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63 Proven Tips: How to Make the Most Money Delivering for Doordash

Deliver for Doordash, they said. You'll make lots of money, they said. It'll be fun, they said.

So you signed up. Maybe as a new Dasher (or one who's been at this a bit) you're not making the money you thought you would. That ain't fun.

Or maybe you are doing okay, but deep down you feel like it could be better.

Is it really possible to make more money when delivering for Doordash? Can you increase your earnings? Can you really control what you make?

The truth is, you have a lot more control over what you earn than you realize. Chances are high that you can improve.

A great way to find out is to see if there are things you can do to pick things up. Try some things out. And hey, to help you with that, I put together a pretty extensive list of tips.

But let me warn you. Not all of these will work for you. Some of these could be horrible ideas. For you. That's because what works well in some areas or for some couriers may be the worst thing someone else could do.

In fact, you're going to find out that some of these directly contradict one another. For example, two tips that I have are “Take fewer offers” and “Take more offers”. You obviously can't do both. But you can evaluate what fits better with where you are.

This is part of our Doordash Delivery Driver series: Everything you need to know about delivering for Doordash. You can see other articles in this series at the end of this article.

The four major tips for how to make more on Doordash

63 is a lot.

But they really boil down to four major tips. These are the big ones.

  • Treat this like a business
  • Find ways to increase earnings
  • Avoid losing money
  • Deliver more quickly

Each of the 63 tips will fall under one of these four. I'm going to do my best to keep the explanations short. Many of these deserve much more than the couple of sentences, so when I can I'll try to link to something that will go into more detail.

Infographic summarizing the four keys to making more money on Doordash - Treat it like a business, find ways to increase revenue, reduce expenses and deliver quickly.

Which of the four above is most important? I will tell you that I believe, wholeheartedly, that the best thing you can do to be more profitable is treat this like a business. That's the cornerstone to this whole thing. If you have to pick one of the four, I would start with that.

Because when you treat it like a business, develop a business attitude, and start thinking in terms of you being in control of your destiny, you'll start coming up with your own ideas and methods.

I'll say it again: You can't do all of these. They all can help someone, but they won't all help everyone. I don't follow every single one of these because some won't work for me. Your job is to figure out which ones will work for you.

That's the beauty of running a business.

Ready to dive in?

Major Tip #1: Treat this like a business

Businessman in background drawing with his finger. Master of Business Administration is written, but Administration is crossed out and Attitude written in its place.

In my opinion, every single one of these tips are important. If you don't do anything else, do the following 6. The first step to making the most money on Doordash is embrace the fact you're running a business.

Here's the thing: When you agreed to be an independent contractor, you agreed that you are providing a service as a business, not as an employee.

Those aren't just words. You ARE running a business. The IRS sees you as a business and they expect you to pay taxes like a business. If you want to get a loan banks want to see your independent contractor business records in place of paystubs.

Gigs with companies like Doordash aren't delivery jobs. You're contracting as a business. The fact that you are running a business gives you a lot of rights. Doordash cannot manage you like they can an employee. It gives you a lot of freedom to make your own decisions.

The best way to take advantage of the rights and opportunities that go with being an independent contractor is to treat this like a business.

Don't think of Doordash as your boss. Think of them as your customer.

It doesn't matter if this is a side hustle for a few hours or you're looking at this as a full time thing. You're running a business.

When you start thinking of all the things you can be doing out on deliveries, start thinking of those as business decisions. You are the one who manages how you run your business.

There's incredible freedom in that.

I've mentioned a few times that some of the tips in this article may help you and others might not be the best for you. However, I strongly believe that the following six will help everyone.

1. Measure your earnings

How do you know if any idea you try is actually working if you don't have a way to measure it? I strongly recommend that you measure your earnings as profit per hour. As a business your earnings are measured in profit, not on what you get from Doordash. It's the bottom line that's left over after expenses.

Here is how I measure it: My profit is total money earned minus 30 cents a minute (as that's what I figure the overall cost of using my car is). I divide that by the time I'm out delivering.

I measure based on total time I'm out there with intent to accept deliveries. In Doordash terms, that's equivalent to Dash Time (the amount of time you're logged in). I don't go by Active time (the time you're on active orders) because the true measure is the total time. If you have four hours Dash time and two hours Active time, there's two hours you're sitting idle not making money (unless of course you're making that money on other food delivery apps).

Profit per hour can help you compare a single delivery to another delivery, or to a day's worth of deliveries, or to a month or a year.

