One of the easiest jobs for a felon to get is a package delivery driver. While there are many companies to consider applying with, a great one is Amazon – and their delivery driver program is called Amazon Flex.
Being a independent driver for Amazon Flex is one of the hottest jobs now in the on – demand delivery economy, and it has numerous perks.
Lets explore how much a delivery driver gets payed, job requirements and challenges.
Check out our Amazon Warehouse Jobs for Felons guide, for more employment opportunities
What’s Amazon Flex?
If you have ever seen someone in regular clothes, driving a regular car without company logo deliver an Amazon package – this person was working as an independent driver for Amazon Flex.
This is a new service offered by Amazon, where the company hires independent drivers on a flexible schedule to deliver packages locally, using their personal vehicle.
All deliveries are scheduled and completed using a special Amazon Flex app, which can be downloaded for both Apple and Android.
Drivers can make sign up to make the following types of deliveries:
Amazon.com – you pick up packages from a local Amazon delivery center and bring them to customers
Prime Now and AmazonFresh – you pick up groceries and household items from a delivery center and bring the orders to customers.
Store Orders- pick up orders from local stores and deliver them to customers
Amazon Restaurants – pick up orders from restaurants and deliver to customers
Instant Offers (only available in some cities) – on the spot deliveries that take place near your current location.
Get started and fill out a job application here. Its best to open this link from a mobile device!
How much do Amazon delivery drivers make?
High earnings is the biggest perk of this delivery job. Amazon pays its drivers $18-25 per hour depending on location. This is significantly more than you typically earn driving for Uber or Lyft.
On the app, you see what deliveries need to be done. A delivery shift is called a “block” and you get to see your total earnings for completing the delivery as well as an estimate of how long this should take you. The good news is if you complete the delivery faster, you still earn the amount specified for this order.
Don’t forget the earnings you make are before taxes, and also before gas is accounted for. Spending money on gas to make the deliveries can take a significant chunk away from your earnings. However, there are many tips and tricks you can learn on the job, in order to make everything run more quickly and efficiently. Ultimately, this will leave more money in your pocket.
Will any car work?
Unfortunately, you can not use just any car to be a delivery driver. It has to be a 4-door sedan, a minivan, or a pick up truck. A two-door vehicle cannot be used, because its not big enough to fit all the packages you may need to deliver. Keep in mind also, that some packages may be large in size, so the more empty room your car has, the better.
The good news is that Amazon does not have any requirements for the age of the vehicle, and you are also not required to pass an inspection prior to starting the job. However, if you have an unreliable car and start to miss deliveries because of this issue, Amazon will deactivate you.
What About Insurance Costs?
Amazon provides its drivers with a commercial insurance policy for . It includes:
– Auto liability coverage
– Contingent comprehensive and collision coverage
– Uninsured motorist / under-insured motorist coverage
However, you are still required to have personal car insurance.
If someone else was driving your car and delivering packages for you, and an accident occurs, your claim will be denied!!!
Due to local regulations, delivery drivers in the state of New York are required to purchase their own commercial insurance.
Pros and Cons of being a Flex delivery driver
Driving for Amazon has numerous advantages. Here are the main ones:
High pay: You get at least 20-30% more than with other ride sharing and delivery companies
Increased demand = higher earnings: during the holidays and other times of increased demand many drivers see their rates go up to as much as $25 per hour.
Long driving history is not required – this is a huge benefit, if you are a new driver who just recently got their license. Unlike most companies, which ask drivers to have at least 1 year of driving history, Amazon does not have this requirement.
Flexible hours: you set your own hours, and take delivery blocks that fit your personal schedule. This means that you can look for a better job in your spare time, or start earning a college degree to advance your career.
Be your own boss: you can work as much as 7 days a week. Either schedule all your deliveries ahead of time, or pick them up whenever you have a free block of time.
Great supplemental income: you can do this in addition to another job, and earn cash for food, car insurance, phone and electric bills, etc. In fact many people work 40 hours a week, and then do an additional 10-15 hours a week, making deliveries for Amazon.
You will not be required to do an interview or submit a resume. going through an interview is one of the biggest stumbling blocks for many felons, and it often turns into a rejection from a job. Here, you fill out the application via the app, provide personal information and the company will simply run a background check. You will be notified via the app whether or not you passed.
