Is Amazon Flex a Scam? What You Should Know
Amazon claims that you can make $18-$25 per hour driving around on your own schedule delivering packages. But is this really true? Or is Amazon Flex a scam that is a waste of your time?
I’ll jump straight to the point here and tell you that NO, Amazon Flex is not a scam… HOWEVER, there are a few things that you should definitely know about this job opportunity that they don’t make clear and make their claims a little misleading.
In this short post I’ll be going over what they don’t tell you and what you need to know.
Can You Really Make $18-$25/hr?
While this is true it is somewhat misleading.
Yes, you will make $18-25/hr. Amazon Flex promises $18/hr minimum as a base pay. This is really nice and is something that a lot of similar companies do not do for their drivers.
But what they don’t say upfront and make clear enough is that you will have to pay your own expenses. This is because when you work as a delivery driver you are considered an independent contractor. This is good in some ways because you are your own boss, but it has its downsides.
The cost of paying for gas is probably going to be your main expense, followed by oil changes, replacing tires and brakes, and other common maintenance needs.
The amount that you will spend on expenses can vary greatly depending on what vehicle you are driving so there is no good estimate that I can give your really. If are driving a hybrid Toyota Prius then of course you are going to much better gas mileage than if you are driving a Ford F150. So this is very subjective.
Tips Help Cover The Expenses
One of the good things is that you can receive (official) tips with Amazon Flex, unlike Uber. Amazon customers that you deliver packages to can actually tip you up to 48 hours after delivery. This is really nice and will help you cover vehicle expenses. You also will receive unofficial cash tips from customers when you deliver to them directly.
The amount of tips you will receive will also very depending on a lot of things, such as the area you are delivering in and the demographics there.
Related Reading: Amazon Flex Salary. What You Can Realistically Expect To Make
You Likely Won’t Work Much
One of the great downsides to driving for Amazon Flex is the lack of hours available to drivers. It isn’t very uncommon for drivers to have very little hours assigned and even for some to go for a week or so without being assigned any hours.
This is a problem and it comes from driver saturation. There are just too many drivers out there and not enough packages to deliver. I personally think that Amazon should stop advertising this Flex job so much and let the drivers they already have pick up more hours.
But although it can be very difficult to get hours, it can be done. There are people I have seen that are able to work 30+ hours a week consistently which I think is pretty darn good.
The good thing about this lack of hours being assigned is that you can pick up hours on your own. These hours that I am taking about are called “blocks”, which is just another word for shifts. And you can pick up these blocks through the app when other drivers call off.
Related Reading: How To Get More Amazon Flex Delivery Blocks
Is It Worth Your Time?
With all the bad things I just said about this job I still do think that it can be worth your time. $18/hr as a minimum base pay is pretty darn good for driving around as your own boss in my opinion. As I mentioned there are expenses to pay but the tips you will get do a pretty good job of covering them.
So if you have some free time and are looking for extra income then I would recommend Amazon Flex. But if you are looking to bring in a full-time income I would not. Although people do manage to bring in a full-time in come delivering as a Flex driver it is just too unreliable because the hours are not fixed.
For my full review on whether or not I think it is worth your time you can click here.
If you are interested in working as a driver you first are going to need to make sure that you pass the Amazon Flex requirements. This means that you the driver are going to have to meet their outlined requirements as well as your vehicle.
But don’t get your panties in a bunch over these, they are very lenient and it doesn’t take much to qualify. The basic requirements include…
- At least 21 years old
- Have a dependable vehicle
- Have a smartphone
- Can pass a criminal background check
- Can pass a motor vehicle history check
If you want to know more about the car requirements and the driver requirements you can do so by clicking the links below.
Ok, so Amazon Flex is definitely no scam. It is all legit. The only way that I can see anyone calling them a scam would be because they do promote the opportunity as being slightly better than it actually is. They talk about making $18-$25/hr and the flexible schedule that you will have and all of the good things but they don’t make it as well known that you will have to pay for expenses and that you will find it difficult to pick up “blocks”.
So you could try to make the argument that they mislead you, but whats true is true.. Amazon Flex is legitimate and it is a good opportunity.
Just don’t try to make this opportunity something that it isn’t. It is not a reliable way to make a full-time living and I wouldn’t suggest relying on it as such. It is however a great way to earn a side income and also works good for people who want to couple this job with other similar jobs like Uber and Lyft.
Overall, this does have its downsides but I am still a fan.
Do you have any comments, questions, or concerns??? Leave them below in the comment section and I will get back to you within 24 hours 🙂