If you’ve considered a driving or delivery side hustle, one option to consider is Instacart. As an independent contractor, you can work when you want, even picking up a job at the last minute.
You can start earning money almost as soon as you sign up and you can choose your own hours based on your availability.
How Instacart Works
Instacart offers shopping and home delivery options for a variety of stores, specializing in groceries.
Here’s how it works:
Customers use the Instacart app to places their orders. As a full-service shopper you will receive the order via the app then shop for and deliver the order to the customer.
Requirements for Working with Instacart
You’ll need to meet some requirements in order to apply:
- You must be 18 or older
- Be eligible to work in the U.S.
- Have consistent access to a reliable vehicle
- Have access to and be able to effectively use a newer model smartphone (iPhone 5/Android 4.4. or newer)
- Be able to lift 30-40 lbs on your own or with the assistance of a handcart
If you work for a ride share or grocery delivery service like Lyft, Uber, or DoorDash, adding Instacart to your employment can allow you to earn even more.
How Much Does Instacart Pay?
Instacart pays weekly via direct deposit. You will receive payment for each delivery, plus a per item payment, and an occasional bonus for some items known as a “bump payment.” Rates vary for the different jobs and you will have the opportunity to review the rate schedule for each job before accepting or rejecting a Delivery Opportunity.
If a job is a delivery only, you will only receive payment for the delivery, not the per item payment. All delivery drivers are hired as independent contractors so you are responsible for paying your own taxes.
According to Glassdoor, the hourly pay for full-service shoppers ranges from $7-$25 with $11/hr. being the average.
To see the stores available in your area for shoppers to order from, visit the Instacart website and enter your zip code. This will help you determine the stores you’ll be asked to visit.
And if you’d like to sign up to start accepting delivery jobs with Instacart, visit their Full-Service Shopper page to learn more and sign-up. You can start earning within a day!
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