Pizza Delivery The Dave Ramsey Way

So you want to be a Pizza Driver…

The first question I asked myself was, “how much can I make?”  I sure as heck didn’t know.  Dave Ramsey said to go out and deliver pizzas at night, so I did.

A new pizza joint just opened up down the street and had a “Hiring Drivers” sign out front.  And the rest is history…

Back to the money part.  You CAN make great money delivering part time.  I make $1,400 to $1,800 per month working 22 hours a week. Yeah, the shifts aren’t the greatest…Friday 5-1am/Sat 5-1am/Sun 5-11…but they are the best shifts to make money on.

I’ve detailed my daily earnings so you can see what the potential is for you.

By the way, delivering is VERY fun too.

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Financial Samurai October 2, 2009 at 1:15 pm

This is awesome. I’ll be following you on Twitter. I’m @FinancialSamura too if you’re interested.

Ever thought about leasing a Porsche to deliver the pizzas? :)

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Jeffrey Kosola October 5, 2009 at 7:06 am

I think maybe a Vette would be better, since I work at GM.

The winter is going to be difficult this year. With the H3 I was the fastest game in town. I even pulled people out of snow banks while on delivery last winter. I don’t think I’ll be doing that with the Cobolt.

Thanks for the follow. Jeff

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bankruptcy ben June 24, 2010 at 3:05 am

maybe a scouter would be better? Peter Parker style?

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J. Money October 9, 2009 at 9:31 pm

dude, lovin’ these detailed reports. esp the “per hour” breakdown, very interesting stuff!

see ya back on twitterland.

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Jeffrey Kosola October 10, 2009 at 8:44 am

Thanks J. Money

I’m starting to track miles/gas/wear and tear to get a better idea of how much I’m making. Sounds fun eh? If it looks worthwhile to post I’ll add it to the table.

Jeff

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Frugal Dreamer December 13, 2009 at 10:25 pm

I was also wondering how much you were spending per day/week or month on gas.

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Jeffrey Kosola December 14, 2009 at 6:05 am

Frugal Dreamer,

I spend $30 per week on gas. That gets me to and from my first job (12 miles one way) and all my deliveries. Our delivery area is not too big, my avg night is 60 miles. I drive a Chevy Cobolt and get over 30 miles per gallon. Much better than when I drove my H3 :-)

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Jamie98 March 8, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Wow that’s crazy I average around 150 miles for a typical 8-10 hour day. Our delivery area is huge. Luckily we get $1.50 for every delivery we take automatically. Unfortunately, the place where I work is not a chain so it doesn’t get very busy other than on weekends, which I usually work from 5pm-10 or 11pm. I don’t make nearly as much as you in tips. Yesterday, I worked a 10 hour day and made around $80 in tips.

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Jeffrey Kosola March 9, 2010 at 7:24 am

Jamie98,

The first place I worked at I averaged about 125 miles a night and $70-$90 in tips, it was a chain. I now work at an independent and average 50-60 miles a night and $100 plus in tips. Usually from 8 or 9pm until 1am I’m the only driver. 90% of our business is repeat so I know everyone I deliver too.

Good luck…

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BudgetsaretheNewBlack December 14, 2009 at 1:50 pm

I love that you are documenting this! And what a great testimony to hard work, for both you and your wife at home with the kiddos!

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Jeffrey Kosola December 14, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Yeah, it was those Kiddos that got me to make these changes in my life.

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duddes02 December 30, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Great blog, I like the charts :)

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Jeffrey Kosola December 30, 2009 at 11:36 pm

@duddes02 thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked the charts.

Jeff

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Dave July 16, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Who do you recommend delivering for….a brand name, or a local pizza shop? Why do you think there are such variations in tips, etc?

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Jeffrey Kosola July 17, 2010 at 7:41 am

Dave, I like the local joints. Since every city has different one I can’t give you a name. From my experience I get many more deliveries working at the “little” pizza joint than I got working for the Chain. More deliveries = more money since you get paid per delivery as well as any tip that you receive. I have friends that work at Papa John’s and love it, having never worked their I can put my stamp on it.

The tip variation has alot to do with the area you deliver in. I’m currently in a “blue collar” area and the tip are great. I believe it’s because most of the people understand that I’m working for a living just like they are. I get many other people who also work for tips and the understand the process. Many of my customers are repeat so I generally know the amount I’m going to get. Most people usually tip the same amount. If I’m going to a “good” tipper I will usually get them their pizza as quick as I can, bypassing the “bad” tipper if I have multiple deliveries.
Delivering to apartments is never good, so avoiding locations with many apartments is another way to increase tips. The “white collar” neighborhoods are hit and miss. Many people just look at me like a servent and either don’t tip or tip very little. These are just a few things I’ve learned along the way. Also, college towns are awesome money makers. I have a very good friend who works for Papa John’s and makes a killing from 11pm to 3am in a college town. Please feel free to us my contact page if you have any specific questions.
Have a great day Dave.

