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We’re all heard of it and most of us have used it – Uber – the groundbreaking company that has taken the world by storm and is making old-fashioned taxi companies shake in their boots. Need a ride? Just open up the app on your phone and within a few seconds, an Uber driver is on their way to take you to your final destination. Not only is it awesome for the people using the service, it’s pretty darn awesome for the people providing the service, too. Uber drivers have the flexibility to set their own schedule and work as often as they like. So if you’re looking for a quick side hustle you can start before next weekend, this could be it.
Today, I have an extra special post for you. Because today, I’m interviewing my brother – a real-life Uber driver about what’s it’s like to make money as a driver. Yes, you read that right. My brother has actually been an Uber driver for almost a year now. Thankfully, he was gracious enough to open up about his experience to give my readers an honest account of what’s it’s like to be an Uber driver. So, without further delays, here’s the deal.
An Honest Interview With An Uber Driver (My Brother!)
If you or someone you know ever thought about becoming an Uber driver as a side hustle to earn extra income, this is a must-read. Here’s the interview I conducted with my brother – a real-life Uber driver.
Why did you become an Uber Driver?
“I became an Uber driver because a friend recommended it and I wanted to earn some quick supplemental income when I was transitioning out of my old job and into my new one.
The elimination of my old position at my former company happened rather quickly, becoming an Uber driver was one of the first things I considered to make the transition a little easier, financially speaking. And because I became an Uber driver, it allowed me the freedom to take my time looking for my current job.”
Was it easy to sign up?
“Yes, it was really easy. Uber gives you a verification checklist, depending on where you live and the area you intend to service. I signed up about a year ago and, at the time, I needed a current license, registration, and proof of insurance. I believe my car also needed to be a 2008 or newer with less than 80k miles. But that’s just what I remember. The requirements might be a little different today.”
How long did it take to get approved?
“From the time I applied until the time I got the green light – no pun intended – was about a week. It takes that long for them to do the background check and verifications on your vehicle.”
Is The App User-Friendly?
“The app is really user-friendly. When you’re ready to work, you just go “online.” Once online, you’ll receive pings for people needing rides in your area. The app sends the pings to all online drivers in one area. But you have to be quick, you usually only have a few seconds to accept a ping before someone else beats you to the punch. It’s all about the hustle.
Uber also keeps track of your vehicle’s information and alerts you when there is a pending expiration. Until you renew your document with Uber, you won’t’ be able to go online as a driver. It’s a really nice feature.”
Tell me how you get paid?
“Getting paid is simple. Everything is electronic and a set fee for certain hours, so I don’t have to exchange cash or cards for payment. It’s all done through the app. If the client offers a tip, that is the only money exchanged. And typically, they don’t need change.
If I choose to, I can transfer the money I make for each ride into my bank account immediately. As of now, there’s a very small fee for transfers, so I usually wait until I have a bunch of rides for a few days and then do a transfer. That way, I’m only paying a one-time fee, as opposed to paying a fee for each ride. It just makes more sense for me to do it that way.”
Have you ever felt unsafe?
“I haven’t, but I’m also a pretty big guy so that helps my peace of mind. Uber also allows you to decline certain areas. That feature would come in handy if someone would feel unsafe driving into a certain area or at a certain time. It’s also all up to you as far as who you choose to accept and where you choose to drive.
It’s funny, most of the time it’s the client that feels uneasy when they get into the car. But with a little chit-chat, they usually warm up pretty quickly. It really can be a lot of fun.”
What is the most rewarding aspect of being an Uber driver?
“The most rewarding aspect of being an Uber driver for me is knowing I’m potentially saving lives. Think about it, a lot of times people will call an Uber when they’ve had too much to drink. It’s nice knowing that I personally helped to keep an intoxicated person from getting behind the wheel of a car and potentially killing themselves or others.”
What are some pros of being an Uber driver?
“Flexible hours, setting my own schedule, working as many hours as I want to, fast payment, no two rides are the same, and saving lives.”
What are some cons of being an Uber driver?
“Wear and tear on your car, one-way streets and crowded areas can be difficult to navigate, and the busiest times are evenings, late nights, and weekends.”
Pro Tips From My Brother – An Uber Driver
- Clients see your profile – make sure yours shines. They see how long you’ve been driving for Uber, how many trips you’ve made, and your customer service score.
- Try to be online for hot zone hours (certain hours and areas) when the pay is double.
- Go online when there’s a local event.
- When driving home from any area, go online and choose “Drive to Destination”, you’re able to do a maximum of 2 rides along your current route. Since you’re driving somewhere anyway, you might as well make a few extra bucks along the way.
More About Uber
If you’re looking for some solid details about Uber. See the list below – straight from the Uber website.
- Set your own schedule
- The app leads the way with turn-by-turn directions
- No smartphone? Uber will hook you up
- 3-step sign up process
- The app will give you info about your rider and their destination
- Sign off anytime if you’re ready to get off the road
- Must be at least 21 years old
- At least one year of driving experience – 3 years of experience if under the age of 23
- Have a valid driver’s license
- Use an eligible 4-door vehicle
- Driving record
- Criminal history
- Valid driver’s license
- Proof of vehicle registration
- Proof of vehicle insurance
So You Wanna Be An Uber Driver
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After reading the interview, what are your thoughts on becoming an Uber driver? Have you considered it before? If so, has this article helped you get a clearer picture of what it’s like? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.