I started 2 weeks ago, hoping to use my time wisely, exercise and earn a little more money.
I got a referral code so that I can get my incentive of $100 for the first 30 trips which I have yet to achieve. And if you are looking for a referral code, I will gladly share mine with you. Good for you, good for me.
Referral Code: XINYI176UE
My first day of work was 05 March 2017 (Sunday). I reached Tanjong Pagar MRT at about 3pm and I started my first trip in less than 5 minutes after I went online.
I still remember vividly that it was a cup of honey milk tea from Tea Royal at Carlton City Hotel to Spottiswoode Road. Spottiswoode Road is actually closer to Outram MRT if you are wondering. The weather wasn't too bad but it was quite a distance.
I was already sweating by the time I arrived at the destination.
Walked back to Tanjong Pagar area but there wasn't any trips and it started raining at about 5pm. Thank goodness I didn't have any trips to make and I was outside Carlton City Hotel.
The rain stopped at about 5:30pm and I decided to head for dinner at Kajiken first. The dry ramen was so good and I finished it in less than half an hour.
Gladly I had a trip to make after dinner. It was brownie with ice-cream this time. Headed to Churn Creamery to pick up the order and headed to Pinnacle at Duxton. I was worried of ice-cream melting thus I was rushing and sweat even more.
I was already quite exhausted from the walking and wanted to stop new requests but too late. I had another trip to make and that is from Kith Cafe near Outram MRT to Eng Hoon Street. And if you don't know, Eng Hoon Street is near Tiong Bahru Market.
When I reached Kith Cafe, the order wasn't ready so I sat down to recharge myself with water and also to recharge my smartphone.
It was salad, bread and pasta this time. I had to walk past SGH to get to Eng Hoon Street. It was more than 1 km if I am not wrong. I could have called the support line to cancel it but I decided to just finish it and end the day.
Here's how much I earned for the 3 trips. And yes, Uber does take commission from my earnings but still gave me incentives.
Here comes another day of walking on 11 March 2017 (Saturday). This time, I am in Orchard and started making trips at about 12pm.
My first order was a rosti from Marche 313@Somerset to The Paterson. It was like walking from Somerset MRT to Orchard MRT without the air-con in shopping malls. Yes, I was sweating although I was wearing t-shirt and shorts.
Guess what? Before I reached The Paterson, I received and accepted another trip from Marche 313@Somerset again. I continued to deliver to The Paterson then walked back to Marche 313@Somerset.
I couldn't remember what this second order was and I know I had to deliver to The Regalia at River Valley Road. It wasn't that far but it was sunny. My left hand was carrying the order and my right hand was holding the umbrella.
I had some time to rest at 313@Somerset after this trip and decided to walk to VIctoria's Secret at Mandarin Gallery for window shopping. Before I was done, I had a trip to make from Joe & The Juice at Wisma Atria to Leonie Hill Road.
After picking up the order, it was raining pretty heavily. I braced through the rain with my umbrella and had a fair bit of mud onto my legs. How heavy was it? One side of the paper bag with the drinks was drenched. I tried my best.
When I reached the destination, I received another new trip to pick up an order from Ayam Penyet President at Lucky Plaza and deliver to Emerald Hill Road. The journey was uphill and I was panting and sweating. All I wanted at that time was water and air-con. The customer spotted me at street level and called me out. Save my breath and energy from walking up the stairs.
While I was leaving Emerald Hill Road, I received my 5th trip request. I walked to Tangs Orchard to pick up the order from SaladStop then to Far East Plaza. I was entirely grateful for the short distance. This was definitely easy money but I decided it was my last trip for the day. My knees were aching.
And how much do I earn from the 5 trips? It wasn't that worth it right?
Let me sort out the pros and cons for you so you can decide whether to start or not.
- Payout to your bank account by Thursday of the following week
- All you need is your smartphone, water and umbrella. Pray hard that you have a good sense of direction if you can't read maps
- You earn while you walk, better than playing Pokemon Go if you ask me
- Flexible and you can work whenever you have free time
- Be ready to sweat like a pig if the weather is sunny
- Be ready to get drenched in the rain if the weather decides to play you
- You don't know where you need to deliver the order to until you pick up the order
- Only selected areas like CBD Area and Buona Vista (including Holland Village)
- Earn lesser than a promoter if you calculate by hourly rate
I am still working as a UberEATS walker on some weekends so if you do spot me, please tell me that you have read my blogpost. I will appreciate it.