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Tips For Becoming a Successful Uber Driver

 

As an Uber driver, making money is imperative; this is the ultimate goal for offering rides to passenger as an Uber driver. This goal will likely not be achieved if you aren’t maximizing your opportunities as an Uber driver. To become a successful Uber driver, you have to practice steps to profitable ridesharing. This will ensure you get the most out of being a rideshare driver. There are so many other ways you can earn more money on the go besides cutting down on your expenses. You just have to be willing to do the work. In this post, we will explore top ways to earn more and become a successful Uber driver. Successful Uber Driver

 

Tips for becoming a successful Uber driver

 

Do some research

Every city is unique; and it is important to identify high traffic areas. These include areas where people are looking for taxis to aid commute. It is also important to know the times when you are likely to have more people requesting your service. This way, you don’t drive around aimlessly hoping to get matched with a possible passenger. Drive when it is worth it.

 

Driver ratings

When a rider is happy while riding in your vehicle, the probability of getting good ratings and tips is very likely. Keeping your car in good condition is instrumental in having a successful Uber business. No passenger will be happy while sitting inside an unkempt car. Once you drop a passenger, it is important to do a quick sweep of your car before picking up a new passenger. Clean the floor mat in case the previous passenger dragged in dirt or mud; check your seats for stains and keep forgotten items out of sight.

 

Chase those surges

Surge pricing is necessary to get drivers on the road at times when they would rather be resting or just not driving. These times are usually during rush hour, during huge events or when unfortunate incidents occur. Charging higher fares in a situation where demand exceeds supply is just basic Economics. Also, charging higher when you have to spend hours in traffic to transport a passenger is to be expected. This a great way to make more money.

 

You can take up a side gig

Driving alone might not make you earn as much as you desire. There are period of inactivity or lulls when you aren’t receiving ride requests. Why not take up side gigs during those lulls? There are various side jobs that can fit into your schedule. On the top of our list are delivery jobs. You can deliver food for UberEATS, GrubHub and DoorDash. You can also deliver for Amazon Prime. Take advantage of off-peak periods and earn more money on the go.

 

Use tools at your disposal

There are many tools you can use to make your rideshare experience seamless. These tools include apps and equipment that will improve your Uber business as an Uber driver. This is why we at Uberkit.net have spent a lot of time doing our research on the top apps for an Uber driver, and we have compiled them into one list.  See the post here.

 

 

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Uber and Cargo Partnership to Feed You On The Go

 

Despite the setbacks Uber has experienced over the years, the company continues to introduce innovative ways of providing exceptional service. In June 2017, Uber launched the 180 days of change to improve driver/partner experience. Now, Uber is partnering with Cargo to help drivers make more money by selling confectioneries and other items during rides.

Cargo is a start-up company that targets rideshare drivers by turning their vehicles into a unique version of a convenience store. This Uber and Cargo partnership will see drivers in San Francisco and Los Angeles pick up Cargo boxes from Uber Greenlight hubs. These Greenlight hubs are Uber’s driver support locations around the city. Uber and Cargo Partnership

 

How does the Uber and Cargo Partnership work?

These Cargo boxes are filled with snacks like protein bars, gums and others. Other tech accessories like chargers and ear phones can be found in these boxes. These boxes are placed in the center of the vehicle’s console, visible to passengers. Cargo gives these items plus samples to Uber drivers for free and the drivers earn attractive commissions on each purchase made by passengers.

Right now, riders can only pay for items via the Cargo app. To buy an item, identify what item interests you and scan the QR code on Cargo’s mobile site. Once the item is duly paid for, the Uber driver will give the item to the buyer.

“Through partnerships with major brands like Kellogg’s, Starbucks and Mars Wrigley Confectionery”, Cargo is able to offer these items for free to drivers, Uber stated in a press release.

 

What it means for Uber drivers

To take advantage of this Uber and Cargo partnership, interested Uber drivers must have a rating of 4.75 at least and also be very active on the platform. Cargo is offering the following incentives to drivers:

  • $1 per order (even on free samples)
  • 25% commission on retail sales
  • Free product shipments
  • Referral bonuses
  • Tipping option available and payable to drivers
  • Drivers are paid twice every month

 

What we think

As an Uber driver, having supplementary income is always a welcome idea. Now drivers do not have to rely solely on ride fares; they can earn more money while riding by becoming expert salesmen. The awesome part is that you don’t have to go looking for customers as they are already riding in your vehicle. Hopefully this program spreads to other cities so that eligible drivers can earn more on the go.