2. Test the different ideas and see how they impact your profit per hour

Start with understanding what your profit per hour has been. Then as you try new things, see whether it's helping or hurting you. Is your profit per hour going up substantially? Awesome. Is it going down? Maybe that tip isn't for you.

3. Know your why

What is it you're trying to accomplish? Why are you delivering for Doordash? Why is that important? When businesses have a mission, it helps guide them on their decisions. If you know what you want to accomplish and why you want to accomplish it, you can determine if any of the things you are doing are really helping your business.

4. Set your price.

Did you realize you can set your price when delivering for Doordash? While you cannot create your own pay model, you can set your personal price by accepting and rejecting delivery offers. Personally, my price is 50 cents a minute, or $30 per hour. Setting a price like this helps you not only evaluate delivery offers, but it also sets a value for your time. We say time is money, but now you know how much money your time is worth.

5. Set your goals.

Have something to shoot for. Maybe it's a total amount that you're trying to make. Or perhaps you want to give yourself a certain amount of time to deliver, and you want to shoot for a particular hourly rate. If you have a specific goal, you can make decisions around that.

6. Develop yourself as a business owner

The more you know, and the more you experience, the better you get at this. Develop a business attitude. Think like a business person. If there are things you need to learn, learn it. A lot of it you can learn while delivering, thanks to podcasts and audio books. The value of a business attitude can go much further than making a few more dollars on Doordash. It can set you up to help you go to the next level starting your own business or developing your career.

Major Tip #2: Find ways to bring more money in

Growing your revenue concept illustrated by a businessman watering a plant that is shaped like a dollar sign.

That's easier said than done, isn't it?

How can you increase incoming money on Doordash work if Doordash pay is minimal and the customers aren't tipping?

A lot of the answer lies in your decision making. The beauty of being an independent contractor is the flexibility, and you can use that to your advantage. You can make choices that bring more money into your bank account.

7. Don't take so many offers

You have the right to reject delivery offers. Use that right. That $2.50 delivery that takes a half hour to forty five minutes isn't going to allow you to make much money. This is why I say you have the ability to set your price: You are able to determine whether any delivery offer that pops up on the Dasher app meets your price. You can turn that down, and very likely you'll get a much better offer right after that.

In my experience, a high acceptance rate is meaningless. That doesn't mean that's everyone's experience.

8. Don't reject so many offers

If you're rejecting so many offers that you're waiting 15, 20, 30 minutes or more between offers, you're costing yourself money. You could have completed one of those offers you turned down in that time. Note: I don't think there's a universal sweet spot as far as acceptance rate. It will vary based on your market. In some areas and at certain times, you can receive several offers in a minute's time. The main thing here is don't reject so often that you're sitting idle way too long.

9. Pay attention to peak pay incentives

When Doordash really needs delivery drivers, they'll offer Peak Pay. That's a bonus offered per delivery and displayed on the Doordash app. Sometimes it's only $1 extra per delivery, I've received as much as $12 extra per delivery. If you're completing three deliveries per hour, that $1 peak pay translates into $3 more in profit per hour.

10. Beware of peak pay (fill a vacuum instead).

Delivering when there's a bonus during peak times isn't always the best play. Peak pay is intended to draw drivers into a particular delivery zone during peak hours or high demand times. Often it works too well and now there's too many drivers in that zone. When peak pay is high, you can have long waits between orders. Sometimes a peak pay offer in one zone will suck drivers out of surrounding zones and it can create a vacuum in those zones. Your better play may be to go fill that vacuum – the pay per delivery may be less but you will be much busier.

11. Drive more hours

The beauty of delivering as an independent contractor is that there's no boss limiting how much you can deliver. Sometimes a good way to make more money is simply to deliver for a longer period of time.

12. Drive fewer hours

You can burn yourself out. That can lead to inefficiency. It can also get you to where you just don't feel like going out. Knowing your limits can lead to ultimately making more in the long run.

13. Work other delivery applications

Remember that Doordash is your customer, not your boss. When you are running a business, one of the worst things that you can do is rely exclusively on one customer or one source of income.

Get to know the best food delivery services, and sign up with all of them. Check out last mile platforms like Veho, Roadie, Curri and others. Look into delvieries at grocery stores such as Instacart and Shipt.

I often multi-app, where I turn on several delivery apps at once. Then I just wait until one offers me a delivery that meets my price. It's one of the best ways to keep average earnings steady when any one company starts slowing down.

