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What It's Like to Be a Shipt Shopper | How to Work for Shipt | What I Can Expect Working for Shipt | How to Become a Shipt Shopper | A Day in the Life of a Shipt Shopper

Need some extra money for the holidays? But don’t know where to start?

Shipt might be a good option for you if you don’t mind doing a bit of manual labor.

When I was first introduced to Shipt, I thought, wow, easy money.

But by no means is it easy money.

You’ll have to work. You may even work up a sweat doing this job, that is, if you take grocery store orders.

How It Works

You’ll have downloaded the Shipt shopper app before you’re ready to start shopping. Once you download it, open the app and open the drop down menu on the top left-hand side of the screen.

Select Available Orders and see what orders you’d be interested in taking.

Once you see one you like, click Claim Order and you’ll be able to review it and see what items you’ll be shopping for or any specific delivery instructions (if it’s a Delivery Only order). You can see what kind of order it is before you claim it.

Review the order and get to the store 15 to 30 minutes before it has to be delivered (or more if it’s a bigger order). You can see the estimated time it’ll take to complete the order before you take it so manage your time well and don’t be like me on my first day (haha!).

When you get there, open the app again and send your introduction text to your customer. It’ll usually say something like “Hi. This is your Shipt Shopper, [Your Name]. I’ve just arrived at [store name] and I’m about to start shopping your order. Let me know if you need anything else.”

What It's Like to Be a Shipt Shopper | How to Work for Shipt | What I Can Expect Working for Shipt | How to Become a Shipt Shopper | A Day in the Life of a Shipt Shopper

Sometimes the customer will respond with a “thank you” and sometimes they won’t say anything. Other times, they may add something to the order that they forgot. So remember to get it because, obviously, it won’t be on the list.

Then, start shopping your list (if it’s a Shop & Deliver order). You’ll have to scan items when you find them and the app checks it off the list for you.

Once you’re done, head to self-checkout and have a store associate scan your receipt (if it’s a prepaid order). If not, you’ll have to go through the checkout line (but tell them it’s a Shipt order ahead of time so there’s no confusion).

Also, make sure to check and see if the order is tax exempt because I’ve had few of those.

Then, bag up your items in the designated area. In Target, they have free bags for Shipt orders so don’t worry about paying.

Once your order is bagged up, head out to your car and load your items.

Deliver and repeat.

Stores You’ll Shop

Shopping with Shipt, you’ll be able to deliver orders from Shop Rite, Best Buy, Target, CVS, Party City, and more.

I’ve personally done all of them, but my CVS order was a prescription order.

My favorites are Best Buy (despite the lack of help picking up delivery orders) and Target (when the orders aren’t too big).

I absolutely hate going to Shop Rite because they’re usually HUGE orders (3 carts full sometimes) and the paper bags they give you rip like they’ve been doused in water.

I haven’t ever had a small Shop Rite order, so beware.

Keep extra bags in your trunk just in case.

Order Types

There are different types of orders you can take, which includes Shop & Deliver orders and Delivery Only orders.

They’re self-explanatory, so I’m not gonna get into it.

You can choose to do both or either one. It’s entirely up to you.

There are also Promo orders, which can be either Shop & Deliver or Delivery Only. Promo just means they’re offering more money than they normally would.


When you complete an order, customers can rate you.

On my first day, I wasn’t doing so well with time management, so all of my orders were late and as a result, my rating was a 4.2.

But I’ve been able to get it up to a 4.6, thanks to great customer service.

If a customer tells me an item is missing, I contact Customer Support or instruct them to contact the store they purchased from and try to get them their item.

How to Get Tips

Be the best possible shopper and delivery driver you can be. Go above and beyond for your customers and they’ll thank you with high ratings and tips.

My biggest tip to date is a $45 tip, but don’t expect that to be the norm.

That was a HUGE order and I think they only gave it to me because their dog chased me off the porch as I was trying to deliver the groceries (haha!). I can laugh now, but it was pretty scary.

I got lucky (because the dog didn’t bite me even though he did catch up to me!).

And who knows? Maybe you’ll get lucky too and some dog will chase, but not bite you, resulting in a huge apology tip.

But seriously, just do your best on each order and you’ll be raking in the tips, which helps with your overall payment.

In my opinion, this side gig wouldn’t be worth it if it weren’t for the tips. Tips are everything. I repeat. Tips are everything.

Without them, you just won’t make enough for all the driving and lifting and bending and walking to be worth it. So do what you can to get those tips if you want to make decent money.

How Much Am I Gonna Get Paid?

This varies by order, but the lowest I’ve seen is $5-$7 for an order. They always give you an estimate because they never know how much the customer is going to tip.

The average is about $10-$17.

The highest I’ve seen (for promo orders) is about $20 to $35 for one order (but those were promo orders).

Ready to Start Shipt-ing?

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What It's Like to Be a Shipt Shopper | How to Work for Shipt | What I Can Expect Working for Shipt | How to Become a Shipt Shopper | A Day in the Life of a Shipt Shopper

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