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Dashers have appeared on the employment scene with the advent of technology using cell phones and apps. The Dasher name comes from DoorDash, but a Dasher may work as an independent contractor for other food-delivery companies such as Grubhub, Postmates, Eat Street and Hungry Howls. Dashers are part of the modern “gig” economy of workers who choose when and where they will work. Food delivery may be done in a car, motorcycle, scooter or bicycle.

Job Description

A Dasher delivers food as an independent contractor for employers such as DoorDash and Grubhub. The Dasher must have a cell phone with an app which allows them to receive job notices. The Dasher has maximum flexibility in choosing work hours, work locations and which jobs they are willing to take. The Dasher must have access to a car or other form of transportation to complete delivery from a restaurant to a specific location. The Dasher must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. Application is easy online in a few minutes with a couple days to do a background check. Car insurance is required for those delivering by automobile.

Education / Experience

No education or experience is required.

Career Progression

A Dasher may become a delivery driver in a company truck with a regular work schedule and benefits.


The salary for a Dasher is computed based on time, distance, tips and bonuses. The app allows workers to see what they will make on a specific delivery. They can choose to accept the job or not. As independent contractors, Dashers do not receive benefits, but they may receive tips from satisfied customers.

Flexibility is a major appeal for Dashers. Application is easy at or websites of their many competitors.


Last Modified on Mar 10, 2023
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