A year ago, I was going through a challenging time in my life, so I decided to sign up as an Instacart Customer to have my groceries delivered to my door so I wouldn't have to leave my house. I ended up falling in love with the service and continued to use the service over the months that followed.
Fast forward to this past month... I am now in a much healthier state of mind and have been looking for a simple way to help out my community during the challenging time that is affecting the whole world.
I figured one of the best ways to be of service was to step up to the plate and help out where I could in relation to the essential services that are really needed right now. Due to social distancing and self-isolation, there is a high demand for the delivery of groceries, and Instacart falls perfectly into that type of service. In fact, Instacart is looking to hire 300,000 more shoppers to keep up with the current demand.
So I decided to flip the coin and signed up as a Full-Service Shopper. 🙂
I've personally had such a positive experience with Instacart, as both a customer and a shopper, so I figured I'd share more about their services in this blog post, to help get the word out!
Whether you're interested in becoming a shopper or are interested in having groceries delivered to your door, I invite you to keep reading!
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What is Instacart?
Instacart is a grocery delivery service that offers opportunities for both customers and shoppers:
- Customers - You can order groceries from your favorite store using your computer, phone or tablet. Instacart will connect you with a Personal Shopper who will hand-pick your items and deliver them right to your door!
- Shoppers - You can get paid to shop! Using the Instacart app on your phone, you can connect with customers who need someone to do their grocery shopping for them and then deliver their items to their doorstep.
How Instacart Works as a Customer
For those of you who would like to have groceries delivered to your doorstep, check out this 2-minute video to learn how it works, create your account and place your first order.
How Instacart Works as a Shopper
Instacart offers a flexible way to make a full-time income or just some extra money on the side.
- Full-Service Shopper - You will do the in-store shopping + delivery. You can make your own hours and work as many hours you want a week. You will need to have your own car.
- In-Store Shopper - You will only do the in-store shopping. You are considered a part-time employee and can work up to 29 hours per week.
Instacart Shopper Requirements
- Must be 18-21 years old (depending on which state you reside in)
- Have a newer model phone (running iOs 9 or later or Android 5.0 or later)
- Can lift 30-plus pounds of groceries
- Follow Instacart’s Food Safety Policy
- Must have a passion for customer service
- Must have your own car (only if you’re applying for the Full-Service Shopper role)
Instacart offers a variety of awesome perks and discounts for it's associates including:
- Professional Aid (car maintenance, cell discounts, and roadside assistance)
- Financial Services (tax support, expense tracking, and student loan repayment resources)
- Health and Wellness (health insurance plans and gym discounts)
- Entertainment and Leisure (discounts and travel portal)
- Family Care (use your Care.com membership code when you enroll: 6e3z58a6zl)
- Shopper Injury Protection (for full-service shoppers)
How Instacart is Keeping its Shoppers + Customers Safe
Instacart is now offering a "Leave at My Door" delivery option, which is now the default delivery setting on all orders. This aims to limit the amount of person-to-person contact that happens during each grocery delivery. Customers can leave additional instructions for their shopper and receive a photo confirmation once their groceries have been delivered. For alcohol delivery, it can still be contactless as its no longer required to get a signature at the door.
Instacart is also planning to supply its grocery shoppers with hand sanitizer + health and safety kits that they can use on their shopping trips. The kits include a washable and reusable face mask, hand sanitizer and thermometer and will be shipping the week of April 13th, 2020.
Instacart is offering up to 14 days of paid sick leave to employees who test positive for coronavirus or are placed in a mandatory quarantine by a health official. This sick leave policy is in effect through May 8, 2020.
Instacart is staying up-to-date with the ongoing outbreak and the CDC's recommendations. You can read about how their grocery delivery service is responding here.
My Personal Experience as an Instacart Newbie
I signed up for Instacart as a way to serve my community and to help out the members who can't leave their homes right now - for whatever their reason is. Some people are fully embracing the quarantine. Some people have babies or kids and can't leave them at home by themselves to go shopping. Some people are caring for elderly. There are so many different reasons why people aren't able to leave their homes right now, which means delivery services for essential products are in high demand.
As a healthy individual who has done the energy healing work to clear and protect myself, I felt like I was a perfect candidate to help people out in this seemingly simple, yet necessary way.
At the time of writing this (April 2020,) I have just completed my first weekend as a Full-Service shopper for Instacart. I went into it with an open mind and to have a learning experience, and figured I'd share what I've learned and experienced with anyone else who's interested in Instacart's services.
Here's my personal feedback:
- The app was really easy to use, and although many items are out of stock in the stores at this time, it's pretty easy to find replacement items for people, or issue a refund if there's nothing suitable to replace an item with.
- It's also easy to connect with each customer through Instacart's chat feature in the event I had any questions about replacements or if they wanted to add something to their order while I was shopping.
- Everyone in the stores have been very cheerful and helpful, from shoppers, to grocery store employees, to other Instacart shoppers. We are all there to support each other and help each other out... and I love that vibe!
- The customers I have delivered to have been extremely appreciative and have left me with some great tips! I've even connected with many other high-vibe, Healer types, which I believe is due to law of attraction. 😉
- The employees are all doing their due diligence to make sure the stores are being sanitized often and that there aren't too many people in the store at once. They also have the aisle set up as one-way traffic to make everything flow more efficiently.
- What I've made this weekend as a Full-Service shopper, has averaged out to be about $15-$20/hour, including tips. As I learn the products and stores more, I'm sure I'll become more efficient and faster with my shopping, which means I'll be able to do more "batches" (shopping trips) in less time... and help more people!
- Update May 2020: After working for Instacart for a month, I've been making anywhere from $12/hour all the way up to $40/hour. My average seems to be around $20/hour with tips! It's definitely an easy way to make a good amount of extra income on the side (or even as a full-time job!) and so I plan to continue working part-time as a full-service shopper.
- Spiritual Perspective: As an empath who used to hate going to the store and dealing with the public because of how draining it made me feel, I now feel SO ENERGIZED after a day of shopping... it's almost unreal! While I'm out there, I feel happy and joyful and find it really fun going on "scavenger hunts" for things. I love challenging my brain and MOVING so it's a nice change of pace from my usual laptop lifestyle. I know I'm spreading my light around and helping others feel good, which means I have love and light flowing through my body all damn day, which is THE BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD! This also excites me because I can now FEEL the difference between my past "disempowered empath" self and my new "empowered empath" self. I now know how to protect my energy and hold my power, which means I no longer have to hide from the world and can completely get out there without fear controlling me! 🙂
All that being said, if you are brave, fearless and want to step up and help your community out (and maybe also want to get out of your house ) why not consider giving Instacart a try! Shoppers are in HIGH DEMAND right now! As are grocery store workers, if that's an option you're interested in.
If you’d like to sign up to be a personal shopper, you can do so by using my referral code: TTIERNEY57159
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