Working as an Uber driver can be a fun and profitable experience. The main benefit of working as an Uber driver is that you (mostly) get to set your own hours, which means that not only do you get to work when you want to, but you can either make a full time living with Uber or just an extra side income if you already have a job.
Here are the top four strategies for working as an Uber driver that you should use if you are thinking about working for Uber or already are:
- Keep Food and Water In The Car
Since you could potentially be driving for hours, it’s important that you keep yourself fed and hydrated. Keep snacks and some water in your car, so you won’t waste any cash or time going to fast food restaurants.
2. Don’t Drive Around In Circles
Simply driving around randomly in circles is a common mistake that new Uber drivers make. In reality though, driving around endlessly isn’t going to do anything except add more wear to your car.
Instead, you need to stick to a certain area in your town or city and only pick up passengers in that area. This way, you won’t have to drive several miles on your way to go pick up a passenger. Keep in mind if a passenger has to be kept waiting for you for an extended period of time, they might cancel the right.
3. Make Use of the Uber Passenger App
In addition to the Uber driver app, you should make use of the passenger app as well. The passenger app will tell you where the other drivers are, so you can select specific areas that don’t come with much competition.
While you’re at it, you may want to avoid the ‘hot’ areas because those areas will be flooded with other Uber drivers. You’ll actually likely make more money picking up drivers in areas where few other drivers are.
4. Know About The Bathrooms In Your Area
This should go without saying, but you need to become area of the best restroom facilities in your driving area, and specifically facilities that have free parking. This can be particularly difficult to locate in downtown areas of big cities. Grocery stores and coffee shops are your best bet for places that have restrooms and free parking (though granted you’re also technically obligated to buy something from them so long as you’re going to be walking in and using their restroom facilities).
Working As An Uber Driver
All in all, these are some of the more basic but essential strategies that you will want to keep in mind as you begin your career as an Uber driver. You’ll be glad to hear that working as an Uber driver is something you can get the hang of quickly after only a few days of doing it.