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Dave July 17, 2010 at 11:21 am

Thanks for the reply Jeff. It looks like you’re doing very well and I’m impressed!

I live in what’s mostly a white collar area and my hunch is that it will be hit and miss, like you say. I’ll have to see what happens. If I have any questions, I’ll ask!

Thanks,
Dave

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Jeffrey Kosola July 17, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Good luck Dave, may the pizza gods look down on you and bring forth great tips :-)

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Jamie98 July 17, 2010 at 2:35 am

If you would be willing to upload them somehow, I myself have created an excel chart documenting gas, checks, and tips every day of every month for the past 2-3 months. They aren’t 100% accurate but it gives me a very good idea of my monthly income. I even include a pie chart.

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Jeffrey Kosola July 17, 2010 at 7:43 am

Hi Jamie,

Send the file over and I’ll include it. Please give me some information about yourself you’d like included. We can include a weekly update if you like.

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Pete September 22, 2011 at 10:41 am

What about age limits? I’m 40 something and needing to pay off some debt ASAP. Think I’d make a go of it at myt age?

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Dave November 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Pete,

I don’t think your age will be any problem at all. I’m older than you and don’t have any problems. There are people where I work that are older than me. It’s not an age thing, as much as attitude. Be friendly and a go-getter and you’ll have no problem.

With that said, the store I work at watches your hours you work very carefully. If they don’t need you, they’ll send you home if it’s not busy. I’ve made about half of what Dave Ramsey says you’ll make. And a lot of that goes for gas.

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Paula @ Afford Anything November 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Here’s a random question I’ve always wondered —

On Friday/Saturday nights, especially late night, how often do you get orders from people who just never answer the door? Like, they ordered pizza and then fell asleep and/or left home?

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Jeff Kosola November 30, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Paula and Dave,

Its happened twice to me. Both times they called the next day to say they passed out.

Jeff

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Dave November 30, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Paula,

I’ve been delivering pizza for a year now. I’ve not had that happen to me yet. We have the customer’s phone number, so you can always call the customer to try and get in touch. Friday nights are the busiest nights where I work.

Dave

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Margaret March 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Jeffrey.
I second and third how much fun it is delivering pizza, after stressing out for 8 hours in a desk job all day. Take the delivery, happy faces- people are always happy seeing food coming in the door. So many more perks, too- friendly dogs, lovely people, lots of time to listen to good books-on-CD that I never would get to listen to, otherwise. Hearing snapshots of people’s lives and then having time to pray for them as you drive to the next delivery. Sometimes getting to listen to the DAVE-man on the radio, when I deliver after 10 PM on the weekends. Tips can be disappointing, sometimes- but how lucky can you get, in this economy. Some people dont have ONE job and I am blessed enough to have two.. Probably not too many grandmothers out there delivering pizza- but when you have a goal in mind of getting kids through college with no debt, and saving up 100% of the money for my next car (which I will wait and buy AFTER the pizza-days are over, so it won’t smell like pizza), then staying focused is easy.) And when I do buy that car – I am definitely driving it to Nashville to scream “debt-free” on-air…. with a BIG sign on my DAVE-CAR.
Pizza Delivery Grandma in Stone Mountain

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michael brown August 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm

is $3 per pizza under the table fair do you think? they will call me at a coffee shop when needed for 3 to 9 pizzas per day a few days a week.

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Aaron August 17, 2012 at 2:08 am

I’m very curious, are deliveries ever consolidated? If so, what is the most stops you can make on one delivery trip? If a delivery order comes in do you typically wait 20 min or so to see if another order comes in to maximize the chance of delivering two orders on one trip? Or do you consider multi-order trips rare? A pain? Your blog is fascinating, thanks!

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issa issa December 12, 2012 at 5:38 pm

I was wondering how busy was the delivery job? Did you get paid hourly? How many driver were there?

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Omega-3-Kapseln June 7, 2013 at 3:51 am

I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up!

I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back later. All the best

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Cole July 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I just got my pizza deliver job today! Thanks for the inspiration. I plan on keeping a journal of my earnings as well. If you have any tips on delivering specifically please share them.

Thanks again!

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Colin December 7, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Yoou waznt your child to be taken care of while at school.
I’d say that’s a bbit of a stretch, not to menyion a lot to live uup to, but I still
like the name. For example, your son “David” might like the word
“Sport” on the other side of his ame blocks.

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Old Man Mase March 17, 2014 at 8:55 pm

I really love what you did here with this blog – it’s awesome!

Partially due to your inspiring story I went ahead and got myself a job as a driver today, I should start within the next week. Thanks for the motivation – my wife and I are all in on getting our debt paid off!

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