14. Cut back on the multi-apping.

Sometimes multi-apping can get to be too much. Dealing with pings from several platforms can be distracting. Many Dashers have lost their ability to Dash because too often running deliveries on another food delivery platform made them extremely late on a Doordash delivery they committed to. And then there are the times when Doordash is on a roll, and it's just a great idea to just Dash for awhile.

15. Understand hotspots.

Doordash will recommend certain areas they call hotspots. The hotspot can be a place where you can expect a lot of orders. It can also be a terrible place to go, because too many other drivers are going to that hotspot. Create your own hotspots: Get to know the areas in your area that have the most profitable and most steady orders. Get to know the restaurants that have a steady supply of large orders or the ones who are lightning fast and concentrate on those areas.

16. Deliver Downtown when other drivers avoid it.

I used to avoid downtown like the plague. Then I figured out a lot of others were doing the same thing. I found it to be the most profitable part of my market because the delivery offers were typically higher paying, shorter and faster, and there was less competition from other drivers. I took the time to learn the area well and it was incredibly profitable.

17. Avoid Downtown and deliver in the suburbs

You may find that traffic, the challenge of parking, and the longer times getting the food to the customer (thanks to high rise apartments or congested neighborhoods) means you can't make much. You may find the suburbs are easier and faster, and sometimes the customer tips may be better as well.

18. Know when to commute

Does it make more sense to go to another town or distant part of town that pays better, or to work closer to where you live. Remember that the time you commute to another area is time that you aren't able to make money. If the extra money you make in another area offsets what you lose by commuting, commuting may make sense. If you're only going to deliver for an hour or two, you're less likely to make enough to make the commute worthwhile.

19. Drive a car that's comfortable

Contrary to popular opinion, the comfort of a car trumps fuel economy. If you are uncomfortable or hate driving whatever it is, it'll be easier to knock off early or to avoid going out to deliver altogether. Losing out on one delivery because you quit early will cost you more than the extra gas expense.

20. Deliver during busy times

Peak hours such as from 10 AM to 2 PM or 5 PM to 9 PM are often the best times to be out there. I track every delivery and have found that I make the most profit per hour during those times. At the same time, Tuesdays seem to be the slowest. Get to know the times that are busiest.

21. Deliver when no one else is delivering

This is the beauty of setting your own schedule. You may find that those late hours or breakfast runs might work better in your market because no one else is out there. At least as long as you don't get stuck in long drive through lines. You may know some times that no one else is out there, and those could be the perfect times to deliver.

22. Consider being a Top Dasher

Doordash has a program called Top Dasher. If you meet certain requirements by the end of the month you may get Top Dasher status. The best thing about Top Dasher is that you can Dash any time regardless of whether your zone has any availability. If you have trouble getting on to deliver or you like the better flexibility of going back and forth between zones, you might prefer Top Dasher status.

23. Avoid being Top Dasher

You have to have a 70% acceptance rating or higher to achieve Top Dasher status. Personally, I usually find that my profit per hour is much lower when my acceptance rate is that high. You may find that the cost of being Top Dasher is far greater than the reward.

24. Deliver in bad weather

I'm often chomping at the bit when weather starts turning bad. People order in more, often they tip more, Peak Pay often goes up, and I make more on bad weather days than just about any other.

25. Stay home in bad weather

Know when the bad weather works against you. If restaurants get too backed up and you have to wait a lot, it may be better to stay home. If the weather slows you down too much or the risk of an accident is too high, it might make sense to stay home.

26. Apply the Loss Leader principle

Many stores use what's called a loss leader. They'll advertise some items at a loss in order to draw people in, knowing the customer will buy other things where they do make a profit. You can use the loss leader principle in deliveries. Some deliveries don't make sense on their own but might still help you make more money. If you're on your way home, or heading back to a more profitable area it might be better to take a lower paying delivery that's going where you are going. Maybe you have a long wait for an order on another platform and you can pick up a short, quick Doordash delivery that can be completed before the food is ready. Sometimes a delivery can add a few bucks to your total without increasing the time you're out delivering.

27. Schedule ahead of time

If the zones you want to work are often unavailable, you may need to schedule your Dashes ahead of time. That assures that you have the ability to go out and make money.

28. Don't schedule, but only Dash Now

If you're able to Dash Now easily in your market, it may be better to avoid schedules. I prefer this to scheduling because the zones in my market are pretty small. If a delivery takes me out of the zone I'm dashing in, I'd rather log out of that zone and pick something up where I dropped off.

