I think you nailed it Ceezy… altho 40’s?, not sure how much business she is getting. Maybe it’s time for her to become an Uber driver… with a side hustle 😉
One driver I remember was a retiree probably in his 60s who took his job very seriously and said he really loved the opportunities it had given him to live a more comfortable retirement
If I picked her up today, I don’t think anything would change. I’d give her my FS business card and tell her to stop by and say “hello” 🙂
I have often wondered what exactly it is like to drive for Uber (and how much you can make) so thanks for doing the legwork on this! I’ve used ride sharing but have never really considered driving myself. My feeling is that if I wanted to pursue a side hustle, I’d try to find something more in line with my interests. That said, if I needed money quick, your post has shown me that Uber might help!
No prob. The cool thing are the sign up bonuses and the ability to make a fair within 30 minutes of going online. They pay electronically every Thursday, which is also excellent. I’ve had contracting jobs where I wasn’t paid for three months!
Wow, rockstar job researching and testing things out firsthand! Since I live in San Francisco I’ve definitely experienced the explosion of Uber on the city here. Lyft has grown a lot as well, but I haven’t had much luck with it. My first Lyft experience was good and then it went downhill after that. But I’ve used Uber a good amount and always had a positive experience.
I can understand your emotions. As a rider I also feel more sensitive to the drivers, especially compared to traditional cabbies. I think it’s because most of the cabbies in San Francisco tend to be older, aggressive drivers, always on the phone, and very salty. But Uber drivers tend to be younger (although there is definitely a mix of retirees in there), very respectful, friendly, hustling to make supplemental income, mindful of which routes they take, and drive a lot safer. I’m sure having their rating on the line is a part of it and that’s a good thing because it makes a better experience for everyone.
As my first passenger, I was just focused on not messing things up
He dressed in a collared shirt, offered water (even on Uber pool!), and was just a friendly guy. Another driver I had on 2 separate occasions is a young guy probably in his 20s who trains as a wrestler and drives on the side to pay his bills. He was really proud to be able to pursue his dreams by working for Uber in his free time. So it’s really great that it can help a lot of people.
It’s cool you spent so many hours trying it out yourself and it’s natural that your interest in it has faded. You got a lot out of it! Can’t wait to read your follow up post. thanks!
Thanks! Sounds like you’ve had some great drivers! You really begin to root for the drivers who are hustling to make some extra cash. Gives me motivation to work hard as well!
I had my first Uber and Lyft experience this past Saturday and I was not impressed. (I live in the Twin Cities of Minnesota) The cars were clean and we arrived at our locations, however, both driver’s choice of music was not appropriate. The Lyft driver on the way to the bar turned up his 90’s rap very loud. While I was slightly into http://www.hookupdate.net/de/megafuckbook-review/ it, my friends were not. Once we got to downtown, the driver proceeded to turn the music up louder and catcall! I wanted out. I was not comfortable.