Anytime you want to try something out, you like to do a little research to see how you may benefit from using that new phone or buying that new car.
People looking to become Uber or Lyft drivers are no different. People know you can make money by driving with Uber. The question is, “How will I benefit from signing up to drive?”
Today, I’m going to talk about the Benefits of Driving With Uber.
Pros Of Being An Uber Driver-Partner
While no way of making money is perfect, there are many different reasons why it’s great to work for yourself. So, on that note let us jump right into the benefits of being an Uber driver- partner.
One of the best benefits of driving with Uber and the reason why I put it first. How many gigs can you say will let you choose your own hours to work?
Whether it’s first thing in the morning, or late at night, you choose how many hours you want to work and what time you want to work.
Have a friend’s wedding coming up? Need 2 weeks to attend because it’s in another state?
Go for it!
Take the whole month off if you need too!
There really isn’t another option out there that will let you take a month off from work without having to ask permission and then letting you come back like nothing has happened.
Be Your Own Boss-
This kind of coincides with the flexibility of Uber. You don’t have anyone calling you and asking why you didn’t show up to work today.
You get to choose when you drive and where you are going to work. I live in the bay area, so one day I can choose to drive in San Francisco, and the next day I can choose to drive in San Jose.
Santa Cruz is about 2 hours away, so if I decide to spend the week there with friends to enjoy the beach, maybe I can Uber at night when playtime is over (providing I’m sober).
Depending how busy it is, I might even make enough to pay for my hotel room for the week while on vacation!
Meet New People-
While not everyone will care to meet new people, I enjoy it a lot. I’m a people’s person. I love to talk. I love to hear about new things and what’s going on in the world.
I’ve even made a few new friends out of driving with Uber and hang out with them now.
While making new friends won’t happen with every ride, you definitely can learn something out of almost every ride.
Every person you pick up brings new cards to the table.
Don’t get me wrong, this totally sucks for the rider. I mean who wants to pay more for when the demand for a ride is high?
For the driver this is flipping awesome. If you are in an area that is “surging” 2.0x, then that means the trip will be 2x the regular price.
This means double the money you make for the same work.
A great time to drive with Uber is when the price is surging because that means it’s really busy and you can make a lot more money.
Depending who you are, this can be either a pro or a con. If there’s downtime then that means you’re waiting for somebody to request a ride.
If you are looking to take a lot of trips this can suck. But, if you want to take your time and read a book in between trips then downtime can make your experience relaxing.
It just all depends how you want to look at it. I’ll play Papa Pear or Candy Crush during my downtime. The game’s entertaining so I don’t always think about how long it’s been since my last trip.
Uber Partner Driver Discounts-
When you drive with Uber you’re running your own business, and using your personal stuff like your car and phone, for example. This obviously costs money having to pay for everything yourself.
Uber does partner up with other companies so you can receive discounts on stuff you already use.
For example, you can get discounts on:
- Your phone bill like Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint.
- Discounts on tires or oil changes from places like Auto-zone.
I did not name everything, but getting 8-22% off your AT&T phone bill can help a lot, especially when you are using the phone frequently.
Seeing New Places
My dream is to travel and see the world. Yes, even Antarctica. They have pink icebergs and penguins:). But, even if you live in a city like San Francisco there’s a good chance you haven’t seen the whole area.
Driving with Uber let’s me discover those hidden gems and where the nightlife hangs out so I can create my own destinations for those places later when I’m not working.
Plus, you can’t forget about all the people that you talk to during your rides that will give you a few pointers on the best bars, restaurants, and fun activities to do around town. And everyone has a different perspective.
Cons Of Being An Uber Driver
You have to take the good with the bad, and like I said, no job is perfect. While I personally feel the pros outweigh the cons, it’s still only fair for me to talk about the negative side as well. So, let’s jump into the cons of driving for Uber.
Rider Bad Ratings Lead To Being Deactivated-
Honestly, I don’t look at this as such a bad thing, but I know some do. Uber’s app does a rating system for driver-partners and riders alike. You can rate them from 1-5 stars.
If your average rating falls below I think a 4.6 or 4.7 star rating average then you will be deactivated and no longer allowed to drive with Uber. Some disagree with this, and I do think the rating system could be improved upon, but the whole point is to ensure everyone is accountable for their behavior when interacting with other people using the app.
If you can’t do that, then your ratings will be bad, you’ll be deactivated, and you’ll probably deserve it. Most people rate me a 5 star. It’s not hard to get them. Just don’t p**s off your passenger. Maybe play some music or offer gum.
As an independent contractor, you have to pay for expenses. Since you would be driving a car with Uber, this means you need to maintain your vehicle.
I know the cost can be dreadful at times, but your car won’t last long if you aren’t keeping up on a consistent basis.
Oil change, new tires, new brakes, lights fixed, etc… Keep up with maintenance so you can stay on the road to make money. And, keep your receipts. Even though you are paying for these expenses you may be able to get tax deductions because of them.
This includes the miles you drive as well. so keep your gas receipts.
There really aren’t that many cons to driving for Uber. I know some people will say what about car insurance or car payments? Why didn’t I add that?
The thing is, that’s stuff you are already paying for before you ever decide to drive with Uber. So, why count a fixed expense that’s technically not related to your Uber work expenses?
And if you’re one of the people that decided to buy a car just so you can drive with Uber, then think about the cost of everything and if it would be worth it.
Also think about the flexibility. I was sick the other day (ear infection and cold) and so I took a few days off to get better. When I worked at Domino’s Pizza, I always had to fight through my sickness because we never had enough people.
That’s my point to why I love Uber so much.
Let me know in the comments below what your thoughts are on the benefits of driving with Uber and share with your friends to get their intake as well.