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What are ways Uber drivers make money besides driving?

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MingiPark1982
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 Posted 1 year, 3 months ago

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After 50 Uber rides, I finally ran into an Uber driver who had a sundry shop open in his car.  He sold water, gum, mints, head phones, charging cables, bags of chips, red bull, chapsticks, etc. etc.   

I asked the driver and he told he can do whatever he wants because he is an independent and the products have nothing to do with Uber, the company.  I don't know the legality of opening up a store in the back of a Toyota Camry, but with all legal stuff aside, what are other ways drivers make money?  What are cool things they can sell?

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    momof4
    7973 Rider Driver
     2 months ago

     I am not selling anything out of my car, putting a tablet in my car to play games that have a crap load of ads, or any other items. I think its tacky & unprofessional. If this is something that works for you go for it. I feel its not right but as long as you can make money and are comfortable go for it. I am uncomfortable putting a tipping sign or tipping container in my car but other drivers swear by it.  I think it depends which market you are in, the types of riders you pick up, and time of night/day you drive.

     For those that feel uncomfortable with tipping signs/containers try leaving a few $1, $5, and 1 $10 bill neatly out in the open where riders can see it. Had money sitting in a little cubby hole the other day for tolls my rider thought it was my tips. Put 10.00 in there and said, "here add this to your other tips". Going to try it again see what happens:) 

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      LockieTavish
      34 Driver
       3 weeks ago

      I also feel tacky but more so that I feel like I’m doing something illegals.  Like some drug dealer on a street corner. 

      “Here, I’m not a convenience store, but I bought some Snickers at Bjs and you can buy them for $3 each. You want some?”

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        momof4
        7973 Rider Driver
         3 weeks ago

        Most of my pick ups are business men and women although I do bar pickups on occassion at the Jersey Shore.  Business passengers want to work, make phone calls or take a nap on the way to airport. Some are up for conversation. Drunk passengers can be difficult enough let alone dealing with the cargo app. Then they would most likely eat it in my car and make a mess or puke. No thanks. If I was riding in a car the last thing I want to do is see advertisements. I buy things because I need them or want them not because some celebrity advertises them. I record all my shows very rare I watch live because I can FF through commercials. I get paid to drive people ftom point A to point B not to bother them with advertisements or cargo junk. This may be good in some markets, some people may like it. I just think its a nuisance. I dont like tipping signs, jars, boxes, etc... although some drivers swear by them. They make me uncomfortable and I would think many riders feel the same way. Of course these are just my opinions which dont mean much:)

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        LockieTavish
        34 Driver
         3 weeks ago

        I mean is it even legal. 

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          momof4
          7973 Rider Driver
           3 weeks ago

          Yes its legal. I dont think Uber and Lyft care. I dont think they alough signs or cars wrapped for advertising. Had a rider a few night ago who said there last Uber had advertisements all over the car about some sexual thing. They were shocked, thought it was funny, but were somewhat uncomfortable.

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      MickDorsey
      95 Driver
       2 months ago  (edited 2 months ago)

      What’s a cubby hole in a car?

      I’m the same way with how I feel about selling stuff or having a tip jar. Too much pride to stoop to those levels. Haha. Don’t mind an occasional $10. In cash. 

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        momof4
        7973 Rider Driver
         2 months ago

        It's "a small space". Under my radio is a little open spot (shelf/ cubby hole). $ was sitting in there for tolls. I usually dont leave cash visible but going to try it again. I just cant come to bring myself to put up a sign, a jar/container in my car. To me tipping is a choice (which I always do).  I want that choice not a sign telling me or asking me to tip. In my opinion its almost like begging. I am from the US so I am well aware of tipping etiquette. I understand some people from other countries may not know but if they live here I am sure they do. They just choose not to. I've had very few riders who were just visting from other countries. On the other hand if tipping signs are up anywhere they do not sway my decision or make me want to tip more or less. Was in a mini mart recently in NJ the person behind the counter simply rings up your purchase. They font sell  cooked or prepared food so not sure why they had one up. I dont feel if I purchase a 16...

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        It's "a small space". Under my radio is a little open spot (shelf/ cubby hole). $ was sitting in there for tolls. I usually dont leave cash visible but going to try it again. I just cant come to bring myself to put up a sign, a jar/container in my car. To me tipping is a choice (which I always do).  I want that choice not a sign telling me or asking me to tip. In my opinion its almost like begging. I am from the US so I am well aware of tipping etiquette. I understand some people from other countries may not know but if they live here I am sure they do. They just choose not to. I've had very few riders who were just visting from other countries. On the other hand if tipping signs are up anywhere they do not sway my decision or make me want to tip more or less. Was in a mini mart recently in NJ the person behind the counter simply rings up your purchase. They font sell  cooked or prepared food so not sure why they had one up. I dont feel if I purchase a 16oz bottle of water that deserves a tip. I tip at restaurants, bar tender, hair cut, basically people who are supposed to be tipped. I also will tip the AAA person who jumps my car or changes tire (they just got me out of a jam) and some (package, furniture  delivery people). Service industry, people who go above & beyond, or do that little extra to help you or make your day brighter:) Am I misding anyone? Oh of course Uber or Lyft drivers although I have only taken 1 Uber. I tipped the guy cash even though it took me 5 min to figure out he had no clue what I said and missed my drop off spot:)  

