Motorcycle Food-delivery Guide

Several food delivery companies have recently appeared in the market. Their apps offer unique ways to earn money. If you have a motorcycle and you want to earn money independently, this is the guide for you.

Some of the current food delivery app companies include: Doordash, Postmates, Ubereats, GrubHub and Caviar. The gist of it is: a customer orders food with the ordering app; the independent contractor receives a notification on his phone via the companies delivery application; the notification will contain an offer for a delivery job to be made in the area with a countdown timer to accept or decline; if you accept, the job is assigned and the order is placed; after the job is completed you are paid by the company and perhaps receive a tip.

The app will also keep a record of your performance. Customers will be able to rate your service and the app will track how many times you are unable to complete an order. If you fail to deliver more than one order or if customers routinely rate you poorly, you will be in danger of being deactivated by the app company and they will no longer offer you contracts. This isn’t an employee-employer relationship, so you don’t have the rights of an employee.

Because you are self-employed and providing your own delivery service to the app company, the customer, and the restaurant, you will need to manage some things you may not have been accustomed to managing as an employee. The following two-part guide will help you.

Gear (what you’ll need):

  1. Motorcycle

    A motorcycle is better than a car because it burns less fuel and is easier to park. It’s also more dangerous than driving a car. However it’s less likely you’ll hit anything because it’s smaller. Some companies don’t permit motorcycles in certain markets, others do. You’ll have to find out which for yourself.

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    Klr 650 with pizza carrier in use.

  2. Food Box

    The food box has to be big enough to carry your orders and drinks. This is an excellent model: Food Delivery Box For Scooter/Bike/Motorcycle.

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    Food carrier with divider and cupholder

  3. Food Bag

    The food bags provided by delivery companies are too small. Look online for one that’s big enough and make sure it has a shoulder strap because you may need to wear it across your chest while you ride.

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    Food bag

  4. Pizza Carriers

    Pizza’s make up a large percentage of orders. Most likely your food box won’t be big enough for a pizza. If you buy one like this, Pizza Carrier, make sure you can strap it down to the top of your food box or somewhere on your bike. Be careful not to bank too far in either direction or accelerate too quickly while riding or the pizza will get all messed up.

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    Pizza Carrier Deployed

  5. Extra supplies

    Carry extra supplies with you. Useful supplies include: cardboard cup-holders (the kind you unfold), plastic cutlery, plastic take-away bags, straws, napkins and paper towels. Customers will ask you for these things and you can’t always rely on the restaurant to have them. Also, carry a pen with you for signing receipts. You should get a pair of saddlebags to carry these supplies in.  You can find all of this stuff on Amazon.

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    Cupholders, space blanket, paper towels, plastic bags, plastic utinsels

  6. Helmet

    A full face helmet with a drop down sun-visor is perfect. This helmet by Scorpion is the best option for the price Scorpion EXO EXO-AT950.

  7. Clothes

    There are two clothing manufacturers who make protective riding gear that look like street clothes. One is Speed and Strength, the other is Street and Steel. Equip yourself with an outfit from one of these companies and you will look good on and off the bike and be protected as you ride.  Nor will you intimidate customers or restaurant workers with the traditionally aggressive motorcycle apparel.

General Tips:

  1. Pack a lunch.

    Not only a lunch though. You should also carry a good amount of water or some other drink to stay hydrated.

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    Fluids

  2. Don’t be in a hurry.

    At first you may feel pressured to encourage the restaurant to prepare your order more quickly. After all, you’re not there to enjoy yourself, like most of the other patrons; you’re there to pick up an order and deliver it as quickly as possible. However, after you’ve completed many deliveries you will learn that sometimes you need to wait a little bit for a restaurant to complete your order and maybe the customer will be displeased with having to wait but most of the time they will have your order ready for you when you arrive or soon after so don’t worry about the few times you have to wait.

  3. Check out the apartment complex maps.

    If you are dropping off a delivery at an apartment complex, make sure you check out the complex map before you enter. Find your customers unit number then try to remember how to get there from the entrance—i.e., three rights, two lefts, back of building at the end of the street. (Don’t worry, you’ll get better at it).

  4. Maintain your asset.

    Make sure you take good care of your bike because it’s your number one asset in the delivery business. If something on your motorcycle breaks, you can’t work. Keep the chain lubed, the tires inflated, the oil clean and make sure you clean the air filter every once in a while. You’ll also need to replace your brake pads and tires frequently so make sure you buy ones that will go a long ways before they ware down.

  5. Grind it out.

    Many will refer to this kind of thing as a side hustle. I prefer to think of it as a grind. If you put in the work, day after day, eventually you will learn all there is to know from your job and you’ll move on to something greater and more suited to your increased skill and knowledge. Being a successful freelance delivery guy is not as easy as you might think and there are many lessons to be learned along the way. From a business and street-smarts education point of view, it is no waste of time. So get out there and start delivering.

 

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