So in the last few years I have been driving for uber and quite frankly, I love it. It allows me to have freedom to focus on my other businesses and still earn a decent income when my other businesses might be slow. So with 2019 right around the corner. I figured I would write an article on the top 10 things you should know about before driving for UBER. Although my focus is going to be new uber drivers, people who have been driving for uber for a while will also benefit from what I am about to share.
#1) UBER Driver Sign Up Bonus
Alot of driver miss out on this, But you can actually get a sign up bonus to drive for uber. Its a pretty simple process too. All Uber Partners are giving a referral code when they Sign Up. My referral code is 69tqsnw7ue. This can be used for both uber and uber eats. If you dont want to enter the code in manually, you can also just click this link. This was one of the bonus’s I missed when signing up for uber and I could of used it alot. If you are already on the platform, you can find this code in the app uber invite a friend. You can also send a text message to a friend with the code. If you are signing up for uber, make sure you take advantage of this and dont miss out on the extra cash like I did!
#2) The diffrent types of UBER Cars
So there are many different types of ubers (ie: uberX, uberXL, uberX Black). Depending on the vehicle you are signing up with, you will have access to drive for the other services and some pay more then others. For example, if you have a SUV with 3 row seating, you are able to sign up as an UberXL driver and will earn more for both wait time and miles then an uberX driver. UberX Black and UberXL Black work the same way as the uberX and uberXL, but these are black luxury cars. an UberX(L) Black drivers earn more for wait time and miles then uberXL. UberXL Black drivers currently earn the most for wait time and miles.
Please Note: These different vehicle types might not be in your area yet, if they are not they will be there soon.
#3) You are a UBER Partner and not a UBER Driver!
As an uber driver, which is actually called an Uber Partner you are contracted as a driver. Meaning, you do not work for uber and are required to file your own taxes. You are actually more so a business owner and your time on the app is time you are spending for your own business. Uber is just the tool to help you find “clients”. You can pick and choose when you want to work and who you allow in your car. However you can not discriminate and uber reserves the right to remove your access to there platform for this. You also are not just limited to driving for uber to earn money. There are many more ways to earn extra as an uber partner.
#4) Uber and Uber Eats
When you sign up to drive for Uber, you are automatically signed up for uber eats as well. However you can disable to accept Rides or Delivery in the app. You are not required to deliver for uber eats or drive passengers around. You can do either or. Some people like to only do uber eats delivery. Personally, I think a good strategy is to drive up to about 1am and then only take deliverys, this will limit the risk of having someone throw up in your car. Also drunk people get pretty hungry when they get home from drinking all night.
Please Note: Uber Eats may not be available in your area yet, however you can still sign up and get notified when it arrives.
#5) What to do if a rider makes a mess in your car
Lets face it, it happens, there might come a time where a rider makes a mess in your car. weather you are picking someone up from the beach and they got sand all over your car, of that person who had to much to drink and trow up in your car. Sure there are ways to avoid customers throwing up in your car, but if it happens you should be prepared. First, dont get angry rite away and go fighting with the rider. This will not be good for anyone. Keep your cool and pull out your phone and snap a picture. Also note the time this has happen. After the ride is completed, open your app and send the picture to uber as well as the time and pick up and drop off destination under the help section of the app. Uber will then review the issue and fine the rider for this incident. I have heard about fines being as high as $200 for someone throwing up in your car. I personally have been driving for uber for 3 years at the time of writing this and have had only 1 incident where a rider puked in my car. They also spent 2 hours cleaning it up after the ride was completed so I did not report it.
#6) Uber Referral Code
So like I said earlier in this post, uber provides drivers with a referral code. These are a great way to earn extra money as a driver. Every time you get someone to sign up with your code you will get a bonus as well as the person who signs up. Its a win win for everyone. Since UBER is such a well known company it has a pretty good reputation and getting people to sign up is pretty easy. One of the most popular ways people share there referral code is text messages from the app. If you go into the uber app, you can select invite a friend and send your friend a text message with the referral code. When they complete the sign up process you will be notified and can see how much you will earn from that friend signing up. The sign up bonus rate does change depending on the location of the person you are getting to sign up. For example it might be $500 sign up bonus for someone in LA and $250 bonus for someone in Brooklyn. It changes not only based on the state, but city as well.
#7) Filing UBER Taxes
Probably the most scary thing as an uber partner/driver is that you are required to file your own taxes. This process is not that hard and driving for uber offers some resources for you such as intuit. If you do not know what intuit is, its a way to file your taxes online at a pretty affordable price. The form you are required to file is a 1099. Alot of people also do not know that you can write off many things. For example, you can write off Gas, Miles, Repairs, Oil Changes, Air Fresheners, Portion of your Cell Phone Bill, Cloths, and the list goes on. Pretty much everything that you need to have to drive for uber you can write off.
#8) The Benefits of being an UBER Driver
There are some pretty cool benefits of being an uber driver. Uber offers a list of these inside the app. Some of the benefits include things like 10% off anything in AutoZone and 15% off of JiffyLube Services. Also if you use there debit card which is partnered with GoBank you can get 2% cash back from anything you buy in walmart as well as gas. This list goes on and on and they offer alot of different benefits. They also have some Health Insurance, Retirement Investing plans and Tax Options.
#9) UberX vs UberXL and Black Vehicles
Most common uber vehicle is an UberX, this is the basic version and is your basic 4 door car. Then you have UberXL which is an SUV that has 3 row seating. These offton cost more for riders which mean you will earn more driving for UberXL then you would if you driving for UberX. Then you have Black Versions of the UberX and UberXL. In order for your car to be qualified for this, it has to be a “luxury car” for example, Cadillac, BMW, Mercedes Benz. And the same rules as above also work for the black versions, You have UberX Black and UberXL Black, However UberX Black drivers will earn more then both UberX and UberXL driver and UberXL Black drivers will earn the most. But the most requested type of car is the UberX and then the UberXL.
#10) Can you drive for Uber and Lyft
The simple answer is yes, you can drive for both Uber and Lyft. Remember, you are a business owner and do not work for these company. How you manage your time and get rides is basically up to you. With a few rules in place. However, I do not do this. I find that driving for Uber offers more rides and its not worth juggling 2 apps. My suggestion is that you pick the platform you want to drive for and stick to that one. or switch between them at particular hours or days. But i do not recommend trying to drive for both platforms at the same time. You will end up declining rides and that might not look to good on your part.
Try not to decline or cancel rides while driving for uber, Uber will rate you on this based on a 7 day period and will give rides to the most reliable driver. So if you decline rides, they count that as a decline, and if you cancel rides they count that as a cancel. They will then give you a acceptance rating and cancel rating. You can find your rating in the app under your profile. If you have a poor acceptance or cancel rating, you can find your self not getting as many rides as you might have gotten before. dont worry, these ratings are only for the last 7 days. So if you stop canceling rides and start accepting more, your rating will start to go back up rite away.
And thats pretty much it, if you have any questions regarding uber feel free to ask me using the contact page. I will respond to you pretty quickly, also if you haven’t signed up yet, please do so using my referral code by clicking this link. If you are unsure if you should drive for uber, check out my post on why i think everyone should drive for uber