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As we’re starting off with 2017 and following up on our resolutions. If you made a reason to earn some extra cash for the family in 2017, you may be thinking about the different types of odd jobs you can pick up. One of the side jobs that doesn’t always pop to the front of every mom’s head (but maybe should) is Uber. I will say that I’ve never driven for Uber, but I know some other folks who have.
What is Uber?
Uber is a car service that is very simple to use and available in most cities. If you’re riding with Uber, download the app to your phone, make an account and include your payment information, request a car and it will pick you up within minutes! No need to exchange money in the car, so drivers are never carrying an unsafe amount of cash.
I’ve gotten rides with Uber several times and I’ve never felt unsafe. When someone signs up to drive for Uber, they need to participate in a screening online that will review their driving and criminal records.
Can You Choose Your Own Hours?
With Uber, you can choose your own hours to whatever fits your schedule. 80% of Uber drivers drive fewer than 35 hours a week.
How Much Money Can You Make?
On average, Uber drivers make more than $19 per hour. See how Uber fares are calculated.
The amount of money highly depends on where and when you drive. During times of high demand, fares may increase to make sure riders who need a ride can get one. During surge hours, you can be paid more.
What Are Other Advantages to Driving?
Uber drivers can get discounts on fuel, phone bills, vehicle maintenance and more.
Do You Have To Be Good With Directions?
If you’re not good with directions, that won’t be a problem! Since Uber is an app-based driving service, the app will give you turn-by-turn directions.
What are the Driver Requirements?
When you drive for Uber, you don’t need to get a new car. You can use the car you have, assuming it meets the guidelines (which many cars do).
Drivers are responsible for all of their own expenses including their own personal insurance, but Uber does provide drivers with a $1 million insurance policy per incident.
Drivers need to be at least 21 years old.
There is also the disadvantage of wear-and-tear on your car. I would imagine that some of this could be avoided by being smart when and where you pick up riders. For example, you may not want to pick up late-night riders in the town’s hot spot. A great time to drive would be when the kids are at school or when you have an extra hour or two during the day.
Have you driven for Uber before? Leave a comment below telling me your experience.