How Much Money Can You Make as an Uber Driver?

How Much Money Can You Make as an Uber Driver? Tell us about yourself and how you got involved with Uber.

I am a mother of 3 wonderful sons who walked away from corporate constraints 6 years ago in search of more meaningful ways to live a balanced life. I’ve been fortunate to discover new ways of doing so interdependent of my soul purpose, my role as a parent and with my contribution to my community and legacy. In short, I am a writer and love what I do. I heard about how driving for Uber could be lucrative from a friend and since it was flexible and a good way to meet others I decided to apply.

How many hours a week do you work?

I typically drive anywhere from 10-18 hours a week. I may be increasing that to 25 hours here in the next few weeks.

How much are you earning from Uber? Do you get tips?

On average I earn between $16.00-$18.00 after fees and expenses are deducted by Uber. Occasionally riders tip me cash (though they are not supposed to) which brings my hourly up to .50+ per hour.

How long did the application process take?

I applied to the company on September 22, 2014 and was completely and totally approved to drive on October 3, 2014. The requirements were basic. A clean newer model vehicle, a clean and active drivers license, proof of active insurance coverage, and a clean background check.

What kind of expenses do you have incur with this opportunity?

Right now gas is super cheap so that totally helps! Outside of routine maintenance (oil change and tire rotation a tad more often since you are driving more miles) and of course the cost of cleaning the vehicle more often. I typically wash and vacuum my car every week now which costs about an hour in time and roughly $4.00 in quarters.

How Much Money Can You Make as an Uber Driver? What advice do you have for other women who want to drive for Uber?

Set your intention. Sure it’s a good way to make money but you are going to meet some interesting people in route who may or may not respect you as a woman, most especially if you are a woman of color. They could very well get in your car and say some pretty sexist, classist things and those things could offend and alarm you. Be prepared to compose a safety plan and keep your family and friends posted on nights you are driving. Reach out to Uber with as many questions as you have. The team is super awesome and normally responds right away. Maximize your earnings by sharing your personal ride code with groups and associations you are a part of. Aside from all of that look forward to being open-minded and hospitable, the you you would want to get a ride from.

Any other tips or words of wisdom?

Be ready to learn and explore, ultimately that is what ride sharing is really all about.

Read more about Tiffany’s Uber experiences at Introspektd.

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