One of the best side hustles or gig jobs in New York City is food delivery. The city is full of restaurants and hungry New Yorkers who can’t or don’t want to leave their homes for food. If you deliver during peak hours, you can make plenty of money particularly if you rake in the tips.
Even if you don’t have a car, scooter, or bicycle, you can deliver food. If you want to be a food delivery walker, NYC is the place to be. Many restaurants are clustered together and you can easily navigate around their delivery radius on foot. The city also has an excellent public transportation network that you can take to get to deliveries, particularly if you have an unlimited MetroCard.
If you want to deliver food on foot in the city, here are some of the companies that you can work for.
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Uber, one of the biggest names in the gig economy sphere, expanded from taxis into food delivery.
Uber Eats is one of the most popular delivery services in New York City. You don’t even need a car to deliver for them. When you sign up on the website, you have the option to select your mode of transportation from a car, bike, scooter, or foot. Just select “delivery by bicycle or foot,” which is available in New York City and select other locations, when you are signing up.
You will be delivering on foot, so you won’t need to provide a driver’s license or car insurance. However, Uber Eats needs a few other documents, and a bank account number from you before you can start delivering. You need to give them a government-issued ID and a Social Security number.
Uber Eats performs a background check before you can start delivering for them. There are a few things that could disqualify you from being a food delivery walker in NYC. First, you can’t be under 18 years old. Second, if you’ve committed a violent crime, felony, or sexual offence, or have pending charges for those crimes, you will also be disqualified.
Uber Eats conducts its background checks through a third-party company called Checkr.
Delivering on Foot in NYC
The benefits of living in one of the most walkable cities in the United States extend to your career opportunities. New York City is one of the only places in the United States where gig apps such as UberEats, GrubHub, and DoorDash allow you to make deliveries on foot. Just select walking or deliveries on foot as your delivery method when you first sign up, lace up your best walking shoes, and you’re good to go!
You can even deliver for multiple apps to increase your earning potential. With time, you can create a lucrative routine as a food delivery walker.