Skip the Dishes is a well-known name in meal delivery, and a major player in the world of gig driving. If you are considering the possibility of gig driving in Canada, take a look at Skip the Dishes. Here is some essential information introducing Skip the Dishes to help you explore possibilities.
Skip the Dishes: How It Works
Skip the Dishes launched its meal delivery service in Canada back in 2012, getting a head start on the other meal delivery gigs. It is a truly Canadian company with Canadian roots, and offers strong competition for Uber Eats. Skip connects millions of people in hundreds of cities with over 30,000 restaurants coast-to-coast. Its amazing software program, using the Internet, matches customers with drivers who use their own private car to deliver meals from local restaurants.
As a Skip driver (a “Skip Courier”), you are treated as an “independent contractor” (not an employee). This means you sign a contract with Skip the Dishes which specifies the terms and mutual commitments of the arrangement. And it means you must provide the car (covering operating expenses) and the technology (smartphone with Internet connection).
If you are in good standing and logged in, Skip gives you free access to their online platform and matches you with customers in your area who are ordering food from nearby restaurants. Linking with GPS mapping technology, the app guides you to the pickup restaurant and the delivery location (usually the customer’s home or workplace). The app also displays your earnings information in real time, and keeps a record of all your trips and statistics.
Being an “independent contractor” also means you are fairly free to choose when & where you will deliver meals (in cities where you meet the requirements). Unlike the other gigs, Skip’s system strongly involves scheduling shifts in advance for specific times & locations. In this way, Skip limits the number of Couriers you will be competing with (though it also limits when & where you can operate). This is one of the main reasons gig drivers like driving with Skip: THOUGH YOU ARE YOUR OWN BOSS, SKIP PROVIDES BOUNDARIES to support its Couriers. You can usually drive as few or as many hours as you want; and your earnings will be largely a factor of your own efforts. That’s freedom!
Skip deposits your earnings once a week into your bank account. But you can also cash out your current balance in advance, any time you want. Need $50 in a hurry? Arrange a shift, get in the car, deliver 6 or 7 meals, cash out immediately, and the money will be in your bank account the same day. Nice!
By the way, the Gig Café (11 Facebook Groups) is a GREAT place to learn from other gig drivers across Canada – including a group specifically for Skip drivers.
How Has the Covid Pandemic Affected Skip the Dishes?
The pandemic hitting Canada in 2020 had significant impact upon driving with Skip the Dishes. Initially, there was extreme concern about the spread of the virus between restaurant staff, drivers and customers. Many drivers played it safe and stayed home.
But with so many people across Canada not leaving their homes (including millions who began working remotely), there was a massive surge in ordering meals online. Restaurants scrambled to switch to delivery mode and get on the major delivery platforms (including Skip). Pings for Skip Couriers increased quite dramatically. For those drivers who courageously stayed on the road throughout this time, it was a bonanza. Other drivers who were sitting on the sidelines cautiously returned to get in on the action – and new drivers switched over from rideshare gigs.
But because of the pandemic, the gig world had changed. Masks became mandatory everywhere. Hand sanitizer was applied 100 times a day. Distancing was an absolute must. Outdoor lineups became more common. Entry to offices & high-rise buildings was more difficult. But drivers adjusted, took precautions, stayed safe, and made good money. Meanwhile, Skip the Dishes invested millions to improve their system, and to bring on many new restaurants & drivers.
Let the world recognize that Canadian Skip Couriers are PANDEMIC HEROES, courageously delivering food to multitudes of people in lockdown or working remotely or in quarantine, in cities & communities all across our great nation.
After looking over this information, you may want to study more complete and up-to-date details found on the Skip Website. That’s where you will also find information which applies specifically to the location where you plan to drive.
Ready to Start?
Once you are confident Skip the Dishes may be a good fit for you, then you might as well go ahead and take the next step: SIGN UP! It only takes a few minutes to set up your Skip Account, providing basic information to establish your driver profile.
Don’t worry – Skip the Dishes does not require fees or deposits, and there are no binding obligations or legal traps. At any point along the way, you can pause to get answers to your questions. But if you’re ready to move forward, the sooner you sign up and launch the registration process, the sooner you’ll be out on the road earning money.
(Note: When you click the link to go to Skip’s sign-up page, the sign-up address will automatically include a Referral Code W6JDRA. This tells Skip the Dishes you were referred by Gig Drivers of Canada. We would be grateful if you will use that sign-up page (or enter that Referral Code in a sign-up box), so Gig Drivers can receive recognition and a small referral reward to help cover our expenses. Thank you very much!)
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