Pros and Cons of Instacart as a Side-Hustle

Pros and Cons of Instacart as a Side-Hustle

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So you want to do Instacart as a side-hustle to make money, huh? Here are pros and cons of being an Instacart shopper.

Keep in mind that the pros and cons are going to differ depending on whether or not you are an introvert or an extrovert, and you will see why.

What is instacart?

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Instacart is a mobile app that does 2 things:

  1. you can place grocery orders that other people go and pick up for you.
  2. you can pick up groceries for other people.

If you’re the type of person who doesn’t want to leave the house during Covid-19, or are so rich and busy you can’t be bothered to go grocery shopping, you can have plebeians people do it for you.

If you’re the type of person who wants flexibility with their job, can work whenever you want, and see how much money you’re going to make before you do that job, then this side-hustle is for you.

You can become an Instacart shopper via the app.

You can check out the Instacart app here if you want to place orders for groceries.

Pros of doing Instacart as a side-hustle

Here are some pros of doing Instacart for some side-hustle money.

Pro#1. You don’t have strangers in your car

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BTW most people don’t look like this getting into your Uber…lol

This is one of the best perks of being an Instacart shopper.

If you’re an introvert who doesn’t like talking or interacting with people then Instacart is for you.

You could spend the whole day barely interacting with anyone, and still make as good money, if not better, than driving people via Uber.

I drove Uber a couple of times as a side-hustle and what I didn’t like was that people were so different getting in to my car, I wasn’t sure if some wanted to talk, if some wanted peace and quiet, etc.

I didn’t like the ambiguity because I am an extrovert and would love to talk and get to know every stranger who gets in my car.

But I understand not everyone is like that.

Which is why Instacart gets rid of those ambiguities for introvertts and extroverts.

As an extrovert I am okay with the lack of human interaction on Instacart because at the end of the day, it’s about making money in a way that makes you happy.

Pro#2. You know how much you’re going to make

Instacart tells you approximately, with almost 80-99% accuracy, how much money you can make with each order.

Whereas with Uber you know how much you can make, but if you drive slow, drive fast, wait too long for the rider, etc. the amount of money changes, plus you don’t know if the rider will tup you or not.

Whereas with Instacart, the money plus tip is already factored in and shown right here when you view the order.

Pro#3. You know exactly which grocery store you are going to, and which house you are going to

Instacart will show you exactly which grocery store you would be going to in the order before you even accept it.

This way, you decide if it’s worth it to go to that grocery store or not.

Another benefit is it shows you the house you’re delivering it to and how far away the house is from the grocery store.

The issues I had with Uber was you didn’t know how far the rider was and you didn’t know where the rider was going until you pick them up.

You can see how that becomes an issue if you have to drive further than you expected.

I once had to drive a couple after midnight to their house 1 hour away in New Jersey.

Because I was registered in New York, I wasn’t able to pick up anyone in New JErsey, so I had to drive back 1 hour empty handed and for minimal money.

Instacart on the other hand, gives you all the necessary info of which grocery store, which house, what items you’d be picking up, and how much money all in one go.

It’s really one of the best side hustle apps out there.

Pro#4. You can listen to whatever you want and talk to whoever you want

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Because you never interact with people in your car, you get to listen to whatever music you want.

You can catch up with friends and family via phone call, video call, listen to podcasts, audiobooks, youtube videos, netflix, you name it.

It is really a flexible and versatile side-hustle.

Contrast that to driving for Uber where you have to let the rider choose the radio if they don’t like you music.

Or they can downvote you if they don’t like your music, your podcast etc.

You really can’t self educate while driving other people because you have to be considerate of their ears and not bombard them with self growth audiobooks or podcasts.

With instacart, you can have headphones in the whole time and be in your own world, buying groceries for people and learning and growing while making money.

Pro#5. You have flexibility in your schedule

Being an Instacart shopper gives you the ultimate flexibility in your schedule.

Say you work a 9am-5pm office job, and you commute 1 hour to work in the morning, then you can shop 7am till 8am to make some money, then go to work.

If work ends at 5pm, you can technically do Instacart right away near your office if there are grocery stores nearby.

If not, you can commute the hour back to near your house and then start doing Instacart 6pm-8pm to make some money before sleeping.

Or you’re a busy stay at home parent with 3 kids and they all have different schedules, if you know you’ll have 1-2 hours free here or there, you can go on the app to see what is available.

Chances are, because you’re a parent who shops at the local grocery stores for your kids, you most likely will have an easier time in the grocery stores buying other people’s groceries.

If you just lost your job because of covid-19, you can technically do Instacart 8am till 8pm and make about $200-300 a day.

Read: How to Make $200-300 a Day During Covid and Football Season

Pro#6. You get to be physically active

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The one thing I LOVE about being an Instacart shopper is that I get to be physically active while doing this.

You need to walk or run or jog to find your items, and if you don’t move, the items don’t just run to you.

This side-hustle keeps you active and moving and helps you stay fitter.

Whereas when I was driving Uber, I found myself getting fatter because all I did for hours was drive.

You also get to physically carry stuff and move around and stay fitter.

It is not like driving Uber or Lyft where you don’t lift a single thing all day and just get weaker by sitting there for hours forming blood clots in your legs which will eventually dislodge at some point and travel to your brain and cause a stroke (end rant).

Cons of doing Instacart as a side-hustle

With all those pros, now here are some cons of being an Instacart shopper.

Con#1. Waste time & money looking for random stuff

Sometimes, people order the most random stuff in grocery stores.

One time, I spent more than 10 minutes walking all over the store looking for a little random thing that they might or might not have in stock.

To put that into perspective, I average about 1-2 minutes of searching per item.

This cuts into my monetization time.

At least when you drive for Uber or deliver food via UberEATS, Grubhub, DoorDash, you don’t have to search for anything.

You just show up at a restaurant, they hand you the food, you deliver the food, you make money.

When you for Uber or Lyft, you go pick up the person, drive them to where they need to go, then move on.

No searching needed.

As an Instacart shopper, you really need to be good at looking for things, and you have to enjoy searching for stuff because you’ll be doing that all day.

Con#2. Some days don’t have any good orders

One day, I looked on the app and didn’t see any orders above $7-9.

Not only that, they were all at far away grocery stores, had a lot of items to get, and I had to drive really far to deliver them.

It was not worth it that day to drive for Instacart.

So you have to be careful too.

While it is nice and all to make $200-300 if you do Instacart all day for 12 hours, there might be days when people don’t order much on the app at all, and you don’t have much work.

There might also be days when there are a lot of orders but you have to drive really far, thus cutting into your monetization time, and increasing your gas cost.

Conclusion on Instacart as a side-hustle

After reading these pros and cons, what do you think of signing up to be an Instacart shopper and doing it as a side-hustle to make money?

If you’re ready to make an instacart account to start making money, you can use my invite link here.

There’s a chance we both might get some bonuses if you shop a certain amount in a certain amount of days.

To end with this quote from Hannah Montana, “Life’s what you make it, so let’s make it right.”

That’s the same with Instacart.

It’s what you make it.

I personally listen to audiobooks the whole time I’m in the car driving to grocery stores and delivery to people’s houses.

Good luck, best of luck, stay safe, be well!


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Jack The Dreamer

I'm a dreamer. But you know what? All the best people are. And if you're one too, join the revolution! My blog is about being financially independent and working towards that goal each and every single day so that we can all start living the life we've always dreamed of! Jack the Dreamer, over and out!