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|Amazon Flex||Paid for blocks of work even if no deliveries available; Drivers know how much they will make in advance; Average $18-$25 an hour; Direct deposit payments twice a week||Work fluctuates & steady income is rare; No reimbursement for gas, tolls and parking; Penalties for work block cancellations; Not available everywhere|
|DoorDash||Base pay means driver will always earn something per hour even if slow; Tips and promos increase earning potential; Average around $15-$18 per hour; Direct deposits or debit card payments once a week||Driver is responsible for all expenses; Slow times during the day mean little work for food delivery; Delays at restaurants cuts into delivery time and new orders|
As we can see, Amazon Flex’s strongest point is allowing drivers to see what they will make before committing to work, and it has the benefit of paying drivers for their time even if there is no work to be had, though this is rare. This is complicated by the fact that Amazon Flex is only available to drivers in a few locations, getting blocks of time to work requires constantly refreshing and monitoring the app, and deliveries that go to distant locations from the warehouse mean that the cost of gas eats into profits.
On the other hand, DoorDash is more widely available and thus offers more opportunities for work, which makes it, at this time, more lucrative than Amazon Flex in terms of volume of work. But DoorDash typically does not pay as well as Amazon Flex. If you live in an area where Amazon Flex operates, it is likely the more lucrative option. However, if your area is not heavily active with Amazon services, DoorDash will pay more in the long run. The service that pays more, Amazon Flex vs Doordash pay, comes down to availability in your area.
1. Which service allows drivers to plan shifts in advance?
Both DoorDash and Amazon Flex will allow drivers to pre-schedule work shifts, but only DoorDash allows drivers to simply open the app and begin working on the fly. All work blocks for Amazon Flex are pre-scheduled.
2. Are there any age restrictions in working for Amazon Flex or DoorDash?
Amazon Flex requires drivers to be at least 21 years old. DoorDash drivers must be at least 18 years old.
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