Don’t want to drive for Uber or just want to try something different? Here are 8 alternatives to Uber that can help you earn money on the side.
There’s Uber, UberRush for business, UberEats for hungry people. We get it, Uber and their stylized uppercase U sticker is everywhere. Millions of people use Uber every year and there are over 7,000,000 drivers in their fleet servicing 633 cities throughout the world.
It’s not a stretch to say that Uber the largest on-demand ridesharing service in America.
As big as Uber is, though, there’s still stiff competition for delivery driver services and not everyone wants to work there, or drive people around all day. So, for the sake of comparison we’re going to show you 8 companies that may be a great alternative to driving for Uber.
For those of you less interested in driving and would simply like to discover companies like Uber that might be worth testing out, this list is for you as well!
Here Are 8 Alternatives To Uber
Lyft is a huge company in its own right. With over 700,000 drivers, many of whom are doing double-duty with Uber, Lyft handles over 1,000,000 rides per day and offers competitive rates over Uber for both driver pay and passenger fare.
Available in over 300 cities, Lyft has quickly become a worthy alternative to Uber in the ridesharing space – very likely needing no introduction here. If you haven’t seen the ubiquitous pink mustache adorned to the grills of some of their vehicles, you either don’t get out enough or Lyft is not available in your city!
For Drivers (21+): You know how it goes, the bigger the company the more complex the opportunity. Lyft doesn’t outline all of their basic requirements (though, we did find them) and they certainly have a less straightforward application process than most other companies (via their company app) – however, they do one thing that Uber does well; offer driver incentives to join!
Right now Lyft is offering $50 to signup as a driver. The stipulation is that you must complete 50 rides within 30 days (less than 2 rides per day). That’s not bad and it’s free money, right?
With Lyft you’ll also get a flexible schedule, though all of the usual caveats are at play here. If you don’t choose a good schedule, you probably won’t get the good rides. Less busy times and areas lead to a lot of down time and if you’re not driving you don’t get paid.
The pay at Lyft is a tricky one, and very clearly would be based on a lot of important variables. Lyft claims to have given out over $200mm in tips and instead of giving you a general range, if you go to the Lyft website they have a handy little driver wage calculator that will show you, based on your city, how much you could be making as a driver with them.
Driver Requirements: These are the minimum requirements to drive for Lyft.
- You must be 21 years of age or older and licensed at least 1 year before applying
- You must pass a DMV MVR (Motor Vehicle Records) check
- You must pass a criminal background check
- Certain states and cities have extra requirements, you must pass these as well
- Your vehicle must meet Lyft Vehicle Requirements
- You must have a current auto insurance policy with sufficient coverage
- You must have an iPhone or Android device.
For Users: If you’ve used Uber, Lyft is a breeze. If Lyft is available in your city, download the Lyft app and schedule a ride 24/7/365 – it’s always ready.
You can estimate trip costs immediately (no guessing) and even make multiple stops per ride. Just like with Uber, all Lyft rides will be charged to your credit card on file.
2.) Postmates: On-Demand Delivery
Postmates bills itself as a logistics company, but beyond that rather vague title lies a network of couriers that are out to deliver what you need, when you need it.
With a massive selection of cities in the US and no shortage of willing drivers, Postmates is a force to be reckoned with in the courier scene.
You can use Postmates to deliver anything from any store or restaurant (so they claim), however the most common use for Postmates is a takeout delivery service, similar to Grubhub & DoorDash.
For Drivers (18+): Thinking of driving for Postmates? Here’s what you can look forward to. Postmates claims that their drivers (called Postmates) can earn up to $25/hr and do so on their own schedule. Furthermore, your method for deliver is completely up to you.
If you want to deliver products in your car, on your bicycle, your skateboard, rollerskates or even walking – you can do that with Postmates. The flexibility is pretty impressive considering the requirements of many other companies.
Driver Requirements: In order to drive for Postmates you must meet these minimum requirements.
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Own or have access to a dependable vehicle
- Carry your own auto insurance policy if driving
- Pass a background check
For Users: Need something from Staples or a great restaurant? You can use Postmates to schedule pickup and delivery for these items. Most typical uses for Postmates are small items (such as office supplies) and food – lots and lots of food.
Using Postmates is just as easy as any other delivery service. You simply signup. Choose what you want to purchase. Pay for it and schedule a time for it to be delivered.
3.) Amazon Flex
Although limited in locations, Amazon is one of the few companies in the world that is not limited in opportunities.
As a driver you’ll have the benefit of steady, flexible work and a pay between $18-$25 per hour.
As a user you’ll have the ability to have select items you purchase from Amazon available to you same-day.
For Drivers (21+): Amazon claims drivers make between $18-$25 per hour. This is at-or-above the industry average. There are a few services out there that claim $25/hr (like Postmates), however the details are where it matters. Can you pick up enough deliveries in your shift? Are there enough good shifts?
