4 Reasons Why Delivering With DoorDash is a Great Gig for International Students

International students in Canada can earn extra cash by becoming Dashers. In this post, we’ll go over the top 4 reasons why delivering with DoorDash is the perfect gig work for international students.

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DoorDash connects customers to their favourite restaurants and stores in 27 countries across the globe and more than 100 cities in Canada. Customers can order medicine, food, groceries, etc. from the comfort of their homes and Dashers are independent contractors who deliver those items. Dashers help local businesses thrive by delivering their goods and services.

Delivering with DoorDash is an excellent opportunity for both Domestic and International students to make some extra cash. 

As an International student, you’re eligible to work up to 20 hours per week while enrolled in a University program. Please refer to Immigration and Citizenship’s official website to learn more about the off-campus work restrictions on your visa type. 

Here are a few reasons why students should try delivering with DoorDash, aka dashing:

1. Getting started is a breeze 

You can sign up to become a Dasher in minutes and start dashing within a week of completing sign up. Don’t have a car? No worries; depending on your location, you can dash on a scooter, bicycle, motorcycle or e-bike.  

The sign-up process involves a completely free background check. You’ll need two pieces of government-issued IDs to verify your identity. If you’re an international student, you can use your passport, driver’s license or a photo ID card issued by the provincial government. 

Moreover, you don’t need a hot bag to complete your first delivery. But if you would like to use one, one will be included in your welcome kit - which you’ll receive a week after your first dash. 

2. Dash when you want, wherever you want

We get it: your student schedule is hectic. Your calendar tends to be jam-packed with exam prep, classes, internships, group study sessions, student clubs, parties etc. But dashing with DoorDash means you can fit time to dash anywhere in your schedule. Some students dash only on weekends, while others dash on weekdays before or after classes - some even dash between classes. Also, unlike regular part-time jobs, you don’t need anyone’s approval to take a break for exams or an impromptu out-of-town trip.

3. You are your own boss 

You control how much you want to earn. You are free to decline offers. You can also decide when and how often you want to get paid. Regular part-time jobs generally pay weekly or biweekly, but with DoorDash, you can cash out daily for a nominal fee or receive free payments every week. Also, there’s zero boss drama. 

4. Explore your neighbourhood 

Biking or driving around in your university town while dashing is a great way to do local exploring - more so if you’re going to college away from your hometown. You might stumble upon your next favourite restaurant, bar, late-night cafe or hangout spot. For international students who speak English or French as their second language, interacting with customers and merchants might be an excellent opportunity to polish your language. 

Intrigued? Start your sign up process now.

What to expect once you sign up

  • Background check might take 3-5 days. 

  • Complete your first dash so that we can send you your welcome kit that includes a hot bag and a red card. 

  • Dashing gets better - while the first few offers will help you learn the tricks of the trade, once you complete a few orders you’ll be on a roll.

  • The App is super user friendly with features to best navigate the gig - interactive maps, hot spots, safety features, DoorDash support etc.