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What is a delivery driver?

We answer the basics about the role of a delivery driver and how to hire for the position.

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What is a delivery driver?

Delivery drivers work with restaurants to bring a customer’s meal directly to them, whether they’re at home, at work, or on the go. They have to be organized, timely, and have good interpersonal skills when it comes to interacting with both restaurant staff and customers.

Delivery drivers must know their delivery area well so that they can quickly navigate, typically by bike, motorbike, or car. They’re also responsible for making sure orders travel well so that they reach customers just as they were plated in the restaurant.

What are a delivery driver’s duties and responsibilities?

A delivery driver’s duties and responsibilities include:

  • Checking orders from restaurants
  • Delivering orders efficiently and in a timely manner
  • Having a clean driving record
  • Accommodating customers’ needs
  • Working with restaurant employees
  • Communicating with customers, courier services, and restaurants
  • Maintaining their vehicle

How much are delivery drivers paid?

Delivery drivers earn between $22,000 and $37,000 annually on average. Their average hourly wages are $11.97, and delivery drivers earn tips in addition to their wages. 

What are the qualities that make a good delivery driver?

Good delivery drivers are patient, focused, and able to keep calm when driving in traffic. Coordinating between customers and restaurants takes excellent interpersonal skills. Good delivery drivers are quick and have deep knowledge about the routes in their delivery area so they can get orders to waiting guests quickly.

How to become a delivery driver

There are two ways to become a delivery driver, either through a third-party delivery service or by applying directly for a restaurant that offers delivery. Some services will require that you own a vehicle that is in good condition. Other services and some restaurants will lend you a vehicle that is dedicated to delivery service. You will also need a license to drive in the state in which you want to work as a delivery driver, and car insurance.

Delivering food is a solid job option that does not require a lot of experience to get started. Browsing online job ads online is a great way to discover available delivery driver positions in your area. 

How to hire a delivery driver

When looking to hire a delivery driver, consider if you want a driver available during certain hours and what kind of work experience you want them to have.

Many delivery drivers want to have flexible work hours and set their own schedules since the advent of third-party delivery services. Candidly discuss the expectations of the position you are looking to fill with potential candidates. Posting job ads online is a great way to attract potential delivery drivers.

The flexible hours and considerable tips make a job as a delivery driver attractive to many. Being a delivery driver requires patience and attention to detail, and many people find it an easy way to earn income.

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