After 4 months delivering pizza, I’ve stepped down from the job that helped put food on my table. Yesterday was my last day.
It was a good gig (after a slow start) but it took a lot of time away from EntrepreLife and my relationship my family and friends.
Leaving wasn’t an easy decision, but after a bit of looking I found a part-time job that leaves me more time to work on the projects that will define my career – instead of being exhausted all the time.
Like any part-time job, there were ups and downs. Obviously, the best part of pizza delivery is the tips. Thanks to social pressures in America, I get anywhere from 2 – 10 dollars a pizza! Way more lucrative than most minimum wage positions.
Beyond the joys of tips, there are a few other things I noticed.
1) Free Pizza Means No Tip
The chain I worked for has special offers that sometimes include free pizzas. I only got one tip off of a free pizza. Even when pizzas are $1 dollar, I usually get a tip, but on free pizzas no one seems to tip the delivery driver.
What I’ve learned is there’s a huge gap between $0 and $0.01. When we get something for free, we assume everything associated with it should be free. This is true online, in a store, or even when helping a friend.
How can this help you? In two ways:
- Understand, free is never free. With pizza delivery, the deliverer is expecting a tip – even on a free pizza. That’s a cost that goes above and beyond “free” pizza. These costs show up in every free service. A free phone costs a two-year contract, free Google search costs your personal information, a free e-book costs an email address. Free is never truly free and while it may not cost money, there are other costs that need to be considered.
- Free costs more long term. The pizza company gives you a free pizza hoping you’ll like them more than the other guys. If it works, you’ll end up spending thousands of dollars at that company instead of one of the others. It’s a manipulation trick that works so often that everyone is doing it. Free now, pay later. When getting something for free, consider other options. Don’t choose a product only because it’s free.
2) Some Groups Don’t Tip
One of the hardest parts of the job was dealing with a truth I’d heard about but never really believed.
It turns out, certain minorities in certain income levels don’t tip.
Maybe once in a blue moon, but overwhelmingly they won’t tip. I’m not going to say what minorities or income levels, but safe to say the rumors are true.
What can you learn from this? People are different, but not that different. There are certain traits either through our upbringing or the expectations of society that shape the way we do things. When dealing with money, consider why you’re acting a certain way. Is it because it’s the right thing to do, or because you’re suppose to do it that way?
3) People Will Surprise You
A woman doubled her tip when she found out I wasn’t making minimum wage.
A man gave me an extra $5 dollars because he could tell I was having a rough night.
In a poor, rundown apartment complex a guy gave me my biggest tip I ever received.
Just when I thought I had things figured out, people surprised me.
While it’s good to be cautious and take history and wisdom into consideration, I’ve learned that I also need to give everyone a chance. Some people are mean and stingy, but others are kind and poor.
Some just want a person to talk to – even if it’s just the few seconds you trade money for a pizza.
If you give people a chance, they’ll come through when it really counts.
I’m still young, and have lots more to learn. There are adventures to go on, problems to overcome, and pains to experience.
But at 25, I’m confident with this advice:
Tip your delivery driver…especially if it’s me!
How much do you tip?