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Postmates Review [2021]: Here's How Much Drivers Make

If you’ve ever considered becoming a courier for your next side hustle, working with a company like Postmates might be the way to go. Unlike the local pizza boy, a courier with Postmates is part of a team providing on-demand delivery service for just about everything — including meals from top restaurants and random stuff from local stores.

The key word here is “local” —  getting more people to shop locally is one of Postmates’ main goals. Rather than having warehouses filled with stuff, the company connects customers with local businesses and restaurants. Postmates also aims to make local shopping more convenient by using their proprietary technology to connect customers with nearby couriers who can deliver items from neighborhood shops or restaurants within minutes.

If you're considering whether this is the best side hustle for you, then keep reading this Postmates review to learn how much money you can make with Postmates.

What is Postmates?

Postmates was founded in 2011 and first launched a version of its services in 2012 in San Francisco. Since then, Postmates has grown from a team of three co-founders to over 800 employees working from six cities, including four U.S. locations (San Francisco, CA; Bellevue, WA; Nashville, TN; and New York, NY) as well as both Vancouver, British Columbia and Mexico City.

But just talking about its company offices doesn’t explain the full scope of Postmates. Every month, the company makes over five million deliveries from half a million merchants across a network of 3,500 cities. In November 2017, it began offering services in Mexico City as its first international marketplace.

How does working for Postmates as a delivery person work?

As a courier or delivery person working for Postmates, you’ll be known as a Postmate. Whenever you’re online and available to make deliveries, the company will send you offers through its app, known as the Postmates Fleet app. This app is basically a one-stop shop for accepting Postmates delivery jobs, navigating to the location of the pickup, picking up orders (and sometimes paying for them), and dropping them off at the customer’s location. The app is available for both Android and iOS users.

Each step of this process is explained as you make your way through a delivery, starting with the timed offer to accept a new job. If you’re looking to work for a set number of hours, the company also offers an auto-accept feature, which automatically adds new deliveries to your route until you decide to pause it.

Although different deliveries might require different steps to fulfillment, the company makes the process easy. While some orders might be already purchased and ready for pickup upon your arrival, others might require you to place the order with a merchant directly or even to pay for it using the prepaid card provided to all Postmates by the company. All of this will be made clear throughout the Postmates delivery process on your app, so you can focus on getting in as many deliveries as possible in the least amount of time.

Who can deliver for Postmates?

The qualifications to become a Postmate are relatively straightforward. Postmates must be at least 18 years old and be able and willing to pass a background check. You can deliver by driving a car, truck, van, bicycle, motorcycle, or scooter.

The background check includes criminal and DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) history, and the company uses a third party called Checkr to complete these checks. Postmates also notes on its support page that background checks might be slightly different on an individual basis and take different lengths of time to complete. Those with pending applications with Postmates can check the status of their background check on the Checkr applicant portal.

Becoming a Postmate is a good opportunity for anyone who enjoys being out and about in their city. You’ll be chatting with merchants and customers, as well as biking or driving through various neighborhoods. If you’re someone who likes discovering new places and can get into a good rhythm with your deliveries, then this might be a great option for you when considering how to make extra cash as a part-time or even full-time activity.

How much does Postmates pay?

According to the Postmates CEO, Bastian Lehmann, who was quoted at a TechCrunch event in 2015, couriers make a median of $19 during peak hours. Keep in mind that this only applies during peak hours, which the company lists as between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and then 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily, with Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays being the busiest hot spots. It’s also important to note that a median doesn’t refer to average pay in the sense most of us are used to. A median simply refers to the number in the middle of a given range, which in this case is the range of hourly rates earned by couriers.

In truth, the earning system with Postmates is complicated. The first thing you’ll need to understand is some of the language used in explaining how you get paid. Essential terms to know include:

  • Mile rate: This is the amount of money you’ll be paid per mile as you travel from the pickup location to the drop-off location.
  • Peak hours: These are hours when demand is greatest, so the chances of getting more deliveries is higher. In every market, peak times are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every day.
  • Blitz pricing: Blitzes are periods of time when you’re offered a higher rate for a specific delivery. They can pop up at any time and may only be applied to certain opportunities.

Postmates has made some changes to its pay structure over the past year in an effort to make it easier to calculate how much couriers will earn for each delivery. The company defines four specific rates of pay per trip:

  1. Rate per pickup: This is how much you earn by picking up the delivery from the restaurant/company providing the product.
  2. Rate per drop-off: This is how much you earn by completing the delivery to the person who placed the order.
  3. Rate per minute: This is how much you earn for each minute you spend at the pickup location waiting for the delivery to be ready.
  4. Rate per mile: This is how much you earn for traveling the number of miles between pickup and delivery locations.

The actual rates for each of these categories differs from market to market. To find out the rates in your area, visit the Payout Information by Market page on the Postmates website. Here is a sampling of how rates vary between four major metropolitan areas as of April 2020.

MarketNew York City Los Angeles San Francisco Seattle
Rate per pickup$1.80 $1.40 $1.90 $1.85
Rate per drop-off$0.70 $0.70 $0.50 $0.50
Rate per minute$0.07 $0.07 $0.07 $0.07
Rate per mile$1.05 $0.69 $1.29 $0.93

Let’s see how this works out for couriers in each of these cities, picking up an order from a Chinese restaurant to an office three miles away and having to wait five minutes for the order to be ready.

