Food tips

Accept Stacked Orders When It Makes Sense

Uber Eats sometimes sends stacked order requests. This involves picking up two orders from a restaurant and then making two separate deliveries: Stacked orders can help you make more money per hour, provided both orders are somewhat close to one another. Additionally, one super important piece of Uber Eats driver advice is to always check where the last order dropoff location is for stacked orders (or any order). If taking a stacked order means you drive a few miles out of the busiest delivery area in your city, your next order is probably going to be slower and offset any of your extra money you made. Even worse, if a stacked order is super far away from where you normally deliver, you might end up in an area that’s really devoid of any decent restaurants. So, use the Uber Eats driver app to zoom in on the dropoff points and check the area on Google Maps as well if you’re in doubt.

Take Breaks During Rush Hour

If you deliver during a lunch shift and want to keep working dinner, it’s probably a good idea to take a break at some point to eat and relax a bit. But, if you take a break, try to time it with the worst of rush hour traffic and then hit the road for dinner time. For example, let’s say you deliver from 11am to 4:30pm…you can then take a break from 4:30pm to 5:30pm, miss some of rush hour, and start up the app again to try and deliver from 6pm onwards. Extra Reading – How To Make An Extra $1,000 Per Month.

Be Careful With Low-Paying Fast Food Orders

If you see an order come in from McDonald’s or Burger King that pays $5 but it’s only 1 mile away, you might think it’s a chance to make a quick buck. But, a word of caution for low-paying fast food orders: they can be a massive time trap. The problem is that many fast food joints get you to use the drive through and are actually ironically quite slow. Plus, since fast food is relatively cheap, your tips are generally quite poor as well. So, unless a fast food order is paying around $1 per mile or more, it’s probably worth skipping. Pro Tip: Use the Steady App to find high-paying, local gig jobs to make extra cash!

Wait In Busy Areas

This is another obvious Uber Eats driver trick, but it works. When you start a shift, try to wait in an area with a high density of restaurants and orders. If you can stay within this delivery zone for most of your shift, you’re driving less and probably getting more orders per hour. This Uber Eats driver, who has over 1,500 deliveries, also suggests learning which restaurants have an order delivery radius that’s too large in addition to waiting in hotspots: This is more of a pro tip, but over time, you’ll learn which restaurants can send you into the middle of nowhere and which ones tend to have a smaller delivery radius for faster dropoffs.

Know When To Cancel An Order

One thing beginner Uber Eats drivers can get freaked out with is canceling an order that they’ve accepted. Here’s the thing: you don’t want to get in the habit of canceling orders endlessly since this looks bad on your end. But sometimes you have to cut your losses. For example, if you drive five minutes to a burger joint and then hear from the staff it’s going to take another 25 to 30 minutes to get the order ready since they messed up big time, that’s way too long to wait around. In this scenario, message the customer to let them know what’s happening and cancel the order so you can get back on the road. The only time this might not make sense is if you drove a pretty far distance for a high-paying order and have to wait around 10 to 15 minutes. In this case, you might just have to accept the loss but at least earn something.

Double-Up On Apps

Another popular tip for Uber Eats drivers is to use multiple delivery apps at the same time to increase how many orders you get. Typically, this means opening two delivery apps, waiting to see which one gets a decent order first, and then shutting off the other app while you complete the delivery. As you get closer to completing a delivery, you once again turn on another app or two to see what order requests you get. Other popular delivery apps you can double-app (or dapp) with are:

  • DoorDash
  • Postmates
  • Grubhub
  • Caviar It’s worth testing other apps anyway to see which one pays the most in your market, but don’t be afraid to try out double-apping to boost your earnings! Extra Reading – How To Make $50 A Day.

Start Simple.

Keep it simple, especially when you are starting out. The best way to start keto for beginners is to use a simple framework for your meals:

  • Pick a protein – Chicken, beef, pork, turkey, fish, seafood, protein powder, eggs, etc.
  • Pick a (low carb) veggie – Cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, brussels sprouts, cucumbers, bell peppers, etc.
  • Add fat. Butter, oil, lard, ghee, cheese, bacon, avocado, mayonnaise, nuts, etc.

Remove Temptations.

One of the easiest keto diet tips to implement is to get rid of foods you need to avoid. It’s much easier to stick to your goals if you’re not constantly fighting temptation. Get rid of the following in your fridge and pantry:

  • Grains including wheat, bread, pasta, rice, oats, cereal, corn, etc.
  • Sugar including table sugar, candy, pastries, cakes, ice cream, chocolate, soda, juice, honey, maple syrup, etc.
  • Starchy vegetables including potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, etc.
  • Legumes including beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc. (Peanuts are an exception in moderation.)
  • High-sugar fruits including bananas, pineapple, oranges, apples, grapes, etc.
  • Low-fat dairy & milk including all cow’s milk (except heavy cream is fine), low-fat cheese, etc.
  • Seed & vegetable oils especially margarine, canola oil, corn oil, grapeseed oil and soybean oil
  • Processed “low carb” foods depending on ingredients, so read labels for hidden sugar, starch, and artificial ingredients If your family is not on board with low carb eating, getting rid of everything may not be possible, and that’s okay! If others in your household want to continue eating these foods, gather everything you want to avoid and store it together, so that you can at least avoid a certain cupboard, fridge shelf, etc.

Stock Your Fridge.

Along with getting rid of all the good stuff, fill your fridge with plenty of good stuff:

  • Healthy fats like avocado oil, butter and coconut oil
  • Leafy greens like lettuce, spinach and kale
  • Low carb vegetables that grow above ground, like zucchini, cauliflower and asparagus
  • Meat like beef and pork
  • Poultry like chicken and turkey
  • Seafood like fish and shellfish
  • Full-fat dairy like cheese and heavy cream
  • Eggs
  • Low carb fruit like avocados (the fruit exception that doesn’t need to be in moderation), raspberries and coconuts Get the full keto food list for beginners here, including more details and a handy printable version. Notice the main focus is real, whole foods.

Stock Your Pantry.

Don’t forget to stock your pantry with keto staples, too! Pantry ingredients are most prone to be high in carbs, but here are the types of items you’ll want to keep:

  • Herbs & spices like basil, dill and cinnamon
  • Low carb condiments like mayo, hot sauce and mustard
  • Nuts & seeds like almonds, macadamia nuts and sunflower seeds
  • Sugar-free sweeteners like erythritol, monk fruit and allulose
  • Low carb flours like almond flour, coconut flour and flax seed meal
  • Sugar-free beverages like water, coffee and tea And one big thing you don’t need in your pantry? Exogenous ketones, diet supplements, and processed products labeled “keto”. Always read labels and check if the actual ingredients are keto friendly. While ketones are a controversial topic and some people have found that they help a little, they are absolutely not necessary to have success. Your body will produce ketones on its own if you restrict carbs enough. Get the full keto pantry shopping list here with more details on what you do need.