With a company like Amazon you can be assured that there will be steady, growing demand. Since this is a newer service you can probably expect some bumps and rules/terms to change over time, but ultimately this is a great company to be a part of at any level.
The downside is location. Amazon is simply not available everywhere. In fact, it’s very limited. Amazon Flex is only available in these cities.
- San Francisco (Bay Area)
- Philadelphia (& Trenton, NJ)
- Phoenix, AZ
- Springfield, VA
Driver Requirements: To drive for Amazon you need to meet these minimum requirements.
- Be 21 years of age or older
- A mid-sized, 4-door sedan or larger
- An Android or iPhone Smartphone
Beyond this nothing is publicly listed. However, you can be sure that you will need to have auto insurance of your own and pass a background check (criminal/MVR) in order to qualify as most company’s do require these.
Read our review on tips for Amazon Flex drivers.
For Users: For existing Amazon Prime users in select areas (see above) you will have the opportunity to request same-day delivery on certain items through the Amazon Flex program. Clearly, this a huge benefit for those that purchase a lot through Amazon and live in an applicable city.
With Amazon making the push into consumer household goods as well as products, the opportunities are massive for Amazon as a company and you the buyer get to reap the rewards of a solid company behind a service you may learn to rely on.
If you live in an applicable city, simply order your product(s) as you normally would and select the Amazon Flex option at checkout.
4.) Grubhub: Happy Eating
What a great slogan! You may not know what Grubhub is yet, but you know right away that you’re going to be eating, and happy while doing it.
Grubhub’s mission, outside of making sure you’re happy eating your food, is to deliver takeout food to your door. Not unlike their competitor DoorDash. However, GrubHub is much, much larger. Grubhub claims to have over 75,000 takeout restaurants and is available in over 1,300 cities!
That’s a massive operation!
At the core of it, though, Grubhub is a simple process around a simple idea. You browse menus online. Choose what you want. Pay for it. Have it delivered to your door. They’ve essentially made the bulk of the restaurant industry available for delivery.
For Drivers (19+): Grubhub says you’ll get paid a competitive wage and get to keep 100% of your tips. You can work whenever you want, creating a schedule that works for you and probably most importantly, Grubhub claims to have more orders than any other service out there.
This is a big deal if you’re a driver. You’re only going to get paid when you deliver so it’s important that a large supply of deliveries are available at any given time. Grubhub insists there are.
Driver Requirements: In order to drive for Grubhub you must…
- Be 19 or older (21+ in Chicago)
- Have 2+ years of driving experience
- Have a valid drivers license and auto insurance
- Have a checking account for direct deposit
- Be able to pass a criminal background check
For Users: You already know you’re about to eat some happy food, but what else is there? How about the fact that it’s probably available in your city, especially if you’re on the East Coast. What good is a great service that isn’t available for you?
The process is incredibly simple.
- View Restaurant Menus In Your City
- Choose What You Want
- Create An Account On Checkout
- Pay For Your Food
- Get Food Delivered
- Eat it. Smile.
What else is there to know? If you want takeout food and your favorite restaurant doesn’t deliver, Grubhub looks to be a great option.
5.) Instacart: Groceries Delivered
Just like the title implies, Instacart was created to facilitate the tedious and time-consuming process of grocery shopping with an easier solution – someone else does it for you!
As soon as you enter your zip code you’ll have access to 1-click signup through Facebook, or you can choose to sign up with Instacart directly. Once your account is created you’ll have a list of stores in your area that are available to shop and the ability to pick and choose what you want for the day.
Instacart offers same-day delivery on thousands of items, basically, anything they have listed in their store catalogs. The only thing you need to do is choose what you want and pay for it – Instacart does the rest.
For Drivers (18+): At Instacart there are 2 levels of people that can work there on the “delivery side”, and only one of them is a driver, and they are called “Shoppers”. This is the one we’ll cover.
Shoppers can earn money on the side just like other delivery services. You can set your own schedule and get paid weekly. Instacart recommends those that are already driving for Uber, Lyft, DoorDash or Postmates to apply as it not only makes a great side-gig, but you’ll likely have already passed the requirements to use their service as well.
Driver Requirements: To work with Instacart you must…
- Be 18 or older
- Be Eligible to work in the US
- Have 2 years of driving experience and consistent access to a vehicle
- Own a smartphone, iOS or Android.
- Be able to lift up to 40lb’s repetitively (Must be to lift all that extra cash you’re making!)
There is no mention of a criminal background check or driving history minimum qualifications in the basic requirements, but rest assured, in order to be considered you will likely have to pass all of these as you wind your way down the application process.
For Users: As stated in the description above, Instacart was made for grocery shopping. The ease of use is as simple as the majority of the supermarkets that offer to shop for you and deliver curb-side, except in this case, they’ll deliver straight to your house on the same day you order. In addition Instacart also has exclusive coupons & savings that can only be found using their service, so their might be some good incentives to use Instacart for grocery shopping, or at minimum, check it out and see if it’s a good deal for you.
