If you’re looking to work for a reputable company with a great way to make money on the side, then you’re likely to be interested. There’s a caveat, though, you’ll have to live in one of the cities that Amazon is hiring people in to make money through them. If you happen to have the right location though, you’re looking at a pretty impressive income stream for not that much work.
How It Works
You’ll be delivering packages for Amazon, and making a pretty good hourly rate while doing it. Amazon has taken advantage of the fact that people need extra work, pretty much all the time, and has made this service available. Customers win, you win, Amazon gets a new service. There’s a lot of good stuff happening with this service for those who can take advantage of it on both sides of the equation.
The way it works is as follows:
- You sign up for the service and wait for the background check
- You schedule blocks of time you’ll be available, you’ll set these before Friday the week before you’re scheduled
- You receive a notification an hour before a confirmed block of time.
- You can also do same day blocks by checking the Amazon Flex app
- Go pick up packages and make the deliveries
- Get paid each Wednesday for the previous week
You’re basically going to work as a courier for Amazon, which makes things pretty simple. If you’ve got a car and a GPS you’ll be able to pull it off in most areas with minimal difficulty.
For Amazon.com orders you’re required to have a larger car, small coupes aren’t going to be able to move the items easily and it’ll disqualify you from being able to make deliveries.
In some areas, they also use bicycle couriers and you’ll have to have a helmet and a bike that fulfills all the local ordinances concerning bicycles in order to make the deliveries.
Overall, most people with a clean background check should be able to sign up quite easily and get started within a short span of time. Since you do the scheduling yourself, you’ll be free to pursue other things during the week as long as you schedule enough time to make sure to cover your expenses.
It’s ideal for some people, but if you’re already working a full-time job it may be something of a pain to get into and still make a decent amount of money. Amazon does note that they don’t guarantee deliveries will be available, so you’re best off working for Amazon Flex if you’re in an area that receives a lot of deliveries.
Amazon Flex is actually one of the best ways to make side money we’ve seen. It’s less intensive than Uber or Lyft since you’re just delivering packages and you’re not going to have to deal with rowdy passengers. The pay rate is pretty good and depends on you. On top of that, Amazon is a huge company, so this isn’t something good from a start-up that might fold in a couple of months.
If you’re looking for a way to make extra money, then you might have just found the perfect service. On the other hand, it’s not really going to be viable if you’re already working full time since the hours available will vary week to week and you’ll need some flexibility on your end to be able to take full advantage of Flex.
If you’re in an area where Amazon Flex operates, give it a shot and you might just be impressed with the results at the end of the day.