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Shipt is an Internet-based grocery delivery business started in Alabama in 2014. It has since been bought by Target for $550 million! But Shipt still works with various retailer other than Target in over 100 markets across the US.
As a Shipt Shopper, your main job is to pick up groceries from a specific store and deliver it to a specific customer. You are getting paid essentially being paid to be a delivery person who is great at picking out specific groceries. The better you are the better a rating you get, the more tips you make and the more money that is in your pocket.
Continue reading below for my full Shipt review including detailed information on pay, hours and pros & cons. If you are in a rush Click here to skip to the bottom and check out my review summary.
- Shipt Sign-Up Bonus
-Shipt Customer Promo Code
- Earnings/Income Breakdown
-WerkQuik Review Pay
- Detailed Pay Information
- Getting Paid With Shipt (The Process)
- Additional Opportunities With Shipt
– Income Opportunities With Shipt
– Savings Opportunities With Shipt
-On The Job Expenses
- Pros & Cons
- On The Job Experience
- Review Summary
- Related WerkQuik Gigs
1. Shipt Shopper Sign Up Bonus
Shipt Referral Code: N/A
There is no sign up bonuses with Shipt. Super bummer summer. If you would still like to sign up [CLICK HERE]
Shipt Customer Promo Code
Have you never tried Shipt and would love to? While they have no referral code for a sign up bonus as a shopper they do have one for becoming a Shipt Customer. Click below and Shipt will actually give you $20 in free groceries. It sounds too good to be true but it isn’t.
- Be at least 18 years old
- US Drivers License
-Must be valid and up to date.
- Valid Driver’s Insurance
– Insurance must be in accordance to all local, state and federal laws
- A reliable vehicle, 1997 or newer
– It’s not specified but let’s assume that your vehicle should most likely be street legal.
– The specifications seem to be lesser than you’d need for doing rideshare (Uber/Lyft). Pretty much you just want to make sure you’ll have a vehicle that won’t break down in route to delivering your groceries.
- Knowledge of Produce Selection.
-You are going to want to know how to do this as the better a job you do the better tips you will receive.
- Insulated Cooler Bags.
-You are going to need these to keep cold/frozen items cold/frozen. In addition, customers will most likely tip more seeing you attempt to take care of their groceries with these bags.
- Ability to Lift 25 Pounds.
– Just make sure you are in good enough shape to lift generally everything in the store and to walk around it, quite a bit.
- iPhone (iOS 10 or newer) or Android (5.1 or newer) Smartphone
– Just make sure your Smartphone is moderately new and up to date and you should be good. iOS 10 does not mean it absolutely needs to be an iphone 10.
-Obviously, you will need to have a data plan. I have not tested how much will be needed but it will fluctuate based on how much you work. It is best to figure for 2-3 gigs of data per month if you are working fulltime. The data will most likely be used for navigation (Google Maps/Waze) and the Shipt app itself.
- Proof of vehicle registration
-This isn’t listed on the website, however, it would not hurt to have this.
3. Earnings/Income Breakdown
Earnings Potential (Hourly)
WerkQuik Earnings Chart. Display Earnings form 10 hours of work.
Shipt claims on their website Shipt shopper make up to $22/hr or more.
Shipt says on their help forum that “Typically, it takes one hour to complete an order, and each order can pay up to $22!”. That is most likely where they get their $22/hr figure. Payment for your work comes via direct deposit Friday for work done the previous Monday through Sunday.
In another post, however, Shipt aims a little lower and says pay ranges are a little lower at $16-$22/hr. Still not that bad tho.
Glassdoor Average (source)
Surprisingly Shipt has very few reviews on Glassdoor at the time of this review (July 28th, 2018), only 16. The average pay as noted above and on the website is only $10/hr. The minimum pay noted was $5/hr and the maximum was $15/hr. This is obviously contradictory to what the company claims.
WerkQuik Review Pay Experience
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4. Detailed Pay Information
As a Shipt Shopper, you are a third party contractor. With this said pay can vary greatly between shopper to shopper sometimes based on skill and knowledge and sometimes based on luck and just being in the right place at the right time.
With Shipt you are going to get your pay in two different ways.
