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Old 12-29-2008, 07:25 PM
 
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Default Can you make some serious cash delivering pizzas?

I listen to financial adviser Dave Ramsey and he recommends delivering pizza as an extra job to make some more money on the side. He says you can make $1500 a month pretty easily just working a couple nights during the week and on the weekend. That's an extra $18,000 a year. I'm just wondering if anyone has done this and if you can actually make that much money working part time. How do you get paid? Is it hourly + tips? Do you get to keep all the tips/pay tax on them? What happens if the place is slow, do you just stand around waiting or do you have to make pizzas and work the register as well? I've got a gps so I could just plug in the delivery address and put on some tunes. Seems like a pretty easy job.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:30 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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I havent seen any pizza drivers wearing Armani and most driving a car that appears to be on it last leg or the size of a skateboard

Im going to say probably not especially when gas and it will go above 3 dollar a gallon soon.
All your profits are eaten up filling the car, wear and tear on the car.
I saw a few months ago a pizza company was offering 15 bucks a hour but gas was 4.10 a gallon at the time. Gas was the driver responsibility then that 15 bucks didnt look so grand.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:30 PM
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Of course you set yourself up for the classic:

"Know how to get the State grad off your front porch?"

"Yeah, pay him for the pizza."

That would dissuade me, but moreso, you really need to consider the risks. You are walking up to strange house, in strange area and walking off with cash.

Additionally make sure your car insurance will cover you while at work. I doubt it, and so you probably will need additional insurance

If I could get day job, and choose my deliveries, I might consider, but that ain't gonna happen. Good Luck and be safe.

lln
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Five Points
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Southeast US
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In college, I knew guys that held pizza deliver driver positions at Papa John's part time. They said it was good money due to the tips. It paid better than I made at the time working a register in a grocery store. However, it was late hours; into the wee hours. It was a college town; so there really wasn't a slow night.

It's not a position that you can hold full time and expect to make a living wage. However, it is a good option for a part time job.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:44 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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Like LLN said...I'd be nervous to try it - you are walking to a strange house, getting money, you could be accused of embezzlement or could lose the money or more seriously, be injured by having it stolen. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Personally I think you'd make more money waiting tables in a nice restaurant on the weekends than delivering pizza. DH and I ate at Maximillian's in Cary one night and just a 20% tip was about $25.00 and it was just the two of us eating moderatley priced meals and one bottle of wine. We figured that if the waiter had 2 tables an hour over 4 hours, he would have walked away with $150.00 in tips just for that one night.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Southeast US
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Personally I think you'd make more money waiting tables in a nice restaurant on the weekends than delivering pizza. DH and I ate at Maximillian's in Cary one night and just a 20% tip was about $25.00 and it was just the two of us eating moderatley priced meals and one bottle of wine. We figured that if the waiter had 2 tables an hour over 4 hours, he would have walked away with $150.00 in tips just for that one night. That's $1800 (pretax) for one night of work!
Don't forget to tip out the bus boy, hostess, and whoever else...

Some places require you to pool tips as well.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Even if post tax and tip outs cost approx $50.00 a night, that's still $5200 a year for one night. I used to make that much a night working in Golden Corral in college! If you worked two nights or had larger tables than a two top with more alcohol involved, you'd make even more.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Efland
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I had a roommate when Wilmington who made an average of $20/hr. She was delivering pricier "gourmet" pizzas though. If you could find a place that delivers in a primarily high end area I would go for that.
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