Driving People Around in Your Own Car and Making Money… Hmmmmmm
Remember like, oh… 2 years ago when literally NONE of us were talking about Uber? Uber is now an “everyday” term for us. Just like, remote control, dishwasher and Game of Thrones. Honestly. It's just become part of life. People use Uber's for everything. EVERYTHING. They take Uber's to the airport, events, designated-driver pick-ups and even Taco Bell late not runs. Maybe you've taken an Uber yourself. I know I have. Ohhhh the convenience. It's just like candy at a check-out register… so simple, so there and so ready.
I actually love talking to my Uber driver's too. I've never gotten anyone weird or creepy. Every time I get out of an Uber, I think to myself… “that was fun” and “I could do that”. Maybe you've thought these same things but always hesitated with actually jumping in and being an Uber driver. If you're a mom with kids younger than school age, I can see where it might be somewhat difficult. BUT, if the kids are in school – here's a real chance to make money and be your own boss.
Is Signing Up Complicated?
Short answer. No.
You fill out a brief online application. This begins the process of a background check. You will need to a current driver's license for the state you want to drive in and are applying in and you will need proof of insurance. As well — your car needs to be a 2004 or newer. So basically the Average Joe or Jolene will have no issues with this process or having the info needed.
There are no fees. You don't have to pay for your background check. Uber does that. And the waiting time from applying through background check to giving you the green light is less than two weeks. (Sometimes much sooner!)
So think about it. Today you dropped the kids off school, came home and threw some laundry in, made beds and sat down to make out the grocery list. You took a look at the checkbook and thought, I wish we had a little more room in our budget for things other than essentials. Or maybe your flush in cash but bored at home while the kids are in school. Uber gives YOU the opportunity to throw on some comfy clothes, grab your keys, hop in your car, snag a Starbucks coffee and give some folks rides in your area.
The app is ridiculously easy for Drivers and Riders to use. As a Driver, you can turn the app off whenever you like. So if you're out and about giving rides and all the sudden the school calls and tells you junior isn't feeling well — guess what – you drop the passenger in your car to their destination, slide the app off and head to the school to pick up the kiddo.
Uber does have a rating system. But it works both ways. Drivers can rate Riders and vice versa. This rating will determine your standing as an Uber Partner. If it gets too low, you might get flagged and be unable to use the app again until you've taken a class or remedied the issue. Sometimes it's lack of knowledge of destinations or quickest routes. Maybe it's dog hair all over your seats or a weird smell. Whatever the case, Uber reaches out to let you know how you can improve.
So What Does Uber Get? How Do They Profit?
Yeah – why would Uber even bother? Well, it's simple… they take a percentage of your fare. It's not an astronomical amount – but it is 20%. So, just as an example, if you're averaging $20-$25 an hour (like many Drivers state they are making), then after Uber's cut it's more like $16-$20 an hour. And your gas would need to come out of that too. (Just playing devil's advocate here.) But even if you take $3-$5 an HOUR out for gas money, you're still making a decent wage and in total control of your schedule.
Best Times to Drive
My guess is that early mornings are busy, late afternoons when people are getting off work and weekends. I would think designated drivers are needed in abundance late at night. Also – if you live in a tourist-y area or near an airport — I'm thinking that has to be a busy type area all the time. But that doesn't mean that you can't still making money as an Uber driver in smaller cities and towns. It would just depend on if Uber is offered in your area, when you choose to drive and just the population of your area.
If I sat here and weighed the pros and cons – I'd favor on the side of at least trying out being an Uber Driver. If you've got a gas efficient car, you like having super flexibility, you're somewhat outgoing and most of all, like the idea of extra cash… it certainly would be worth testing it out. You're out nothing really. And say after giving two or three rides you think, “Ewwwww… no, I'm not liking this at all.” Guess what? YOU'RE in charge! Just don't have to do it anymore. It's that easy.
And let's say you're sitting there mulling it all over right now, but your car doesn't meet Uber's criteria. There's still hope. Uber offers financing to help new drivers! From what I've heard, credit does not need to be perfect. So with that option, you could find yourself not only earning cash being your own boss, but also driving a new car that you can make payments on with your new Uber gig! Sweet!
Uber no longer offers their Xchange Leasing program.
Want to try it out?
Click here to start your super easy Uber Driver application. You're under no obligation and you just may end up loving not just the extra cash, but just getting out and meeting people and doing your OWN thing.
Have You Been or Are You an Uber Driver?
Share your experience below in the comments section. I know that I personally would love to hear about your adventures and more. And I know my readers visitors would love to hear what you have to share too. And who knows, maybe we can get someone from Uber to pop over and chime in too!