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Drive with Juno

Looking for a way to make extra cash near the Big Apple? Consider this flexible side hustle.

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You might be familiar with Uber and Lyft, but there’s another player in the ridesharing market. Juno claims to put its drivers’ needs first with a core model built on the belief that a happy ride starts with a happy driver.

If you have a car, a TLC license, spare time and prior experience with a ridesharing service, then Juno might be for you.

Juno has closed down

On November 18, 2019, Juno announced that it was closing down. You can no longer sign up as a driver or request rides on the app.

If you’re considering signing up as a rideshare driver, compare other rideshare companies to find one that’s looking for drivers in your area.

How does driving with Juno work?

Juno is a ridesharing service that caters to drivers who’ve driven for other rideshare companies. It accepts only excellent-rated drivers from Uber or Lyft who have a TLC license.

After switching yourself online in the Juno Driver app, you’re connected with riders who are closest to your location. After your first ride, you have the flexibility to drive for as long as you want, wherever you want.

Like its competitors, it offers 24/7 customer support by phone, email or in-app messaging.

How much can I make?

What you’re paid depends on four factors: time, distance, ride type and location. Juno provides three types of rides — Bliss, Lux and SUV — each set up with both per-minute and per-mile rates on every ride. Lux and SUV drivers will also get a base fare. And no matter which service you drive for, you’ll make at least the minimum fare, minus Juno’s commission.

According to a Juno driver in a May 2018 UberPeople forum thread, you can expect a commission of 16.65% to be taken out of each fare — which is lower than Uber’s 25% cut and Lyft’s approximate 50% take reported by users in the same forum.

How do I get paid?

You have two ways of getting paid:

  • Set up your bank account within the app for transfers of your earnings weekly
  • Sign up for Instant Pay. Instant Pay allows you to withdraw earnings into your bank account up to five times a day. You’ll pay a $0.50 fee for each withdrawal.

Do I get tips?

Tipping is optional for the rider, made available only after a rider rates you with five stars.

All tips are handled through the app and added to your weekly earnings.

Where is Juno available?

Juno is currently only available in New York City and is active in all five boroughs. But it has plans to launch in New Jersey soon, and you can sign up on Juno’s website to be added to the waitlist.

How to sign up as a driver

Apply as a Juno driver in four steps:

  1. Sign up. Visit Juno’s website to create an account.
  2. Set an appointment. Your hourlong appointment allows time for Juno to verify your documents and experience.
  3. Become active. A Juno specialist will verify your rideshare rating.
  4. Start driving. Start taking Juno rides by the end of the appointment.

Driver requirements

To ensure the safety of its passengers and the efficiency of its rides, Juno requires a background check for new drivers as well as experience driving for a rideshare company.

Basic personal and vehicle requirements include:

  • You must be at least 21 years old.
  • Your must own your car.
  • You must have completed 100+ rides with another rideshare company and have a rating of 4.65 with Uber or 4.7 with Lyft.
  • Your car model must be 2012 or newer and on Juno’s list of approved vehicles for your city.
  • Your car must be full-size and comfortably seat at least four adults.

Requirements for drivers in NYC

If you plan to drive in New York City, you’ll need to meet with the Juno team at a Marriott near LaGuardia Airport and bring the following documentation:

  • Government-issued driver’s license
  • TLC license
  • Vehicle registration
  • TLC inspection report or FHV sticker
  • Certificate of liability insurance in your name
  • Voided check or bank statement in your name to set up direct deposit

Requirements for drivers in New Jersey

Drivers in New Jersey must meet with the Juno team at a Marriott in downtown Newark and submit documentation that includes:

  • Government-issued driver’s license
  • Vehicle registration
  • Proof of insurance in your name
  • Voided check or bank statement in your name to set up direct deposit

Compare ridesharing companies

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Earning structure Signing bonus Insurance support Locations
Uber
  • Earn base fare plus amounts for time and distance
  • Earn tips
  • Surge pricing
  • Earn more for long-distance pickups
No
Yes
All 50 states
The more you drive, the higher your earnings.
Via
Via
  • Earn base fare plus amounts for time and distance
  • Earn tips
  • Earn bonuses
Yes
No
New York City
Chicago
Los Angeles
Washington, DC
Arlington, Texas
West Sacramento, California
King County, Washington
Newton, Massachusetts
Salt Lake County, Utah
Cupertino, California
Birmingham, Alabama
Pickups and dropoffs are always on a street corner.
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Pros and cons of driving with Juno

Pros

  • Flexible schedule
  • Weekly payments with option of Instant Pay
  • Taxes deducted from your earnings

Cons

  • Need previous experience and high rating with a rideshare company
  • Drivers are independent contractors
  • Limited to NYC

Bottom line

If you’re seeking a change in pace and earnings from your current rideshare company, driving with Juno may be the gig for you. It charges lower commission rates than Uber and Lyft and offers 24/7 support.

But Juno is still relatively new, and you don’t need to choose one provider to drive with exclusively. Compare other rideshare companies to find the flexible options that works best for you.

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