New to Amazon Flex or Amazon FBA? Looking for the best tips to set you up for success?
Been an Amazon worker for a while and looking to level up your strategy?
We’ve put together some of our favorite tips for gig workers like you, along with some extra advice to help you keep more of your hard-earned cash.
The best tips for Amazon Flex & Amazon FBA drivers:
🚘 Take care of your car.
As an Amazon Flex or FBA driver, it’s important to proactively take care of your car.
You already know that it's important to have auto insurance. But did you know that it's also essential to keep a car maintenance log and adhere to a servicing schedule? It's true. We recommend keeping a servicing schedule like one based on how many miles are driven.
As long as you keep track of your mileage and stay up to date on a regular car maintenance schedule, you’ll know what to ask of your mechanic and can avoid many of the problems that arise from vehicle neglect.
Don’t forget to set aside money for vehicle maintenance! You’ll be glad you did when it’s time to take your car in for repair.
👂 Stock up on podcasts.
Your go-to Spotify playlist or radio station might get old after a few hours.
Some Amazon Flex/FBA workers stick to comedy podcasts to keep their mood high. Others favor terrifying true-crime podcasts like Doctor Death to keep their attention.
Self-improvement fans like to listen to audiobooks or self-help podcasts, like the work of Dave Ramsey.
Our two cents? It’s good to have a few options at the ready, so you can match your mood.
📲 Use a mileage tracker.
Tracking your mileage (and expenses!) is the key to saving on taxes—a.k.a. having more money in your pocket.
Self-employed individuals—like Amazon Flex/FBA workers—can deduct their business mileage. This includes miles that you drive to your first delivery pickup, between deliveries, and back home at the end of the day.
Tracking the mileage you drive for work is time-consuming. Seriously. With Everlance's auto-detect feature, you don't need to worry about manually logging the miles you drive as a Flex driver, because it tracks and classifies the ride for whatever you need (Work, Personal, Charity, etc.) automatically. It also has an IRS-compliant mileage log that estimates the trip's reimbursement value. That's right, you can not only track your trip, see the route overlaid precisely over a map. The best part? You can see the exact amount you can write off directly on your screen.
A mileage tracker like Everlance is like your personal assistant, creating detailed mileage logs of your delivery routes and lists of deductible expenses for you so you're ready to maximize your refund at tax time.
Remember: as an independent contractor, there are lots of business deductions you’re entitled to take! Taking those deductions reduces how much you owe on your taxes and increases how much money you will keep.
Looking for more tax info? Check out our Independent Contractor Gig Guide.
💪 Remember why you’re doing this.
Having a purpose will help keep the challenging moments in perspective.
Whether you're trying to pay off debt faster, pick up some extra cash, or work mobile full-time, it's important to remember why you're working as an Amazon Flex/FBA driver. This purpose will be the antidote to a frustrating delivery job or longer-than-average delivery times.
Pro tip: write your purpose on a post-it and put it on your dashboard. That way, you’ll never lose sight of your goal between your speedy deliveries.
We hope you found some helpful advice in some of our favorite tips for Amazon Flex/FBA drivers.
Everlance helps delivery contractors like you track their mileage and expenses—and make more money. In fact, the average Everlance user saves $6,500 a year—that’s enough to pay for a monthly Netflix subscription for the next 60 years.
Remember: as a delivery driver, there are lots of business deductions you’re entitled to take! Taking those deductions reduces how much you owe on your taxes and increases how much money you will keep.
Looking for more tax info? Check out our Independent Contractor Mega-Guide for gig workers.