MarketNew York City Los Angeles San Francisco Seattle
Rate per pickup$1.80 $1.40 $1.90 $1.85
Rate per drop-off$0.70 $0.70 $0.50 $0.50
Rate per minute$0.07 x 5 = $0.35 $0.07 x 5 = $0.35 $0.07 x 5 = $0.35 $0.07 x 5 = $0.35
Rate per mile$1.05 x 3 = $3.15 $0.69 x 3 = $2.07 $1.29 x 3 = $3.87 $0.93 x 3 = $2.79
Total earned$6 $5.49 $6.62 $5.49

In these markets, you would have to make between three and four of these deliveries per hour to get to the $19 median earnings mark. That said, the company also offers several bonuses and incentives that may increase your hourly rate. And one thing that isn’t accounted for in all this yet is your tip. Postmates guarantees that 100% of tips get paid to its delivery partners, so if you decide to start working with them, keep your customer service game strong.

When it comes to getting paid, Postmates’ website advertises a no-fee or time commitment policy, further stating you’ll keep 100% of what you earn on each delivery. Payments are made using direct deposit, and you’ll have the option to track your earnings and set your payment frequency from the Postmates app.

Weekly direct deposits are free, and funds are generally made available within 24 to 72 hours, depending on your bank. Instant deposits can be made whenever you’d like (as long as you have a balance of $5 or more) but come with a 50-cent charge per deposit, with funds generally made available in less than 30 minutes. There’s also no limit to the number of times you can cash out in a day. So if you just need cash fast, you might not mind the instant-deposit fee.

Maximizing your earnings with Postmates

To get the most out of your time with Postmates, it’s recommended to work during peak hours and take advantage of any offers that come up on the in-app Incentives Tracker. Postmates offers various bonuses and incentives for deliveries accepted within a certain time frame for specific locations or for completing a certain number of deliveries within a set period of time.

Some other ideas to maximize your earnings include:

  • Driving a fuel-efficient car and using a gas rewards credit card to fill up at the pump
  • Saving on gas altogether by biking to your delivery destinations
  • Providing great customer service to earn more tips

How to get good reviews

As a Postmate, driver reviews aren’t something you’ll need to worry about. Postmates doesn’t use a rating system for its couriers, stating on its website that this is to avoid any bad reviews that a courier might receive for circumstances beyond their control. Although customers can rate a delivery (with a thumbs up or down), courier performance isn’t directly correlated to this rating.

How to become a delivery driver for Postmates

Becoming a Postmates delivery driver is relatively straightforward. Start by downloading the company’s fleet app on your phone or visiting You’ll be required to provide some basic information, like your name and contact information as well as your location and driver’s license number. You can also deliver with Postmates by using a bicycle, motorcycle, or scooter

You’ll also be required to authorize a background check by entering your Social Security number, sign the company’s work agreement, set up direct deposit to your bank account, and activate your prepaid card. Once all of that is completed, you’ll be able to start delivering with Postmates and set your own schedule.

Postmates vs. DoorDash vs. Uber Eats

Postmates, DoorDash, or Uber Eats — which of these is the best delivery company for you to work with? Or should you work with all three? Only you can answer these questions, and your answer will depend on your geographic area, resources, and what you’re looking to gain from taking on delivery as a side gig.

All three food delivery services have automated systems that bring the delivery opportunities to you, enable you to pick and choose which ones you want to accept, pay you for the miles you drive, and have set systems in place so you’re not laying out your own money to complete orders.

So in making the decision between Postmates vs. DoorDash vs. Uber Eats, availability would be the first difference to look for. You may live in an area in which only one or two are active services. Or there may be an entirely different food delivery app that holds the market share where you live.

How much you can make with each of these services is also a big consideration. DoorDash offers drivers a minimum amount they’ll earn per order, usually between $2 and $10, with some jobs that pay even more. This is the base pay, which is calculated based on time, distance, and desirability of a job (less popular locations pay more). In addition to base pay and promotions, such as extra pay during peak times, you will get 100% of whatever is tipped. Tips are recorded through the app customers place the order through, so you should be able to track exactly what you’re earning from job to job.

Postmates has gotten rid of its minimum pay per order system, so you’re only earning the base fees for pickup, delivery, time waiting to get the order, and mileage for each delivery. If you're doing food delivery with Uber Eats, you won’t have a minimum amount paid to you per order either. Instead, your pay is based on flat fees for pickup and drop-off, mileage (not available in some markets), and a per-minute rate for time spent from arriving to pick up a delivery through to completing the job. This amount of time is estimated, not based on real time spent, and it is not offered in some markets.

To determine which are the best side hustles for you, research which of these three services is available in the area you want to work, how much they pay, what their requirements are, and what kind of commitment you’re able to make to this side hustle. All of this information can lead you to determining how to make money in the way that's a best fit for your life and goals.

