What: drive people and things (for Uber Eats)

Expected pay: $15 to $25 an hour

Husl $core: $$$$$

Where: Nationwide

Requirements:

  • 21 years or older
  • Smart phone
  • valid driver’s license
  • Auto insurance
  • 4-door car, model years 2001 and after. (In some cities they require a car that’s 2006 model year or later)
  • pass a background check.

Review: Uber has a commercial liability policy that supplements your own insurance, just in case something happens on a trip. And estimated earnings: of $19 an hour put them near the top of the part-time driving gigs. The driver gets roughly 65% – 75% of the stated fare, after deducting the 10% driver fee and the Uber Commission.

However, as the company hires more drivers, there is less work for the existing stable. Uber has also raised its commission rates, which now stand at 25% of the fare (Uber also gets the “rider fee,” so its real cut is higher). And the company is well-known for changing terms on drivers in ways that are driver-unfriendly, For instance, drivers used to be able to sign up for Uber Black, a high-end taxi service that required a nicer car, a commercial driver’s license, and brought in a more elegant clientele. But, a shortage of lower-end UberX drivers caused the company to unilaterally change the terms of the Uber Black deal, requiring these drivers to take the cheaper fares. When UberBlack drivers threatened mutiny, Uber backed down. It, however, remains a good example of why drivers are often leery of Uber management. Moreover, the fact that Uber is aggressively testing driverless cars should give the company’s drivers pause. While Uber is the industry leader, it’s also not out to make its driver’s lives better. 

That said, if you plan to drive for a living, it makes sense to include Uber as at least one of the ride sharing services in your quiver. Uber ranks second out of 12 taxi apps for drivers, according to web comparison site Comparakeet (full ratings linked below). Many drivers sign up for several ride sharing apps to make a full-time salary with a reasonable amount of flexibility.

We’d also suggest that you check out  Amazon Flex, Lyft and Wingz.

What their drivers say:

“My day begins whenever I am ready to work. They have very flexible schedule. You can work as little or as long you want. I have worked from two hours to twelve hours shift. You are your own boss. I enjoy working for Uber.”

“This job puts a huge strain on your car. If you don’t have a newer car i wouldn’t do this job. You can experience car problem and not funding to fix the problems.”

“All ride share and delivery service jobs fail to factor in the cost of overhead when presenting the job to prospective employees/partners. By the time car expenses (i.e. insurance, gas, maintenance, vehicle loan payment/lease) are factored in, the pay rate drops substantially! When these costs are figured in, pay is often less than minimum. This is best as a supplemental job type.”

Other stories of interest:

https://www.comparakeet.com/best-taxi-apps-for-drivers/

http://www.alvia.com/how-much-do-uber-drivers-make/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2017/06/29/6-things-to-know-about-your-side-hustle-and-taxes/#3995292c60a8

You Tube Video titled 7 Reasons I Stopped Driving for Lyft and Uber

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