While I was never loyal to Uber, I just never had signed up for Lyft. But I’ve said before you need to diversify your portfolio. You can’t put all your eggs in one basket.
It’s kinda funny. I started driving for Lyft a week before the whole #DeleteUber campaign started. How big an effect it took, I’m not sure from personal experience because I’ve been testing out Lyft. But it did feel like there was an uptick in rides for me compared to the first week and the second week.
I signed up for Lyft with a $1,000 bonus, which is part of the reason I decided I would give them a try.
If you haven’t signed up for Lyft yet, you can get a sign-up bonus by using my referral code. The bonus varies depending on the city you live in, but all codes should be the same bonus.
There are a few reasons why I think you should sign up for Lyft, and I’ve already mentioned one of those reasons.
If one reason isn’t enough, Today I’m going to explain 9 reasons why you should drive for Lyft.
Keep reading to learn what my reasons are.
Lyft has a Tipping option
As an Uber driver, I understand the annoyance when someones says,
“Oh, I’d tip you but I don’t have any cash. Can’t I tip you on the app?”
And, of course, every time you would have to explain that’s not how tipping works with Uber.
Sometimes people just used that as an excuse, but I’ve just come to not expect tips so it’s more appreciative when it does happen.
With Lyft, You don’t have to hear that excuse anymore. After you end the ride with your customer, they will receive a receipt and have the option to tip you for your service.
You get 100% of the tips you make.
My first 60 rides I made $24 in tips. I know if you do the math it doesn’t seem like much, but that’s a lot more money than many drivers receive driving for Uber. And honestly, I didn’t do anything special to earn that many tips.
I didn’t offer any water or candy, and I didn’t help anyone with their luggage.
So there’s definitely potential room for improvement in receiving tips. Because, yes, sometimes you gotta spend some money to make some money.
You just need to approach Lyft a little differently in friendliness than you do driving for Uber.
I’ve seen the Facebook groups. There are lots of drivers who act like they are awesome but won’t even let a pax charge their phone and then wonder why they don’t get tips or complain when it is only a dollar.
So make sure to be extra friendly with your Lyft passengers. It might become more rewarding for you.
#DeleteUber – Over 200,000 Accounts Deactivated
I already mentioned this earlier. While I’m not trying to get into politics here, A lot of customers have turned it into that. According to New York Times, over 200,000 customers deleted the Uber app over this fiasco.
So if there’s really a time to try out driving for Lyft, it might be now, as the customer base is potentially growing largely.
It’s The Slowest Time Of The Year
After the winter Holidays, rideshare services like Uber and Lyft experience the slowest time of the year. If you want to maximize your profits, then you can turn both the Uber and Lyft app on at the same time to pick up ride requests faster.
Whichever ride requests you receive first, you turn off the other app.
So, if you’re running both apps and someone requests you on Uber first, then you could temporarily turn of the Lyft app and complete the Uber ride.
After you complete the ride, you go back online to the Lyft app and repeat the process.
Vice-versa if you were to receive a Lyft request first.
I have not personally tried this strategy out yet, but there are drivers that do it.
Lyft Has A Sign-Up Bonus
Just like how you can get a sign-up bonus using an Uber Referral code, you can do the same with Lyft.
The requirements are easy. Once approved, you just have to complete a specific amount of trips to qualify for your bonus.
You’ll be able to see what your bonus is in the Lyft app, as well as track how many trips you need to be left to earn your reward.
You have 30 days once you are activated. So make sure you don’t dilly dally. It’s essentially free money just for seeing if Lyft is the right for you.
Lyft Has Driving Incentives
Just like how Uber offers guaranteed hourly pay and power driver bonuses, Lyft offers similar incentives.
Because Uber and Lyft change bonuses and incentives periodically, you have the option to drive for whichever company offers the better incentives for the next week. And this can change on a weekly basis.
Some weeks it makes more sense to drive for Uber, other weeks Lyft will be offering the better rewards for driving.
You’re Your Own Boss
If you’re an Uber driver, you probably already knew that about Lyft, but if you’re new this is something that may still seem unrealistic to you.
But it’s true, you get to decide when you work, hour many hours you work, and when you want to take a week off.
I needed a way to make money where I didn’t have a schedule, and Uber filled that void for me. Now, I also have Lyft as an option on the days Uber’s incentives are less appealing.
There is not one job that you can just decide to take a month off, and then come back to work like nothing ever happened.
This reason alone is why I tell a lot of people they should sign up now. Enjoy the freedom!
Occasional Server Issues With the Ride-Share Apps
Uber and Lyft are both big companies. Occasionally server issues come up and people can’t get on the Uber or Lyft app.
If you are only driving for one rideshare service then you are limiting yourself to options to make money when your app stops working.
There was one time I was out driving for Uber, making a killing. It was super busy. All of a sudden, my Uber app just crashed.
I couldn’t get back online for almost two hours. I like driving at night. So I ended up just calling it a night.
Had I signed up to drive for Lyft back then, I could’ve kept working and not lose out on any money. This is just one reason why you don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
Lyft Offers A Lot More Training
This reason is really for only the new rideshare drivers. If you don’t have much experience with driving for any other companies, Lyft seems to offer a lot more in training videos.
When I went to get my car Inspected, The Lyft guy did an orientation and showed about 10 other new drivers a half a dozen short videos on Lyft and getting paid.
You could even ask questions at the end of the videos (though nobody did).
Uber inspected my car and that was it. They sent me a couple videos, but I think a lot of people seem to miss them. This, of course, leads to a lot of questions about driving for Uber that could’ve already been answered with a short orientation.
Even after Lyft’s orientation, I was able to go through a lot more training videos on the driver dashboard. Something Uber doesn’t really provide.
Lyft Offers Perks
There’s a wide range of companies that you can get a discount on merchandise and services because of Lyft. You can get discounts on, car maintenance, movie tickets, gas, your phone bill, travel, etc…
There are a lot more options than Uber has to offer. You don’t need to drive much to receive these perks either. 30 rides a month would be enough for the discounts on everything.
Depending on your lifestyle, you could save a ton of money with these perks.
I like going out to eat and the movies. With Lyft I can save a few dollars on a movie, and save $20 or so on dinner depending on where I eat. Plus everyone needs an oil change once in awhile.
At the end of the day, you really only need one reason to do something. If you’re looking for extra cash, then sign up with Lyft. Just give them a try.
You could always just join, drive enough to get the sign-up bonus, and then bounce if driving for Lyft isn’t cut-out for you.
My biggest reason to drive for Lyft is the flexibility.