Want to Learn How to Become a Personal Grocery Shopper? This article will point you in the right direction.
I suffer from extreme anxiety, and I absolutely dread every moment that I have to step outside the house. It’s a panic attack waiting to happen.
Doing things like going out and shopping for food has been a hassle for me. The long drive there, and then walking down endless aisles while trying to find the items you want is very time consuming and even frustrating at times. Especially on a busy day, when all the lines are long and only like 2 workers actually working.
This opened a neat opportunity though, allowing people to become what is known as a personal shopper. You sign up through a company, and then they give you access to hundreds of gigs in your area where people are needing someone to do the shopping for them.
I understand that grocery shopping for yourself is a long tedious process for just about anyone. But this time you get paid to walk around stores.
So since it seems like such a great side hustle, let’s look into becoming a personal shopper.
How Much Does a Personal Shopper Make?
This depends on a few factors. For instance, if a particular store hires someone to be a personal shopper on an hourly based contract, they can make up to $25/hr.
This also goes for companies and apps like Instacart that allows people to become personal shoppers.
And if you wanted to be an independent personal shopper, then you could charge whatever you want.
Either way, the average a personal shopper can make can be $20-$50, which also factors in the size of the grocery list.
You could also charge your customers a percentage of the grocery total, typically 10%.
According to Glassdoor, the average salary of a personal shopper is around $34,500. This is a pretty decent number, considering that many people do it as a side gig.
Companies and Apps Hiring Personal Shoppers
Being a personal shopper comes with flexibility that most jobs don’t offer. So much so that you can decide when to work, and when you’d rather not.
If this is a job or side gig you could really use, then here are 5 apps and companies that hiring now; both experienced and inexperienced candidates welcome.
This app is the most commonly used app for customers and shoppers. This gives ordinary people the chance to make money shopping for others in their neighborhood. Meanwhile, customers have the convenience of getting their groceries delivered right to their door.
Instacart gives their workers two options to becoming a personal shopper: In-Store Shopper or Full-Service Shopper.
Instacart will hire what they call “in-store shoppers” where personal shoppers shop and bag customers’ groceries before moving on the next order.
This is the perfect option for anyone who wants to make money being a personal shopper but doesn’t have a vehicle to deliver the groceries.being an in-store shopper means that all of your responsibilities will be inside the store.
Instacart offers their in-store shoppers flexibility to choose their own schedule and a great tea to work with. You’ll also be able to start working quickly with weekly payouts.
The basic requirements for becoming an in-store shopper goes as follows:
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Eligible to work in the U.S.
- Must have access to, while being able to use, a recent smartphone. (iPhone 5/ Android 4.4 or newer.)
- Must be able to lift 30-40 with or without help)
Instacart lets potential workers know that this job is perfect for someone who’s had experience in the grocery field, but they welcome warmly anyone in the entry-level.
The duties of a full-service shopper are the same as an in-store shopper, with the exception that you’ll be delivering the items to the customer.
So as a full-service shopper, you must shop for the groceries, bag them, and deliver them straight to your customers’ door, providing them with the “full service” of Instacart.
There’s not much more required to become a full-service shopper than an in-store shopper. The only exception to this is that you must have a vehicle to deliver the groceries.
Being a full-service shopper is great for anyone who has experience in the grocery field, AND for those who has worked with ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft.
To become either an in-store shopper or a full-service shopper, click here!
Sign up is quick and easy and you can start earning as soon as that week.
Shipt is another grocery delivering service that offers its members the convenience of never having to go grocery shopping.
They are always in search of reliable people to shop and deliver groceries.
Like Instacart, you get full control over your schedule. So you can work whenever you feel like working.
Shipt is currently available in 72 cities nationwide, and the number continues to grow. They also partner with popular retailers for instant access to their store items, which makes it easier for personal shoppers.
The company also says that you can make up to $25 an hour with them, which isn’t bad at all!
Requirements for working with Shipt include:
- Must be 18+ years of age
- Have a vehicle (15 years old or newer)
- Must have a smartphone (iPhone iOS 8/Android 4.4.2 or newer)
- Valid drivers license
- Auto insurance
- Must pass a thorough background check
- Knowledgeable of the produce selection
- Must be able to lift 25+ pounds
- An insulated cooler bag (for produce and colder items)
Before hiring, Shipt conducts interviews, checks your driving record, does a background check and requires a vehicle inspection.
Start Your Own Business with WeGoShop
You can easily start your own grocery delivery service.
WeGoShop lets you build your own business how you want.
There is an annual fee 0f $499, but for this price you get:
- Create a website with an ordering system (mobile-optimized)
- Provide your website with updates and maintenance
- Lets you choose your own hours and rates
- Give you a company email for your business (@WeGoShop.com)
- Create customized graphics for your business
- Start you off with 1,000 business cards in full-color
- Provide you with advice and tips to getting your business going
- Provide you with phone and email support
- Give you access to the private WeGoShop’s Owners Group
- Give you the opportunity to earn with the owner’s referral bonus program.
There aren’t any hidden fees or royalty payments. There also isn’t any profit sharing or fine print. After you pay the $499 licensing fee, that’s how much it’ll cost each year to renew it. There won’t be any surprise rise in price either.
You can also cancel your term whenever you want.
Skip the Licensing Stuff and Do It ourself
You can set up your own business without having to go through all the licensing stuff.
If you have more of an entrepreneur spirit, this would be perfect for you. Independent personal shoppers get to set their own rules while making an income.
There will be a few things you’ll need to do before delivering groceries:
Of course, you’ll need enough time in the day to shop for and deliver orders.
Not to mention, you’ll need a reliable vehicle to make the deliveries.
Also, you’ll need a way to get the word out about your services. So creating flyers and business cards for your neighborhood would be a good idea.
To be efficient in your services you’ll need to find a way to collect payments. Websites like Wix and Weebly, that help you create a website of your own, will let you integrate a payment system so customers can pay online.
Check-in With Your Local Grocery Stores
The grocery stores in your area might have openings for you as a personal shopper.
More than likely they won’t advertise the openings, since its an in-house opening.
Safeway, Jewel Osco, and Hy-Vee are just a few that hire personal shoppers.
Finding these job openings is easy; simply search for them on job search sites.
Typing up “personal shopper jobs” will give you a list of grocery stores near you that have available openings.
Here are some “personal shopper” listings on Indeed.
And here are a few from Monster..
What Do You Think?
Not every side job is for everyone. But becoming a personal shopper with the ways listed above gives you flexibility to work when and how you want.
Does becoming a personal shopper sound like the perfect side gig for you?
Do you have any experience as a personal shopper?
If so, be sure to share them in the comments to help fellow readers decide if this is the right side hustle for them. Thanks for reading my article on How to Become a Personal Grocery Shopper.