In late 2014, the U.S. was home to 160,000 active Driver-partners using the Uber platform. The popularity of the service extends around the world to 300 cities in 60 different countries, and being a driver-partner has become an additional income stream for many people.
If you’ve been thinking of capitalizing on the appeal of Uber, make sure you know what the service requires before signing up.
Understand How Uber Works
As an on-demand ride sharing service, Uber allows users to request rides from registered drivers in their areas. Ratings and vehicle types for the closest drivers display when a user asks for a ride. Uber issues phones with the Uber app pre-loaded to drivers, and this keeps track of trips once riders and drivers are connected. After a ride, you and your rider rate each other on the app.
Know the Driver Requirements
Uber sign up requirements:
• Be at least 21 years old
• Have one or more years of driving experience in the U.S.
• Have a valid U.S. driver’s license
Drivers under 23 are required to have at least three years of driving experience.
Vehicle qualifications include:
• Model year of 2001 or newer
• Four-door sedan with room for four or more passengers
• In-state license plates
• No marked cars, taxis or salvage models
• Current registration
Model year requirements for Uber platform may vary by city. If you don’t have a qualifying vehicle, Uber may be able to provide one through their leasing and rental program.
Go Through the Application Process
Uber asks new drivers to fill out an online application and agree to a background check. Once you’ve completed the initial application, you’ll be informed of the paperwork Uber needs to review your driving record and criminal history. This usually includes your driver’s license, proof of vehicle registration and proof of insurance. Approved drivers are given access to fuel discounts, free streaming music, discounted phone bills and security coverage from Uber.
Be Realistic About Profits
In the U.S., Uber drivers earn an average of $19 per hour, and you may be able to make more depending on the efficiency of your vehicle. Uber determines the rates for rides, and demand may drive rates up. You receive automatic payment each week for the rides you fulfill.
Be Comfortable with a Flexible Schedule
The main perk of driving for Uber platform is being your own boss. You decide when to make yourself available to give rides and how much time to spend driving. Most driver-partners work less than 15 hours per week and still make decent remuneration. A few turn Uber's full-time independent contractors. However, this flexibility requires a responsible work ethic. It’s possible to overwork yourself and become too tired to drive safely.
Uber can pay well as a source of part-time independent contract if you understand how the system works and what riders expect from drivers. Follow the basic procedures to sign up to drive, and keep improving your performance to get better ratings and more clients.