Doordash has become the dominant third party delivery service. What are they like for independent contractors? How do they treat their drivers? The following articles dive into how Doordash works, how the pay system works and many of the nuances of Doordash as a company.
Offering my thoughts on what it's like to be a Dasher. We start by explaining that it's not a job but a business opportunity, and I offer my experiences and thoughts about delivering for Doordash as an independent contractor.
Doordash doesn't always tell Dashers exactly what they'll earn for a delivery opportunity. It's a practice known among Dashers as hiding the tip. We look at the lack of earnings and tip transparency and how Dashers can adapt when they don't know what they'll earn.
When Doordash reduced the minimum base pay in several markets, they explained they were doing it so they could pay more for longer deliveries. Within several months of that change, they quietly dropped that long-distance delivery pay. We go into detail about what they were paying and what they pay now.
We take a closer look at the Doordash independent contractor relationship, how it is self-employment instead of an employee relationship, and how Dashers can utilize that relationship to their benefit.
Ron Walter made the move from business manager at a non-profit to full time gig economy delivery in 2018 to take advantage of the flexibility of self-employment. He applied his thirty years experience managing and owning small businesses to treat his independent contractor role as the business it is.
Realizing his experience could help other drivers, he founded EntreCourier.com to encourage delivery drivers to be the boss of their own gig economy business.
Ron has been quoted in several national outlets including Business Insider, the New York Times, CNN and Market Watch.
You can read more about Ron's story,, background, and why he believes making the switch from a career as a business manager to delivering as an independent contractor was the best decision he could have made.