You may find working for one service is enough or that you love it so much you want to work as an independent contractor with all three. Both DoorDash and Postmates state in their contracts that couriers have the right to work for any other business, even if it is a direct competitor. We weren’t able to find any information from Uber Eats that says couriers can’t work for other delivery services. However, given that Uber drivers often also work for other rideshare companies, such as Lyft, you can likely work for other delivery services while contracting with Uber Eats.

Postmates FAQs

How much do Postmates drivers make a day?

Since Postmates work when they want and for however many hours they choose, how much they make will depend on hours worked and deliveries made per hour. While one of the perks of these types of jobs is that you set your own hours, it’s generally agreed that couriers who work during peak hours and hustle to make as many deliveries as possible will earn the most.

Does Postmates pay for gas?

According to its Fleet Agreement, the company doesn’t pay for gas, insurance, or any other expenses associated with your means of transportation, be it bike or car.

How long does it take to start working for Postmates?

You can start working for Postmates as soon as your background check is completed and you’ve activated your prepaid card, either in the app or after receiving your welcome kit. If you’re ever unsure about the status of your application with Postmates, you can verify it by logging in on the fleet homepage.

Can you walk for Postmates?

While you can walk for Postmates, you’ll probably earn more money by biking or driving. The exception to that would be if your city is densely packed with minimal distances between pickup and delivery locations.

What's the prepaid card for Postmates?

Postmates couriers are sometimes required to place and/or pay for an order when they pick it up. When this is the case, you must use a prepaid debit card issued by Postmates to complete the order. The Postmates system will inform you when you will need to use the card and the amount needed for the order will automatically be added to the card’s balance so you can complete that transaction.

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I Became a Postmate for a Week to Fulfill Your Food Delivery Needs

In this day and age, food delivery drivers make the world go round. Getting food to your doorstep has never been so easy. Thanks to services such as Postmates, you can order food or other convenience items (car parts, video games, makeup, you name it) from almost anywhere with just the click of a button. I love ordering carryout and other paraphernalia through Postmates, which is popular in Kansas City. Apart from being a loyal customer, could I become an avid courier too? I decided to deliver as a Postmate for a week, and this is my Postmates driver experience.

Becoming a Postmate:

To become a Postmates driver, experience is not necessary. Anyone 18 or older can join Postmates Fleet and become a Postmates connoisseur. I entered my information and set up my account, registered my vehicle type (as I planned to drive rather than, say, walk or bike), downloaded the Fleet app, and linked my bank account for payment deposits. After a few days, I received a package in the mail with my prepaid Postmates card and very conveniently an insulated Postmates hot/cold bag. I activated my card, and now I was set for deliveries!

Delivery basics:

Delivery opportunities can be accepted via the app. After accepting, you complete the pickup and confirm it in the app. Then you drop the delivery off and again confirm it in the app. 

Ground rules:

1. I am to do a minimum of two deliveries per day, every day for seven consecutive days.

2. I am to do all my deliveries by car.

Day 1

Okay I am so anxious lol. I’ve never done anything like this before. I’m usually the one who orders delivery, not does the delivering. Do it for the people, Ayesha.

The first oddity I came across was that the prepaid Postmates card says 'Debit' in the corner, but for unpaid orders (orders when you have to use the card) select credit to pay for the order. I'm not worried about making a fool of myself; I'm worried about messing up someone's order or not being able to find my customer. This is someone's livelihood at stake, at least temporarily.

After assuring myself that everything would be fine, I finally pressed the "Go Online" button. My phone started to ding and buzz out of my hands. Apparently that's what the app does for approximately 20 seconds when there is an order available to accept. I freaked out a little bit more, got a handle on my phone, and finally clicked accept on my first order. Operation: Postmates driver experience, initiated. Here we go.

1st delivery: Opera House

Earnings: $4.10 + $3.63 tip = $7.73

The app showed a map on the screen and gave directions to Opera House from my location. As I drove there, my location would constantly update on my screen as well as my customer's screen to give live updates on how close I am to the location. The same happens when driving to the drop off location.

This was a prepaid order, so all I had to do was pick up the order and drop it off. I picked up the order and confirmed it. After confirming the pickup is when you get the address for the drop off location as well as any drop off instructions left by the customer. This is a pretty smart way to make sure everyone within delivery range has an equal opportunity of placing an order as it avoids drivers skipping on accepting orders based on where a customer lives. I used the GPS directions to get to the drop off location, and as I went to go find parking, the customer called me asking where I was. The customer was able to see my location and saw I had arrived. I didn’t realize my customer would be standing right outside of the building, so instead I drove up to the curb and handed the customer the order. In the app, I confirmed the drop off. First delivery, check.

2nd delivery: Opera House

Earnings: $4.10 + $1.81 tip = $5.91

I accepted this order, feeling confident since my first delivery was from the same place. This order was also prepaid, so I again did not have to use the Postmates card. The customer thoughtfully texted me with better directions knowing that GPS usually miscalculates that specific drop off location. After confirming the drop off, I got a low battery warning.

“Please charge up! You will be logged off at 10%!”

This was probably a good stopping point.

Tip: If you want to do a lot of deliveries consecutively, bringing a car charger or external battery would be helpful. The Fleet app constantly uses up phone battery since your location settings have to be on to use the app. The data used for the GPS can also be pretty draining.

