It’s an underrated side gig.
Freelancing has its benefits – once you’ve built up a network, you work when you want, often where you want, and can take holidays whenever you feel like it. But anyone who’s done it knows the downside, too. Work isn’t always available, invoices aren’t always paid on time, jobs can be few and far between and it can be quite lonely.
If you’re looking to supplement your income (or just keep yourself busy) in between jobs, delivering with Uber Eats can be a great side gig. Here’s why.
A perk of delivering with Uber Eats is your ability to set your own hours and work when it suits you. There are no shifts, no boss and no time constraints. You can drive, ride or take breaks based on your schedule, so it’s a great side gig for freelancers in between jobs. No minimum hours means you can pick it up and put it down based on your workload each week.
Because you’re picking up from restaurants that can often be attached to live music spaces or other creative hubs, delivering with Uber Eats is a great way to extend your network. You can get chatting to venue owners and other freelancers working jobs to suit their schedules. You never know who you’ll meet, but you’re putting yourself in a great environment to speak to people from all walks of life.
You could use your existing car, scooter or bike if it’s eligible. This would mean there’s no capital outlay to get started, and you can use delivery as a way to supplement your income in between freelance jobs. The biggest drawback of freelancing, particularly for creatives, is the down time spent in between jobs. Delivering with Uber Eats is a great way to help ensure you maintain a steady stream of income.
Spending time away from your freelancing work may help you be more productive when you’re on the clock. If you’re a creative freelancer, you’ll be all too aware of how frustrating creative blocks can be. Delivering with Uber Eats can give you the opportunity to clear your mind, or even give you that extra time to come up with creative ideas. Plus, the people you meet while you’re out and about can inspire your art, as can the world around you.
One of the best aspects of delivering with Uber Eats (especially in comparison to driving with Uber) is the option to ride a bike or e-bike. This is an awesome way to keep fit and supplement your income at the same time – often freelancers will feel like they have to make a choice between the two, so it’s efficient to tick boxes around your health and finances at the same time.
This article is produced by Scout Jobs in partnership with Uber Eats. You can view job opportunities and sign up to deliver here.
Photography: Jamie Alexander