Jobs Like Instacart: 8 Side Gigs for Grocery and Food Delivery

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Instacart is a great company to make some extra income on the weekends or during the evenings. You may have read my blog post or seen my video where I discussed what it is like to be a Full Service Shopper with Instacart.

It turns out, though, that they aren’t the only side gig out there when it comes to grocery delivery and food delivery. Here I’ve compiled a list of jobs like Instacart where you can make your own money on your own time!

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Shipt is a grocery delivery company that relies upon a subscription model where customers get unlimited deliveries for a monthly price. With this service, customers can order products online for same-day delivery and Shipt Shoppers will retrieve the items before driving them to the customers from local stores. They currently operate in 16 states, and are expanding (particularly from their recent purchase from the Target Corporation).

They offer flexible schedules and payment up to $25/hr. To become a shopper with Shipt, you must be at least 18, have an insured vehicle that is less than 15 years old, have a driver’s license and a smartphone, and be able to lift at least 25 pounds.

Sign up to become a Shipt Shopper here

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This is a regionally-located grocery delivery company in Texas. They offer same-day delivery to customers from various stores like H-E-B, Whole Foods, and Costco. While they are currently only in Texas, they may expand over time so keep your eyes peeled for this company if you are outside of the area.

To become a Burpy Shopper you must be at least 18, have a recent smartphone, and be able to lift at least 30 lbs. You also must have a car, a license, and insurance. Burpy Shoppers have flexible schedules, in-person training, and they can make up to $25/hr. according to their website.

Become a Burpy Shopper here

Google Express 

Google is obviously a huge company, and their operations also include their very own delivery service called “Google Express.” This is a shopping hub and app that allows customer to order products from local stores (both grocery and retail) and have them delivered in 1-3 business days.

Unlike other delivery companies, Google Express employs its delivery agents through third-party job agencies. You can see a list of the different agencies they use and will need to contact the agency in your area to see if there are currently any openings.

Check out the list of job agencies here

Get $10 off your first order with Google Express


This is a company that I’ve talked about extensively in other posts and YouTube videos. They are a “deliver anything” service that allows customers to order items from retail stores and restaurants, as well as grocery stores. While the company technically does grocery delivery, restaurant delivery drives the vast majority of Postmates’ business.

Once you become a Postmates Courier, you’ll receive a free insulated bag and a credit card that you’ll use to purchase the items the customers order. Postmates Couriers get fully flexible schedules (you can start and stop work at any time) and access to Postmates Perks, which provides discounts to various companies.

To become a Postmates Courier, you need to be at least 18 years old, have access to a smartphone, and be able to pass the background check. Depending on your area, you can also become a Postmates Courier that delivers by bicycle or even by foot!

Become a Postmates Courier here

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This company delivers bulk items to customers- think of the products at Costco or Sam’s Club that are available in big “bulk” packages. They offer delivery for bulk grocery items with a service called Boxed Express. Their Boxed Express Shoppers must have their own vehicle, be at least 21 years of age, and have access to a smartphone to apply.

Boxed Express Shoppers will go to local stores and purchase products that they load in their personal vehicles. Because of the focus on bulk items, you must be able to lift heavy objects and it probably helps if you have a larger vehicle with lots of storage space.

Become a Boxed Express Shopper here

Fresh Direct

This is a delivery company based out of the New York City area where customers can order groceries online. They offer next-day delivery to NYC and the surrounding areas and offer a large selection of locally-grown, organic, and kosher products.

Unlike some of the other grocery delivery companies mentioned here, they hire employees as opposed to independent contractors for their delivery as “Delivery Reps.” Thus, they might receive extra benefits the contractors do not. Take not that the process to get hired might be more intensive than contract gigs and require commercial driving experience.

Check out the job openings for Fresh Direct here


This is another company based out of Texas that will deliver things from either restaurants or stores. Favor considers their “Runners” to be more like personal assistants instead of delivery drivers, according to their website. All of the Runners get a minimum hourly guarantee and they say you can expect to earn between $10 and $18 per hour.

Runners get to work either part-time or full-time and have flexible schedules. To become a Runner with Favor you must be at least 18 years old, have an iPhone or Android smartphone, reliable transportation, and a clean driving record.

Become a Favor Runner here


This is a website and app where freelancers can offer their services to people in their area. You can choose your own rates, pick your own clients, and their website covers a broad range of different types of odd-jobs from handwork to grocery shopping.

This is going to differ a bit from the other companies because you will actually be scheduling out different jobs for clients as opposed to getting in your car and taking whatever deliveries come your way. You might even have regular clients that you could pick up groceries for week after week.

Become a Tasker with TaskRabbit here

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Local Grocery Stores

In response to the popularity of services like Instacart and Shipt, many grocery store chains have begun their own delivery services. You can check with the grocery stores in your area to see if they offer a form of delivery.

To become a delivery driver with a grocery store, you’ll likely need to become either a part-time or full-time employee of that store. Keep in mind this might involve doing things like assist with stocking or cleaning when you aren’t out on delivery, but with the money you bring in from tips you will likely earn more than the standard grocery stocker or cashier.

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