29. Know what's happening in your area that might cause people to order in.

When do people have parties at home? Sporting events, major TV events and awards shows. Weekend get togethers. These big events usually mean more opportunity for higher paying orders. Keep in tune to what's going on around your area and be ready to Dash during times people will order in.

30. Provide excellent customer service.

Make it easy and pleasant for the customer to get their food. Be friendly in your communication with them. If it's an in person delivery, be pleasant and thank them. Customers don't often tip after the delivery on Doordash, but every once in awhile when you're awesome the higher tips can leave some extra cash in your pocket when it's over.

31. Find other ways to earn when delivering.

Can you make money for having your car wrapped with advertising? Some folks pick up scooters to charge while out on deliveries. Use cash back programs when you buy your gas. Look for opportunities where you could add additional earnings without slowing you down on your deliveries.

32. Refer drivers (with caution)

Doordash may offer a referral bonus in your area. For example, if I refer someone who completes 270 deliveries in 60 days, right now I can get a $200 bonus. Some bonuses can be quite high. Understand the person you referred usually has to do about 15 hours a week of deliveries for two months to meet that goal. Also beware of how Doordash has been known to deactivate drivers for ‘referral fraud' when the driver hasn't done anything wrong.

33. Pursue challenges

Doordash may offer a challenge in your area. Complete so many deliveries within so many days to earn extra money. If it is reasonable to complete those deliveries within the hours you want to deliver, these can be a nice way to gain some extra money.

34. Avoid challenges

Sometimes a challenge might cost you more than what you gain. Pay close attention to the language of the challenge: If it offers guaranteed pay, understand they only pay you the difference between what you earned and what they guarantee. Avoid getting yourself into a position where you accept crappy orders to try to meet the challenge, and thus make less than you would have made otherwise.

35. Share your experience.

People are always looking for help with their Doordash deliveries. Several drivers are making money on YouTube or TikTok talking about what they do. You'll notice that this website has advertising. I know one guy who's making a living coaching new drivers through their referral periods. Be creative in finding ways you can use your experience Dashing to help others.

36. View Dashing as a gateway drug.

Sometimes delivering for Doordash and working in the gig economy will addict you to being self employed. It starts off you love setting your own hours, making your own decisions. But then you think, maybe it's time to take it to the next level. Maybe you want to create a business that has a higher ceiling and better earning potential. Being a Doordash courier has given you an incredible amount of experience in managing your own business. Maybe you're finding out it's time to use that experience and take the next step.

Major Tip #3: Avoid losing money

A circular 3D pie chart. The largest segment has a $100 bill as the background and the words Keep More of Your Money.

Remember that you're running a business. What you earn is actually your profit – the money left over after your expenses.

If you can keep your expenses down, that means you have more left over.

If you can avoid situations that cost you money, or that interfere with your ability to earn, you have more money left over.

The following tips are designed to help you protect yourself against loss.

37. Drive less

If you drive for Doordash, your car is a major expense. It costs you far more than you might realize. I call the car a credit card on wheels because every mile adds a debt that you will pay, but you'll pay it much later. Each mile means you're that much closer to replacing tires, brakes, timing belts and many other items. Every mile you drive also means that your car is worth just a little bit less. It all adds up.

This is why I figure 30 cents per mile into my profit per hour. That 30 cents is a very real cost, even though I don't have to pay it out of my pocket immediately. Understand that every extra mile you drive means you are making that much less money.

38. Check out bike delivery

Bike delivery can be incredibly profitable for a couple of reasons. In congested areas, you may be able to get around faster than trying to drive your car. At the same time, the overall cost of using your bike is usually much lower than your car since you don't have as much depreciation cost, fuel, or most of the insurance and tax costs.

39. Track your expenses and miles.

Every mile you drive lets you deduct 56 cents from your taxable income (for 2021). If you earn $1,000 and drive 1,000 miles, that means you deduct $560 and so you pay taxes on only $440. That's a huge difference. If you have expenses directly related to your business, you can also deduct them, since you are only taxed on your profit. The thing is, you have to have documentation. Every mile you track reduces your tax bill.

40. Maintain your car.

Don't skip the oil changes. Get the tires changed when it's time. Keep up on the maintenance of your car. For most Dashers, the car is the most important tool for making money. If it breaks down, you can't make money.

