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Delivery Driver with Uber Eats vs. an Independent Driver with Uber: Pros and Cons

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Pros and Cons of Becoming a Delivery Driver with Uber Eats


  1. You do not have face-to-face confrontation with your customer when delivering food vs. driving a passenger around if you were to become an independent driver with Uber. 
  2. Food delivery can feel routine like clockwork, thus not too many wildcard variables like having noisy or rude passengers in your car.
  3. If you are shy and don’t like to deal with customers who may be rude, intoxicated, or a mix at different times of the day.
  4. Not having to talk excessively or people-please because your passenger is your food delivery.
  5. Less time spent with strangers. 
  6. Introvert-friendly. No need to meet strangers.


  1. Opportunities to earn may be limited to breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast I’ve found to only have a very small time slot, so realistically we are looking at only lunch and dinner as being viable opportunities to earn with Uber Eats.
  2. More of a rush to get the food delivered on time because you are essentially on the clock once you accept a food delivery order from a nearby restaurant.
  3. Basically, when you are on the clock, it is crunch time.
  4. Delivering can feel mindless and is predictable, which can be a pro or a con depending on the individual.
  5. The “delivering” of the food can be a challenge if we’re dealing with soups, drinks, or hot food items that may require a hot bag or stains in your car.
  6. Your car over time may start smelling musty if not properly ventilated.
  7. Have to “deliver” and get out of your car, whereas being an independent driver you stay present in the car at all times.

Pros and Cons of Becoming an Independent Driver with Uber


  1. For the extrovert, you will be able to talk and meet more people to pass the time quicker. 
  2. More in-person service as opposed to food drop off.
  3. You can accept ride requests around the clock and not be limited only to lunch and dinner hours. Flexible hours are always in demand for delivery drivers.


  1. More variables of the passenger entering your car. The passenger can be intoxicated, rude, or a mixture of them, worst-case scenario.
  2. Having to people-please and potentially be conversational – depends on the preference of the individual driver. 
  3. You may drive into an area far away from where you live or originally started your route at the beginning of the day.

Should you become a Delivery Driver with Uber Eats vs. an Independent Driver with Uber?

I personally advise you try both options because they both offer unique opportunities and experiences, but you are free to explore the pros and cons of each service detailed above and make your best-educated decision. You can always opt out if you ever decide you prefer delivering food over driving passengers or vice versa.

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