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Can You Deliver DoorDash by Walking?
How Do You Become a DoorDash Walker?
What Will Disqualify You From DoorDash?
DoorDash does require a background check, but the requirements are not strenuous. You just have to be over 18, have a smartphone, and be in good standing.
However, certain actions in your past may disqualify you from DoorDash. One of the biggest disqualifications is a history of driving violations. DoorDash looks at drivers’ full histories and if you have a history of moving violations or DUIs, you could be disqualified. Of course, if you are delivering by foot, this is not a concern.
DoorDash also looks at your criminal history by checking national and county records going back up to seven years. The company does not consider any convictions older than that, so you will not suffer for any youthful indiscretions.
If your background check disqualifies you and you know that you have a clean record, you can follow up and contest the decision.
How Much Can You Expect to Make Delivering on Foot?
A DoorDash walker makes money from two sources: base pay and tip. Base pay is the amount that DoorDash pays you for each order and can be between $2 and $10. The tip is what the customer will give you. The best thing about DoorDash is that the customers have to input the tip amount before they order so you can see how much money you will make from an order before selecting it.
How much you will make delivering on foot depends on several factors, including how busy the area is, surge pricing, and how fast you can walk.
How to Make Deliveries on Foot Work
There are several benefits to delivering DoorDash on foot, particularly in busy cities. It can sometimes be faster than car deliveries, particularly when there’s traffic. You can take public transportation if that will get you to your destination faster. You don’t have to worry about finding a parking space or getting a ticket, you just walk into the building and deliver your order.
However, delivering on foot also comes with its own challenges. DoorDash is strict about penalizing deliveries that are later than the projected time by more than 15 minutes (although don’t worry, the app takes into account your mode of transportation when calculating delivery time). If you’re a slow walker, this probably isn’t the job for you. Delivering on foot is also exhausting and you can’t squeeze in as many deliveries as you could if you had a car.
There are a few ways that you can make delivering on foot easier for yourself. DoorDash gives you plenty of time to decide before you accept an order, so calculate if it is worth it before accepting it. Orders that are further away could penalize you in the end if you wind up late. You also have some flexibility in picking up orders. For example, even if a customer orders from a specific fast food restaurant, you can go to any location in the chain to pick the order up, so go to one that is closest to you.
Finally, choose your location wisely. Go near busy areas, such as college campuses, that have restaurants nearby so you won’t have to go far.
Even if you don’t have a car, you can work for DoorDash by delivering on foot. In some cases, your lack of a vehicle may even be an advantage!