Anyone Work for Ride Sharing/Food Delivery as a Second Source of Income?

Wondering if anyone is working for uber/deliveroo or the works, as a second job and how this has worked out for you when tax time comes around.

My current job pays well but it's never enough in Sydney so looking at getting a second income.

Was it worth it at end of financial year or a waste of time/did it mostly go to tax.

I own a 6cyl Aurion so petrol might end up also being an issue.

Also wanted to get some insight into what you guys do as a second source of income?

Any help is appreciated

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    I can't imagine there is a lot of money in it - these kind of 'gig' jobs dont work to well in Australia because we dont have a 'tipping culture'

    Thus in the US you might tip your Uber eats guy $1-10 this doesnt sound like a lot but you do 25-30 deliveries a night and it adds up and can make the job worth doing

    Recently in the UK the drivers won the 'min wage' law battle which will make the job pay better but far less viable - i dont think this has happened yet in Australia

    I'd be curious to know what the deliverers are average earning p/h here in Aus

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      Re: minimum wage battle, Menulog recently announced that'd they'd be trialling a direct employment model in Sydney. That's the only local movement that I'm aware of.

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      There's almost no money in doing it as a full time job, less than minimum wage before even considering wear to your car. A lot of calculations only consider the time spent actually driving, but the waiting around can often be a third of your time in the car.

      But it absolutely is worth it as a side gig during peak times if you're in a major city. Can easily earn $200+ on a Friday or Saturday night driving people back and forth from party areas by making use of surge pricing, especially as a maxi. Almost no downtime until the AM hours as well. Risk of people puking in the back gets higher the later it gets, but usually you get a payout for it, and it's better post-covid as they have to be in the back.

      Not sure about food delivery, imagine it'd be a lot less, can't imagine it'd be worth doing unless you could beat the fuel efficiency of a moped or bike.

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    My current job pays well but it's never enough in Sydney so looking at getting a second income.

    No it simply means it doesn’t pay well.
    Try changing employer and see if you can get a pay rise for a similar role before you look for a side job.

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    I haven't seen an UberEats courier yet that didn't look like they were operating on some sort of work restrictions, so…

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      To clarify my point - if the only people working a job are people without other options, it's probably a s**t job.

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        Yup. I order from Menulog or Uber everyday and I'm yet to see anyone other than an Indian or Middle Eastern student with a thick accent.

        I feel bad for them but they've willingly made the decision to come here as opposed to living much more comfortably back home, so power to them.

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          I suspect much of that is the vehicle requirements. Uber needs relatively nice cars, ubereats and the like does not.

          Sounds like OP would be completely wasting their money using a nice car on it, not only petrol-wise but wear and tear would decrease the value pretty quickly. The real money is in surge pricing on weekends.

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    Better to find a second casual job then. You have to think about the waiting time in the road. Sometimes you may not get a single delivery in the area, then may be you have to move to another area, same happens or so on.

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    The pay is okay… But great tax benefits as you can claim car expenses, depreciation, phone expenses which might not be able to claim I'm office jobs

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    The money they pay didn't justify the cost of capital, time and effort in my opinion. It is shared by many and well known, perhaps if they paid more…however the cost of food also rises hence less business. It's good if you want to gather a few extra bucks and nothing better to do I guess.