Of all the ways to make extra money floating around out there, I really don’t think there is anything better than Uber. Everyone has heard of it and taxi cabs are becoming like newspapers where they are becoming a thing of the past because everyone is now using Uber to get around.
So The Real Question Is, Why Aren’t You Cashing In On This Yet?
I don’t know any other ways to make money that are as convenient as Uber. By now you’ve heard the stories where you get to work your own hours and make extra cash by driving around a neighborhood that you know like the back of your hand.
This is why you are wrong if you think Uber isn’t for you because I’m pretty sure it is.
Qualify To Be An Uber Driver
First things first, you need to qualify to become an Uber driver because while most people are scared of picking up freaks, it’s a two way street where people are scared of getting picked up by freaks.
So Uber makes sure that you are qualified for the job by running a background check.
The other great thing about Uber is the drivers get to rate the passengers so you have an idea of what kind of person you are picking up. If a passenger is loud, drunk, and a jerk, you will know about it.
It doesn’t matter what business you get into, you will probably run into people like that so it helps that fellow Uber drivers can help you avoid people by the mandatory rating system they are required to follow after a each ride.
You will need to have a car that is newer than 2006 (ten years is the maximum age of a the vehicle), and the insurance needs to have your name on it. Also, it needs to be a four door vehicle.
If this is the reason that you aren’t driving for Uber then it is completely understandable.
When I talk about Uber with a lot of people who are looking for extra money, these are the excuses I typically get on why they don’t consider it.
First off, many people affiliate Uber with picking up drunks downtown in the middle of the night. While I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t a good percentage of the people who use Uber, it’s not the only people.
I was talking to an older lady as she dropped me off downtown for a concert and we actually talked about this subject. While she agrees that the middle of the night may be considered the “rush hour” of Ubering, she made a great point. Considering that she was in her late 50’s, she ensured me that she isn’t giving people rides at 2 AM.
But she said “Most people already know that they are going to go out and drink so they don’t bother taking their car. I don’t stay up that late so I typically drive people to where they need to go as opposed to taking them home.”
When I thought about this, it made perfect sense!
Most people don’t drive somewhere and get drunk just to leave their car at a bar over night. They all take Ubers to get to the bars/games/concerts.
So you don’t need to be up until two in the morning taking people home, and the biggest perk of doing this is you don’t have to deal with drunk people all night by just not choosing to work during those hours.
So you can put in a few hours of work and be home at a reasonable hour.
There Are Many Prime Times For Uber Drivers Not Just Late-Night
Another thing people don’t understand is that a lot of people need rides to the airport at all hours of the day.
So if you only have mornings available you will find many people needing rides between 5-10 AM for the airport. Also, I don’t know about you but I’ve known a few people who have had car issues and are forced to take Ubers to work.
So you can even give out a few rides to people going to work and make a few quick bucks before lunch!
What About The Fee Transactions?
From what I understand, Uber will rate out the ride and you receive 80% of the fee. Riders have to link their payment information before they ride so creating fake profiles is almost impossible.
And there is no money trading hands between the riders and you as a driver. This makes it very nice because you don't have to really handle any of the financial transactions.
More People Are Getting Into This Work Opportunity
The only con I’ve really heard of being a Uber driver is that everyone is picking up on this great opportunity to make extra money.
So there is quite a bit of competition out there. I’ve been told by multiple Uber drivers that working for Uber serves better as a second income as opposed to a full time job.
But when you think about it, what else can you do where you get to create your own hours very easily?
Where else can you get a job where you say “I’m only available from 7AM -10AM Monday through Friday” and it’s okay.
Or do you have another job where you have to travel and work crazy hours? I’ve heard of people who work as comedians or musicians who can only work Monday through Wednesday, and with schedules like that, Uber is the only other thing they can do easily.
Wrapping It Up
If you are looking to make a few hundred extra bucks, you really need to look into Uber. Even if you only work one day a week for a few hours it all adds up and you can start feeding the piggy bank!
Especially if you are a people person and enjoy talking with other people from all different aspects of life, this is a great job for you!