Sam’s / Walmart / O’Reilly deliveries

SlugSlinger

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I’ve had people, driving personal vehicles, show up at my place to deliver something I bought. Yesterday I was doing some wood work in my porte-cochère and Sam’s delivered a couple cases of oil I bought online the day before.

There was a sticker on the box that said thank you for supporting my small business. The delivery lady was driving a Nissan Rogue.

How do these delivery folks make any money? Am I supposed to tip them?
 

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My friend has an APP on his phone and just got into delivering goods.
Lots of car parts.
OKC to weatherford with 4 car tires in his trunk 70 miles 1 way and he got 45 MPG.
Figure 3 gallons round trip so 10 bucks or a bit less for fuel and he got paid $35 for the delivery.

He thinks that is great.
Maybe so but you better have a good car.
 

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My friend has an APP on his phone and just got into delivering goods.
Lots of car parts.
OKC to weatherford with 4 car tires in his trunk 70 miles 1 way and he got 45 MPG.
Figure 3 gallons round trip so 10 bucks or a bit less for fuel and he got paid $35 for the delivery.

He thinks that is great.
Maybe so but you better have a good car.
My Dad always said many self employed people don’t know if they’re making money or not. There’s a heck of a lot more expenses involved than just gas in that equation.
 

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That’s freaking weird. I don’t see how the wear and tear on my vehicle would be justifiable.
I'm sure some people are just in it for the pennies, but the ones doing it right will make money the same way those 99 cent books companies make money. Business taxes and writeoffs. That vehicle is paid 62 cents a mile (iirc) for 2022. Insurance is deductible. All meals are deductible (100% for 2022, only 50% for 2023 - thanks Biden) Anything else you use like Pikepass is a business expense. The company loses money, but the driver makes money.
If you make good enough money, your healthcare becomes "free" too.
 
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My Dad always said many self employed people don’t know if they’re making money or not. There’s a heck of a lot more expenses involved than just gas in that equation.
I was a self employed roofer in the late 70’s to mid 80’s. I knew exactly how much money I was making. i was very cognizant of my profit margins.
 

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