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Deliveroo: how much can you earn and how to get started in 2021

How you can earn £500+ per week working at a time that suits you. Here is why Deliveroo is the ultimate side hustle.

Earn £500+ per week, working at a time that suits you with Deliveroo.

With the rapid expansion of Deliveroo we set out to answer popular question on how to get started and how much can you earn.

What are the benefits to working for Deliveroo?

One of the most appealing aspects riders have in working for Deliveroo is that you get to choose when you work. This is crucial for people that may want to work around their family, or simply wants to earn outside of their main job.

You may also already have a scooter, bicycle of car in your household that you use for a daily commute. Once you have the right insurance in place you can use this vehicle to earn an income.


What you will need to work for Deliveroo?

  • Scooter, bike or car (with licence and insurance)
  • Safety equipment (e.g. helmet)
  • Smartphone with iOS 12 / Android 6 or above
  • Proof of your right to work self-employed in the UK
  • Age 18+

What checks will need to be carried out prior to starting?

Prior to making your first delivery Deliveroo will need to carry out some checks.

You need to prove you are eligible to work in the UK, as well as pass criminal record checks.

You will also need to demonstrate you have the appropriate insurance in place if you’re a driver and provide registration details.

How do I make my first delivery?

You simply go online whenever you’re in an area which Deliveroo covers during its opening hours. While online, Deliveroo will send you orders to deliver which you can decide if you want to take.

How much do I get paid for a delivery?

Deliveroo pays a competitive fee for each order you deliver. This amount differs depending on the size of order and location where the delivery needs to be taken. You can also earn tips from customers too, which helps towards your earnings goals.

It’s also worth noting that you can earn extra money when Deliveroo pays a boost. The amount that is paid will depend on things such as how many riders are working, demand in a particular area and even weather condition.

How much can I earn from Deliveroo per week?

To answer this question you have to understand there are many factors which can determine this such as demand, weather, the number of hours you work or location.


Another factor which we have not discussed is the number of apps you are running. This is a popular approach now with riders working for other platforms such as Justeat and Ubereats at the same time as working for Deliveroo.

We have broken things down into three areas of earning potential:

Side Hustle:

10-15 hours per week

£90-£150 per week

If you work full time and only do deliveries in the evening you potentially can earn anything from £90-£150 per week. This of course depends on the vehicle you are using and the amount of hours you are working.


15-30 hours per week

£200- £350 per week

For riders who may want to fit some part time hours around family commitments, it is realistic to expect to earn between £200 and £350 per week, which for part time hours according to your schedule is very appealing.


30-45+ hours per week

£350-£500+ per week

If your looking at going all in and committing to becoming a full time delivery rider, here is where you have the potential to earn the most amount of money per week. It’s worth saying at this point that a majority of riders working full time hours will be running 2-3 different apps at a time to maximise their earnings.

You will need to complete a Self-Assessment.

An important point to make is that if you are working for Deliveroo (part time or full time) you will need to file a tax return each year to pay any tax due on your earnings.

This is because you are classed as self-employed rather than an employee. This has its benefits because you get to choose when you work, however you are not entitled to paid holiday or sickness.

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