Amazon has become synonymous with fast growth and has even replaced Apple as the highest-valued brand in the world. Even the pandemic hasn’t stopped Amazon, with millions of people turning to the online giant to ensure they always have everything they need.
With orders booming, Amazon is continuously looking for new delivery drivers for its Amazon Flex platform. If you drive Uber or do other on-demand driving, you can maximise your income by doing deliveries when you don’t have as many rideshare requests. Either way, Amazon Flex is definitely a big player in the gig economy that you may want to consider.
Using the Amazon Flex platform, you can deliver parcels or blocks with your own car, whenever you choose. Whether it’s a weekend gig or a day-to-day activity, you can basically deliver as little or as often as you like.
TIP: Amazon Flex pays delivery drivers in hourly blocks, so you can plan your week ahead and know exactly how much you’ll earn delivering parcels.
To deliver parcels for Amazon Flex, you need to meet the following requirements:
These are more or less similar with the driver requirements for most rideshare apps, with the exception of the age, which is minimum 21 years in ridesharing. If you’re 21 or older and you’re looking for an on-demand driving job or for similar delivery apps to make more money, you might find this London rideshare app comparison useful.
To deliver Amazon.co.uk packages from the Amazon Logistics stations, you’ll need a midsize car or larger with capacity of 5 seats or more. Because parcels need to be protected from the weather during delivery, cars with fewer than 5 seats are not eligible for deliveries, unless it’s a van or an enclosed pickup truck. Your car must have a valid MOT and insurance.
DID YOU KNOW? Car requirements are the same across all delivery types (including Amazon Logistics, Amazon Fresh and supermarket stores).
Getting started with Amazon Flex is rather simple.
The first thing to do is download the app on your phone, in order to sign up and finish creating your account. You can do this two ways:
TIP: When you first sign up for Amazon Flex, you can use an existing Amazon.co.uk customer account, or you can create a new Amazon.co.uk customer account to use with Amazon Flex.
You’ll be asked to upload a few documents, including Right to Work documents for self-employment purposes. Here are the accepted Right to Work documents:
Once you’ve successfully created your account, you can start delivering. In the app, you can check for available blocks or even schedule delivery blocks. With every offer, you’ll see expected earnings and how long Amazon estimates the block will take to complete. Blocks are between 1 and 4 hours long, allowing you to choose a time that suits your schedule.
When you accept an offer, you’ll receive a confirmation message. If you need help, you can go to the Help section of the app to call Driver’s Support.
No, it’s your responsibility as a driver to pay the Congestion Charge, ULEZ, and any tolls, including airport fees such as the Heathrow drop-off charge.
Amazon Flex pays on Wednesdays for all deliveries completed during the previous seven days.
TIP: On the Amazon Flex app, in the Earnings section, you can see in advance how much you’ll earn for each delivery.
It depends. Because of the very flexible nature of the job, it’s difficult to estimate a weekly or even a daily amount. However, according to Amazon, delivery drivers can make between £13-£17 per hour, depending on location and of course, number of deliveries.
One of our customers, Richie was kind enough to share his experiences driving Amazon Flex during the first lockdown in early 2020 and in the months leading up to it. Find out more in the blog post below:
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