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Uber Review

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So what is the big deal about Uber? Quite a lot! This late in the game and with as much publicity as they get, you’d think every person knows what Uber is and what they do. We see ads in our commercials, in posts and ads on social media, and often hear others speaking of his-her experiences with Uber as a rider/passenger.

Uber has been compared to taxi cab services and other transportation companies, but I believe they stand out among their competition. I have personally been an Uber passenger, and have also been a cab driver, but if I had to compare the two transportation services, I’d choose Uber every time.

Uber started off as a school project a group of college kids were working on to help in improving the transportation issues facing Californians. Much like Facebook creator Mark Zuckerburg, these students created a multi-million dollar organization with a small idea to solve a big problem.

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What Uber didn’t realize was the potential to take their small idea on a national level; they found that many cities were having similar transportation issues and their services were needed in more areas than they were aware. Though it started in California, Uber is now used in more than 200 cities across the country.

Uber took it’s business model to the next level by creating a virtual transportation company that handles all transactions online through their Uber app, which is available on Itunes and Google Play. Once users download the app, they set up payment information through payPal, bank account, or credit card. Once you’ve set up payment options, you open the app and it will find your location (through your phones internet connection and GPS). By doing this the user will be connected to the closest driver in the area. I have never waited more than 15 minutes for an Uber ride, and that was because it was my driver’s first day. 🙂

If you think that sounds good, what would you say about becoming an Uber driver and earning a whopping $17 per hour to work on your own schedule? Uber not only hires drivers, but they also partner with specific car dealerships to obtain the best deals for new drivers who need a vehicle. (eligibility requirements apply to financing) There are certain requirements that will need to be met to become a driver with Uber and they are;

  • A vehicle less than 10 years old
  • A clean driving record and driver license
  • Car insurance
  • Clean background check
  • Drive your own vehicle
  • Smartphone or Uber device needed

 

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Drivers not only get paid 80 percent of their ride fare, they also get paid weekly into their PayPal or bank accounts. There is a feature within the app to rate the driver, as well as a rating for the passenger so other drivers will know what type of passenger they’re dealing with.

So Uber is an organization that has opened up countless opportunities for freelancers to earn money on his-her own time, and with his-her own vehicle. Win, win? Well, let’s look further to see what other aspects should be examined. After all we are discussing an IBO and what it would require to run efficiently, and its sustainability.

If you don’t already have a vehicle that meets Uber’s standards but still want to become a driver, the next step would be to contact them regarding their finance partners. I am unsure this option would be the best for most freelancers. If you already have a vehicle that would meet the standard, you’d still have to be concerned with mileage added and wear and tear on your vehicle. Let’s examine the pros and cons to establish the viability of this opportunity;

Pros

  • You work on your own schedule
  • You are not required to carry cash
  • There is safety in background checks for drivers
  • Weekly pay
  • Possibility to earn $300+ per week part-time
  • You drive your own vehicle
  • Accept or decline fares as you see fit
  • You can use your cell phone to locate fares

Cons

  • Driving your own vehicle causes wear and tear plus added mileage
  • Any repairs needed would be your responsibility
  • Vehicle inspection required which could cost you hundreds of dollars
  • You must pay for your own gas. This can get expensive depending on how often you drive.

There will always be pros and cons to be weighed with any opportunity. It’s necessary to compare good and bad aspects so you will know what could possibly occur and what you might do once they did. I obtained some feedback from other Uber drivers to let you access for yourself whether or not this opportunity would be worth examining. I found the best feedback on Indeed;


uber driver

 Driver (Current Employee) –  Dallas, TXApril 7, 2016
great way to make money in-between jobs uber also help me get a brand new Toyota corolla to drive in. I pay weekly for it and I get paid
every week.  

  Don’t Do It!
Driver (Former Employee) –  DenverApril 5, 2016
this is the worst run company in the history of US companies! They are so decentralized and dehumanized that they are dysfunctional. As long as you drive for them, shut up and smile and go along with whatever nonsensical business plan they devise, all is fine. The minute that you speak up, or something does not go their way, “poof” you’re gone! I mean gone, with no say in the matter and no one to plead your case to. I drove for the evil empire for over a year. We had a bad storm in our town one week and I went over the prescribed number of hours recommended by the PUC. Not a violation mind you, just an internal guideline that UBER put in place. Not tested or validated in any way that I could see. I was immediately deactivated from their platform. I visited the local office and got a bunch of smoke and mirrors BS from a very incompetent staff. The people that work at the local office, from what I’ve gathered make GOOD money. They are the dregs and rejects from the tech industry and landed a position that pays them well. They’re not about to mess that up. I was summarily deactivated, my email account, driver account everything! I don’t believe UBER owns 1 telephone. So not having your e-mail account, good luck trying to get in touch with anyone at a corporate office or an HR office to plead your case. This is the biggest bunch of BS I’ve ever seen. I’m not a sour grapes drive, this is just an unjust crock of !&*! I did over 3,500 rides and maintained a rating of 4.8….not an amateur or chump by any measure. Pure BS company.
Pros
No Free Lunch
Cons
No Free Lunch

 Trading value in your vehicle for cash
Uber Partner (Former Employee) –  Cleveland, OHApril 1, 2016

The money is not all that great, I figure I made a 16% profit after taxes and depreciation. Basically trading value in your car for cash in hand. Not a great deal.

