So you’ve decided to drive for Amazon Flex, which is great! The opportunity to work on your own schedule and earn good money is an amazing gig for anyone. However, the first few days can be challenging as you attempt to understand how everything operates.
Fortunately, a lot of new drivers manage to get used to things quickly and become comfortable with the process of signing up and getting blocks regularly.
However, others may struggle with it in the beginning, especially if there are so many things to consider at once. With that being said, here are some tips on how you can get Amazon Flex blocks quickly so you can start working sooner.
Know What Blocks Are Available
The first thing you should do when getting started is to familiarize yourself with the blocks that are available. You can see this information on the Driver Dashboard on Amazon’s website or on the app. Unfortunately, while you are signing up and waiting to be approved, you won’t have access to all of the blocks. There are only a few that are available to non-peak drivers at first. Unfortunately, you can’t choose which delivery blocks you get, but you can choose which hours to work. This means you have to be available during peak hours, which is when there is a high demand and blocks aren’t available outside of those hours.
Depending on where you live, there are different blocks available depending on the time of day or day of the week. If you live in a big city, you might have access to more blocks than someone who lives in a smaller town.
Familiarize yourself with your vehicle
Next, you should familiarize yourself with the vehicle you are going to use for Amazon Flex. You can do this by reading the section on the app that explains what the car requirements are, as well as watching the videos on Amazon’s website.
While you are waiting for your application to be approved, log into the app and click on “Go to vehicle” to see what your vehicle looks like and what it’s called. This way, when you are finally approved, you’ll know where to pick up your vehicle and what to call it. While you are waiting for your vehicle, you may want to consider renting a car if you don’t already have your own vehicle that meets the requirements.
Get to know the routes
The next thing you should do is get to know the routes that are available. While you can’t choose which routes you work (unless there are a lot of blocks available), you can at least know what they are and where you have to go.
To see the routes, click on “Go to routes” on the app or go to the Amazon Flex website. You can also search for the Flex route in your city or state on Google or Bing to see the routes available. This way, you will have an idea of where you have to go and where you are expected to deliver the packages. You can also use this time to learn about Amazon’s customer service philosophy. You can find information about this at the Amazon Deliver website.
Drive During Peak Times
The next thing you can do is to try and drive during peak times. You can see what times are peak times by clicking on “Go to shifts” on the app and looking under “when to drive.” Unfortunately, you won’t know when these times are until you are actually driving, so you have to be constantly looking at the app.
However, driving during peak times is the easiest way to get blocks. If you are new, you are most likely going to have to wait a long time before you get your first block, so driving during peak times can be helpful. During peak times, drivers get blocks more quickly, so you can put your application in during these times and wait less before you get your first block. This way, you can get started sooner.
Try and use the app constantly
The next thing you can do to get blocks quicker is to try and use the app constantly. You can do this by looking at the app whenever you are not doing something else. You can also use the app when you are on your way to or from your delivery or waiting for your next block.
While you are using the app, you can help yourself get blocks quicker by responding to any messages you receive quickly and with courtesy. The quicker you respond to messages, the more likely you are to be chosen by customers. You can also look at the map and see if there are any people nearby who need a delivery. If there are, you can click on “request delivery” to take the order. This way, you can help yourself get blocks quicker and earn some extra money while you are waiting.
Know the Requirements for Each Block
The next thing you can do is to know the requirements for each block. You can see these requirements when you click on “Go to blocks.” Unfortunately, you won’t know what the requirements are until you are actually waiting for a block, but if you know what they are, you can prepare for your first block. You can find information about how to prepare for your first block on Amazon’s website. Something else you can do is to look at the calendar on the app and see which days have higher demand. This way, you know when to be logged in and when to expect a block.
Accept Different Delivery Types
Finally, you should accept different delivery types. You can see the different delivery types by clicking on “Go to deliveries.” Unfortunately, Amazon doesn’t show you the different delivery types until you actually have a delivery. This way, you don’t have to worry about getting a certain type of delivery before you actually have it. You can find out the different delivery types on Amazon’s website. Something else you can do to become comfortable with the different delivery types is to take a look at the “deliveries near me” section on the app.
Do I need to Use Amazon Flex Block Grabbers
Next, you should use Amazon Flex block grabbers. You can see what times the block grabbers are available by clicking on “Go to shifts” on the app and clicking on “block grabbers.” Unfortunately, you won’t be able to see the times until you are actually waiting for a block, which can be frustrating. However, you can use the block grabbers to help you get blocks faster, which is useful if you are new. You can use the block grabbers by clicking on “start block grabber” when you are waiting for a block. Unfortunately, you can only use the block grabbers during peak times, but they can help you get blocks faster.
Popular Amazon Flex Block Grabbers
Finally, you can use popular block grabbers. You can see what times the popular block grabbers are available by clicking on “Go to shifts” on the app and clicking on “recently used.” Unfortunately, you won’t know the times of the popular block grabbers until you are actually waiting for a block, but you can use that section to see what times are popular. This way, you can be ready when the times you need to request a block grabber come around.
Flex Driving is a great opportunity, but it can be challenging to get the first blocks. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to get blocks quicker, which includes knowing what blocks are available, familiarizing yourself with your vehicle, getting to know the routes, driving during peak times, trying and use the app constantly, knowing the requirements for each block, and accepting different delivery types. If you follow these tips, you’ll be well on your way to getting blocks quickly and earning money as a Flex driver.