Four Things to Consider Before Starting Work as a Food Delivery Driver

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    If you’ve got a car, motorbike or even a bicycle and want to make some extra money on the side, then you might have thought about working as a delivery driver. 

    Apps like Deliveroo and Uber Eats are often great options for those who want to make some extra money on top of their main income, as these apps allow drivers to work on a self-employed basis, choosing which deliveries they would like to make and easily fitting the work around their regular schedule. 

    If you’re thinking of making some extra cash this way, however, it’s worth taking the following into consideration. 

    #1. Insurance:

    If you’re driving a car or riding a motorbike, you generally won’t be covered under your regular car or bike insurance policy if you use the vehicle to make deliveries. Instead, you will need to get a business insurance policy to make sure that you are financially protected while using your car or motorbike for work. 

    You may be able to upgrade your current policy to include business use, but many people choose to take out a separate policy – check out the fast-food delivery insurance options from, where you can compare a range of different insurers to find the one that best matches your needs. 

    #2. Safety:

    Don’t forget to think about your safety before you sign up for the work, either – it may not be the most dangerous job in the world but bear in mind that you could be working late nights, and you don’t know what the conditions of the roads are going to be like when you’re making deliveries. You will usually be given timeframes in which to deliver food but always be aware that your safety is the most important priority, and whoever you’re delivering to will probably rather wait an extra few minutes for you to arrive safe and sound. 

    #3. Taxes:

    Another factor that you’ll need to consider before you sign up for fast food delivery is taxes. When you’re delivering food using the likes of Uber Eats or Deliveroo, you are classed as self-employed, so you will need to register as self-employed with HMRC at the website and fill in your annual tax return. If you are also working in another job as an employee where you pay tax and national insurance as normal through PAYE, you will still need to register as self-employed for your delivery work. 

    #4. Getting Work:

    Finally, are you sure that delivering food is going to be the best way for you to make some extra cash on the side? If you live in a big city or a student area, for example, getting work is usually easy enough whereas if you’re living in a quieter or more rural area, it might be more difficult for you to come across enough jobs to be paid well. If you know anybody else who does it – or even get food delivered to your door regularly – speak to your delivery guy and find out if the job’s worth it. 

    Delivering food is a great way to make an extra income but keep these factors in mind before you get started.


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