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My Life as an Uber Driver Series: Leslie’s Diary

 

 

Uber Driver Leslie

We (here at Uberkit.net) understand that the everyday experience of an independent Uber partner journeying through the topsy-turvy word of ridesharing is an interesting one (sometimes). We understand that the to and fro travel everyday takes an Uber driver through various places and people – locking them in with another complete stranger (sometimes pleasant, sometimes awkward) for a significant amount of time, in their own small world (their car). This is why we have launched our series tagged: ‘My Life as an Uber Driver’. How does it work? Simple! We find interested drivers with interesting stories and use their tales in crafting something that interests you. We beg you to join us in this adventurous exploration; we pledge not to bore you for even one second, Enjoy!

 

[Today, we bring you a story crafted from the experiences of Leslie Lowdermilk. A former Uber driver from Austin Texas. She has left the business now to do other things that she considers fun, but she finds it important to tell us how it was and what it felt like while she drove for Uber. Enjoy!]

 

Here I was in my car, lamenting about the silence that had become the definition of my day. That day had not been the best of days. It was the kind where you sit and hope that the day would just repent and be born again. It isn’t always this way though; the great days came more often. On days like that when I got pissed and felt like it was all a mistake to have taken up the Uber driver’s job, I suppressed the thought by remembering why I joined. I remember how I got so deep in love with the idea of setting my work hours in any way that fits me, making so much money part time, and then my frustrations just flew away. Like I always did, I parked and was waiting to receive a ride request – a real good one. I was staring into the beautiful sky that covered Austin, Texas. Then my phone beeped, there was a ride for me. I was so happy and though it might change the day’s story but alas, it was a very short ride. For a minute I felt like going rogue on them like many riders would do and just decline the ride but my good heart did not let me. I got on the way, picked up this cute couple from downtown Austin and took them back to their hotel. We had a brief conversation.

 

I ended up dropping the ‘cute couple’ at a very nice hotel. You must already be guessing how I must have grumbled in my heart all through the trip since it was a short ride with a very low fare – probably around $5.50, but I kept my smile and stayed as warm as ever.  It was a pleasant ride but really nothing spectacular…or so I thought. The gentleman asked me if I could wait for just a moment – I said sure (believe the word ‘gentleman’ please). The couple spoke for just a moment before the woman walked into the hotel and the gentleman walked off behind the car. When he came back to the car about a minute later, I rolled down the window for him. He leaned in and put his hand out to me. He said, “Next time you want to take the night off, it’s on me.” And then he handed me a $100 tip. I was speechless.

 

I thought of saying ‘”thank you” but it seemed too small a way to show my appreciation for such a generous deed… and yes, I thought of saying it in UPPERCASE too. With tears in my eyes I looked at him and he got the solemn but strong message. He had no idea how his random act of kindness restored some of my faith in the goodness of humanity that night. Most passengers never tipped and when they did, it was not more than a couple of bucks. But for someone to have tipped $100 seemed too good to be true – I know you wish you had a story like mine. And so my day repented as hoped. My mood soon brightened and I concluded in my heart that Uber wasn’t a bad deal after all, it gave the opportunity to live your environment daily – learning and travelling a route you never knew existed and getting to meet beautiful souls like I just did. The money made me happy, sure. But the heart from which it must have come blessed me more than the money did. It made me remember the very best experience I had when a passenger turned friend. I picked her up from work one evening and drove her back to her hotel. She was in town for business for the week and I told her that if she wanted, I would be her personal Uber driver for the entire week, all she had to do was let me know when I needed to be where to pick her up and when she called for an Uber cab while sitting in my car, I’d be the closest one and would automatically get the ride. She liked the idea and for a week, I took her to and from work. One evening, I even took her shopping at Wal-Mart and she insisted that I leave the meter running. On her final night in Austin, she took me out to dinner.

 

I’m telling this story now from the future and I wouldn’t tag it a bad experience. Although I had to move on to something else for the sake of more fun, I remember those moments with a smile on my face. As I live the life I’d call perfect, doing the things that make me happy (like traveling to non-touristy places), being at peace with myself (no drama), enjoying the love of friends and family, cuddling with my kitties while reading a good book, my piece of advice to Uber is to raise the rates so that the drivers get paid more. Patrons are willing to pay more. I’ve heard them say so. They CHOOSE to pay more because they don’t WANT a “cabbie” experience.

 

At this rate, Uber is losing good drivers and getting people who are willing to work for pennies on the dollar, what they are getting is the bottom of the barrel – those people who act just like cabbies. I just heard the other day about a person who took an Uber cab and told me it was the most disgusting car she’d ever ridden in. You get what you pay for. YOU HAVE NO OVERHEAD – and you get what you pay for. Pay your “contractors” a decent wage and you will get people willing to work hard and give good customer service. It’s not rocket science.