3rd delivery: Yard House

Earnings: $4.10 + $4.10 tip = $8.20

I did this delivery later at night after charging up. I was a little nervous about the pickup for this one because it's difficult to find parking downtown and I didn't want to delay the delivery. But there was an open spot right in front of Yard House just for me. This delivery was not paid for, so I got to use my Postmates prepaid card for the first time. The cashier asked, "Debit or credit?" and I remembered to say "Credit." The app also asked to add a photo of the receipt before confirming the pickup. I added the photo, confirmed the pickup, dropped off the food, and confirmed the delivery in the app. Hooray for day one.

Note: Payments are not transferred immediately, so you can't get your money right away. It takes four to seven business days to finalize the direct deposit. There is also a $0.15 charge for each transfer to your bank account. Payments are deposited by Postmates per day no matter how many deliveries you do. 

Day 2

I don't know why this is sinking in now after so long, but delivering for Postmates is a real job with real benefits. Being a part of Postmates Fleet connects you with enrolling for a healthcare insurance plan. You also get perks via PerkSpot and a free subscription to Postmates Unlimited after completing a certain amount of deliveries for the month! No delivery fees on orders seals the deal for me.

1st delivery: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen                            Earnings: $5.09 + $2.12 tip = $7.21

I had to place this order myself with the information the customer had given in the app. This order I was kind of afraid to touch the food but I also wanted to make sure everything was there. Checking was worth it though because I noticed the apple pie was missing. I went back inside for it. Then I took a picture of the receipt for the app, pressed pick up, dropped off the food, and confirmed the drop off.

2nd delivery: Protein House

Earnings: $4.10 + $1.68 tip = $5.78

This was a simple pick up and drop off.

I had never actually heard of Protein House! As a Postmates delivery driver, I didn't realize how much I would get to learn about the Kansas City food scene.

Day 3

I was busy in the daytime with an exam, so I didn’t get to turn on the available for deliveries button until later. In the meantime, I actually tried Protein House for the first time! I would have never thought to explore this place if I didn’t get an order placed from there. My delivering Postmates driver experience was turning into an all-round food experience.

Finally, I got a request at 11 p.m. This was late, but I made a commitment to do this for a week, so…

1st delivery: TiKiTaco

Earnings: $4.10 + $5.22 tip = $9.32

I felt a bit more comfortable with the delivery process, so I decided to turn on the “accept more deliveries” mode. This would allow me to accept one more delivery while delivering another order.

I had to pick up an order from TiKiTaco that I just needed to drop off. I called the customer to ask about drink preference (the app didn’t specify which drink to pick up), and I discovered that this 39th Street gem has Dr. Pepper and a bunch of other sodas in glass bottles! What a game changer.

I accepted my second delivery while delivering this one.

2nd delivery: Wendy’s

Earnings: $4.10 + $5.80 tip = $9.90

Ordered, paid, picked up, receipt photographed, dropped off, conquered.

This was a very long and specific order. I felt a bit awkward because after every item I ordered, the lady taking my order kept asking “would that be all?” and I was like "No there’s more..." After every item for 10 items. One of the grilled chicken sandwich items was out and the cashier asked if I wanted to order a spicy or homestyle version instead, but then mentioned that I could wait for the original item. I thought it would be better to give the customer what they wanted so I decided to wait the eight minutes. The workers may not have been happy, but I just needed to do my job right too lol.

The drop off location was so fancy and awesome. I can't say where, but believe me, it was really cool.

I accepted the next delivery while delivering this one.

3rd delivery: Rhythm & Booze

Earnings: $4.56

This was a prepaid pickup. After dropping off the order, I dishearteningly turned off the find more deliveries feature because I needed to go home. I can't even deny that I started enjoying this. Four more days of fun lehgo.

Day 4

This time I went out specifically to make deliveries rather than my usual passive approach (do it while I’m already out). I tried going out at the dinner peak hours to optimize my amount of deliveries without waiting having gaps between deliveries. I headed over to the reddest area on the map, the "hot spot" where I would have the best opportunity to get deliveries to accept.

1st delivery: Beignet

Earnings: $4.10 + $4.00 tip = $8.10

Picked up and dropped off. The customer called me upon seeing I had arrived in the app. I was a little flustered that I couldn't stop at the curb for the delivery because there was a line of cars behind me (thanks downtown). I had to find somewhere to park instead. This was a little stressful, but it worked out.

2nd delivery: Subway

Earnings: $4.10

Ordered, paid, picked up, receipt photographed, dropped off. This was a complicated order and I was paranoid of botching it and giving a customer an allergic reaction on accident. The Subway only had one strawberry cheesecake cookie left, but the customer wanted three. There is an option in the app to select when a product is unavailable, but I didn't have the heart to do that. Instead, I got one strawberry cheesecake cookie and two chocolate chip cookies. Looking back, the ideal option would have been to call the customer to ask their preference, but that didn’t occur to me at the moment. Fortunately, the customer still appreciated the other cookies.