 

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More About Uber EV Champions initiative

 

It’s no longer news that Uber is changing the way it did business previously. With a change of management came a new business strategy that is “focused on organic growth—growth that comes from building the best products, services and technology in the world, and re-building our brand into the mobility brand that riders, cities and drivers want to support and partner with.” Uber’s CEO made this statement when he announced Uber was selling its South-East operations to fierce rival, Grab.

Now, the rideshare behemoth has announced a pilot program designed to encourage the use of electrical vehicles. The Uber EV Champions initiative has launched in over six cities in the U.S namely San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin and Montreal Canada. In a blog post announcing the pilot, Uber’s lead on sustainability and environmental impact Adam Gromis reinforced the company’s commitment to facilitating “reliable transportation for everyone, everywhere and making our cities more efficient and less reliant on personal car ownership”. Uber EV

 

More About Uber EV Champions initiative

This program was first piloted in Pittsburg and Portland and its success prompted pilots in other cities. The Uber EV Champions initiative will reward Uber drivers in different ways when they switch to electric cars and offer rides in these cars. As a driver, you stand to be rewarded either in cash or via other incentives as an EV driver.

The initiative wants to deliver at least 5 million EV rides in 2019 through Uber drivers/partners. Uber will be partnering with leading electric vehicle (EV) adoption experts like Association des véhicules électriques du Québec, Canada, Electric Mobility Canada, Plug-in America (PIA) and others.

 

Uber Drivers/Partners Adoption of Electrical Vehicles

According to Uber, many Uber drivers have expressed interest in offering rides with EVs but are worried that the limitations of driving EVs will affect their earnings. EVs have to be charged during the day at some point. Also, some EVs can’t do the miles that fuel-powered vehicles can do and identifying charging points across the city may affect valuable work time.

To assuage these concerns, Uber identified proposed the following solutions in-app:

  • Access to EV education and resources: Driver/partners will be given up to date information on all resources, incentives, discounts, and programs they can use to their advantage in their cities.

 

  • In-app features built for EV drivers: Uber drivers will receive in-app support that will notify them when they need to charge their cars. The long trip notification feature will be of great help to EV drivers.

 

  • Advocacy for shared-use EV drivers: Using EVs for shared rides will be a great way to spread the news for the widespread adoption of EVs.

 

Conclusion

Customers who match with Uber EV drivers will be notified that they will be riding with an EV. This move will help sensitize customers about the need for a greener environment. To make it easier for drivers to charge their cars on the go, Uber will be partnering with public utilities companies like Portland General Electric to create charging networks for drivers. We look forward to the worldwide adoption of EVs in the nearest future.

 

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Jump: Uber Bikeshare Service Launches in Germany

 

It is no news that Uber has experienced push-back in most European cities. The company has encountered protests from traditional taxi drivers in countries like France, Denmark, Germany and Italy. In some cases, the rideshare giant had to pull its services out of countries like Bulgaria and Denmark.

Now, it seems Uber is trying to make its way into the good graces of European cities. Uber will be launching its newly acquired bike sharing service, Jump in Europe starting with Germany. Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi made this announcement during a conference in Berlin where he stated,” “I want this to signal a deep commitment to Germany”. Uber Bikeshare

 

More about Uber’s acquisition of bikeshare service Jump

Uber acquired bike sharing service Jump in April 2018. Techcrunch reported that details of the acquisition were shrouded in secrecy but the final sale price was close to the tune of $200 million. While explaining reasons for the sale, Techcrucnch also reported that Jump CEO, Ryan Rzepecki stated that both companies (Uber and Jump) shared similar visions and goals. The sale will help Jump attain the company’s vision quicker and at a more global scale.

Although Jump’s employee will be joining Uber, the company will function independently as a subsidiary. Jump’s red bikes are a popular fixture in cities like Washington and San Francisco. They can also be found in campuses and corporations. Now, the bikeshare service will be reaching its goal of spreading to Europe.

 

Uber bikeshare service in Germany

According to Verge, Khosrowshahi announced plans to roll out electric bike rentals in Berlin by the end of the summer, with more European cities to come. These electrically assisted red bikes will provide riders with a cheap and convenient way to ride.

