I took a jump recently and became an Uber Driver
I'm always looking for a good side hustle to bring in some extra spending cash. Especially with my trip to Cuba SLOWLY approaching (seriously, it feels like it's taking forever).. it's never a bad idea to have a little extra cash on hand.
Recently I signed up to become an Uber driver. I figured that it would be an easy way to make a little money on the evenings and weekends.
I signed up and literally was able to begin driving the next day! My first few rides have been a breeze and I've been averaging pretty high in revenue per trip - that would depend on which area you're driving in of course.
I'm super excited about starting to drive with Uber and here's a few reasons why!
1. You can drive whenever you want!
I usually set a few hours aside to do some driving. I'll hop in the car, turn the driver app on, and venture to the more populated areas of town. Usually I'll find a rider within a few minutes on the road and it's smooth sailing from there!
You do want to make sure you've got a pretty open schedule for a few hours before hopping into the car to drive. Through the Uber driver app, you're not able to see where the passengers destination is until they get into your car and you start the trip. Therefore- you may end up with a longer trip than expected!
Fortunately, Uber makes it easy to pick up riders on your way to a certain destination. That way, you won't waste time and money driving back home without a passenger!
It's easy to stop driving too if you're deciding you're done for the day. All you have to do is flip the "Offline" switch in the app and you're all done!
2. You make a decent amount of money each ride
Depending on your area - if you can get a few 15-20 minute trips, you'll likely average around $10 per/trip (this is without a surge) Now, everything will vary slightly based on the amount of time the trip took, the amount of miles you drove, and now you can even receive tips through the app!
Some area's may have different rates, this is just based of my own experiences where I live!
3. You don't have a BOSS!
There's nobody telling you that you need to go to work! You can do it when you feel like it and how you feel like it - but remember, riders can rate you. So you always want to make sure that you're providing your riders with an excellent, reliable, service.
4. Uber is available across the globe
Uber is available SO many places. I usually use the service as a rider when I'm traveling, it's extremely easy to pull up on your phone and you don't have to enter your credit card information each time you need a ride. You can even split the cost of your trip with your friends right there in the app!
From a driver's stand point, you can work anywhere you want! Now, you can't just travel to a different city and drive there because you'll have to be approved by Uber first, BUT if you relocate and register your vehicle in your new location you'll be good to go!
5. There are more ways to increase your revenue!
One thing you'll want to watch out for is special surge pricing. This means that it's a busier than usual time, usually on a holiday or during a special event in town, and you'll be making extra money because of it!
You can also refer new drivers to earn credits! Are you interested in driving for Uber? Sign up using my link!
Special Promotions will also appear every now and then in your area for opportunities for drivers to earn special bonuses, keep an eye out for those.
6. You get to meet tons of people
Or maybe you're not as talkative as I am and you wont, that's fine too. It gives the the opportunity to work on your elevator pitch though. You never know who you'll might meet!
7. It's an easy side-hustle
Seriously, you're just driving people around. Most of the time it's to a place you were going to go to anyways - at least that's how I like to try and plan my trips. As long as you have a valid drivers license, your own car insurance, a registered vehicle with four doors newer than 2008, and a valid state vehicle inspection you are good to drive!
8. You aren't required to drive a certain amount of hours each week
There's no formal requirement of how much you must drive. But I have heard of people who haven't driven for two or three months, getting a warning from Uber about deactivating their account it they don't drive.
As long as you plan to do it every now and then you should be alright!
9. Signing up and getting started is FAST
The entire process took just a few minutes. You'll need to take photos of your vehicle documents to prove you're eligible, but uploading them and signing up with your phone is really easy!
10. You become more involved in your community
You'll learn about different events going on in your area, talking to people who you might not have known otherwise, and just being involved and driving around your community! I think those all great reasons to join the Uber team.
Skeptical about signing up? Want to know more about my experiences so far with Uber? Drop a comment!
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My fiance and I are slowly redoing our 1980's split level home and creating a new space we love! I love sweet tea, hand lettering, a good DIY project and a long vacation.
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