The so-called “sharing economy” is reshaping the world – specifically, how people earn money. It’s been especially helpful for work from home people, since sharing economy jobs are pretty flexible schedule-wise. But I gotta admit to a little quirk: as a mother of two, I don’t like the idea of having strangers in my personal space! I know, I know, these types of transactions are usually pretty safe, but that’s just me being a protective mama.
But when I heard about Amazon Flex, I suddenly perked up. See, with Amazon Flex, you deliver packages using your own personal vehicle. You don’t have to share it with random people off the street. The only thing I need to share my space with is an Amazon package, and that’s not bad at all.
Since Amazon Flex has been deployed in limited locations, it’s too early to write an Amazon Flex review. But we do have quite a bit of info on it this early on, so I’ll be writing them down in this article. Let’s go!
What Exactly is Amazon Flex?
Amazon Flex calls itself “the future of delivery.” It’s a program owned an operated by Amazon, and will employ people like us as delivery people. Since Amazon promises some of its Prime members one-hour delivery, there will be a huge demand for a quick and agile delivery workforce.
It’s amazing what technology can achieve. But it still needs regular people like us to actually get the jobs done. These delivery people need to be able to scoot to the Amazon warehouse or fulfillment center at a moment’s notice and delivery the package in a timely manner.
You Can Be Your Own Boss with Amazon Flex
When you work via Amazon Flex, you will have the opportunity to set your own schedule. You can pick between 2, 4, 8, and 12 hour daily shifts. Since I can’t devote an entire day to making deliveries – what will all my family-related tasks and responsibilities – being able to set my own work “window” is particularly appealing.
But while you’re technically your own boss, you still need to answer to the almighty schedule. Since Amazon Prime promises 1 hour delivery for some members, I can imagine you’ll really have to hustle to make those deliveries on time (it doesn’t help that I live in a place with pretty terrible traffic).
Also, if you decided to work from home because, well, you like working from home, an Amazon Flex job might not be the job for you. But for anyone who’s willing to take the plunge and give this a shot, I imagine more and more Amazon Flex jobs will become available sooner instead of later.
Earning Potential on Amazon Flex
Earning projections are at around $18 to $25 an hour. You can track your earnings via the Amazon Flex app. I couldn’t find info on bonuses and other incentives, but I’m pretty sure that Amazon will have those in place as well.
We can also guesstimate that high-traffic, cosmopolitan areas – like Seattle, where Amazon Flex was first deployed – will provide a higher earning potential to its drivers.
Where is Amazon Flex Available?
Since the program is still new (I’m not sure if referring to it as being in the “beta” is accurate at this point), Amazon Flex locations are still somewhat limited. So far, delivery work opportunities are available in these cities only:
- Baton Rouge (LA)
- Birmingham (AL)
- Boise (ID)
- Boston (MA)
- Buffalo (NY)
- Charleston (SC)
- Colorado Springs (CO)
- Columbus (OH)
- Denver (CO)
- Gainesville (FL)
- Knoxville (TN)
- Lexington (KY)
- Little Rock (AK)
- Mobile (AL)
- Newark (NJ)
- New York (NY)
- Oklahoma City (OK
- Omaha (NE)
- Philadelphia (PA)
- Pittsburgh (PA)
- Providence (RI)
- Rochester (NY)
- San Francisco Bay Area (CA)
- Savannah (GA)
- Greater Seattle Area (WA)
- Trenton & Freehold Township (NJ)
- Tulsa (OK)
- Greater Washington D.C. Area (DC)
- White Plains (NY)
- Wilmington (DE)
That list may seem long, but remember, Amazon is a global (not just American) behemoth. Imagine how long that list would be when Amazon Flex really, uh, flexes its muscle. Also, there are still quite a few American cities that aren’t covered.
How to Sign-Up for an Amazon Flex Job
To sign-up, head over to their Get Started page. From there you will have to answer a few questions, as well as download the Amazon Flex app on your phone. (You can download straight from that page, no matter what type of phone you use)
A while back, I read the following message from Amazon:
“Since launching, we’ve had thousands and thousands of interested individuals sign-up to hear more about delivering for Amazon in locations ranging from Turin, Italy, to Wichita, Kansas.”
… which is really encouraging, since it means they’re actively trying to expand the Amazon Flex program. And expansion means more jobs!
Requirements for Becoming an Amazon Flex Driver
Naturally, not just anybody can come up to Amazon and expect to get hired on the spot. There are a few requirements that you need to either meet or exceed. They include:
- You must be at least 21 years of age
- Possess a valid driver’s license
- Pass a background test
- Own at least a midsize, four-door sedan, which you will use for deliveries
- If you’re going to use a truck, it needs to have an enclosed bed, to protect packages from harsh weather
Notice that their vehicle requirement is super-particular. It’s pretty much limited to only four-wheeled vehicles. It would have been nice if you could make deliveries via bicycle, scooter, or even on foot because it’s more environment-friendly. But I guess Amazon Flex is not flex-ible like that. (What? Even moms can crack dad jokes!)
So that’s all the info I’ve got on Amazon Flex. When Amazon Flex comes to my city, you can bet I’ll be one of the first in line to try and get a job. It’s a great fit for full-time moms. The schedule is flexible, the earnings are pretty sweet, and it looks like a fun overall job to do! And the best part, at least for me, is that it gives me the opportunity to finally take part in the sharing economy. Great times are ahead!