I’m sure most of you all have heard of Uber by now. It basically allows you to use your phone to connect with a driver who can pick you up and take you to your destination just like a taxi company. Only the driver is just some average Joe, using his or her own personal car.
With Uber, you can not only request, ride and pay a driver all with their app on your mobile phone, but you can also become a driver yourself as well and earn a little extra money. Uber is completely legit, and I even thought about giving it a try a time or two.
I used to live in a college town and I probably could have made bank driving college students around during the weekend and dropping them off at the train station so they could visit their families for the weekend. Alas, I’m in a much bigger town now and I already feel like an Uber driver after I spend time commuting back and forth to work, driving my sisters around taking my son to activities, etc. and it would be great to get paid to drive.
A Few Things That Make Driving For Uber a Great Side Hustle:
- You get to drive your own car and use the Uber Partner app to find riders in your area
- You can set your own schedule and work around your main job
- Payment is issued weekly and for rides, the fare is all calculated through the app and charged to the rider so you don’t have to deal with collecting and sorting money.
To Become an Uber Driver You Must:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Drive a 4-door car that is at least a year 2001 in most cities
- Possess in-state auto insurance in your name
- Have a valid driver’s license (duh) with current registration for your car
- Pass a background and driving record check
This is where my knowledge on the topic ends abruptly. I am fascinated with Uber and while I do believe it can be a great side hustle for the right person, I am not an Uber driver myself so I can only offer so much insight. I did however, manage to interview a full-time Uber driver about his experience. For the sake of him remaining anonymous, I’ll refer to him as Alan is at all 🙂 Enjoy the interview!
Q. How long has you been an Uber driver?
I started last September so I have been driving for a few months now.
Q. What was the application process like and how long did it take you to start afterward? Was there anything about it that you didn’t like?
The process took about 3-4 days. It was pretty fast actually. After I got approved I could start immediately.
Q. Do you solely drive for Uber or do you have another job?
I currently don’t have another job so Uber is a full-time gig for me.
Q. When do you find the ability to drive (days, nights, weekends)?
I drive during the day now but back when I was working another job I would drive at night.
Q. How much do you tend to make in a given week and what are the best and worst days to drive?
I tend to make about $500 per week driving full time and the best day and time is Sunday afternoon. The slowest days are during Monday or Tuesday morning for some reason.
Q. Describe a situation where you encountered your worst passenger.
One day when I went to pick up a passenger, I waited at least 5 minutes for him to come downstairs. When he got in the car, he said he was running late to work and kept telling me to drive very fast. It was annoying and made me feel uncomfortable that a passenger was pressuring me to speed.
Q. What is the payment structure like?
Every Thursday morning payment is deposited directly into my account. It’s nice to know that if I keep driving, that money will keep flowing in consistently and each week as well.
Q. Do you feel safe going to pick strangers up? Is there ever a time that you don’t feel safe?
When I first got started, I always worried about my safety because I know some people out there are strange or just plain unfriendly. But for the most part, people are pretty nice and respectful. I avoid going into bad neighborhoods so I usually don’t feel a direct threat to my safety at all.
Q. Would you recommend becoming an Uber driver to someone else who was looking to make extra money. Why or why not?
The job isn’t perfect, but it has its’ perks. I would recommend it more as an additional job for someone who has another stream of income or is retired.
Well there you have it; An honest opinion about being an Uber driver who has been at it for several months now. I’m sure there may be a few sticky situations here and there but given the technology and accuracy of the mobile app along with the company’s method of screening applicants, it sounds like a great laid back side hustle to try for the right person.
I’m not sure what I would do it someone got in my car and told me to step on it though. I might have to snap back at them because speeding tickets are not cheap or good for your driving record.
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Have you used Uber yet as a passenger? What do you think about becoming an Uber driver? Could you do it?
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