4-1.Shops (Base rate)
Shops are your primary way to get paid with Shipt. According to the company itself “You’ll be offered orders, each with an estimated pay that is based on how long it takes to complete the order. “.
Like most delivery jobs Shipt shoppers do get tips and apparently, they get them pretty often. Customers may tip in cash or credit (via the app) and Shipt claims 70% or 7 in 10 customers tip.
When asked about tips on Shipts blog they give the same blanket response. For my experience regarding tips make sure to watch our video review and read about my experiences below.
“Tips are not required but are greatly appreciated. Show your shopper some love and appreciation by tipping any amount of your choice! You may tip in cash or within the app after you receive your delivery and 100% of your tip will go to the shopper.” – Shipt
If you are looking to make more in tips doing Shipt make sure to read our blog post on that (here).
The combination of these two sources of income should get you to the $22/hr Shipt talks about. That is of course “in theory”. If it gets you there in practice is another thing.
One thing to note is unlike many rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft pay does not increase or surge with Shipt. You will not get a higher multiple to work during busy times. You will get paid the same all 7 days a week 8am-10pm. Shop rates as mentioned above are solely based on the estimated time it takes to do a shop.
5. Getting Paid With Shipt (The Process)
Pay for Shipt is weekly and like said above is via direct deposit Friday for work done the previous Monday through Sunday.
6. Additional Opportunities With Shipt
With Shipt there are a few opportunities to make a few extra bucks and save a few extra bucks and they are below.
Additional Income Opportunities With Shipt
Opportunities to earn extra passive income with grocery delivery are rather limited however below are a few we have found.
Wrapify – www.Wrapify.com
Car Wrap Advertising
Wrapify is a company that will pay you for a partial or full car wrap. Pay is $84 – $452 per month depending on the amount of your car you would like to wrap, your location and the demand for car wrap advertising.
Carvertise – www.Carvertise.com
Car Wrap Advertising
Carvertise is a company that will pay you for a partial or full car wrap. Carvertise described their payment model as the following “Our standard payment rate is $100/month. Sometimes there are more specialized campaigns that can pay up to $200 / month but this is not common. We also offer drivers the ability to make additional passive income through parking their cars in certain places at certain times. Our going pay rate for this is typically $30/hour.”
Additional Saving Opportunities With Shipt
The more money you save is the more money you can consider profit, meaning the more money you make. Here are a few ways to save some cash while doing Lime.
MileIQ – Save On Taxes
When driving for a business purpose you can deduct your mileage for a pretty good amount, a little over $0.50 per mile. But keeping track of that mileage can be very hard. But there is a solution.
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One of the biggest disadvantages of Uber is the personal expense. However, you gotta spend money to make money. Like a lot of portions of our rideshare reviews, this is very similar to some sections of our other reviews.
Vehicle Wear & Tear
Vehicle Wear & Tear is the cost of using your car. That includes maintenance, tire replacements and such. This number includes fuel. AAA puts this number at 60.8 cents for an average size sedan and 46.4 cents for a small sedan (like my Mazda 3). This obviously means the more mileage you put on your car the more it will cost you. The nice this about mileage is you can write it off! In 2018 according to MileIQ, you can write off 54.5 cents per mile. This can be big tax savings.
It is all really based on the value of your car, make, model and a variety of factors. Even where you live can play a part in it. For example, if you live in Toledo, Ohio (The pothole capital of Ohio) like myself then your wear & tear will likely be higher then that of a city that elects semi-competent leaders that can fill holes in the road.
Gas is one of the biggest out front expenses with most any job in the gig economy. Repair & Maintenance is bad but at the same time the cost can be reduced by taking better care of your care or it can be put off. Gas is a cost you cannot get around. According to the same AAA article above gas can cost 3.68 cents per mile (electric cars) to 13.8 cents per mile (Pick-up trucks) depending on your vehicle.
NOTE: Tracking Mileage
Tracking mileage can be very difficult. Your job as an Shipt Shopper is to deliver groceries. Not to track where you’ve been. I highly suggest using MileIQ, if you use my affiliate link below you get 20% off an annual membership and help fund WerkQuik.com. This is a savings of $10.00 and this program will help you save even more than that in the long run!Get 20% off >>> Unlimted Miles With MilesIQ Now!
