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7 Brilliant Hacks to Help You Make More Money Driving With Uber

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Anonymous
3445 Driver Driver Rider
 Posted 2 years, 10 months ago

We’ve all seen the articles about the elite few who cash in big as Uber driver-partners.

One man makes $252,000 a year, largely by selling jewelry to his passengers as he drives. Other drivers find driving with the company pays better than many entry-level jobs (although there’s no guarantee on your income, because you’re an independent contractor).

But what’s it really like to drive with Uber, and how can you make the most money possible?

Journalist Emily Guendelsberger delved deep into the life of a ride-share driver as she became an undercover driver with Uber in Philadelphia in 2015. She wrote about her experiences in Philadelphia’s (now defunct) City Paper.

In Guendelsberger’s month on the job, she picked up a few tips and tricks that can help you make more money as an Uber driver-partner.

What the Company Tells You About Being a Successful Uber Driver

Guendelsberger’s training for UberX consisted of a 13-minute video that went over how to offer good service and receive five-star ratings from passengers.

The tips included opening the rear door for people, providing cold bottled water and having extra phone chargers on hand for passengers to use. The video also emphasized the importance of looking professional and even showed the star of the video selecting expensive ties to wear while driving people around town.

However, Guendelsberger found even more ways to cash in driving with Uber. Here are the strategies she recommends from her time on the job.

  1. Keep Snacks and Water Handy

When you’re going to be on the road for hours, it’s important to make sure you have everything yo...

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We’ve all seen the articles about the elite few who cash in big as Uber driver-partners.

One man makes $252,000 a year, largely by selling jewelry to his passengers as he drives. Other drivers find driving with the company pays better than many entry-level jobs (although there’s no guarantee on your income, because you’re an independent contractor).

But what’s it really like to drive with Uber, and how can you make the most money possible?

Journalist Emily Guendelsberger delved deep into the life of a ride-share driver as she became an undercover driver with Uber in Philadelphia in 2015. She wrote about her experiences in Philadelphia’s (now defunct) City Paper.

In Guendelsberger’s month on the job, she picked up a few tips and tricks that can help you make more money as an Uber driver-partner.

What the Company Tells You About Being a Successful Uber Driver

Guendelsberger’s training for UberX consisted of a 13-minute video that went over how to offer good service and receive five-star ratings from passengers.

The tips included opening the rear door for people, providing cold bottled water and having extra phone chargers on hand for passengers to use. The video also emphasized the importance of looking professional and even showed the star of the video selecting expensive ties to wear while driving people around town.

However, Guendelsberger found even more ways to cash in driving with Uber. Here are the strategies she recommends from her time on the job.

  1. Keep Snacks and Water Handy

When you’re going to be on the road for hours, it’s important to make sure you have everything you need to be comfortable.

Guendelsberger advises making sure you have snacks and water in your car — but not for passengers. She suggests keeping yourself well fed and hydrated while you’re working, so you don’t have to waste time and money on takeout.

  1. Know the Local Bathrooms

Scope out available restroom facilities in the areas where you usually drive. Guendelsberger emphasizes the need to find public bathrooms with free parking, which can be difficult to find in downtown areas. She found Whole Foods and suburban Starbucks to be some of her best bets around Philly, with free parking and unlocked restrooms.

Of course, every area will have different options, but make sure you know what’s around before you desperately need to use a restroom.

  1. Don’t Follow the Herd

Guendelsberger found she made more money by ignoring the recommended times and locations where demand for rides was likely to be high.

These are areas like popular morning commute routes, busy Saturday night bars and the stadium when a Flyers game had just finished.

She found she actually made more money by ignoring these hot spots. When drivers flocked to a recommended area, Uber’s surge pricing — premium prices based on a lack of drivers in an area — would decrease, meaning those drivers would earn less for each ride.

  1. Drive up the Surge Fares

To take full advantage of surge fares, Guendelsberger recommends gaming the system a bit.

She suggests logging out of the driver app before times you can anticipate surge fares, such as when the bars close. In Philly, she found 2 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. was a huge time for surge pricing as drinkers found their way home for the night.

She recommends logging out of the driver app around 1:50 a.m. or so, waiting 15 minutes and logging back in to take advantage of surge fares.

Logging out reduces the number of drivers in the area and drives up the fares. It also prevents you from getting a fare, at say, 1:55 a.m., and missing out on surge pricing.