 

Conclusion

The Uber bikeshare launch in Germany is hardly a novelty as the country is already saturated with other bike share services like nextbike, Mobike and ofo. However, this is good news for consumers who now have different services to choose from. Also, competition will invariably lead to cheaper prices for riders. It’s good to see Uber making steps to regain lost territories.

 

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All About Uber Debit Card Reward Program

 

Driving with Uber is one way you can earn more money.  It affords flexible hours and a chance to make good money on your own schedule. Uber drivers are matched with passengers once requests are placed. Payments for rides are effected in-app in most cities. Uber also accepts cash payments in specific cities like India, Lagos, Nairobi and many others. As an Uber driver, your final pay at the end of the day depends on the following factors:

  • Trip fare – This is calculated based on the time and distance of the trip
  • Commission – How much commission Uber takes off each ride fare
  • Booking fee – Uber collects this from the rider on your behalf. This is used to cover the costs of insurance and safety features. It doesn’t affect your fare
  • Tolls – If you had to pay toll at any point during the ride.

Your earning per ride = Trip fare + Tolls.

Uber drivers are paid either via direct deposits to their banks accounts weekly or through the Uber Instant Pay option that allows drivers cash out up to 5 times a day. However, you are charged $0.50 for every time you cash out. Also, every Mastercard, Visa or Discover U.S. debit cards associated with traditional checking and savings accounts are accepted when you use them on Instant Pay.

Another option for cashing out with Uber instant pay is by using the Uber debit card. The Uber debit card links to a business account setup through Uber’s partnership with GoBank. Cashing out with the Uber debit card does not incur a $0.50 fee; however, it involves all of the responsibilities that come with having a checking account. Uber Debit Card

 

More About the Uber debit Card

The use of Uber debit cards is not limited to Uber drivers alone. UberEats drivers and other Uber delivery drivers can make use of this debit card. Now, drivers stand the chance to get discounts and cash-back rewards. You stand to gain 3% cash back at Exxon and Mobil gas stations, 1.5 percent at some other gas stations, 8% cash Back on Sprint monthly services payments and purchases at Sprint corporate retail stores or online, 2% Cash Back at Walmart and so much more. Visit here to see all participating merchants.

According to Uber, You must enroll in the Rewards Program before you can participate in the Cash Back Program.  You will earn cash back on qualifying purchases made with your Uber Debit Card.

To sign up for a new card

  • Login to the driver app
  • Go to the Rating tab
  • Tap Driving Rewards
  • Select Uber Visa Debit Card
  • Signup then wait to receive your card

For existing card holders

  • Login into your GoBank account
  • Accept the new terms and conditions either online or via the GoBank app.

 

Please note only the use of your Debit Card or Card number to purchase goods or services is a qualifying purchase for the Cash Back Program.

Conclusion

Uber drivers operate as independent contractors and hence, do not enjoy employee benefits. This reward program will go a long way in reducing drivers’ operational expenses So far, there are no draw backs to the program. However, if the cash back percentages can be increased, drivers will be able to save more without expending all their earnings on expenses incurred while driving.

 

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Uber Services: All About UberHIRE

 

By disrupting the global transportation sector, Uber introduced a simpler way to commute without the hassles of traditional taxi hailing. There is a reason why the rideshare behemoth continues to dominate the transportation industry; and this is not just because it’s a pioneer in the rideshare industry or the impressive number of drivers signed up under the Uber service.

Uber boasts a plethora of services that not only carters to different segments of the society but also to unique needs. The UberX, UberXL, UberPOOl and the UberBLACK (to mention a few) are some of the Uber’s services designed to meet different needs. Uber remains a force to be reckoned with due to its continuous ability to evolve while introducing new variants of rideshare.

Now, Uber has introduced a new service called UberHIRE in a few select cities like Dubai and India. This service is a first in rideshare,  designed to meet the needs of people who want to use the service like it’s a personal car. This service is an extended trip option designed to meet your personal or travel needs for a day. UberHIRE

 

So what is UberHIRE?

According to Uber, “UberHIRE is a time-based service that allows you to request an Uber and keep it with you, for multiple stops.” This service allows you to request a car on-demand for 3 hours extending all the way up to 8 hours. Unfortunately, you can’t schedule this service yet as it is only available on demand for now.

 

How does it Work?

