Since the current Coronavirus pandemic forced the closure of restaurants and cafes in the UK, many are turning to takeaway and delivery options in a bid to continue trading.

At the same time, despite a raft of Government measures, some are losing jobs as the result of the crisis.

Big supermarkets are recruiting actively and there is also an enhanced need for delivery drivers in all sorts of areas. Delivery driving may have a higher appeal for those who already have their own vehicle as there’s less contact with other people. Lots of the big food delivery courier service providers (like Uber Eats and Deliveroo) are already letting people opt for contactless delivery.

Can anyone become a food delivery driver?

You’ll typically need:

  • A vehicle (car, scooter or even bike could do the job)
  • A UK driver’s license
  • Willingness to work what might be unsociable hours for many

How to get started

There are a few ways you can go about it. You could sign up with Uber Eats or similar providers. That might be the easiest way to get going as they already have relationships with restaurants.

Alternatively you could contact local restaurants and takeaways and ask about slots for delivery services. At the present time, many are busier than usual.

If you do decide to deliver food, you’ll need the right insurance cover (and Uber Eats will ask you to upload proof of a police that covers food delivery before you can get on their system).

So get yourself insured otherwise it could end up costing the Earth.

You could very much start with Uber Eats as a foot on the ladder. They offer flexible payments (you can be paid 48 hourly if you prefer) and you could be working very quickly. And then potentially look at more direct work with your local restaurants later if you prefer.

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