What: Uber, a ride-sharing platform, urges anyone with a drivers license, late model car and insurance to sign up and deliver people and food to their respective destinations.

Expected pay: $15 to $25 an hour

Husl $core: $$$

Where: Nationwide


  • 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 are now actually hard to calculate because the site’s becoming increasingly circumspect about what it discloses. 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: (from Glassdoor)

“No consistency in pay, cheap fares, customers always right even when they’re wrong. Not much incentives, no health care. Expensive insurance.”

“Too much BS and not enough benefit. Wear and tear on your vehicle, and too many THREATS over the most trivial of things. Some riders love to lie, and they will rat you out over anything – naturally Uber sides with its riders. You lose money when having to transport groups of 3 or more in one trip. The pay we get is disgusting.”

“No schedules, no boss, money can be good. But there are app issues, drivers are the least importance of the company. Ride fares keep getting lowered so you’ll have to drive much longer to make decent money.”

Other stories of interest:




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

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