Did you know that there are about 91 million active app users monthly and 3.9 million Uber drivers worldwide? This is according to Uber’s December 2018 facts and figures. With a market as large as this, it’s not surprising that many people want to become an Uber driver.
Apart from its income potential, driving for Uber and other rideshare companies offers a myriad of benefits. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a rideshare driver but still haven’t gotten around to doing it, here are 10 reasons to help you decide if this hustle is for you.
1. Easy to Sign Up
It’s easy to become an Uber driver. As long as you are over twenty-one, have a clean driving license in the State you live in, no criminal record, and have a four-door car (car’s age varies from market to market- as do certain smaller vehicles), you will be signed up. Of course, you’ll need to pass Uber’s vehicle inspection, which isn’t that complicated. You will probably even get a guarantee earning amount for your first 90 days of driving!
Don’t you want to discover all the great places in the area you live in? When you become an Uber driver, you have an opportunity to do so! Enjoy driving to new nifty eateries, bustling bars and local historical landmarks and attractions you may never knew existed. In my fourth year of driving, I am constantly discovering new places.
You get to meet different people from all over the country and even the world! I find it fascinating to learn why visitors are in my area and what brought them here. It never gets dull. I have met undertakers from China, chefs from Italy, a bodybuilder from Romania, and many more delightful and interesting folks! You never know who you are going to pick up next!
This is one of the many reasons people are signing up to become an Uber driver.
If you wake up one morning to discover an old friend is coming to visit, you simply do not drive! There’s no need to call in or feign a deathly contagious illness. Just enjoy your day of leisure. You can always make up the hours the following week if you need the $$$. Furthermore, you can boost your earnings by having a tip jar or rating sign to encourage your riders to tip.
5. Uber Eats
If you want to add it as an option, you can do both Uber and Uber Eats on the same app- or one or another!
One universal fact- everybody loves having food delivered! In fact, this is a segment of the market that is still growing at a fast clip. I love the excitement of going into a popular restaurant and picking up food to deliver.
Typically, these are much shorter rides as people want their food as hot —or as cold— as possible. The only downside is the tantalizing scent of the food as you are driving. Also, there is a tendency to get repeat orders from the same businesses- so you get to know the restaurant employees and management. Apart from Uber Eats, there’s Post Mates, Grub Hub, Door Dash, and other companies that deliver food.
6. Dress code
Tired of wearing a uniform? When you become an Uber driver, you can wear whatever you feel most comfortable in. I like to mix it up on holidays— stars and stripes bowler for July Fourth, green short and flat cap for Saint Patrick’s day, or a Pilgrim on Thanksgiving! As long as you feel comfortable, I find that passengers get a great kick out of it!
7. Listen to your music
Personally, I mix it up from ’50s doo-wop, old-time classic country, to alternative ’80s or contemporary. I am listening to a lot of music. I do like to try and guess what kind of music my passenger(s) might like. But as long as it is not too loud or lyrically offensive, anything works. I have widened my music knowledge driving 40 hours a week and finding a new old song is always great!
Tip: Be sure to have your favorite apps installed on your phone like Spotify, Square, and Accuweather before going out to make sure you have a smooth —and entertaining— ride.
The number one question I get asked is if this is my only job. This is the perfect chance to market your other businesses —if you have any.
As a published writer, this is a great opportunity for me to tell them about my books if they seem interested in my response. I also make sure to have my business cards in the back. As long as you are not pushy and they direct the conversation towards an opening such as:
- “What else do you do?”
- “I am a fiction writer and write for an amazing blog about driving!’
- “Do you have any links for your work?”
- “You betcha! You betcha I do!”
It wouldn’t hurt to promote whatever it is that you do other than drive for Uber or Lyft.
Let’s be honest, the main motivation to become an Uber driver is $$$$. Now, I am not going to say just how much you can or will earn as there are a plethora of variables, ranging on car depreciation, tire replacement, oil changes and what not to where and when you drive. In a larger city you might make more- but there are also probably more drivers competing also. The days and hours that you are able and willing to work play a factor also0 of course. But I will say this I am going on four years and my rent has never been late.
The gig is hardly rocket science, there is minimal stress and you get to meet all kinds of people and drive to all kinds of places. I genuinely look forward to driving my regular shifts. How many jobs can you say you look forward to, eh? Also, if I don’t feel like driving for Uber for the day, I could always switch it up go on my other side hustle apps to find an interesting gig to do for the day.
So, there you have it: 10 reasons to become an Uber driver! It is not the perfect job for everybody. But if you enjoy driving, meeting people, and making money, it is great. Of course, there are tools of the trade, such as a mileage tracker, you will be needing to maximize your profits.
The takeaway is this: if you are considering to become an Uber driver, why not try? It might be one of the best decisions you made all year.