I sit around asking myself this question on a daily basis. With a surplus of drivers, a decrease in orders, and the reopening of a once shut down economy, I'd have to say that driving for DoorDash is and isn't worth it.
How can it be both? Well, I have a hard time picking sides when it comes to anything in life, but let me explain my reasoning, starting with why DoorDash isn't worth working for anymore.
Let’s start with the base pay. Depending on which order(s) you decide to take, the base pay on DoorDash will either be $2.50, or $3.00 per delivery which isn't worth the time or energy.
Having already written the previous sentence, I later on discovered that the base pay has decreased down to $2.00 on select orders; thus, the base pay ranges anywhere from $2.00-$3.00 per delivery.
The influx of new drivers aren’t aware of the deceptive practices of DoorDash, and will fulfill these orders so that they don't fall below the 100% acceptance rating threshold.
When it comes to picking up grocery delivery items, and convenience store products, the base pay does increase, but those orders still don’t seem to be worth the time either, depending on who you ask. A lot of these shop-and-deliver orders require both physical and mental work, and most times, you’re not compensated for the mental work that’s associated with such orders.
Restaurants are still understaffed, which increases the amount of time that one has to wait to pick up an order, and it makes picking up and dropping off food that much more frustrating. Also, if you're the type of person that believes in declining low paying offers, it's even more frustrating when you spend more time declining orders, than actually fulfilling them.
Now that we’ve discussed a few reasons why working for DoorDash is no longer worth it, I’ll go over some reasons as to why working for DoorDash still might be worth looking into.
Being on multiple platforms in the gig industry, I’ve learned that DoorDash is by far the most popular food delivery app to exist.
Not only is it the most popular, but it caters to several businesses, not just food delivery. In my area, people recognize other gig apps like UberEats and GrubHub, but DoorDash literally operates 24/7, when other apps in my area shut down at 10pm, regardless of the day of the week.
DoorDash is still worth working for because it’s a busy platform and you will receive more offers within any given time frame VS that of its competitors.
I’m not stating that all of the offers will be great, but you will have a nice amount of orders to sift through until you choose one or two that are worth the time and the effort.
Nonetheless, DoorDash can still be worthwhile if you work it to your advantage. You can pick up and deliver food, or you can shop and deliver groceries. Best of all, there’s no limit to the amount of money that you can make, you just have to adapt to the many changes that this platform creates, while being strategic at the same time.