Postmates vs Rideshare: What’s easier and more profitable?

For this article I partnered with Youtube Jermaine Ellis to talk about something I don’t cover as much here: Delivery apps. Jermaine has tons of experience in all on-demand apps, and he’s especially experienced with delivery apps like Postmates. In this video, he compares delivery to rideshare. Check out Jermaine’s Youtube channel to see more videos like this.

Watch Jermaine’s video, then read the transcript below.

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What’s easier: Rideshare or delivery?

I would say Rideshare is easier than Postmates. and it’s more profitable. The reason why I say that Rideshare is easier is because you typically  don’t have to get out of the car or look for a parking spot. You never have to go wait in line or order food. Rideshare is a lot easier.

Now why would someone do Postmates and Rideshare if Rideshare is easier? Lets just there are certain hours that are slow and you think that you can make more money doing deliveries. You can balance out the two. If I had to pick just one, it would definitely be Rideshare; and not a carrier service.

Let’s say you don’t have a car. If you don’t have a car, obviously Uber’s going to be harder to do because you don’t have a car. Iif you’re just doing Postmates on a bike, or on foot, then you don’t have to pay for gas and other vehicle expenses.

With Uber in San Francisco, you might make a $1,000 in a week, but then I have to subtract gas costs and other vehicle expenses. I have to subtract tolls.

When you look at Uber versus Postmates, you’re gonna have more expenses; but then you’re also going to make a higher profit because you do longer rides that pay more than deliveries.

With Postmates, you’re gonna stay in the same area. You may just pick up a lot of deliveries in downtown and deliver them downtown. But with Postmates, there’s things like you need parking. And you never know what you’re gonna deliver. It could be something really awkward and heavy. It could be something really, really light. But just to throw it out there, Rideshare will be easier, because you’re just dealing with people.

Delivery is good if you don’t want to deal with people

If you don’t want to deal with people, do Postmates. Can you make $200 a day with Postmates? You really have to get lucky, I would say. You just have to accept that job that’s like $10, and someone gives you a $15 tip, and that job took you 30 minutes. If you can knock out a couple of those in a shift, you can easily get to 200 bucks.

But in my case, whenever I did Postmates, I found it really hard to get to $200/day. They offer hourly guarantees sometimes, but I’ve signed up for hourly guarantees before and I’ve never, ever received it. If they do give you a $25/hour guarantee, that may be better than driving Uber. I would say definitely Rideshare would be easier, but make your pick.

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