You can make a pretty penny on Postmates, but you need to use some cleverly thought-out strategies. The best way, of course, is by getting more deliveries. But that’s easier said than done, especially considering the vast competition.
For that reason, we decided to help you out. Stick around to find out how to get more deliveries, and make your work at Postmates more efficient. Remember, it’s all about driving less while earning more.
How to Get More Deliveries with Postmates
Potentially, Postmates can earn you a lot of money, but it takes a mighty effort. Starting with general tips, it helps if you know the area where you’re driving. Sure, you can rely on GPS, but you should also be familiar with the hottest places in town.
These include the most popular restaurants, diners, take-out places, etc. If possible, try and get posted close to this area of the city. There has to be a place in your town with many restaurants close to each other. Find that place and stick to it.
If you’ve just moved, or simply don’t order much food, don’t worry. The Postmates app for drivers also tells you about the so-called hot spots. These areas are marked in red, because they’re the places where you’re most likely going to get a delivery request.
If you don’t see many (or any) hotspots, perhaps another Postmate is close by, and they got the order first. Also, it might not the right time for a delivery.
The Best Times to Make Deliveries
You can already guess where we’re headed in this section. There are certain times of the day (and the week) when people use Postmates the most. Of course, we’re talking about the weekends, when most people are home, and are too lazy to cook for themselves.
Additionally, you should work during peak hours, most notably during lunch and dinner time. The peak hours may vary a little, but during the day, it’s between 10AM and 2PM, and during the night, between 5PM and 9PM.
In conclusion, you’ll make the most Postmates deliveries during dinner time on weekends. Furthermore, Blitz pricing might apply to these orders. It nets you more money per shipment, and occurs when demands are high, and there aren’t many Postmates in the area. Use the Blitz hours as much as you can. You can nearly double your income if you can hit these sweet timings.
Get More Deliveries at Once
Here’s some crucial advice, always keep Auto Accept enabled. If you do so, you won’t miss any orders during a break or an ongoing delivery. Enabling this feature is simple:
- Start the Postmates app for drivers.
- Sign in and select the Preferences.
- Enable Automatic to Accept by moving the slider next to it.
- If you want to disable this feature, you can do that on the Stops page. Just move the slider next to New Orders to disable it.
With this feature, you can line up deliveries one after another. Speaking of which, you can also make chain deliveries.
Sometimes, you’ll be able to take multiple orders from the same merchant and deliver them to customers living in the same area. Chained orders are the best way to make more deliveries at once. Just inform the merchant that you have orders, verify them, and make the pickup.
Then, the Postmates app will show you where to make the drops, one after another. Some of these chain deliveries can be from more than one merchant as well. Either way, they’re a welcome bonus.
Improve Your Customer Service
Another thing worth mentioning is that you should always provide customer satisfaction. Be polite and communicative. If you’re not sure about something, ask them rather than making a hasty decision.
Let the customer know if you’re running late due to a traffic jam, etc. Try and make natural conversation at the drop-off. If the customer’s having a bad day, don’t rise to it. Remain calm and pleasant at all times.
If you’re polite, the customer is more likely to give you a tip. It will also increase the chances of them ordering via Postmates again, so it’s a win-win situation.
Another thing customers appreciate, besides politeness, is fast delivery. Sometimes the traffic and other factors get in the way, but most of the time, this depends on you. Respect the law, but try to make the deliveries as quickly as possible.
It Gets Better
Like any job, delivering with Postmates takes some practice. The more you work, the better you’ll become. And this will translate to more deliveries and more money for you. Remember to stay cautious on the road, and take care when handling the customer’s orders.
It’s not just about the number of drop-offs, it’s also about effectiveness. Often, you’ll earn more money with fewer deliveries. And if you can, try to work on weekends as much as possible.
Are there any tips you’d like to sure? How are Postmates working out for you? Drop us a comment in the section below and let us know.