3rd delivery: Opera House

Earnings: $4.10 + $2.45 tip = $6.55

Picked up. Had to fill the root beer myself. Dropped off. I checked the time and realized I had done three deliveries in one hour, which is pretty good might I say for a beginner like me.

Day 5

1st delivery: El Fogón

Earnings: $4.10 + $4.93 tip = $9.03

Pick up. Drop off. Spillin' Coke trippin' on the mailbox.  #badatjobee

2nd delivery: Sol Cantina

Earnings: $4.10 + $2.66 tip = $6.76

Picked up. Dropped off.

3rd delivery: Denny’s

Earnings: $4.10 + $2.33 tip = $6.43

Paid, added receipt, picked up, dropped off. This time the app showed official Denny's images of the burger and cheesecake the customer ordered.

They looked...

...SO GOOD. 

I regretted not being able to sit down and order any for myself for two seconds before regaining focus.

4th delivery: Pancho’s Mexican Food

Earnings: $5.39 + $5.66 tip = $11.05

I was having so much fun I decided to accept another order and pick up a friend! I ordered, paid, added the receipt, picked up, and dropped off the order. Pancho's is very popular, especially on weekend nights, and the line was very long. I let the customer know via text that it would take a while before I would get to deliver.

The line was. so. long. SO LONG. But that meant more car hangout time for me and my friend. Also, Postmates pays you for how long you have to wait at the merchant, so my base payout ended up being raised. *cha-ching*

Day 6

1st delivery: Fric & Frac

Earnings: $4.10 + $2.63 tip = $6.73

Picked up, dropped off. The customer left instructions to park in the back and to come to door on the deck. I felt uncomfortable walking up a flight of stairs in someone’s backyard to a deck. And I couldn’t find the house number. I went to the front of the house to confirm the house number. When I went back, I was relieved to see the customer had come out anyway. Whew.

2nd delivery: Pancho’s Mexican Food

Earnings: $5.04 + $5.37 tip = $10.41 

The line at Pancho's was even longer than it was yesterday! I notified the customer via text about the delay. Texted customer, ordered, ordered, added receipt, picked up, dropped off, and got paid extra for waiting at the merchant #swag

I accepted the next order after picking up the Pancho's order.

3rd delivery (cancelled): Taco Bell 

Earnings: $0.00

This Taco Bell location was closed when I arrived. I called the customer to let them know. In my app I selected “Merchant is Closed.”

The Super Mario Bros game over sound effect played in the app when the order cancelled!!! I was bummed about not being able to complete and deliver a customer's order, but I wouldn't have had this real Postmates driver experience if I had.

Day 7

A new update to the app! The Fleet app now allows you to use Google Maps as your GPS if you choose in Preferences. The earnings tab is a lot easier to navigate, and you can now see a complete breakdown of how much you earned per order with regards to minimum payout, distance traveled, time taken, and tip. There's also a new feature that allows you to choose if you want to accept orders manually or automatically, which is useful for those who want to deliver consecutive orders.

1st delivery: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Earnings: $6.15

The older and newest versions of the app allow you to receive notifications for Blitz bonus, which is when there is surge pricing for deliveries (more demand for drivers). You can earn up to three times as much as the base price during Blitz.

I hadn't been able to accept a delivery during Blitz thus far, but I finally got to do it today!

This was a pick up, pay with card, and drop off. I used the Google Maps feature to take me to the drop off location (a hospital ICU? Am I even allowed up there?). Unfortunately, I was directed three miles in the opposite direction to a similar address. The $86 worth of Chipotle was heavy to carry and started leaking. I felt so bad for taking so long to get there and the leaking bag. I wanted to be done for the day, but I had to do at least one more delivery according to the ground rules I set at the beginning of the week.

On the bright side, I got 1.5 times the payout with Blitz!

2nd delivery: KC Smoke Burger

Earnings: $4.00 + $4.94 tip = $8.94

I LOVE KC SMOKE BURGER. My favorite burger place of all time. And I got to pick up an order from there. I felt so honored.

Picked up and dropped off.

3rd delivery: Taco Bell

Earnings: $5.50

A really complicated, 10-item order... paid, picked up, and dropped off. Day seven, complete.

Total end-of-week earnings (with tip): $148.36

^And that was just with a few deliveries per day!

The week flew by! I’m actually obsessed with this. Postmates makes the delivery driver experience so rewarding and so much fun with the app, almost as if I'm playing a game. And the reward is $$$! And the blessings of all your customers - which usually comes in the form of a tip - so also $$$. I'm looking forward to continue making more deliveries with new features, such as chained and batched deliveries, to improve both my Postmates driver experience as well as customer satisfaction.

Operation: Postmates driver experience. Delivery: success.

If after this week-long journey with me, you don't seem into being a Postmates delivery driver, then here, that's okay: order away. The ordering lifestyle is just as great.

Your Postmate,                                                                           


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How to Make $200 a Day with Postmates

On today’s episode of “how to make money,” we’ll be diving into “how to make 200 a day with postmates.”

 If you (don’t) have a car, you can easily make money by signing up to be a “driver” or part of the postmate fleet and if you haven’t heard of postmates, don’t worry -we’ll cover that in a moment.