41. Get the right insurance.

This one might seem odd because you may have to spend more money. Most personal car insurance policies specifically say they won't cover you if you're on deliveries. In other words, you may be driving around uninsured. Doordash doesn't insure you. If an accident happens, you have to pay for damages out of your own pocket. That will cost you far more than the little you have to pay for an endorsement or rider for delivery (or in some cases changing to an insurance company that will cover you).

42. Drive safe.

Time is money, and that makes it tempting to do stupid things when driving. Don't let the temptation to hurry cause an accident that could interrupt your ability to deliver.

43. Document your deliveries.

There's a problem with illegitimate deactivations on Doordash. You can be accused of stealing food or deliberately taking too long to deliver, and that interrupt your ability to keep earning. I personally record everything I do. I use a dashcam that has movable cameras, and point the camera at the customer's door when I make a delivery. And then I use the free X-Recorder app which records everything happening on my phone. Between those things I have proof of my activities. Bryan Greenling of LegalRideshare told me that the most important investment you can make for your business is a dashcam.

44. Don't be an idiot.

Don't do stupid stuff that will get you deactivated. I shouldn't have to say this but you'd be amazed how many people don't think this stuff through. Don't steal the food. Don't get into arguments with the retaurant or customer. Avoid getting emotional and calling the customer out for not tipping. Be a professional and protect your ability to keep making money.

45. Save for taxes.

Put aside money each week for taxes. The more you make, the more you will owe. Set money aside each week to cover your taxes. If you haven't done so, on tax day you'll be in a world of trouble and have to pay additional fees and interest.

46. Avoid spending money just to keep taxes down.

If you made $10,000 and drove 10,000 miles, your taxable income in 2021 is $4400 ($10,000 minus 56 cents a mile). But if you made that much and drove 18,000 miles you wouldn't have any taxable income. So why not drive a lot more miles? Because the cost of that driving is more than the tax savings. A mile of driving only reduces your tax bill by about 8 to 14 cents. Actual cost of driving is typically 25-45 cents per mile. Driving more means you're spending more than what you're saving in taxes.

47. Create and maintain an operations fund.

Save money each week to cover your total car expense. Estimate your actual cost of operating and put money aside each week to cover that cost. Say you drive 1,000 miles and your car costs $0.30 per mile. Put $300 into your car fund. Pay for your gas, maintenance, repairs, and other car costs out of that fund. If you do this, you won't be sidelined because you can't afford the new tires or timing belt or other big ticket expense.

48. Stay away from instant pay.

One thing Doordash lets you do is get your money immediately using Instant Pay. Resist the temptation. If you're not using their debit card, they'll charge you $2 each time. But even if there were no charge, if you're taking the money out immediately you're less likely to save for taxes or expenses than if you took the standard direct deposit from them on a weekly basis (at no additional cost).

49. Keep your phone working.

Your phone dying will kill your ability to earn. Keep a charger or battery pack with you. Use a cell provider who has good coverage in your area. Know the dead spots for your cell service and avoid them. Keep Wi-Fi turned off so your phone doesn't try to connect to wi-fi instead of the cellular network.

Major Tip #4: Deliver More Quickly

Time is money concept illustrated by a large hourglass with coins in the top section turning into stacks of dollar bills as they drop into the lower section.

It's as simple as this: the higher the number of deliveries you can complete in a given time, the more money you can make.

Most people put their attention into how much they make on a particular delivery. The problem is, there is very little you can do to control that.

However, you can control your efficiency.

Over nearly four years of delivery, I've seen all of the food delivery companies slash their delivery fee (and act like they're giving us more when they do it). And yet while they paid less, my profit per hour has increased by more than 10% per year.

How did that happen? My deliveries per hour increased significantly. I became quicker at deliveries, and I figured out other ways to get more deliveries done.

This is the one thing you have the most control over when it comes to increasing your hourly profit. Find ways to complete more deliveries within the same time frame.

50. Look the part.

One of the biggest delays on deliveries is your time at the restaurant. Sometimes it can take forever just to get the attention of the restaurant staff. If you walk in looking the part, looking like a professional, and acting like you care about how you will make the restaurant look you'll be amazed at how much more quickly they'll respond to you.

51. Use your hot bag.

Whether you believe the hot bag actually keeps the food hot or not isn't the point. Most restaurants prefer to see it. When they see that you are using yours, they're more likely to respond to you. Customers are more likely to recognize you're there to deliver to them when you have it. It also communicates to them that you are keeping their food safe (important during a pandemic) and less likely to eat their food. But the main thing is that the hot bag immediately tells restaurant staff you're there for a delivery, and they're asking who you're picking up for. The hot bag will save time in the restaurant far more than the few seconds it takes to pull the bag out of your car when you arrive.

