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What Was It Like to Apply for an SBA PPP (Paycheck Protection Loan) as a Gig Economy Independent Contractor?

I wanted to share my experience applying for a Paycheck Protection Program SBA Loan as an independent contractor for gig economy apps including Grubhub, Doordash, Postmates and Uber Eats. I wrote last week about whether self employed independent contractors in the gig economy can qualify for the PPP loans. The bottom line is, yes, self …

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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) SBA Loans for Grubhub, Doordash, Uber Eats, Postmates, Lyft Independent Contractors and Drivers

Do Independent Contractors for Grubhub, Doordash ,Uber Eats, Lyft, Postmates, etc. Qualify for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) SBA Loans? It’s not often you think of SBA Loans as an independent contractor for gig economy apps like Grubhub, Doordash, Uber Eats, Postmates, Lyft and others. The Coronavirus has changed everything, hasn’t it? You can include …

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Can I Get Unemployment as a Contractor for Grubhub Doordash Postmates Uber Eats?

Can I get unemployment for my delivery work for Grubhub, Doordash, Postmates, Uber Eats or other gig companies? How will the new stimulus package impact me as a delivery driver? Normally unemployment isn’t something you would be eligible for as a contractor for Doordash, Grubhub, Uber Eats and other delivery platforms. As independent contractors we …

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Long Waits at Restaurants During Covid-19? What Some Restaurants Could Learn from My Best Buy Experience

Restaurants are taking more and more precautions to keep their staff safe during this pandemic. Many are working strictly through the drive through. Others are keeping customers and delivery couriers out of the store completely. I understand the precautions. Some are enforced by the health departments. Some come from corporate mandates. Others are just common …

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Maintaining Mental Health While Delivering During a Pandemic

I believe there is a greater health risk during this pandemic than the virus itself. And it’s not that the risk of this thing is anything small. You can already see how it’s overwhelming our medical system. This thing is pretty major. But what may be bigger still is how it is impacting our mental …

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Should I wear gloves when delivering Uber Eats Grubhub Doordash Uber Eats?

In the midst of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, more and more contractors delivering Grubhub, Uber Eats, Doordash, Postmates and others are wearing gloves. Is it a good idea? Is it a necessity? What is the best practice? Doordash has been distributing gloves and sanitizer to their dashers, though distribution has been sporadic. But the question …

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I am Stopping Delivery for Grubhub, Uber Eats, Doordash and Postmates during this Quarantine. Here’s Why.

Colorado just initiated a shelter in place order. We are locked down. Okay, locked down is kind of severe. We can still do food delivery. We can still get out and get the things we need. Pot shops are still open for goodness sake. It’s hard to call that a lockdown. Whatever it is, I’m …

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Five Steps to Keep Safe from COVID-19 While Delivering for Grubhub Doordash Uber Eats Postmates etc.

How can you keep yourself safe from the COVID-19 Coronavirus while delivering food or groceries for companies like Grubhub, Doordash, Uber Eats, Postmates, Instacart and others? How do you keep the customer and their food safe when you are delivering to them? I’m writing this to those who have already decided to go forward with …

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Will the Response to COVID-19 by Grubhub, Uber Eats and Doordash help or hurt their long term survival?

It is an interesting time to be alive. Didn’t someone say that was a curse? People are stuck in their homes, and they are relying more and more on delivery services. That would mean that things should be great for delivery companies like Grubhub, Doordash, Postmates, Uber Eats, Amazon Flex and others Or could it …

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The Delivery Life – Finding a New Normal

This is the start of a series that’s a bit out of the normal for this site. But let’s face it. There is no normal. Not any more. Especially not in delivery. Maybe someday there will be a new normal. I’m usually talking about the business of doing delivery. I encourage couriers to embrace their …

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Tony Xu at Doordash Lied to Me as a Customer about their Corona virus/COVID-19 Response

I occaisionally order food from Doordash and all the other delivery apps, just to keep a feel for what the customer side of the experience is. As a customer, I received an email from Tony Xu reassuring me of the measures they are taking to keep everyone safe in response to the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis. …

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Should I Continue to Deliver for Uber Eats, Grubhub and Doordash during the Coronavirus Pandemic?

You may be asking the same thing: Does it make sense? Is it safe? Should I continue to deliver food for gig companies like Grubhub, Doordash, Uber Eats, Postmates or others? What about grocery delivery like Instacart or Shipt? Or if you’re an employee for Domino’s, Papa John’s, Jimmy Johns or countless others? I’m not …

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Being a Delivery Driver During the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic

How is the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation impacting you? How will it impact us in the days and weeks to come? What should we do? Should we keep delivering? I’ve not really dug into the Coronavirus thing much, other than talking about how Grubhub’s policies are probably the worst out there when it comes to keeping …

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Could Grubhub’s Attendance Policy Add to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Issue?

Or Influenza or any other health crisis Does the Grubhub attendance policy have the potential to help spread infectious diseases such as Covid-19 (Cornonavirus)? With the growth of the gig economy, there is already a concern related to whether people who rely heavily on independent contractor income can afford to take time off. Luke McGee …

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