The Uber Driver: People with a car can make $15 to $30 an hour or more driving ride-share clients, either as a side gig or full-time. Hourly earnings can vary by city and the time of day. More can be made during busy times in wealthy areas. In many cities, driving only two busy hours during each weekday can result in $300 a week, or $15,000 a year.
Who Does This? People with other part-time jobs, or free time during the mornings or evenings can make additional income driving only ten peak hours a week. People between jobs also find this gig useful and it gives them flexibility to work when and however long they want. In most large cities, there is no shortage of people needing lifts, such as early morning rides to and from airports, and evening rides home after dinners, parties or bars.
How to Start? Get started easily with Uber and Lyft in the U.S., as well as Grab, Ola and Didi in other countries. Before starting, best to review the requirements on the Uber website. Tips include keeping food and water handy, working during surge pricing (high demand times) and using the passenger app to see where other competitor drivers are. When finishing a shift, setting “Destination Trips” can help drivers get passengers going toward the location the driver wants to go.
The Numbers: The upfront cost for this gig is minimal if you already have a clean car. The amount you make depends on how long, where and when you work. As an example, working 5 shifts a week of 3 hours during rush hour, even at only $15 of profit per hour, means making about $1,000 per month or $12,000 per year!
Is It Worth It? It can be great if you need full time work while between jobs, or if you have time to work the busy hours, and like driving, meeting people and making extra cash.