6.) Wingz: Your Favorite Driver Is Waiting
You’ve got Uber & Lyft for any type of travel you’d like where you’d normally use a car. Wingz is a little different. They want to replace your private driver (You do have one of those, right?)
Wingz bills itself as a premium service at affordable prices. They claim to be less expensive than a limo or taxi and that you can choose your own drivers.
In addition, Wingz allows users to book drives up to 2 months in advance. Which, for business travelers can be a very good thing. Whether you’re booking a drive to the hotel, a business meeting, an important lunch or a Dr’s visit – Wingz wants to help.
For Drivers (21+): Wingz is a bit different than other ridesharing & delivery service companies. Their goal is to provide a premium service to their users, so you can imagine that means you as a driver must fit a certain criteria. What is that criterion, you ask?
- Be 21 or older
- Have A Personal/Commercial Drivers License + Auto Insurance
- Have A 4 Door Vehicle, 5 years Old or Newer In Excellent Condition
- Have An iPhone or Android Smartphone
- Pass A Criminal Background Check
- Pass A Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) Check
- Take In-Person Training (From Wingz)
- Take Disability Training (From Wingz)
From the look of this list a Wingz driver that meets this criteria should see a better average wage than most other services, though we’re not sure if this is true. There is very little information on the Wingz website about pay, or how you set your schedule. We’d imagine this is covered in orientation. We hope so anyway!
For Users: If you’ve read the above you can see that Wingz takes your experience & safety seriously. They screen drivers and have very specific personal, vehicle & safety standards they expect to be upheld. This works out very well for you as a customer.
So what can you expect using Wingz? A flat-fee ride that can be scheduled in advance. This means you can avoid surge pricing around the holidays or busy times and rest comfortably knowing you have a driver you can trust to get you where you need to go, when you need to go for an agreed-upon price.
The bad news is that Wingz is only available in 12 cities, mostly on the West Coast and throughout Texas.
7.) DoorDash: 54,000 Restaurants Delivered In Minutes
That’s quite a claim! DoorDash, which operates in most major North American cities is on a mission to deliver food to your door.
With over 10,000,000 deliveries to their credit in over 300 cities, we’d say they’re well on their way to being a successful delivery startup.
For Drivers (18+): At DoorDash you’re not called a driver, or a delivery person – you’re a Dasher. Not Comet, Not Blitzen…Dasher. If you meet the requirements to become a Dasher (18+, no criminal record, no major violations in the last 7 years) you can drive any type of vehicle you want to deliver food to customers within your city.
We can’t tell how much DoorDash pays on average, though you are guaranteed a minimum of $10/hr. Judging by the 3 1/2 star reviews left by Dashers on Indeed.com, it seems like a decent place to work for some side-money as long as you’re not expecting every day to be busy and lucrative.
Special Driver Perks: You can make your own schedule. Be warned, though. Some Dashers complain that you need to set your shift early or you’ll miss out on the best shifts.
For Users: Similar to companies like Postmates, DoorDash is a convenient and cost-effective way to get take-out food delivered right to your door. Delivery times, total cost and DoorDash charges are provided on the app and the order process is seamless once you have an account setup.
8.) Roadie: The One-Way Delivery Network
What does your neighbor, a delivery gig and a smartphone have in common? Roadie! That’s right. Thanks to this company you no longer have to wait for FedEx, UPS or the USPS to get you a local product.
For Drivers (18+): Much like Uber you can choose which gigs you want to take based on a location, the price, ratings & reviews. If it’s a “go”, you accept the gig from the creator, set a time and get to delivering!
As a driver you can set your own schedule, you’re only delivering packages (not people!) and there are no minimum vehicle standards, unlike some other delivery companies. Drive what you want! Bicycle? Done. Moped? Done. Porsche 911 Turbo? Done.
Special Driver Perks: Among one of the weirdest, yet coolest, perks we’ve ever seen. As a Roadie you’ll get a Waffle House discount! Packages and waffles, man. What’s better?
For Personal Users: Need to send a package across town? Need to send a cat to another state? (Yes, really – a cat!) This is what Roadie was created for. Simply signup and create a “gig”, set the time and the price. Delivery people can view your gig and accept. Once you both agree on the details you can track the progress through the app. Each delivery comes with $500 in insurance.
For Business & Enterprise Users: Replacing FedEx & UPS is probably not going to happen for your business, however, with Roadie there’s an alternative when you need it. They offer same-day delivery guarantees, no contracts, no “surge pricing”, real-time delivery tracking & $10,000 in package insurance.
They claim to have “low-cost” rates but they aren’t listed, so we’d suggest checking them out and seeing if they’re a fit for you business.