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    Uberserge
    1027 Rider Driver
     2 months ago

    We're not a mobile 7-11, come on UBER and Lyft, what else do we need to do other than drive pax around? Give $5 foot massages, we already play shrink listening to someone that we'll never see again. All for 60 cents a mile?

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      SidA-1
      29 Driver
       2 months ago

      Isn’t the idea that we need to try to boost the $0.60 a mile by whatever it takes? :)

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        Uberserge
        1027 Rider Driver
         2 months ago

        Nope, the idea is to drive people from A to B safely and that’s it. Other than poaching ever pax who gets in my car going to Lax and have business cards printed, I don’t want to sell anything in my car. If U/L didn’t cut the rates to 60 cents a mile, you wouldn’t be forced to peddle crap for money.

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      MolGoldberg
      29
       2 months ago

      I think in some areas, the demand isn’t as high and drivers have longer downtimes. and perhaps not  

      I do feel that Uber drivers are innovative entrepreneurs types. They’re independent and business minded. I actually find it cool that they seek for cool creative ways to squeeze revenue out of their days. 

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        Uberserge
        1027 Rider Driver
         2 months ago

        Yeah poach every pax as a private and pass out cards for your other business if you have one not selling candy or gum to a drunk.

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      regardingjessie
      4
       2 months ago

      I think you are missing the point. This is for drivers who WANT to do something extra to earn extra money. No one is making them sell things but if they happen to create awesome beer koozies and can sell them to their riders for extra cash then more power to them!

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    tdg54
    11 Rider Driver
     3 weeks ago

    Auto theft, bank robbery, and sometimes I babysit.

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      Uberserge
      1027 Rider Driver
       3 weeks ago

      Is that before of after baby sitting? 😆

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    WWBlueStuff
    263 Driver
     1 year ago

    Ooooh, I am not trying to be funny here.  Condoms.

    First hand experience as a driver. I've been asked by passengers MULTIPLE times for condoms.  It happens fairly regularly that I actually thought about carrying some and selling them.  I felt creepy so I never did it, but I mean, imagine the premium you can charge on those!!!

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      dShaperoMDM
      112
       2 months ago

      I’m sure you can charge premium for them too. Hornier they are, more outrageous the pricing. 

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        CharlieLazie
        101
         2 months ago

        I’m sure depending on the situation, people would pay $20+ For one. Just one condom. 

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      scotchyscotchyscotch
      33
       1 year ago

      Gross. Just make sure they know about the cleaning fee...

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    JMartensen
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     1 year ago
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      AndyMicka
       1 year ago

      Not yet available in Indy undecided

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        StuffinMuffin
        828 Driver Rider
         1 year ago

        Can't you just stock it with items bought at Costco?  Make everything one dollar, and you don't need some fancy app or payment method.

        ...or you can set up Square to take credit cards.

        I haven't looked into CarGo, but I am sure they take a pretty penny.  The problem about their business is that it's easy to copy and easy to undercut.

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    bettybop32
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     1 year ago

    Do something on the side like music, art, business podcast, etc that you can slip into convo with your pax. it will increase business making your Uber a moving sales pitch.

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      CrazyCrayons
      145
       1 year ago

      What a serious response in middle of others claiming to sell shoes and their bodies.  Hats off to you.

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    AngieKM169
    106 Rider
     1 year ago

    Sell weed.  

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      EricIngram
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       2 months ago

      🤣🤣 that’s gansta as fuck🤣🤣

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      EricIngram
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       2 months ago

      🤣🤣 that’s gangsta as fuck🤣🤣

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        JeremyLen
        29 Rider
         2 months ago

        You know this exists, right? At least it does now in Colorado. 

        It is called Blazed or something  

        And it almost makes sense. Lazy potheads having weed delivered. They covered this in Dave Chappell’s Half Baked movie. 

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    BGraft89
    614 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    VuGo.  In-vehicle video ads.  Genius.

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      chicago49
      253 Driver
       1 year ago

      You call it genius. I call it monstrous. For crying out loud can we just have one place without ads.

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        FuegoJuno
        125
         1 year ago

        If they are gonna have ads on the car, I feel like I should be getting something in return. Like a discount on the ride itself.  There has to be a cost for making money off of me.  

        Perhaps a negative rating?  I mean, how is it fair that my friends who happen to get a different driver NOT have to watch an ad?

