Wonder What it’s Really Like Working for Shipt? We’ve Got the Lowdown From a Shipt Shopper!
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Ever considered working for Shipt?
Shipt is an on-demand grocery delivery service that pays reliable shoppers to shop for members and deliver their groceries.
We received an email from one of our Hip2Save readers, Fran, who is a current Shipt shopper. She shared some great advice that’s definitely helpful if you’re considering working for Shipt! This could be a nice way to get paid for spending time at Target since many of you are already there anyway. 😉
Here’s what Shipt shopper Fran had to say about working for Shipt:
Was the Shipt application process easy?
“I went to the Shipt site and started my application immediately. They ask questions about how you would handle certain situations, such as what would you do if you can’t find what the client has requested on the shelf or how would you pick the best apple. After they review your answers and you are approved, they check for car insurance and run a background check on you.
Once you have passed everything, you then download the Shipt app, complete your training, and they send you a Shipt t-shirt and debit card that you will use for paying for your shops.
To the best of my recollection, I believe I was up and shopping within about two weeks.”
Does Shipt offer training?
“Yes, they do. Training was pretty good. They explain how to use the app, what the rules are for shopping, and run you through some scenarios. There is a test in the end which requires a 100% correct score, but if you miss a question, they give you a second chance to retake the test.
Even though I found the training to be good, I would advise giving yourself some extra time on your first shop. Since it’s something new, you don’t want to feel rushed for the first few shops while you are getting accustomed to the app and shopping procedures.”
What about the pay?
“Compensation can vary— it can be great, and sometimes not so great. You receive a base pay of about $6 for each shop and then a percentage of how much the client spent. So if you do a huge shop and the person buys lots of expensive items, the pay can be great, but sometimes the client requests just a few inexpensive items, and you end up with just over the base pay.
Clients are asked through the app if they would like to tip you. I found probably half of the people gave me a tip. My lowest tip was $2, and my highest tip was $25. I went back and looked at my stats on the app, and I averaged $17 per shop including tips.”
How long does each shopping trip take?
“On average, a shop takes about an hour, but I can complete them as quickly as 30 minutes. Once, I had one drag on for almost two hours because the store was out of a lot of stuff and I had to keep contacting the client about substitutions (and sometimes the client is very slow to respond to requests, so that can eat up a lot of time, too).
If it’s a very busy time of day and Shipt has lots of clients requesting a shop and not enough shoppers, they will offer promo pay which is a little extra incentive to entice you to go do the shop. The promo pay starts out at just $1 more, but as time gets closer to the time that the shop is supposed to be delivered, the rate starts going up. I have seen shops where the promo pay goes to as high as $20, but that is rare.
There were days where I was busy all day long and was tipped well and thought this is the best thing ever, but there were other days where I got a string of $7 shops with either low or no tip, and I thought it really wasn’t worth it.
Also, there were days where I would put myself on the schedule to do shops and wouldn’t get a single shop during the time I was scheduled. Friday through Monday are the busy days with Sunday afternoon/evening being the busiest time. Tuesday through Thursday there were very few shops available in my area.”
Does Shipt pay for the gas you use?
“When you are figuring your compensation, you do need to take into account that you do not get reimbursement of any kind for your travel from Shipt, so gas and wear & tear on your car comes out of your own pocket.
Also, Shipt does not do any withholding for taxes, so you are responsible for setting aside money throughout the year to pay your taxes.”
Can you choose where you want to shop?
“The app is broken down into areas of town and you sign up for what areas you want to shop in. I live in a fairly large city, so there are probably 20+ areas for shopping. I started out shopping at just my local H-E-B grocery store and Target, but I expanded my shopping to include three other areas that are fairly close to my home.
When you put yourself on the schedule, you pick your times, and your area of town that you want to shop in. As a shop comes up, you get a notification on the app that a shop is available, and you have to accept it or it is sent to another shopper. You do have to be quick about accepting the shop, so you have to keep your phone available at all times while on the schedule.
When the shop is offered, you can see the address for the delivery and the approximate pay without tip, but you cannot see what you will be shopping for until you accept the shop.”
Would you recommend Shipt to others?
“Overall, I have enjoyed shopping with Shipt. Like any job, there are great days and not so great days. You get the satisfaction of helping people who truly need help with their shopping and, for others, you are taking the burden of shopping off of those who just don’t like to do it. Most people are very appreciative.
One of the greatest things about shopping with Shipt is the flexibility it gives you to take a couple months, weeks, or days off for whatever you want (be it for health reasons, family matters, or travel) and be able to return.
I have taken time off for all of these reasons, and Shipt was waiting for me when I was ready to return. I just turned my app on, put myself on the schedule, and I was ready to roll.”
WOW! What a comprehensive in-depth look at working for Shipt!
Thanks so much for sharing your honest experience working for Shipt, Fran!
So what about you? Interested in becoming a Shipt shopper? Head here to apply!
Note that Shipt Shoppers must be at least 18 years of age, have a reliable vehicle manufactured in 1997 or later, have valid car insurance, and possess a valid U.S. driver’s license. Applicants must also have an insulated cooler bag, a working knowledge of groceries, the ability to lift 25+ pounds, and an iPhone (iOS 10 or newer) or Android (5.1 or newer).
All applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. and are subject to a thorough background check before they begin shopping
It sounds like this might be a great job to earn some extra cash to put away for vacation, holidays, or to save up for emergencies!