Grab a cup of tea and a few biscuits because we’re going to talk about how it works, how much you can earn, and I’ll give you tips that will save time and make money. If that sounds appealing to you, then stick around and enjoy the read.


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What is Postmates

If you’re wondering what postmates is, we’ll need to put “how to make 200 a day with postmates,” on the back burner for a tiny moment.

Postmates is a company that offers delivery services to the general public. I say delivery services because with postmates you are able to deliver anything from food delivery, grocery delivery, whatever-you-can-think-of delivery app to bring what you crave right to your door.

How does it work and how to make $200 a day with Postmates?

How to do Postmates, you ask? Great question. 

Before you sign up, you have to meet three requirements in order to become a part of the Postmates fleet:

  • You must be 18 years or older
  • You must have a valid driver’s license (and yes it has to be insured) or access to another mode of transportation; a bicycle, scooter, anything with wheels.

Your third hurdle and requirement lies after you’ve signed up for the app:

  • You have to pass a background check performed by Postmates 

If you meet the requirements above and you own a smartphone then you’re one step further with the application process.

After you’ve set up your account, Postmates will ask you to verify your identity. Use your full and legal name only when doing this because it will be a part of your background check.

The next thing you’ll have to do is upload a picture of yourself or a selfie so that merchants and customers can identify you. Postmates recommends using pictures that meet these criterias:

  • The picture should be taken from the shoulders up
  • Have a solid and clean background

And then you’re set. As soon as you complete the application process, you are ready to receive your first order and make your first run.

Benefits of working with Postmates

Before we get into the how of how to make $200 a day with postmates, I want to give you a little peek into the benefits of working with Postmates.

1.Work on your own time

One of the benefits of working with Postmates is that you get to make your own hours and they’re completely and 100% flexible depending on the time you have and when you’re able to make the delivery runs.

2.Make money during down time

Let’s say you have some time to take a siesta, what if instead of taking that nap, you log in some hours and make some money? 

Better yet, you have time in between appointments, log onto the app and pick up deliveries nearby. Kill two birds with one stone and make money while doing it.

They say time is money, in this case all that spare time will make you money.

3.They’ll give you a bonus for signing up

With delivery services popping up like daisies and the popularity of Postmates steadily increasing, so too does the need for drivers. 

This bodes well for you if you’re looking to sign up for a delivery service because Postmates offers new couriers a generous sign up bonus.

How much is the sign up bonus worth?

The Postmates sign up bonus for new drivers is worth $1,000 but hold your horses, this doesn’t mean they’re handing over $1000 to you.

 Let me break it down for you, let’s say there is an earnings guarantee in your city of $1000, if you complete between 15-100 deliveries within a 30 day period and you only make $850 from those deliveries, Postmates will give you an additional $150 cash payout at the end of the month to bring your total earning up to $1000. 

But if you’ve already made $1000 after 100 deliveries, Postmates will not give you anything extra.

How to get the Postmates bonus?

Postmates referral bonus is a promotion for new drivers only. You can get your Postmates bonus only when you sign up to become a Postmates driver.  To qualify for this perk, you have to:

  • Be referred by an existing Postmates driver (Referrer)
  • Start your Postmates application process. Sign up with the official driver referral code: “FL-eleonorap”
  • Once you are approved, you must complete the specified number of deliveries within 30 days.
  • The bonus will be automatically credited to your Postmates Driver account, once you’ve completed the number of required deliveries.

*Disclaimer: the amount of bonus varies by city, and are subject to Postmates’ official referral terms

4.There are also other perks 

The signup bonus isn’t the only thing Postmates has to offer. The company gives drivers that exceed the weekly goal of ten deliveries something called a “PerkSpot.” This extra perk gives drivers discounts and exclusive offers from companies.  

We’ve covered the basics of what Postmates is and what benefits they offer if you sign up and work with them. But the real question is, “how much can I make a day with postmates?”

How much can you make in a day with postmates? 

That depends on who you ask and where you live. The lowest paying rate is $11 an hour -this is not inclusive of tips, which you get to keep 100%.

Bastian Lehman is the CEO of Postmates and he says couriers driving during peak hours make an average of $19 an hour. However, drivers working for Postmates have reported earnings from $12.40 to $37.40 an hour on Indeed. 

So, how much do you make a day with postmates? How much you make will be dependent on the amount of hours you work. I’ll give you some tips and tricks to minimize your hours and make double the money using some Postmates hacks. 

Note: As you’re paid solely solely for the deliveries you make, keep in mind that additional fees that occur during your delivery are not covered by the company. 

This means parking tickets, ATM fees or any sort of damage to your car cannot be claimed through Postmates. 

Earnings per delivery are calculated by Postmates using these following criteria:

  • The amount of every successful and completed pickup
  • The amount of every successful and completed drop off
  • A per minute rate for the time you spent waiting at the pickup location
  • A per mile rate for the distance traveled between pickup and drop off locations

How to make more money with Postmates

If you’re searching for “how to make good money with postmates,” then look no further. Here are some time saving tips that will increase your cash flow while working as a Postmate driver.

1.Pick up and deliver multiple orders

Are you trying to work out how to make more money with postmates? Instead of taking a single order and waiting around for it, use that waiting time to your advantage and complete another delivery somewhere closeby. 