What bothered me the most was the driver assumes all the risk. You don’t get paid for driving to pick up location. More times than not, you must wait for the rider. Uber would tell me I shouldn’t wait, but if I didn’t I would up waiting for my next ride, and driving to a new location. You could drive 15 minutes, wait for 5, then your rider only goes down the street for a minimum fare. You make $2.80. Definitely not worth it. If traffic is bad, that means fewer rides for your time, or less money. You get a ticket, it’s all on you. Let’s be honest, the more you are on the road, the greater the chances of getting a ticket. I don’t know what would happen if I was ever in an accident, quit before that happened.

You never meet a coworker, you can find them on online forums. I suggest you visit one before starting. Drivers there are very bitter.

I did like meeting people. Rarely would I have a bad rider. That was the best part about the job, getting our and meeting people.

Uber is always looking for drivers, it is because most drivers do not last a year. I believe it is a major flaw in their business plan, the partners are not successful. Mind you I was in a small market, drivers in large markets may have a completely different experience.

Pros
Meet cool people, work your own hours
Cons
Money not good, you assume all risk

  It is a good experience
Driver (Current Employee) –  Dallas, TXMarch 29, 2016
I don’t have any complain. Very organized, proactive, they care for you as a partner.It is a good experience, enjoy every moment.

  Waste of time
Driver (Former Employee) –  Bakersfield, CAMarch 27, 2016
Don’t drive for Uber. You will average less than minimum wage and put a lot of wear and tear on your vehicle. Dealing with rude and intoxicated people is not pleasant either. Uber does not limit the amount of drivers in each city therefore you are competing with other drivers for ride requests. The demand for rides is not enough in Bakersfield to achieve good compensation. Uber always gets their 20 percent cut so they do not care about how much each individual driver is making. If you drive for Uber in Bakersfield you will be greatly disappointed. You have been warned.
Pros
Make your own schedule
Cons
Too many to list

 Worst experience ever!
Driver (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles County, CAMarch 19, 2016
Never, never, NEVER drive for UBER!!!!!
Below minimum wage, and that’s driving full time in West LA Folks, got ride after ride…but when you break it down, it doesn’t add up.
For get UBER and just get a stable gig.
Pros
LOW PAY
Cons
LOW PAY

 Flexible work hours are the ONLY good thing about uber!
Partner Driver (Current Employee) –  Knoxville, TNMarch 18, 2016
After driving for uber for a month it became pretty clear that there isn’t much money to be made. I averaged about $10 per hour including tips, BUT then you subtract taxes, gas and vehicle wear & tear and its more like $7. The rates are too low and customers are always saying how cheap it is compared to a cab, like 25-50% less in my area! It’s crazy that I’ll get a fare 25 minutes away, drive there, then they only want to go a couple miles, get paid $2.50 then drive back to my regular area. So for an hour of driving I net about $1.00!!!!!! uber COULD be a great thing but they need to allow drivers to geo-fence an area they will go. uber will not last much longer if they don’t raise their rates to fairly compensate drivers, as of now most drivers wash out in a few months I hear. And although you can work when you want, its most busy in the evenings and on weekends. Sorry uber, you are not a sustainable platform and will be gone within a year.
Pros
Work when you want, meet people
Cons
LOW pay, vehicle wear and tear, gas cost, insurance liability questionable

 just something to do till find other employment
Driver (Current Employee) –  Co Spgs, COMarch 16, 2016
A typical day at work is driving……… meet nice people, thats about the extent of work driving long hours back and forth across the city.
Pros
Can work when you want
Cons
long hours

 good part-time job
Uber Driver (Current Employee) –  Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MNMarch 8, 2016
good part-time job picking up customers and dropping them off at their destinations i make my own hours
but i have to deal with customers that are really intoxicated at times
Pros
good money great hours
Cons
i have to use my car

Making your own hours are great but getting your total payout?
Driver (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILMarch 8, 2016
Transporting customers all over Chicago and surrounding suburbs
is a great way to meet people while learning new ways of getting around.
Management okay I guess but when assigning customers on share rides they
have to remember what type of car is being used. I do wish that my payout would
be accurate this is a regular, and lets face it that why we work for our money!
As for coworkers never come in contact with them.
The hardest part of the job is getting the right pay, motivating yourself
to just get out there and the gps not going out.
Pros
Work when you want
Cons
you have to watch what you spend, it cost money to make money, not to mention the
ware and tare on your car. Making sure your payout is right

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4 Comments

  1. I’ve often wondered about Uber. Glad to find your review. Also, I noticed your ad for GoodRX prescription cards–they really do save you a lot of money–at least at Walmart Pharmacies.

  2. Hi Audra, Very informative and thorough review of Uber. I’m thinking of joining Uber and have actually started the process. I drive a truck that has a crew cab, do you know if that is an acceptable vehicle for an Uber driver? Thanks!

    1. Hi, Stuart. I’m unsure, but I do know the vehicle must be a 4-door. I’ve only seen and heard of drivers who own SUVs driving for Uber. Why not shoot them an email and ask before you apply? Thanks for stopping in today. Come back soon. 🙂

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