gives really nice and different views of Toronto!
Furthermore, when we have guests over I know more places to go and how to get there most quick & safe, which is another plus!
Just a random shot of the city from today, when I was biking from a drop-off in Liberty Village to a pick-up on King St. W.
6. Discovering potential places to go to for lunch/ dinner
UberEATS partnered with all kinds of places in Toronto. I got order pick-ups at a big variety of restaurants, from healthy & clean to fast food. So far I delivered items like whole chicken, iced coffee, burgers, juices, shakes, sushi, salads, stir-fried food, you name it!
What I like about the pick-ups is that I get to see so many different restaurant in-town. Sometimes I need to wait for them to finish the order and then I take a look at the menu or get an idea of the atmosphere of a restaurant. Some places look amazing and they end up on my out-for-dinner-in-Toronto bucket list.
For example, today the following places surprised me:
- Kupfert & Kim (I saw amazing looking lunch bowls on my way to the counter for pick-up)
- Fresh on Spadina (good first impression right when I walked in, good atmosphere, nice outside patio right downtown)
Becoming an UberEATS bike courier
UberEats bike bag - Pick-up food on Adelaide St.
Do you feel encouraged? Do you see yourself being an UberEATS bike courier?
Then the last advise follows right now:
Sign up HERE or manually paste this referral code of me in the "invite" field: 3ydj6f and earn $50 welcome bonus after you completed your first
10 trips (see update below). Super easy money and you won’t regret it!
And, you also help me out as sort of thank you for writing these blog posts, because I get a bonus as well when you complete the referral trips target! Thank you in advance! 😉
PS. Their sign-up process can take a few business days. The earlier you sign-up, the earlier you can jump on your bike and get nice work or study breaks that literally pay off! Let me know how you like it 😉
UPDATE October 2017: Uber has changed the number of trips that need to be completed before you get the referral bonus. They changed it from 10 trips to 30 delivery trips. Still ok and takes about 6-7 hours to complete 30 trips, so it takes a little longer before you receive your bonus 😉
More to follow soon
More blog posts about and for cyclists with UberEATS will follow , like:
- X must haves as UberEats bike courier
- X things to avoid as UberEats bike courier