Better yet, accept a few deliveries along the way, plan a route and complete them in order of your delivery route. 

By accepting multiple delivery orders and requests, you reduce the amount of time wasted while waiting and your commute time. 

Just be sure to keep everything within a 1 hour timeframe because Postmates promises one-hour deliveries.

2.Make more during Blitz hours

How to make the most money with postmates? Two words. Blitz hours. Blitz hours or Blitz pricing is available during peak hours when the demand for deliveries are at their highest. 

Just like surge pricing, drivers working with Postmates will earn more per delivery when they complete orders during these hours. But the fine print is that it only refers to specific delivery orders. 

Inside Tip: Blitz pricing is more common when most people order food, so keep your eyes peeled during lunch and dinner time. 

Also, since Postmates offers more than food delivery, Blitz pricing can even happen during holiday seasons, national holidays or even late evenings. 

3.You don’t need a car

Just because you don’t have a car, it doesn’t mean you’re out of the running. You don’t need a fancy car or even a car to be a Postmates driver; as long as your wheels are in good condition you’re ready to go.

And if you have numerous modes of transportation available to you, this can also work to your advantage. 

You can still make deliveries during peak hours without a car and dodge the traffic.


Switch to a scooter or bike.

Here’s a little trick

The one thing I can fault with Postmates is that you only see the items and details of the order after accepting the delivery. But if you own a bike or a scooter, you’ll get the explicit details before you accept the offer.

Before you scream double standards, this is done because riders need to know how much space or how heavy the order will be to transport. Let’s say you register yourself as a cyclist or have both modes of transportations registered under the app.

By switching to another vehicle, you can get more details about the order and plan your route accordingly all while sitting in the comfort of your car. 

4.You can earn tips 

Great customer service = tips. Postmates drivers keep 100% of the tips they earn during their delivery. To ensure you get tips, make sure you communicate effectively, deliver everything in a timely manner or earlier than expected. 

Once you’ve completed your delivery, a customer is asked to leave a review and an optional tip. 

Tips to succeed with Postmates

I want you to make the most out of your time at Postmates, so here are some tips to help you succeed and earn more money:

1.Get inside tips from other drivers

Did you know that there’s a community for drivers on Facebook? You can join this group and learn from other Postmates drivers.

2.Postmates Help

Customer service matters and Postmates knows that, which is why they have an entire website dedicated to their “Fleet” of drivers. 

You can find helpful FAQ’s and if that doesn’t answer your question, they have a Twitter account (@Postmates_Help) where drivers can directly receive support and contact via the direct messaging option.

3.Get to know your area

Sure you can rely on GPS but the best way to get around and cut time is to get to know your city. 

You can find out: 

  • What are the fastest routes?
  • Is there a shortcut you can take? 
  • Which restaurants take longer to process an order? 
  • Where are the hotspots? 
  • Which roads are the busiest?
  • When is rush hour? 

The more you know about your area, the better you can plan.

4.Pick up orders close to your location

Postmates has an “Auto-Accept” function on their app that will allow new deliveries to be accepted to your route automatically. Keep this option in mind when picking deliveries and choose them based on your location. 

You don’t get paid to sit around and wait and the delivery costs only cover the timeframe between pick up and drop off, so if an order is too far away from where you are, it may be better to skip that one

Other websites Similar to Postmates

If you aren’t entirely sold on Postmates or you want to juggle two of the same jobs, here are some companies that offer similar services to Postmates.

Uber Eats 

Uber Eats is self explanatory in itself. Uber has capitalized on their ride sharing app and have added food delivery into their rapporteur. 

Uber Eats drivers deliver food orders and can choose their own hours. Drivers are not limited to cars and may complete orders using a bike or scooter too. 

How much can you make?

Uber Eats drivers make $10-$14 per hour.


DoorDash delivery drivers or Dashers mainly deliver orders from restaurants. Unlike Postmates, you have to choose your hours and area in advance. 

You cannot take orders in areas that you haven’t selected -an exception to this rule is if DoorDash needs more drivers stationed in a particular part of the city.

How much can you make?

A Dasher’s income is calculated as follows: Base pay (a minimum of $2) + promotions + tips and that adds up to an average $15-$25 per delivery.


Grubhub is slowly climbing up the ranks and fast becoming one of the top food delivery services out there.

 The app focuses on food delivery and connects customers, restaurants, and drivers to orchestrate a seamless food delivery service. Restaurants and drivers can choose their own hours with Grubhub.

How much do they pay?

 $20.48 per hour


Instacart is a delivery service that focuses on shopping deliveries. What’s different about Instacart is that they have two categories of workers: 

  •  A Full-Service Shopper
  • In-Store Shopper

Full-Service Shoppers have to shop and deliver goods to the customer and In-Store Shoppers are people who work part-time and in stores. This means they’re solely responsible for the shopping and not the delivery. 

How much do they pay? 

Instacart shoppers make around $9-$18/ hour but this can vary depending on your location.


Deliv is similar to Postmates in which anything you want delivered can be and will be delivered to your doorstep. 

