Have you ever questioned what makes some drivers make the leap from part-time driving to full-time driving? Rideshare driving might be unstable work, however for those who can leverage your time to be extra environment friendly and earn sufficient, it might some of the versatile jobs on the planet. Today, RSG contributor Jay Cradeur explains why he determined to turn into a full-time driver.
I’ve been driving for Uber and Lyft full time now for over 18 months. At first, I began out like most drivers; I needed to attempt it out and see what driving had to supply.
On my first day, I drove in Sacramento for about 6 hours, and made $100. It was enjoyable, it was thrilling, and I actually just like the immediacy of the pay. Then I started to assume, what if I did this full time, what might I do with this chance?
Getting Started as a Full-Time Driver
Like lots of you, I started taking a look at YouTube movies and shortly realized two issues: I wanted to work for Lyft and Uber collectively to maximize my earnings, and San Francisco was the Promised Land of driving. I noticed movies of others making $1,400 in three days in my metropolis by the bay.
As I drive now, I hear from my passengers about drivers who commute from so far as Sacramento and Fresno to work in San Francisco for three days on the weekend. Some even sleep of their automotive on the Marina Safeway. It is just like the previous Gold Rush of 1849.
After a week of half time driving in Sacramento, I signed up with Lyft, and secured a lodge room in Berkeley to work in San Francisco for three days over a weekend. While I didn’t make $1,400, I did fairly nicely, and decided I ought to solely be driving in San Francisco. My objective was to see if I might make $2,000 per week.
After a few weeks of dwelling in Airbnb residences, I noticed I might attain my objective. I then determined to relocate to San Francisco and go full time. I select to be a full time driver for the next 4 causes.
The Work is Enjoyable
I sincerely just like the work of rideshare driving. I take pleasure in ferrying passengers throughout San Francisco. It is a lovely metropolis and although I had lived in San Francisco three totally different occasions prior to now, I actually didn’t know the town like I do now.
I additionally benefit from the conversations. The people who’re passengers are, for probably the most half, very fascinating. At this time in my rideshare driving profession, I’m closing in on 14,000 journeys, so I’ve had many conversations. I’ve discovered from my passengers. My passengers have entertained me.
Best of all, my passengers have impressed and moved me, particularly once I decide somebody up who’s going by means of a troubling time, such because the dying of a liked one, or job loss. This fixed and various day by day interplay is stimulating and satisfying. I by no means end a day of driving and really feel I wasted my time.
A Significant Increase in Weekly Earning (Total and Per Hour)
During the primary two weeks in August, I earned over $5,200 (internet) and labored 140 hours. That is a per hour price of over $35 per hour. As a half time driver, I couldn’t full sufficient rides to earn the varied bonuses provided by each Uber and Lyft. Let’s take a look at the pay statements for these weeks:
July 31 to August 13th, 2017 with Lyft
July 31 to August 13th, 2017 with Uber
The bonuses contribute roughly 25% of my earnings every week.
At of the time of this text, I can earn a further $315 from Lyft and one other $200 or so from Uber every week from Quest Bonuses. As a full time driver, I’ve discovered how to handle my journey circulate in order that I can maximize my journeys in the course of the week to attain my objectives and earn all of the bonuses each corporations have to supply.
You may even discover that I drive extra for Lyft than for Uber. Last yr, Uber had extra demand and so I drove extra for Uber. As of November, that state of affairs has modified. Head to head, Lyft now’s the dominant firm when it comes to rider demand in San Francisco by a issue of two to 1.
Freedom and Flexibility
“Drive for Uber and see the world.” If I have been a half time driver, I would wish one other job to make sufficient cash to honor all my obligations similar to lease, utilities, meals, and leisure. If I had one other job, I might more than likely have a boss, and with a boss comes a lack of freedom.
I like to work onerous and play onerous. This yr, I’ll take 4 holidays totaling 9 weeks. As I full time driver, I can work arduous, make my $2,000 per week, after which take a depraved cool trip to Bali, once I need. This freedom is invaluable to me.
Driving for Uber and Lyft is “Good Work”
By good work, I imply as a driver I’m offering a invaluable service. As drivers, we take individuals from level A to level B, and they’re pleased. I’ve had loads of jobs during which I bought a product of questionable worth, or carried out some activity I didn’t really feel was worthwhile. Being an Uber and Lyft driver is sweet work. I could be pleased with what I do. That alone is value fairly a bit to me.
Certainly there are some drawbacks to being a full time Uber and Lyft driver. It shouldn’t be all unicorns and rainbows. Some days I might moderately not rise up at 5 a.m. and start driving at 6 a.m. Some days I might somewhat go to the seashore, or simply sleep, or get a therapeutic massage. I hate that as a driver, I can get a shock $300 ticket within the mail for being stopped in a bus zone. Some days my again hurts. Some days, I look with envy at my passengers who’re going to the airport to fly to Tokyo on enterprise.
But I’ve discovered that each job will get boring from time to time. There is not any level in taking a look at another person’s life to make a comparability. I like what I do. It is straightforward. I’ve discovered to do it properly. It pays nicely. Most importantly, I’ve freedom.
I’ve read right here on RSG that the majority drivers give up after a few months on the street. The driving gig shouldn’t be all that they thought it will be. These drivers endure from the “grass is always greener” syndrome. The grass over right here as an Uber and Lyft driver is fairly darn inexperienced, in case you work it proper, train good self-discipline towards your work schedule, and handle your off time so that you simply don’t really feel like you’re spending your whole life in your automotive.
Uber and Lyft each need full-time drivers to drive for his or her respective firm. They are competing for us as a result of we’re constant and we have now established a robust monitor document. We are dependable as evidenced by our good score, lack of unfavorable feedback, and willingness to work by means of the challenges we confront every day trip on the street.
In San Francisco, Uber and Lyft reward the complete time drivers with substantial bonuses for our dedication to our craft. The work, the cash, the interactions with passengers, and the liberty all have led me to the choice to stay a full time driver these previous 18 months. I look ahead to getting up tomorrow, placing fuel in my automotive, getting my vanilla candy cream chilly brew espresso, firing up my apps, enjoying my Spotify “First Thing” playlist, and getting that first ping. I’m all in.
Readers, are you a full-time driver or part-time driver? Would you need to be a full-time driver? Do you could have any questions on what it’s like to be a full-time driver? Leave a remark under for Jay to reply!
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-Jay @ RSG
I am Harry, the proprietor and founding father of The Rideshare Guy Blog and Podcast. I used to be a full-time engineer however now I am a rideshare blogger! I write about my expertise driving for Uber, Lyft, and different providers and my objective is to assist drivers earn extra money by working smarter, not more durable.