Limited interaction with customers: for many, and especially people with felony convictions, this can be a huge benefit. You don’t need to spend energy on pleasing customers, talking to them, etc.
Fun and adventure: you don’t know where you will be delivering your packages, so every order is a small adventure. You get to drive to different locations, see beautiful homes, go to new neighborhoods, etc. Some drivers even report making deliveries to famous people. This is a great job for somebody who does not like doing rote, mechanical things, or being in the same environment every day.
As with any type of job, being a Flex driver also has its downsides. Here are the big ones to keep in mind, when you are deciding if you want to give this job a shot.
Limited job availability: unfortunately because Amazon Flex is so new, its only available in select locations. So when you apply for the job through the app, you will be able to see if its available in your city. If its not, you are encouraged to get on the waiting list. Once that location opens up, you will be notified and can proceed with the application.
There is a learning curve: while the job seems pretty straight forward at first glance, there is still a lot of small details that you need to learn to do the job correctly and efficiently. Amazon provides many training videos that you will need to watch before you start delivering packages. Also, there are many videos on YouTube where experienced Flex Drivers share their tips on how to make the most out of this gig.
Problems with the app: the Flex app is notorious for crashing at random and most inconvenient times. Often, you will not be able to deliver the package as a result of this malfunction. Usually, its easy to get the app up and running again, but this stresses many people out.
Difficult delivery routes: occasionally you may need to make a delivery to a very rural location, or a place that has very little signs, lighting, poor roads, etc.
Highly competitive: once you get hired, you may find that you are having a hard time getting a lot of blocks. This is because there is a lot of competition. Yes, Amazon does over-hire drivers! Sometimes, you may spend hours just looking for new blocks. What this means is that you cannot rely on this gig as a sole source of income, and need to have another job lined up.
Wear and tear on your vehicle: you make a lot of deliveries, your car will experience a significant amount of wear and tear. So be prepared for this and make sure to take much better care of your car. This may include things like spending extra money on more frequent maintenance check ups.
Does Amazon hire felons?
Company’s official policy is that they will not discriminate against someone with felony. The potential candidate needs to meet all the job requirements, and pass a background check. However, no interview or drug test is required, which is a huge bonus!
For delivery jobs, you will also need to have a clean driving record. If your felony is connected with assault, robberies, car theft, etc, you will likely not be hired.
Amazon, like most companies typically looks as far as 7 years back into your criminal history, so if your felony was earlier than that you have a better chance of getting the job. However, regardless of when your felony happened, you should still apply and make a full disclosure about your past in the application.
Many people who have a felony have been successfully hired by Amazon, for various entry level positions, including delivery drivers. This means that you do have a chance at employment!
Did you know? one of the things that prevents felons from getting the job they want is bad credit. Many companies run a credit check on job applicants, as this is a good way to judge a person’s character and dependability. Most felons struggle with poor credit, but there are actually felon-friendly credit cards that help you rebuilt credit. While this may take some time and effort, building up your credit score will be really helpful in your job search.
What are the requirements to become a Flex driver?
Here is a list of basic requirements you will need to meet in order for Amazon to hire you as a driver:
– Must be at least 21 years old
– Have a valid license
– Have a social security number
– Agree to a background check
– Possess a qualifying vehicle (Honda Civic class or bigger – SUV/VAN preferred).
– Show proof of personal auto-insurance
– Own a smart phone (iPhone 5 or higher, Android running on version 6.0 or higher, with 2 GB of RAM)
Once all your information has been verified and you have passed the background check, you will receive an email from Amazon (via the app) stating that you can now start making deliveries. Keep in mind that a background check may take up to a week to complete.
6 Reasons Amazon will fire you from the job
Once you get the hang of it, making deliveries for Amazon is really not hard. It sure is easier than many other jobs and there is a small chance of making a mistake and getting fired. However, there are some things for which Amazon will deactivate you and you will loose this job. Keep these in mind and steer clear of trouble!
1. Stealing or damaging packages
2. Repeated complaints from customers about poor customer service
3. Not attempting to make a scheduled delivery
4. Not scheduling any deliveries for 180 days
5. Being routinely late for a shift
6. Missing shifts that you have scheduled