With UberHIRE, you can meet up with back to back meetings, run personal errands throughout the day, great for inter-city business travel and so much more. The service will also match you with drivers that have high ratings and use newer car models. To use the service, you will be required to pay a minimum fare that will last you the first 3 hours, then you will be charged a per minute or distance fare. The great news is that there is no dynamic pricing with UberHIRE.

 

To request:

  • Open your Uber app
  • Scroll to the UberHIRE view, set your pickup location and request your ride
  • You will see your driver’s details along with the details of the car
  • At the end of your trip, your total fare will be calculated based on the distance and duration of your trip
    • A helpful tip is to Input all of your planned destinations in advance. You can always update your stops during the trip
    • Agree with the driver on where the meet-up point will be
    • Collect your driver’s phone number

 

Fare

In India, you will be required to pay a minimum fare of Rs.749 in cash to the driver at the start of your trip. This minimum fare covers the first 3 hours. You will then be charged a per-minute fare of Rs.3 after the first 3 hours have been exhausted.

In Dubai, you will be charged to pay a minimum fare of AED 300 at the start of your trip. This minimum fare covers the first 3 hours. You will be charged a per-minute fare of AED 1.67 after the first 3 hours have been exhausted.

 

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Uber Markets: Tips for Driving in a Mid-size Market

 

Driving with Uber is a great way to make flexible income. You dictate your own hours, choose the Uber service that bests suits you, and earn money on the go. In whatever Uber city you choose to operate in, you can be successful. Many argue that driving in a small – midsize market is not profitable for many reasons that range from stiff competition with other Uber drivers to less ride requests. You should know that these challenges are not peculiar to small or mid-size markets. Large Uber markets also face these challenges.

As an Uber driver, driving in mid-sized Uber markets come with their own share of challenges but this doesn’t mean you can’t be successful. In this post, we will review tips to help you be successful in a midsize market.

 

Tips for driving in mid-sized Uber Markets

 

Take on other driving gigs

This tip is crucial. During lulls while working, you can switch to doing fast deliveries for restaurants or even delivery companies. Ubereats is a great example. You can also sign up to deliver for Amazon Flex, Postmate and Grubhub. These are great avenues to also earn money on the go. Uber Markets

 

Learn about your city and routes

It is expected that as an Uber driver, you should have great knowledge of the routes in your city without relying a great deal on maps. This knowledge is a must-have for every Uber driver. This way, you do not spend valuable time in traffic when you should be accepting and undertaking other ride requests. Take the time to learn about alleyways and shortcuts around busy areas. This way, even if you get into traffic, you know how to get out of it fast.

 

Research big events dates

You do not want to miss out on these events as they are prime money making days. Learn the dates for big concerts and events at the stadiums, huge conferences and sync your calendar with these dates. During these events, you can make multiple drop offs and earn good money. Church days are also great days for making money. Find the big churches in your city and always position yourself to pick up congregants at the end of the church service. Universities and business districts are also prime spots to find passengers who require your service.

 

Be strategic about your hours

It will be unwise to spend all your time on the road even during slow days. You will end up burning your fuel and putting your vehicle through stress. This will only help you incur unwanted expenses. If driving for Uber is a part time gig for you, then you should maximize your hours. Learn the best days to earn money. For some cities it could be the weekend; while for some others it could be the morning or evening of weekdays. Find out the best days to earn money and stick to it.

 

Above all, keep track of your earnings and expenses

As an Uber driver, you will have to bear the cost of car related expenses like fuel, car maintenance, insurance costs, car depreciation, and other maintenance related expenses. This is why you have to track your earnings and expenses. This way, you get to know if your daily hours are worth it compared to your expenses. You will also have to decide if to work more hours or not. Learn how to cut your expenses as well so you don’t spend all your earnings on driving related expenses.

 

 

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Our Favorite Uber Driver App Features

 

Uber hasn’t always enjoyed a great relationship with its drivers in the past. Drivers have staged protests in various cities, protesting perceived injustices like rate cuts. In the last few years, Uber has been rocked with various scandals that saw the resignation of its previous CEO, Travis Kalanick. In a stunning about face, the company changed its focus to its drivers. To help improve driver experience, Uber introduced the Uber 180 Days of Change program in 2017. The rideshare giant introduced many new Uber driver app features including friendlier acceptance rate policy, setting arrival times, 6 driver destination filters per day, phone support and many more. Uber Driver App

In this post, we will review our favorite Uber driver app features

 

Our Favorite Uber Driver App Features

 

The Driver Profile

I love this feature because it allows riders learn more about their drivers. This feature will allow Uber drivers build a profile that will publicly display personal details about themselves in-app for riders to see. These details include previous compliments given to you by riders, your hobbies, how long you have been on the platform, how many trips you have taken and so many more.

