Let’s face it! We all love shopping, but it goes without doubt too much of it can derail your budget without your knowledge. In almost all cases, shopping entails draining your account, but for Instacart shoppers, it’s an opportunity to cash in. How so? You will make money by shopping at your local stores the companies have partnered with and delivering these items to the clients’ homes. Already, the demand for Instacart shoppers has blown up, especially during this time, people are staying at home to avoid the coronavirus pandemic. This means there will be infection risks that you will have to weigh as you focus on the tantalizing benefits of flexible hours and the much-needed extra cash. This guide takes you through on everything you need to be aware of before signing up as an Instacart shopper and what you’ll come across.
What’s in for you
- Get paid by the hour or a commission depending on the employment type you select
- Work as a full-service shopper where you’ll be making deliveries or as an in-store shopper
- Instantly cash out
- Set your own schedule
What is Instacart?
Instacart is a service designed for grocery delivery that works with local stores to deliver grocery items to clients’ homes. This service depends on part-time workers and independent contractors to transport and fulfill the customers’ orders. The orders come via Instacart’s shopper app, and the hours are flexible. Your job responsibility will rely on your working arrangement, whether an in-store shopper or full-service shopper. Below is a breakdown of the two working options:
- You will be a part-time employee of Instacart
- There will be no delivery, so a car is not mandatory
- You will work at least 15-20 hours every week including Mondays or Sundays
- You will get the benefits such as the 401 (k) savings
- You shop and deliver the groceries
- Your role is always available wherever Instacart operates
- You’re able to work an unlimited number of hours weekly
- You’re an independent contractor
Places to work for Instacart
Already, Instacart is available in over 5,500 cities across Canada and America. To view if your location has the in-store or full-service openings, you can download the Instacart Shopper application and confirm with your ZIP code.
What is required of you?
There are several basic requirements that you’ll need to fulfill before making money with Instacart. These include:
- At least 18 years of age, if delivering alcohol, which, in most cases, has more tips, you must meet the 21-age requirement in most states.
- Lift 30-plus pounds: You must be physically fit to lift at least 30-50 pounds without accommodation or assistance.
- Own a smartphone: You must own an Android that is 5.0 or later or an iPhone iOS 9 or later.
- Pass a background check: With Instacart, you’ll be cleared within ten business days, which varies with your location.
- Have a savings or a checking account: You will be paid through direct deposit, and hence you must have a bank account to receive your payments.
For Full-Service Shoppers
- Access to a car and a valid driver’s license: You’ll also be required to have insurance coverage that complies to the state requirements
- A set of insulated bags: You must have enough thermal-insulated bags that will hold grocery bags that are three standard-sized. They must be safe for food contact, and you can get them at Instacart for $26.99, and you can also have coolers that will efficiently transport the groceries.
The sign-up process for the job:
- Download the shopper app
- Attend an in-person orientation for the instore-shoppers only
- Fill out the paperwork.
- Register your Instacart payment card
- Start taking gigs