  1. Don’t Drive Around Endlessly

Driving around in circles in an attempt to get to an area where Uber will ping you to pick up a fare isn’t going to do much more than add wear and tear to your vehicle, Guendelsberger found.

She recommends sticking to a central area and avoiding the suburbs if possible.

If you’re driving miles and miles to reach someone, there’s a good chance you’ll drive much further to meet them than you’ll wind up taking them. You can’t tell where a rider wants to go until you pick them up. This usually means drivers end up losing money on a far-away fare.

She also says if you’re driving a long way to pick someone up, they may get bored and cancel the ride or find another way to get to their destination.

  1. Don’t Chase Surge Fares (but If You Do, Try This Hack)

Guendelsberger found racing to a surge fare area never panned out for her. Other drivers would also head to that area, and the surge pricing period would be over by the time she reached it.

But she has a tip for those looking to capitalize on surge pricing: Log out of the driver app and log into the passenger app until you reach the surge area, then log out of the passenger app and back into the driver one.

Why does it work? Uber calculates surge fares based on the ratio of people with the passenger app open to the driver app in an area at any given time. This hack sways the system a bit, letting the app think you’re a passenger looking for a ride instead of a driver ready to offer one.

  1. Use the Uber Passenger App

The passenger app helps you take advantage of some features not available on the driver app. For one, you can see where other drivers are, which helps you select areas without a lot of competition.

For example, Guendelsberger was once at a stadium after a game and had a hard time getting any ride requests from the app.

She logged into the passenger app and found herself surrounded by other drivers. So she simply drove to the other side of the stadium and quickly got a notification for a ride.

She also found the passenger app to have more up-to-date information on surge fares than the driver app, which seemed to have a delay of a few minutes.

 

https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/make-money/side-gigs/make-more-money-driving-for-uber/

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    JaneElizabethNicolson
    16
     2 years ago

    Have barf bags available in your back seats.  Sure the company will pay for clean up but why go thru the hassle AND the smell!

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      breakingbread
      234 Rider Driver
       2 years ago

      I love those hospital ones that are circular and have the "hard, formed" top. Definitely worth the few bucks on amazon IMO.

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      DDominico69
      170 Driver
       2 years ago

      You say the company but the clean up fee goes to the passenger, right?

      Yeah, not looking to make a living cleaning up people's puke.  There's also the aspect of lost wage while I clean it out and drive around until the smell desipates. 

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        JaneElizabethNicolson
        16
         2 years ago

        I'm not sure but I get motion woozy so I grab the bags off the planes and leave them in the back pockets of the Uber's.  I think Uber drivers do a great job!👍

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          DimSumUng
          127
           2 years ago

          Is that why I couldn't find a puke bag on my flight when I hurled and embarassed myself in front of 260 people?!!!

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          Chelly
          76
           2 years ago

          That's so nice of you!

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      T-RabitDriven
      219 Driver
       1 year ago

      Right, but the barf bag is for your car protection not to raise ratings or make more money. 

      I grabbed a couple from a flight once. Keep it in the car. 

      BTW, it's surprising to me that this is what we drivers need to worry about and deal with. Do people in the real world, say driving in their own cars or whatever, really puke this often?

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    RedANT
    1067 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    I quit taking the article seriously on their first "RECOMMENDATION" of Keep Snacks and Water Handy.  The only one recommending that is Uber and Lyft, and certainly not the majority of drivers. 

    The only universal recommendations I would give are 1.  Don't give out freebies.  2.  Don't do pool/shared rides.  3.  Don't take low rating passengers. (I won't take anyone less than 4.7)

    All the rest will vary depending on where and when you drive. 

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      ShoebKazi
       7 months ago

      yes 100%, you nailed it.

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      MattParry99
      78
       1 year ago

      I am not a driver, but I no longer expect handouts at this point.  I rarely see them now.

      The big exception is UberBlack. I do expect or at least appreciate a better service such as a phone charger, water, mints, etc.

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    ce
    59 Rider
     2 years ago

    YES to knowing the local bathrooms lol

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      mboscorelli
      250 Rider
       2 years ago

      Why does knowing the bathroom allow yout to make more money.  That doesn't make sense.  Just pee in a bottle like every other driver.  More time driving.