In my never-ending quest to bring in some money while remaining a stay at home dad, I decided to try Shipt. How bad could it be to make money while grocery shopping?
What is Shipt?
Shipt is a membership grocery shopping and delivery service. Basically, you open up their app, select the groceries you want and submit your order paying right there in the app. Then a Shipt Shopper goes to the store fulfills your order and delivers the groceries to your door. It’s that simple.
Shipt is a great option for busy people or for people who may find shopping difficult. For example, a parent with a couple of crying kids that desperately don’t want to go to the store. Instead of loading them up and dragging them to the store you can have all your groceries delivered in as little as a couple of hours.
Why is Shipt shopping good for stay-at-home parents?
What makes Shipt good for Stay at home parents is the freedom. You can work when you want and for how long you want; assuming there are available orders of course. You just enter the app and select times you will be available to shop. Shipt then sends orders from your chosen stores to your phone. You then decide if you want to take it or not.
This freedom is what makes Shipt a great side job for stay-at-home parents. It is extremely easy to work around school schedules or doctors appointments.
Can you make money?
Well yes, just not quite what Shipt claims. Shipt claims that their shoppers make around $15-$20 an hour. In my experience, this isn’t untrue, but also doesn’t tell the whole story. The average order offered to me pays in the range of $8-$15. Often it takes a generous tip for you to get into the $15- $20 range. Unfortunately, as any pizza delivery guy will tell you, not all customers tip.
The other big factor that affects what you can make is time. The average order commonly takes about 45 minutes to an hour to fulfill. That seems great until you take into account the biggest time suck driving and delivering. Depending on how far the customer lives from the store you can easily add 10-30 minutes to each delivery.
Finally, you need to take into account the cost of gas. If you are driving far away or don’t own a
Is it worth it?
I have found that being a bit selective with which orders I select such as those with shorter drives or larger orders has helped keep my per hour rate up. But the downside to that is I am probably not making as much as I could.
The question is would I suggest becoming a Shipt Shopper to another stay-at-home parent? Yes, I would. I like the freedom, I like being out meeting the customers, and I like being able to bring in some money on the side. It isn’t enough to cover any large bills, but I am making enough to take my wife out to dinner or buy my kids a few toys and I am still available for school functions, sports and whatever the girls may need.
Are you a Shipt Shopper? Do you have a different side hustle? If not check out 7 Awesome Jobs for Stay at Home Dads.