They offer same-day delivery services for people who need to purchase items from retail stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, etc. 

How much do they pay?

You can make anywhere from $15 to $22/hour working with Deliv.


There you have it, how to make 200 a day with postmates and more!

 By the end of this article you should be revving your engines or ringing that bicycle bell and on your way to making $200 a day with Postmates or any other delivery service listed above.

Remember to buckle up, put your helmets on, stay safe and flash the customer your pearly whites to get a tip 🙂

How to Make 200 a Day with Postmates


2. How to Activate Your Postmates Prepaid Card

how do I set up the postmates card

This is the first and most important step because as we said, Postmates will not start the background check process until your card is not attached to your Postmates Fleet account. There are two ways to set up your card and for both you need a WiFi connection:

  1. Use the Postmates Fleet App
  2. Sign in to your Postmates fleet account via website

1. Postmates Fleet App

If you haven't downloaded the App yet, please consult our guide to Postmates Fleet App. Follow our step by step tutorial to activate your card directly from the App:

  1. Open the App
  2. Open the Menu (top/left corner)
  3. Tap on your picture
  4. Tap on the menu 'Prepaid Card'
  5. Tap on Activate New Card
  6. Enter your card's identifier
  7. Enter the last 4-digits
  8. Follow the prompt

2. Website

activate postmates prepaid card web

Follow our step by step tutorial:

3. How to Use Your Postmates Prepaid Card

You need to use the card when you arrive at the pick up location and the Postmates Fleet App tells you to pay with the Card. At this point you need to provide your card to the cashier to pay for the customer's order.

The card is a prepaid card and has no funds on it until the Postmates driver has an order to pick up that requires payment. At that point it only had enough funds for that order. Once the payment is made then any remaining amounts are removed from the card. Here are some important point to know that every Postmates driver should know:

  • The Postmates card is a credit card and does not have a PIN.
  • Do not add tip when paying with Postmates Card

If you are a new Postmates driver, we suggest you consult our Postmates driver beginners guide.

4. What to Do If You Lose Your Postmates Card?

Here are 2 steps to take immediately if your Postmates Card is lost or stolen

  1. Report your Card as lost
  2. Replace your Card

How to report your Card as Lost:

You can report your Postmates Card as lost or stolen to Postmates with this support form .

How to replace your Postmates Card:

Postmates is a driver friendly company, they know that the Postmates card is an important tool of our job. You can order additional card in the Postmates shop without additional cost. "Better Safe Than Sorry", order an additional card right now!

5. Postmates Card Troubleshooting

Something seems to be going wrong with the card, your card is declined... The easiest solution would be to use your funds, but please don't do it. First of all, Postmates drivers are allowed a one-time use of personal funds, second there are better solutions. The following steps typically take care of most Postmates drivers issues:

  • Wait 3-5 minutes and then ask the cashier to try again.
  • Delete and reinstall the Postmates Fleet app.
  • Contact the Postmates in-app Support.
  • Do you know that you can request additional funds in the app by tapping the question mark in the upper right-hand corner.

6.Postmates Prepaid Card FAQ

Here are our answers to other most common questions.

What is the Postmates Welcoming Kit?

The requirements for Postmates are minimal. Unlike the requirements to become a DoorDash driver , you do not need to schedule an in-person orientation. Postmates will send you the welcome kit at the mail address you entered during the application process.

If you didn't start the application process, we suggest you take a look at our step by step Postmates on boarding process So, if you are curious and would like to know what the welcome kit is, you are at the right place. The welcome kit includes everything you need to deliver with Postmates:

  • The insulated bag
  • The prepaid card
  • A getting started manual

There are some important point to know:

  • The Postmates welcome kit is FREE.
  • It will take 1-5 business days for the welcoming kit to be delivered
  • You are not required to wear a Postmates t-shirt, but if you are interested you can buy Postmates gears from the Postmates online-store
  • If you do not receive your welcome kit within 10 days, contact the fleet support

Can Postmates drivers use their card to pay for gas?

No, first of all, Postmates drivers are independent contractors. Postmates, as well as Lyft, Uber, or DoorDash, don't pay for gas or tickets for car maintenance. You cannot use the card for yourself or personal use. We suggest you take a look at our guide to how much do Postmates drivers make. In addition, the Postmates card has no no funds when you do not accept a delivery request and need to pick up an order.

Can I do Postmates without the prepaid card?

You should carry the card always with you and be ready to use it if prompted by the app. You should never pay for any Postmates order that you have accepted for delivery with any form of payment other than the Postmates Driver Card.

If you are looking for some tips and tricks and best practices when delivering with Postmates, we suggest you take a look at our Postmates driver beginners guide. It is a good practice to check you have everything you need to complete your delivery jobs before going online, including your Postmates card.

Reimbursements for Postmates Card failure

If you lost your card, the merchant didn't accept the Postmates Card but only cash, Postmates will reimburse you for paying for an order with cash or using your personal card. Here are some important things to know to get reimbursed for this.

  • You can request reimbursement only within 48 hours of a delivery
  • To request a reimbursement fill up the form of the Fleet support
  • Always take a picture of the receipt
  • Postmates drivers are allowed a one-time use of personal funds

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