September 20, 2012 |

Driving Compensation

By Jeffrey Freehof

How do you compensate your delivery drivers?

I paid my drivers regular minimum wage, plus they earned their tips. I also paid them a 50 cent commission for each delivery. I recently started charging customers a one dollar delivery charge, which deferred the cost of the driver’s commission. Now keep in mind, paying the driver regular minimum wage, I required several things from them including: answering phones and taking orders, folding boxes, keeping the soda cooler stocked, keep dining room and restaurant floors neat and clean, trash taken out and help with clean up at the end of the night. It seemed to work out well for everyone. This way they earned very good money, which kept them around for many years. Remember, long-term drivers are very valuable since they know their way to the homes of regular customers.