Seattle Postmates Guide

How does postmates work?

Postmates is a courier service similar to uber and lyft and just like every courier service, there are two sides. The customer side and then the courier side.

If you plan to become a postmates courier, below are some things you will want to know including information about their tipping service.

First, you’ll want to join the postmates fleet, aka their driving community. On their website, according to their slogan, you can make $25+ an hour on your own schedule.

Note: This article was written for postmates Seattle, however, it can be helpful for other cities as well.

Driving for postmates…

If you need some extra income for college, or for basic living needs, then driving for them might be the perfect solution for you.

There are some requirements such as the usual, age, driver license, background check and then you’ll be asked for your vehicle type, type of phone device you’ll be using ( Because you’ll be using the postmates courier app).



Once you complete the fleet agreement, and pass the background and get accepted, you’ll upload a photo, set up direct deposit, and activate your postmates prepaid card. Visit their support page for more information.

About Postmates tipping service…

Let’s get to the reason why you’re here in the first place which is getting paid and adding some dollars to your pockets. Just like pizza delivery services, the delivery fee is not a tip…

Postmates is a cashless service similar to uber and lyft, however, that doesn’t mean you can’t accept tips.

There is a tipping feature in the app that customers can use to tip, which is recommended. However, just like with Uber, people sometimes will tip in cash, and although not encouraged, it is okay to accept.

Before we get into the customer side of postmates, you can check out some reviews from people who have driven for postmates.

Postmates for customers…

So you have caught wind of the new popular delivery service, how awesome is that?

We can stay home for days and not leave our house, as long we work from home. If you’re wondering how it works, about the cost, and delivery service then continue to read on.

Postmates delivery

Postmates delivery is similar to uber eats, the difference being that you can also order fresh groceries and more including alcohol in some markets.

For Seattle, the general delivery fee is $3.99 – $5.99 and you can order from local restaurants and stores, including Safeway, target and more. Visit here for more on the delivery fee.

Some examples of partners…

SweetGrass,  McDonald’s, Pike Place Chinese, Walla Walla Farms, Top Pot Doughnuts, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, The Yellow Leaf, Pho Bac, IHOP…

City Target, Nordstrom, Walgreens, Pike Place Flowers

And more…

There are plenty of benefits for those living in busy cities where the waits are long in the stores.



Pikes Market is a no-go during the holiday season and the lines in Target can wrap around the store, no point in going for a simple item and waited an hour just to scan and buy it.

If you don’t mind paying for a $4 – $6 fee for lunch or groceries then it’s a win situation and if you’re ever in need of some extra income, you’ll be able to make back the money you just spent.

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