Need to earn more money? Consider getting started with one of the most flexible gigs around: Uber.
Uber is an excellent option if you need extra cash and have a bit of spare time. Essentially, it’s a taxi-like service that lets passengers request on-demand rides. As a driver, you can work as much or as little as you want, and in many cities you’ll be compensated quite well for your efforts.
How it works
Uber runs on a very simple concept: It connects passengers who need rides and drivers who provide those rides. Passengers pay through the Uber app, and drivers are paid by Uber based on the length of each ride.
You can drive whenever you’d like and for as long as you’d like. To make yourself available for fares, simply enter the Uber app’s driver mode. You’ll soon be randomly matched with passengers; all you’ll need to do is pick up the passengers and drop them off where they need to go. It’s an elegant system that provides flexibility for you whenever you need extra cash.
Applying to drive with Uber
If you don’t have a car, you can lease a car from companies like Enterprise and Hertz. Fortunately, you can acquire a vehicle short-term, and you can apply for a lease regardless of your credit.
If you choose to use your own car to drive with Uber, your vehicle must meet Uber’s requirements. Your car needs to be a 4-door sedan, for example, and it needs to fulfill other requirements like being above a certain model year (depending on your city).
Regardless of which car you have, you must meet Uber’s driver requirements, including being at least 21 years of age and passing a background check.
After you apply to drive with Uber, you’ll be contacted with instructions on getting your car inspected. You will also need to wait for your background check to clear. Once your car is approved and your background check is complete, you can start driving for Uber.
Pros and Cons of UberHere are a few things you can expect from driving with Uber:
- No rigid schedules; drive whenever you’re free
- Get paid quickly — weekly by default, instant cashout option available
- People-oriented job
- In many cities, you can receive higher wages than many other hourly jobs
- No coworkers or office
- Apply online in just a few minutes
- Low barrier to entry — don’t need many qualifications to drive
- Drivers classified as independent contractors (i.e., they receive no benefits, need to pay their own taxes, etc.)
- Can become a “grind” — it is purely driving and nothing else
Driving for Uber Eats
If you’re a driver for Uber, you can sign up to drive for it’s food-delivery service too — all you do is opt into receiving Eats requests. If you’re not an Uber driver already, you can apply directly on the Uber Eats site. Drivers for Uber Eats are expected to:
- Have at least one year of driving experience
- Be able to lift up to 30 pounds
- Have a car newer than 1998
- Be at least 19 years old
- Have an ID
- Have insurance
Some locations even allow you to deliver with your bike or scooter. To deliver Uber Eats on your bike, you must be at least 18 years old and have a valid state ID. To make deliveries with your scooter, you must be older than 19, have a license and have scooter insurance.
After paying for gas, you can earn between $10 and $15 per hour driving for Uber Eats. You get 75% of the pickup and drop off fees and the rate for milage from pickup to the customer. You get to keep 100% of the tips.
Is Uber a good company to work for?
Uber is ideal if you care to be the master of your own schedule because you’ll get to choose when and where to drive. With Uber, you can turn your free time into a pretty profitable side gig. Despite making waves in the media over continuing allegations surrounding the unfair treatment of women, the company still seems to offer a profitable outlet for both men and women to make extra cash.
Uber is one of the most flexible ways to earn cash in your spare time, and you can start driving for it quickly. Don’t be scared by the prospect of applying — filling out Uber’s online form takes just a few minutes. After you’ve submitted your application, you could be a full-fledged Uber driver in a matter of days.
If you love interacting with people, you’ll enjoy driving for Uber. Being an Uber driver is all about the human connection: You get passengers safely to where they need to go and provide an inviting experience along the way. You also have the opportunity to be compensated fairly for your time, with new benefits such as: drivers can now earn tips, get paid for returning lost items, and earn “per minute fees” if you wait more than 2 minutes for riders.
Perhaps the best benefit of driving for Uber is the flexibility. You’re not required to keep consistent hours; instead, you can drive whenever you’d like and for as long as you’d like. If you’re a student, you can drive in between classes. If you work full-time and want to supplement your income, you can drive in the evening after work. Regardless of what your schedule looks like, driving for Uber will always fit with your lifestyle.
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