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Make More Money Delivering Pizza (Advanced Tips)

Updated on October 18, 2017


To begin, if you are new to the career of pizza delivery or are thinking about finding a job in the field, I recommend you read my article on helpful tips to being a good pizza delivery driver at this url address before continuing with this article.

In this article I will recap some of the tips from my previous article as well as more advanced tips to help you as an individual make more money in the field of pizza delivery. Some of the information I provide will seem like common sense or logic, but paying attention to that common sense is what will help you understand how to make more money.

I have been driving and delivering pizza's for nearly 10 years at various corporate and local Pizza hot spots, so it is my hope that my experience can help you to finding a moderate amount of success in this career.

Lets talk about you... schedule, shift, restrictions

I would like to begin by opening you up to a little self evaluation. At the forefront of making money is time and effort. In order to make money you must trade your time for it and your effort if done right should help determine the value of that trade. Everyone has their own life to live and as such may have certain restrictions on the availability of time they have to spend in the efforts of making money. As such you may have schedule restrictions that you have worked out or will need to work out with your employer. What you will want to do is maximize your potential availability to gain as many hours as possible within your schedule restrictions. At this point your effort is your most essential tool for success. The latter statement is not far outside the realm of plain common sense, however what is important to note here is that unlike most other jobs where your effort determines your pay rate or possibility for advancement, with delivering pizza you are also in need of competing for hours to show value to your employer whereas with most other jobs your hours are already predetermined and for the most part guaranteed. One of your foremost goals should be to be as available as possible to gain as many hours as you can and show your value. Examples of this are to be available for any shift, work the extra hours, come in on other peoples shift when they call off, as well as calling off as little as possible. This will show your employer you are here to work. Don't become discouraged or upset if a co-worker begins to regularly ask you to cover their shift regardless the reason; that is just more money in your pocket and from your employers point of view you will be more deserving of the hours than your lazy co-worker. As a final note to this section, pay attention to your available hours and if you need to be consistently on days or nights and if you are available on weekends, as this not only affects your pay but may require you to analyse your location and customer base.

More about you...

One of the most important things you can do is care about your job and do your best to enjoy it. By doing this, you are surrounding yourself in a positive aura of energy that affects everyone around you, from your co-workers, to your boss, and most importantly your customer. Caring about and enjoying your job can help you make money in many ways. Starting with your co-workers, a positive energy encourages team effort and the willingness to help you as result of a boosted overall morale in the building. In fact while in the building, this should be one of your primary focuses. A positive morale in your environment helps the establishment run like a well lubed machine. As a result of team effort and everything running smooth and working together, less mistakes will be made, have a contagious effect on the customers, and allow you to do your job better by getting you in and out of the building faster. All of the latter leads to repeat, frequent customers and their willingness to pay for the product and service which inevitably leads to more money in your pocket. At the very least if it is a bad day, time will go faster. Now as it pertains to your boss. If your boss sees you as the root of positive effect that person may be much more inclined to give you a raise, a promotion, and other financially encouraging opportunities. If nothing else they will cause you less stress when something goes awry. Finally, a point stated in my previous article, a positive affect on your customer not only encourages them to become a repeat or even frequent customer but may also lead to them requesting you specifically, once again leading to more money in your pocket where it otherwise wouldn't exist. If at all possible do your best to go above and beyond for the customer, such as throwing in a couple extra sauces for them if that doesn't upset your employer. You could also try perhaps grabbing the customers newspaper for them while you are on the doorstep or offering a bit of delightful small talk perhaps even a clean joke as a running gag each time you see them. You would be surprised how a quick clean joke of the day for all of your customers can affect their mood and your pay.

Location, Location, Location

As with any business or endeavor location is crucial. Focus on your needs and restrictions first. If you are on a schedule that requires you to work nights that can be a good thing. Delivering pizza at night in most places is where most of the deliveries and business takes place, which is also where the money is at. When searching for an employer or analyzing yours, focus on if there is a lot of night activity or room for it. A nice downtown area in a populated city can be conducive to creating a lot of night time deliveries. Being close to university campuses can be beneficial too where there is potential for a lot of night time parties. If you need to work days and or cannot work weekends, focus on an employer who's primary delivery range caters to businesses and parks as this is your best chance for making decent money on the day shift. You will find that if you work days and your primary delivery market is in the suburbs most people are likely to be at work and you will primarily be collecting inside pay. It is my personal opinion that your best chance for maximizing your potential pay is to be available on nights and especially weekends in a business that primarily caters to wealthier suburbs with a nearby high school, church, and popular park. An area like this provides decent paying frequent customers with the potential of after school game pizza parties, weekend outings, and church events. You will also likely do really well if there is little competition around, such as you may find in smaller towns where your employer is the only option.

How much money are you currently making or expecting to make?

I would like to recap on my segment from my previous article on not selling yourself short. I cannot stress the importance of working for or finding an employer who values your pay and incentives. As a transitive property, if a business is willing to offer you better pay and incentives it likely means they can afford it, which means they do good business, which means more tips, so long as delivery is their main business driver over inside sales. If you are not making at least $50 after a 6 hour shift on average after tips + incentive/mileage you may need to examine your pay, location, and your shift/schedule. It is not unreasonable to expect when you line up your stars to make between $50 and $100 or more on a good night on average.

Cost reduction

Effectively one of the most important points I can make is cost reduction. The little things can go a very long way in helping you maximize your profit from work. For starters as I mentioned in my previous article your vehicle is important. If at all possible obtain a cheap but well maintained vehicle that is great on gas. A lightweight 4 cylinder vehicle with all wheel drive for those of you who work in less desirable terrain is ideal. This will save you an incredible amount of money through the week where you can go from spending $10 to $20 per day in another vehicle to spending only $5 per day. "A dollar saved is a dollar earned." Furthermore do not go out of your way to getting a car loan for your delivery vehicle, as this not only destroys your profit margin but upon constant abuse could gain many problems while you are still paying for it thus digging you a deeper hole once it needs to be replaced or repaired. Instead search for a used vehicle that is in decent shape for as little as possible. My best advice is if you are not car or mechanically savvy, grab that mechanically savvy uncle of yours or whoever that knows a thing or two, and have them help you pick out the best car for as little as possible. I know from experience with a bit of patient searching it isn't impossible to find an appropriate car that wont nickel and dime you for $1500 or less. Heeding this advice will help you from spending unnecessary money on a work vehicle that even if it should break can still potentially get you half your money back or more. If you do happen to already have a car with decent gas mileage or obtain one you are in luck. I recommend saving the left over change when you cash out at the end of the night. It may not be much but if saved throughout the work week it can by itself pay for a day or two of your gas cost without you needing to throw away your bills for it.

This too is common sense, but you would do well to memorize a map of your delivery area and remember the shortest routes to the most common customer base. Getting good at this and doing your best to minimize travel time will also save you a bit on gas.

I covered your method of communication in my previous article and the importance holds up. Find a carrier that can offer the best service possible for as little as possible. Your phone is a required tool of the job and great service is necessary, however there are much cheaper services that provide the same quality that as an example is provided by that $130 dollar plan plus phone payment that you might be paying for.

Lastly, analyse how far you are driving to work and determine the cost effectiveness of the distance traveled to how much you earn and see if you might not be more profitable by working somewhere else.

Thank you for reading and I hope you found this material helpful. If there is anything you would like to add throw it in the comment section below, and share with any of your friends and family that might be interested in this topic.


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