So I’m trying to find something I can do which will pay better than what pennies I’m making at O’Reilly. I’m getting an almost-decent hourly rate but not enough hours. So the first thing to try is another delivery service. I checked around, and nationally Postmates makes better money per hour that Uber Eats, GrubHub, etc. So I sign up for it.
I got my packet. They told me to get my debit card set up. They didn’t tell me what it was for. So I go out my first day without it, and the first call I get requires me to use the card to pay for the order. Oh, so THAT’s what it’s for. As I live about 45 minutes away from the site I was picking food up at, I had to cancel the order. So at this point, I figure I have to pay for every order with the card, don’t have the card, so I have to go home. This also means I don’t really have time to go back out, so it waits until the next day. This is a Monday. It does turn out that my assumption was not true, that there are many orders I could pick up which are pre-paid.
I go out Tuesday. OK, Postmates said their best days were Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but I didn’t have those days off. So I’m out on a Tuesday. I’m out for 9 hours, got 4 calls. This is especially frustrating in that they keep pushing at me that if I go on 40 calls in my first 10 days, they will round whatever I make up (not including my tips) to $350. Well, I’m only 10% of the way there, have gone out two days, and have 6 of the next 9 days unavailable due to my other job.
I go out Wednestday. A bit better, 8 calls. Still not even a third of the way toward the 40 calls. I’m getting decent tips, both in terms of how many people tip me (well over 50%) and about half the tips are $5+.
Now I have to work Thursday, Friday and Saturday at O’Reilly’s, have Sunday off, and then work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
I’m not 26 years old anymore. I can’t put in 12 hour days or 7 day weeks. But I have to try for that 40 trips. So I’m out today, Sunday. I’ve been out since before 11 am, and it’s now after 4 pm, and I’ve had 5 more trips. Not 15. Five. And I can’t work again until Thursday, and my time runs out on the 40-trip promotion on Friday at 6:15 pm.
I’m a bit bummed. I’m not making enough money to quit working at O’Reilly no matter how many days I go out. I’m not getting close to the same hourly rate even with the good tips.
I hope you can see how this doesn’t look like it’s going to work out. Maybe it’s the wrong time of year. Maybe it would do better in Spring or Summer or… But waaah. We’re paying our bills but having to not get many things we need. So far we have enough food.
Looking for another idea.
Oh, and I went to a place offering food last night, supposed to start at 6 pm. I found out it was a holy roller revival service, and if you lived through the over 2 hours of service you would get food. It triggered my autism with the crowds and noise, and I didn’t want to leave my wife at home (not feeling well for weeks). I’d already been out 9 hours for work at O’Reilly’s. I left feeling kinda bummed on that, although a guy came out of the church to ask if I was all right, heard that I was not, and said I could come by “tomorrow” (now today) and get food if there was any left. Considering it is about a 50 minute drive from anywhere, I don’t think I’m going.
I typed this all while not getting Postmates calls, it’s now about 4:30 pm. Most people don’t order food in the early afternoon.