Last week I get start Drive for Uber. My city, Portland, is one of the last major cities in the US for Uber and Lyft, as a result of strict cab laws. I run a small business with my spouse, part-time, and am also a part-time stay home mom. My daughter is currently a teenager and my business is really secure, so I want something to keep me occupied during my free time.
I have tried affiliate marketing, house flipping and selling on eBay. Those home businesses all were OK but each had difficulties that left me wanting to try something different. Uber delivers the flexibility I need; I can work when I want and as often as I want, so long as I finish one trip per month.
I started blogging around Uber to find out what it was all about first. To do so I read posts and forums to find out what was up. There were a lot of folks complaining about low pay, especially in cities where the shuttle average has slowly diminished. We’re about at the middle for the price of living here too, so that might be the reason why.
Signing up was simple. I used a code from a friend so we both got a signing bonus. I took a photo of my driver’s license, insurance card, my city business license from my business as well as my car registration and I was done with the first part. I simply had to enter my checking numbers and tax ID to become paid. Next, I have to go down to the mall for a short, free inspection of my vehicle. For $5 they will give me the equipment I require:
- Phone holder
- First Aid Kit
- Fire Extinguisher
That is a really low hump to get over to receive my business going, especially considering that I had a late version 4 door auto already, that is all paid for. It is a Prius to boot up, and they are reported to be the most affordable new car on the market by Consumer Report.
I am a little worried I won’t be good at customer service. I haven’t done any since highschool. I also am worried someone will toss up in my vehicle. I purchased barf bags on Amazon.com with some credit card tips from my other business, but it doesn’t guarantee anything. Fortunately I can charge a detailing to anyone who does through Uber, although I am imagining my car won’t ever smell the same then.