I’ve done this for a year so I’m concerned what has changed over the years.
You had middle class people who did delivery full-time in the 70,80,90. Made enough to save for house and pay all their bills.Started mom and pop 2nd job many years only 2 places. nothing changed...thats the difference between app and mom and pop..i came back for about 6 months this year in my off hours and days, pay was great covid tips as i say. i quit as i am to old to run food 59..but boy can it pay bill's imho app delivery is on another planet..i would do pizza hut first...just sharing my real 20 year experence..but many men here , dont have mom and pop citys.
owners will still be cheap $4 hour or so but delivery count will be high 40 night on 6 to 7 hours..sunday football season. alot of hours 100+thats what i dont miss. running like its walmart..cash on sundays $500 for 12 hours..
Part of the problem is millenials don't tip. The younger generation don't understand or believe in the tipping culture. The real money in the food service business has always been tips. This gig would not be worthwhile if suddenly everyone stopped tipping. You be better off going back to driving passengers.How Long : I would say about 5 years. I would have to check my tax returns to be more accurate.
What has changed : There used to be no slow times in my area except for closing at night. Although I do this after my regular job, I actually put in some serious hours. I do reach 40 Hours a week due to long Weekends. If I dipped below $1,000 a week in the past, it was a bad one. Now, if I get to $750, its a banner week. I am not talking about holiday weeks.