 

Real Time Earnings Tracker

Track your earnings in real time right from the app with this feature. Once you sign into the Uber driver app, the real time earnings tracker sits at the top of the screen of the Uber driver app. See how much you have earned at a glance as the feature gets updated after every trip.

 

Uber Long Trip Notification Feature

Now with the Long trip notification feature, Uber will provide a notification on the driver’s accept screen any time there is a long trip. Although long trips are a plus for drivers since it means more money, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, drivers do not want to take long trips either because they are rounding off for the day or simply not in the mood. When you receive a new trip request, your Uber Driver app will notify you if the estimated trip duration is a long one, so you have the flexibility of planning your time in advance.

Just below the estimated time to arrive at the rider’s pick-up location, you will see a [Long Trip] notification if the estimated trip duration is going to be a long one. Uber will indicate the estimated minutes or hours it will take to complete the trip. If the trip will last about an hour, the Uber app will display 40 minutes – 1 hour. This will help the driver know if to accept the request or decline.

Please note that rejecting a long trip will not attract any penalties.

 

Uber Phone Support

Now, Uber drivers can contact Uber by phone whenever they need help or have a question about driving with Uber. According to Uber, “We’ve heard from driver-partners everywhere that you’d like the option of contacting us by phone… We want to be there for you—whether you’re on the road or off. So thanks to your feedback, we’re introducing 24/7 phone support” the company stated on its website.

The 24/7 phone support is available within the Uber Driver app. It connects drivers with a live support agent within minutes and issues are quickly resolved.

How It Works

  • Open your Uber Driver app
  • Tap Help
  • Tap the blue phone icon
  • Tap Call Support

 

 

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How To Become A Successful Uber Driver

 

The advent of Uber has precipitated an avalanche of mixed reactions in various industries. The transport industry for instance has witnessed an influx of varying models of rideshare. People have become empowered by signing up as rideshare drivers. In Egypt, it is recorded that the number of driver-partners added to the platform had increased to about 2,000 weekly. Successful Uber drivers are emerging and growing.

If you have a car registered on the Uber platform as a driver, you get to drive on your own schedule and be your own boss. It is safe to say that Uber has empowered people who are interested in partnering with the rideshare giant in various markets. On the other hand, residents can now ride in comfort at affordable rates induced by fair competition between rideshare companies. To become a successful Uber driver is not a given. It takes self-will and working smart.

In this post, we will review some tips to help you become a successful Uber driver.

 

  1. Drive efficiently Successful Uber Driver

This is very important especially in busy markets. It is expected that as an Uber driver, you should have great knowledge of the routes in your city without relying a great deal on maps. Maps are not always accurate and you can spend valuable time trying to navigate out of a way one way street. Don’t be afraid to ask for directions (not from your passenger so you don’t appear inefficient). Also learn to do a quick research of your destination by looking at Google maps or your Waze app. This way you can anticipate what streets to avoid. Learn to use U-Turns rather than driving various blocks to find the right street. Remember time is money and any successful Uber driver should maximize it.

 

  1. Drive carefully but smartly

Speeding through traffic can make you vulnerable to road accidents. Speeding can also make your passenger annoyed and give you low ratings. It’s also important to drive within the speed limit to prevent attracting speeding tickets. To be a successful Uber driver, you have to limit your expenses and paying fines and car repairs will only cut into your earnings.

 

  1. Take advantage of weekdays

I know most Uber drivers believe they make more money during the weekend but this shouldn’t always be the case. Weekdays can be an avenue for earning good money if you know what you are doing. Mornings of weekdays means driving people to work and the evenings for driving passengers from work. Position yourself in locations where people don’t mind riding an Uber to work. In between the morning and evenings, you can also position yourself in busy areas and business districts so you can drive those attending meetings. Just don’t overlook any day.

 

  1. Offer great customer service

When you are polite to your customers, you not only get tips but you just might snag 5 star ratings which are always a good thing.

 

  1. Know when to take a rest

I understand the need to put in long hours so as to earn a lot of money. However, it is important to get adequate rest and also know when to take a break. There is no point tasking yourself till you breakdown. When you are ill, this means you can’t drive or earn money.

 

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