When Vanessa K. Herron realized she could earn money delivering food to homes, businesses and more, she started raking in the cash! Here’s how.
My family’s finances shifted when my husband went back to school. And though I’d been working as a screenwriter for years, I needed a way to supplement my income, especially as our four children started to go off to college.
Then one day, I was chatting with my daughter, and she said, “I’ve got to go. I have to do a Dash.” She explained that she was making money delivering restaurant food to people through the mobile service DoorDash. All you need is access to a vehicle, a driver’s license and a phone to install the app. I could do that too! I thought. So I went online, completed the registration and orientation and downloaded the app.
For my first job, I drove to a local restaurant, picked up the order and delivered the meal to the customer’s house using my phone’s GPS. The app paid me a delivery fee, and I kept 100 percent of the tip I was given at the door.
In no time, I was making $250 to $500 a week delivering lunches to offices, dinners to busy families and coffee to tired students. Best of all, I can “cash out” through the app daily, so I never have to wait for a payday.
The money I make has helped me pay for my kids’ college and fund my creative projects as a filmmaker. Plus, I can work from anywhere. When I visit my kids in their college towns, I do a couple of deliveries to earn money to take them to dinner!
-Vanessa K. Herron
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.