52. Pay for good delivery bags.

There are a lot of deliveries where the standard issue Doordash bag won't cut it. Sometimes you get larger orders and not having a good bag will leave the restaurant and customer disappointed. Pick up a good catering bag and a good pizza bag. Invest in something firm that is easy to get food in and out of.

53. Be awesome with restaurant staff.

Build a good relationship with the people at the restaurant. Be the one Dasher they look forward to seeing. I don't know how many times I get attention at certain restaurants ahead of other delivery people because of this. Treat them well. Make it clear that you care about their food and their customers. They're far more likely to give you priority and work to get you on the road quickly when you do this.

54. Know where to park.

One of the most frustrating things for me is circling the block looking for parking. Get to know the parking situation in your market. Know the backup spots you can go to if you can't park immediately at the restaurant. Park in such a way that you can get out quickly. For instance, I'll park a block away from the restaurant in some areas because it has me pointed where I can get out of the area immediately rather than getting stuck in traffic if I park at the restaurant.

55. Know when to cancel out on an order.

Doordash gives you a good margin for error here. You are only required to maintain an 80% completion rate. Sometimes the restaurant doesn't have the food ready and won't for awhile. If it's a high paying delivery it may be worth waiting. If not, it might make more sense to cancel and move on to the next order. An example for me is certain places where you have to order and pay with the Red Card, and I may take the order knowing the restaurant is typically very fast, but I find a long line of customers. Times like that, you evaluate what you're making against how much longer it will take and decide whether to move on.

56. Know when to contact support and when to move on.

For instance, sometimes you can get a little compensation from support due to an issue with a delivery. However, if it takes ten to fifteen minutes trying to get a $4 fee, you probably could have made more just moving on to another delivery. Other times, you need support to resolve an issue on a higher paying offer. Know when support will waste your time and when they can help you.

57. Embraced the stacked delivery.

When things are busy, Doordash may offer you two deliveries at once (or sometimes more). Many of these can be completed in close to the same time a single delivery can be done. You may pick up two or more orders from the same restaurant or from restaurants close to each other. Your profit per hour can be higher even though the pay per delivery might be lower.

58. Know when to un-stack deliveries.

Once you've accepted a stacked delivery, you can usually tell if one is a minimum pay order. If the pay for one order is way too low for the additional time involved, it might be time to unassign the low paying order. Or if you run into a situation where one order is ready and the other will have a significant wait time, you may want to cancel out of the longer wait and move on.

59. Evaluate delivery offers based on how long it will take.

In my experience, the best single factor for choosing whether to accept an order is how long I think it will take. All factors should be taken into account – a $2.50 delivery is a stinker no matter how fast. However, I've found that most deliveries that can be completed within a very short amount of time will be profitable.

60. Avoid saturated areas.

If Doordash has too many drivers in your zone, go to another zone or grab another platform. If you are waiting a long time between delivery offers, you're losing money.

61. Communicate with the customer.

Examine the delivery address immediately and look for any issues that may slow you down. Is it an apartment but doesn't have a doorcode? Contact the customer while enroute to ask how best to meet up with them. Keep them up to date on delayed orders. Build a positive relationship with them and you'll usually get the order handed off much more quickly.

62. Use the Beans App

If you have a lot of apartment complexes in your area, the Beans app is essential for finding your way around. They have mapped a large majority of the complexes in the country. You can enter the address and apartment number and get a map of exactly where it is in the complex.

63. Avoid long commutes

Recognize that your drive time to get to a delivery zone, or to get back from your last delivery, is time that you cannot be making another delivery. Be selective about how far away you will go to start Dashing. If you are close to wrapping up for the day, pay more attention to where the delivery is dropping off and perhaps avoid ones that will create a long drive home.

That's a lot of ideas, isn't it?

Not all of these will work. Some would be terrible ideas for you. Ultimately that's up to you to figure out what fits in with your business and your way of doing things.

And even at 63, there's probably a lot more that I could add.

In fact I'm sure there are a lot of excellent ideas that I haven't thought of.

What would you add to this list? What things can you think of that would help someone else make more money delivering for Doordash? Leave a comment with some ideas and if we get enough comments, maybe we can add a section with reader tips.

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