I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t feel great to earn extra money. If you have extra bills and responsibilities or debt to pay off, a good side hustle may be just what you need as long as you can still live a balanced life.
With side hustling, it’s all about doing something you actually like to do and pacing yourself to avoid getting burnt out quickly. I’ve been trying to get my husband Rhema to find a side hustle he enjoyed that could bring some extra income into the household.
I was talking to one of my best friends a few months ago who was stressed out at his legal assistant job and decided to quit and drive for Uber and Lyft full time. That gave me the idea to ask my husband if he wanted to drive for Uber on the side to make extra money. I used Uber as a passenger before and I’ve even wrote about side hustling with Uber on the blog before.
My husband said he’d give it a try and now he drives every week and loves it!
Is Uber Safe for Drivers?
This is a question my husband and I get a lot when we tell people that he drives for Uber. While I can’t say with 100% certainty that anything bad will ever happen to you when driving for Uber, I also can’t say that about any other jobs you have. Risks are all around us, but they are usually unlikely.
The Uber experience is similar to that of a taxi cab driver. I’d say taxi drivers might have a greater risk of being robbed since most deal with actual cash while with Uber, all those transactions are handled via the app.
While Uber does a background check on all their drivers, I wish they did the same for their passengers but I understand that they probably want to keep the process as streamlined as possible and make the service available to anyone who needs a reliable ride.
With that being said, Uber drivers are sent the identity of their passenger when they accept a trip and must verify it when they arrive to pick them up. My husband usually drives at night and hasn’t encountered anyone who seemed out of line as most people just want to chat and get to their next location.
We recently found out our neighbor who is an older woman is also an Uber driver and completed over 1,000 trips. I was amazed to hear this since I know women seem more skeptical about giving it a try than men.
If you think you might want to start driving for Uber but you have some safety concerns, I’d reach out to Uber with your questions and even ask people who currently drive for them to survey your experiences. On a recent trip to San Diego for a conference, I shared a lot of Ubers with my friend Kayla and I found it amusing how she always hopped in the front seat and interviewed the driver for each trip.
She always asked them if they ever encountered any crazy or scary passengers and most of them said no. One driver said he once drove someone around who was super rude and he decided to report them and another said a passenger threw up in their back seat probably as a result of a night of drinking. Pretty nasty, but not life-threatening.
All bets aside, I think Uber is an amazing opportunity who anyone who thinks they’d enjoy it. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider driving for Uber.
1. Extra Income!
Obviously, the extra money you can earn should at least intrigue you. The average Uber driver earns $25 an hour and does around 45 trips per week. These numbers can vary though depending on where you live, what the demand is like and how often you work.
My husband only drives for Uber part-time and completes 10 trips per week but he still earns around $150 every week which is not bad even after we set a portion aside for taxes. He also has an older car (year 2006) if that matters so that just goes to show you that you don’t need an expensive BMW in order to earn money with Uber.
Right now we’re using the extra money to make double payments on his car loan and hopefully, have it paid off next year.
2. Flexible Schedule
Uber drivers can schedule trips around their regular work schedule or other responsibilities. My husband usually drives at night after work but on his off day, he accepts some earlier trips since he’s available.
You can drive for Uber as much as you want and whenever you want. This puts you in more control of your earnings.
3. Weekly Pay
The next best thing about driving for Uber is that you get paid weekly. Payouts are made every Wednesday and you can set up direct deposit or request a debit card that will be loaded with your earnings each week.
If you’re side hustling, as long as you’re doing trips, you’ll have money coming in each week in between checks if you need it.
4. Regular Promotions
One thing my husband loves about driving for Uber is all the promotions they have so he can earn even more money. Often times, Uber will offer a bonus to drivers who complete a certain amount of trips in a week.
The bonus amounts vary based on the driver because each driver may be at a different level, but it’s a nice incentive to get out there and earn more.
A few weeks ago, my husband completed 10 trips in a week in order to earn a $50 bonus. Last week, he did 25 to earn a $40 bonus so as you can see, the promotions vary.
5. Other Perks
Uber partners with other companies especially in the auto industry to offer their drivers exclusive perks. All new drivers must get their cars inspected before they start.
When my husband went to get he checked out at out local Jiffy Lube, he received a free car wash a major discount on an oil change just because he was an Uber driver.
Anyone who’s been to Jiffy Lube knows their oil changes are top quality but can be pretty pricey.
Also, don’t forget about tax write offs. When you drive for Uber, you should carefully track your mileage and your earnings so you can write off expenses like gas, a portion of your car note payment (if you have one), repairs, maintenance and more.
Given all the benefits of driving for Uber, it’s no wonder why some people even do it full time.
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