This is additional expenses you may spend like on snacks, coffee or such. Honestly, this could be your own groceries or something you see and want to buy while in the grocery store. Those end caps can be tempting… just remember to obviously use your own money/card.
7-1. Recommended Items (Top 5)
These items are not necessary for you to get but ones I highly recommend. These should be useful for you to do your job and to make more money while working for Shipt. Below is a quick list (only my top 5 recommendations), I highly recommend looking over our complete Shipt Recommended Item List for the complete list.
Reusable Bags That Don’t Break
I’m not a hippie or anything but in case you or a customer is these bags could be very helpful for gaining extra tips. In addition, these bags can handle up to 50lbs so aren’t likely to break on you.
Thermal Bags For Keeping Food Cold
Car Charger & Charger Cables
One thing you want to make sure about is your phone doesn’t die while doing Shipt so you can call the customer if need be, look over lists and such. Having a car charger and cords will help you make sure your phone doesn’t die.
In addition, car chargers are super important for other gig economy jobs as well so it’s a good investment. Below are the charger and three types of cords, USB, USB type C & iPhone cords. Plus a super-cord with all the outlets in one!
USB C cable
This is for newer android phone and ironically newer Apple laptops too.
This is for newer Apple iPhones
This for older android phones and many common older Bluetooth headphones.
Supercord – All Outlets
This can be very helpful for having all outlets however your Cargo vending machine does have other charging cords in it so it could cut into sales.
Many new phones do not have aux ports (looking at you iPhones) but many do and if I had to rely strictly on the radio for entertainment I’d go mad. Below are some items for entertainment you should consider when doing Lyft.
Aux Cord For iPhone
Obviously this is not a cord, however, this will act like an aux cord so people with iPhones can listen to music in older cars without Bluetooth integration.
Keep Track Of What Happens On The Road
In sales, we call it CYOA (Cover Your Own Ass), make sure you are not at fault and that’s what a dash cam is good for. With a Dashcam, you will have video evidence of a crash to prove your innocence. The model below is an entry level Dashcam. The ones in our list can be a little more expensive but come with more features.
Learn to select Vegetables & Fruit
This book is a quick guide to help you choose ripe veggies and fruit so you can get a higher tip. Also it probably makes for a good toilet read lol.
7-2. On The Job Expenses
Still in progress.
You make your own hours which is one of the great things in the gig economy.
“As a shopper, you can schedule a delivery any time from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week. So shop in your spare time, evenings, or take on a full 40-hour schedule. The choice is yours.” – Shipt
9. Pros & Cons
Here is a quick list of what we liked about Shipt and didn’t so much or about what we read online. As for all gig economy jobs wages can be below minimum wage given the worst circumstances because this being a universal “con” we do not list it on any reviews.
Free Shipt Membership
Work Flexibility – “You Get To Be Your Own Boss”
Great Mixture Of Driving & Moving
-This was brought up by Shipt on their company blog. It is actually nice that you get a break from driving on an 8 hour shift.
Great Company Support
-The X-Team is the Shipt experience team. They are relatively easy to get ahold of unlike many other gig economy gigs.
You Can Do Multiple Shops At Once
-Make more money with less driving.
Wear & Tear On Your Car
Shops Can Be Limited Especially During Prime Working Hours
Items Can Often Be Out Of Stock Leading To Time Delays.
-So much so even Shipt calls a shop with all items in stock, a Unicorn. Yikes
Gas Expense Is Not Reimbursable
Deliveries Can Sometimes Be Far Drives (30 min+)
Have To Wear A Pretty Lame Looking Company Shirt While Shopping
You Don’t Know What Is In An Order
-The order could be picking up 20 cases of heavy soda for $40
10. On The Job Experience
Still in process.
11. Review Summary
13. Related WerkQuik Gigs
Do you like the idea of being a Shipt Shopper or are currently a Shipt Shopper and want to see similar gigs? Here are a few that you may be interested in with great sign-up bonus offers.
Why these choices let me explain…
Lyft – Rideshare that you can do once you drop off someone’s groceries or while waiting for shops.
Lime – Lime is busy when Shipt is closed. Would be a good way to end your night.
Postmates – Like Shipt but instead of delivering groceries you are delivering food.