Uber is a great way to make some extra money in your spare time, and can even , now is the time to give it a shot. Sign up before using my invite code, k78ypue, complete (50) trips, and I’ll send you $250! After you sign up, send me an email at email@example.com and I’ll send PayPal or another reasonable method of payment once the criteria are met.
Ever-increasing prices. Unpredictable availability. Inability to effectively match supply with demand. Filthy cars. Aggressive and unsafe drivers. Anonymous and sometimes dangerous passengers. We all know the problems with the traditional taxi system.
The problems can often be racial in nature, too. If you’re a black man trying to flag down a yellow cab in NYC, chances are that none will stop for you. Ask to be dropped off in a “sketchy” neighborhood, and you’ll likely be refused service and asked to get out of the car.
Uber (and ride-sharing in general) solves all of these problems.
The best way to demonstrate the obvious superiority of ride-sharing services over traditional taxis is through simple comparison:
- Uber has announced several rate decreases while traditional taxis have consistently raised prices.
- Uber’s surge feature brilliantly and effectively matches supply to demand. The traditional system has no such feature.
- Because Uber’s payment system is entirely digital, there is no cash involved. Thus, potential for crime and fear of robbery is greatly diminished.
Clearly, ride-sharing services have made the taxi system more effective and more efficient for passengers. As an Uber driver, I’ve heard from many of my riders how much they prefer Uber’s service and that they’d never go back to traditional taxis. Their reasons are numerous, including vehicle cleanliness, driver courtesy, and the provision of “extra” amenities.
But Uber isn’t only great for riders. It is great for drivers as well:
- Most importantly, compensation ranges from decent to exceptional. As a driver in the very busy region of Northern New Jersey, surge is frequent. Driving during the busiest times (weekday rush hours & weekend nights) will push compensation toward the exceptional end of that spectrum. If I drive for 2-3 hours after work 3-4 days a week and the occasional weekend shift, I can average $15 – $25 per hour.
- Uber’s “App” makes the whole process of being a driver markedly simple. It is constantly improving and offering new features. When I first started driving, trips came one at a time. Then, the next trip could be accepted while still driving the first trip. Now, carpooling has been added. Each of these improvements has cut down on “down time” between trips when you’re not getting paid.
- The “App” also allows you to see where surge is taking place, so that drivers can focus in on the most lucrative driving opportunities.
- Uber sends regular text notifications and emails to help maximize money earned. These include data showing the busiest hours of the week when drivers can expect the possibility of surge earnings, and your personal driving statistics in comparison to other drivers.
- Additional benefits include discounts on cell phone plans, gas, vehicle maintenance, and much more. The more you drive, the more you get.
If you’ve ever thought about becoming an Uber driver, now is the time to give it a shot. Sign up before using my invite code, k78ypue, complete (50) trips, and I’ll send you $200! After you sign up, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send PayPal or another reasonable method of payment once the criteria are met.