Consider getting started with one of the most flexible gigs around.
You’ve likely been an Uber passenger. But the on-demand platform can be an option to make extra cash if you have a car and spare time. As a “driver-partner,” you work as much or as little as you want. And in many cities you’re compensated well for your efforts.
How it works
Uber runs on a simple concept: It connects passengers who need rides with driver-partners who provide those rides. Passengers pay through the Uber app, and driver-partners 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 matched with passengers that you can pick and drop them off wherever they need to go. It’s an elegant system that provides flexibility for you whenever you need extra cash.
Signing up to drive with UberSign up on the Uber website with basic personal information, like your name and phone number, as well as details about your car. Uber performs a background checking as part of its approval process.
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 four-door sedan, for example, and might need to meet model and other requirements, depending on your city.
You must be at least 21 years old, meet Uber’s driver-partner requirements and complete a background check.
After you sign up to drive with Uber, you’ll be contacted with instructions on getting your car inspected.
Pros and cons of driving with Uber
- Sign up to drive whenever you’re free, with no rigid schedules.
- Get paid quickly — weekly by default or up to five times daily when you register for Instant Pay with your debit card.
- In many cities, you can receive higher earnings than other hourly opportunities.
- No prior professional driving experience necessary.
- Drivers classified as independent contractors — which means no benefits or taxes deducted from your pay.
- Driving all day or night can become exhausting, especially if you have a day job.
Driving for Uber Eats
If you’re a driver-partner with Uber, you can sign up for its food-delivery service by opting in to receiving Eats requests. If you’re not an Uber driver-partner already, apply directly on the Uber Eats site. You get to keep 100% of the tips you earn.
Uber Eats driver-partners are expected to:
- Have at least a year of driving experience.
- Have a car that’s newer than 1998.
- Be at least 19 years old.
- Have a government-issued ID and insurance.
Some locations 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 licensed, at least 19 and have scooter insurance.
Is Uber a good company to work for?
Uber is a good option if you’re looking to be the master of your own schedule. You choose when and where to drive, turning your free time into a side gig.
In February 2018, Uber and Stanford University released a report that revealed a pay discrepancy between men and women driver-partners. Ultimately, they determined that women make 7% less than men due to fewer hours behind the wheel — up to 50% less time than men — and slower driving speeds. Still, the company appears to offer a profitable outlet for both men and women to make extra cash.
Uber is a flexible way to earn cash in your spare time. After signup, you could be a full-fledged Uber driver-partner in a matter of days.
Driving with Uber 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’re also compensated fairly for your time, with new benefits rolling out. For example, driver-partners can now earn tips, get paid for returning lost items and earn per-minute fees if you’re left waiting more than two minutes for riders.
Perhaps the best benefit of driving with Uber is the flexibility with your schedule and lifestyle. 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.
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