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          iradiocoach
          24
           1 year ago

          Do you feel the same way when you go to a website, watch TV,  radio, ads are everywhere Including the website you're reading this on. LOL

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            FuegoJuno
            125
             1 year ago

            Yes, I do.  If a website, TV, or radio probably quality content, I am happy to pay for it with my time, i.e. watch their ads.  If the content is crappy, I just stop watching..  

            It's like if HBO or your favorite iPhone game.  HBO has no commercials.  Your iPhone game, if you already paid for it, you shouldn't see ads.

            With an Uber, I am pay for the service already.  I already bought the time, so they should turn off the ads.  At least give me a choice.

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        BGraft89
        614 Rider Driver
         1 year ago

        Yes, but not on cabs   

         but you can pay more for the ads/free freemium version of Ubers. :)

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      cheesehead
      512 Driver Rider
       1 year ago

      Uh, yeah, no. As long as my pax are paying for the ride, I'm not showing them ads.

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        BGraft89
        614 Rider Driver
         1 year ago

        The question is how much are they paying. 

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          cheesehead
          512 Driver Rider
           1 year ago

          Nope. I'm a professional. I don't bombard my customers with ads.

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            joeyj
            424 Driver Rider
             1 year ago

            Yeah until you don't have any customers anymore because they don't want to pay your high ad free rates.

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    AsStibelDude
    624 Driver
     1 year ago

    I have never looked into it, but I always wanted to wrap my car in advertisements.  What about those rooftop advertisements you see on NYC taxicabs?  

    Fulltime drivers drive like 50K miles a year.  That has got to be an effective form mof advertising.  Gotta capitalize.

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    regardingjessie
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     2 months ago

    Do you have any trades? Good at crafts? CD's? etc? I have seen drivers sell their creations before.

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    jbauer
    391 Driver
     1 year ago

    Well, drivers spend more time in between fares than actually driving passengers, so whatever they can do to kill a time has potential to be making money. 

    Write a book?

    Stuff envelopes?

    Write a blog?

    Knit a sweater?

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      Bigfrank
      420 Driver Driver Rider
       1 year ago

      Apply for Welfare...

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    JustSchmidt
    86 Rider
     1 year ago

    Fake vomits to collect cleaning fees. That how thy make extra money. 

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      Bigfrank
      420 Driver Driver Rider
       1 year ago

      That' because there are too many non tipping tightwads and you sound like one of them.

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      MattC
      44 Rider Driver
       2 months ago

      Maybe some drivers are getting back at riders for giving fake reports to Uber about drivers. Causing them to lose their job, hurt their families because now they cant pay their rent, put food on the table, or pay their utilities. All because dortbags want a free 10.00 ride.

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      ShadyPeteMD
      179 Driver
       1 year ago

      I saw one of these at a gift/toy shop in Maine.  It caught my eye because I knew of the driver scam to use this.  

      No, I didn't buy it.  Looks so fake.   wait, i mean, I wouldn't by it anyways, because lying is bad

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    chicago49
    253 Driver
     1 year ago

    If a driver tries to sell me something in his or her car, they get a 1 star rating. Sorry. I'm trying to go somewhere, not buy something.

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    lionfool
    219 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    Their bodies. Could be a nice way to drum up business.

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      bBerman81
      267 Rider
       1 year ago

      Oldest profession in the world.  Now mobile.

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    DimSumUng
    126
     1 year ago

    Shoes.  A driver tried to sell me shoes, a converse, once.  With a straight face too.

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    StuffinMuffin
    828 Driver Rider
     1 year ago

    Well, I am part time, so I have a full time as a software engineer "on the side."

    Do other drivers mind that?  I see so many fulltime drivers on this site.  so intense.  I just go out like 5 hours on the weekends so I can support my binging habits.

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      momof4
      7973 Rider Driver
       2 months ago

      Nothing wrong with that. I dont have a problem with part time drivers. Dont see why others should. I dont drive full time but close to it some weeks.

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    RelaxedRecliner
    57
     1 year ago

    I once had a driver who tried to sell me not one but two pairs of binoculars.

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      DrLao
      8 Driver
       4 weeks ago

      Do you have 4 eyes?

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    FlutterShy
    310 Rider
     1 year ago

    Many drivers hand out their business cards (especially the UberBlacks) so they can have people call them for rides.  This way, they don't have to pay the 25% Uber commissions.

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    SyedAli
    235 Driver
     1 year ago
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    RMaddox
    109 Rider
     1 year ago

    selling organs.

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      CasPer
      325 Rider
       2 months ago

      Wasn’t there a profession that involved organs from accident sites to hospitals? I swear i saw it somewhere.  They carry around a tiny cooler

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    Bigfrank
    420 Driver Driver Rider
     1 year ago

    He is a disgrace to all professional drivers and I wouldn' be surprised if he got carjacked .

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      momof4
      7973 Rider Driver
       2 months ago

      Big Frank Who is a disgrace?