An Uber Awesome Way To Get Paid…And Often
If you live in any kind of moderate-to-large-sized city, it’s likely that you’ve at some point used Uber to get you to or from some place or another. It’s a highly valuable and innovative service that’s nearly always far more cost effective and/or convenient than traditional public transit methods. However, aside from the benefits Uber offers as a service, has anyone ever told you just how easy it is to make money by signing up to be a driver? Oh, and that you can get paid weekly, and eventually, even daily!?
How To Become A Driver-Partner
To qualify, you need:
- A smartphone (If you don’t own one, Uber can help you get one for a small fee)
- A car with 4 doors that is less than ten years old that’s not a salvage title and can pass a safety and aesthetics inspection (can’t have major blemishes or safety issues)
- You must be 21 or over with 3+ years of driving experience
- You must have vehicle insurance, and current license and registration
- You must be able to pass a criminal background check
What barriers are preventing you from earning extra money?
If you don’t meet the vehicle requirements, Uber has partnerships in place to enable you to buy, rent, or lease cars for much cheaper than usual. Don’t have a smartphone? Same thing. As mentioned briefly above, Uber can help you get a task-specific device for a very reasonable monthly cost. If all these things are accounted for, do you have a little (or a lot) of free time you’d like to monetize? The process to sign up can be completed in less than 4 minutes.
Signing up is so easy!
- Download the Uber Partner app by clicking here.
- Follow the prompts and upload the necessary documentation to certify your qualifications of the above vehicle and eligibility requirements.
- Wait a few days to receive notification from Uber that you have passed your background check and that your documents have been received.
- Go drive people around in your spare time, or even full time if you want, and make money!
My Experiences Driving Uber
At one point in the last few years, I moved from one state to another, and while waiting for a training class to be filled so that I could start a job I had been hired for, I signed up as an Uber Partner. It was one of the most unexpectedly rewarding experiences of my life, both fiscally, and personally.
The prospective wait time for the job was over a month, but I was able to start driving for Uber in less than 10 days. Within only a few weekdays of driving for Uber (before even getting to the generally more profitable weekends), it quickly became apparent that what I was doing was actually a better source of income than the job I had been hired for, so I ultimately turned it down in favor of a better paycheck, and one that came on a weekly basis. After racking up enough accumulated trips, I even qualified to be paid daily. Once to that point, I could actually cash out up to 6 times a day, with only a small, $0.50 fee.
In addition to making some extremely decent money, I was also able to interact with a diverse cross-section of people from my community. I accumulated some pretty interesting stories, but never had any interactions I could say were completely negative. A lot of people might be concerned about security, but I never felt unsafe. The system very effectively culls contentious people–on either side of the driver’s seat. Uber also has pretty generous policies for making things right if someone makes a mess in your car, so that further supported my peace of mind. I even made some lasting friends out of the experience.
I love driving for Uber and you might too! So, give it a try.
Disclaimer: The amount of money you can make generally coincides with how often you drive, but if you time it right (and Uber will send you reports of when the most high demand times to drive in your city are), you can really maximize your earnings. Weekends, events, holidays, and even rush hours are particularly lucrative times. Also, for reference, the area I was doing all this driving in was a metropolitan area of only about 700,000 people. In a larger market, when surge times are more plentiful, it has the potential to be a much more profitable endeavor.