 

And to every driver out there I’d just say keep your head up. I feel this is a trick by Uber to just get more sign-ups to boast about in a few months, I do not think it’s a permanent arrangement. Give the best customer service you can and something more – something the person will remember. If a tourist or visitor; give them a ‘secret treasure’ attraction (I always told people about the Museum of the Weird on 6th St. in Austin. But also respect those who just wanted to have quiet. Be polite, funny and pleasant. Be open and real.”

 

If ever you face anything that seems too much for you to bear, do what I did when I got laid off from my dream job – keep breathing. That way, better things will come around and more of your dreams will come to pass. I am Leslie, and this is my Uber Story.

 

The major storyline for this post was provided by:  Leslie Lowdermilk (from true life experiences)

 

Uber Driver Leslie

LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/leslielowdermilk

Personal Blog:  www.leslielowdermilk.com

Twitter: @lowdermilkl

Business page: www.solcatchers.net.

Compiled and Edited by: Ola John

 

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Other Ways to Make Money as an Uber Driver

 

 

 

An Uber driver has one of two primary motivations: Make money, or meet people. Uber drivers have an average per-trip rate that ranges anywhere from about $10-$15 depending on where you drive. One problem driver’s have (depending on your market) is the lack of a constant stream of rides (passengers). This blog post will provide you examples of ways to earn extra money as an Uber driver.

 

Money

1: Lease Out Your Car

For Uber drivers who have a day job or have free blocks of time, you should consider leasing/renting your car out. Renting your car out when you are not using it is another way to make extra money. For example, FlightCar.com lets you park at the airport for free,
and rents your car out to people arriving at the airport. Turo is also a good option. With Turo you can meet your renter at your place, the airport or another mutually agreed place. Turo’s fare estimator predicts that you’d earn $3,466 for renting out a $14,000 car for 10 days in a month.

 

2: Have Your Car Featured in a Movie

It might seem like a funny thing to suggest, when you are talking about making money. You still don’t think I am serious? Someone got paid $1,000 just to park a Ferrari on set. Do I have your attention now? Good.  An example of such a firm to contact is Movie
Time Cars
for those in New Jersey or movievehicles.com in Southern California. This option might be better for those with high-end vehicles since the amount you make depends on the value of your car.

 

3: You Might Want to Try In-car Advertising

Don’t say I told you so, but you might get to make a lot from rideshare advertising. Uber has come out to say that they will NOT ADVISE drivers to do this but they also added that there won’t be any deactivation on that ground. There are options like Vugo.  

 

Binoculars

4: Become a ‘looker’

I know the title is confusing, so I will explain it. There is a company called Wegolook. What they do is hire independent contractors, mainly Uber and other rideshare drivers to become inspectors who help their customers conduct 3rd party inspections or meetings with their customers .  (We are currently doing a case study with them, and hopefully we have some results to share with you soon!)

Tell us what you think, and your experience with the various alternative ways to supplement your independent contractor rideshare driver income! We would love to hear from you.

 

Become an Uber Driver

5: Uber Driver Referral

Through Uber Driver Referral’s you can make sometimes up to $300 for referring new drivers to the Uber platform. “But how do you get people to sign up?” you may ask. There are ways to maximize the Uber Driver referral opportunity and we will be taking you through a few:

 

Start a Small Blog of Your Own: Many drivers have created blogs and simply upload stories revolving around their daily experiences as an Uber driver. A few of them have used this to create a community of readers and converted a good proportion of these readers into Uber drivers who use their referral code to sign up. Also, WinWar allows you to build a custom Uber ‘signup’ button on your site (this is an easy an interesting way to get even more Uber Driver signup conversions, that will lead to more referrals). Note -In addition to the Uber affiliate program, a number of other affiliate programs also exist online which you can sign up for. See below for a list of affiliate marketplaces to search:

  1. bestaffiliateprogramreviews.com/
  2. becomeanaffiliate.com

 

One-on-One Conversations: What better way to refer people than by telling them how much you make, and how easy it is to become an uber driver. Consider printing out business cards with a custom signup link that you can share, if your prospect looks interested in becoming an Uber driver.

 

-by Ola John.

 

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Top Apps for Uber Passengers and Uber Drivers

 

 

 

A while ago, Uber released an API that would allow its on-demand ride providing services to be integrated into other third party applications. Since then, there have been a number of companies that integrated the Uber API into their apps and websites in order to enhance its performance.

In this article, we will go over a few of the top apps and sites that have used the Uber API to do the coolest things.

 

StarBucks

Starbucks

First of all is the Starbucks application. That’s right, the services offered original by Starbucks can now come with a ride to your closest Starbucks, as well as back to your home. The app’s redesigned version has featured the integration of an ‘Uber button’ which offers customers rides to their coffee shop. All you need to do is click the button, and then specify which Starbucks you want to visit. The Uber application then launches, making it very easy to hail a car to go and grab your favorite coffee!

IOS:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/starbucks/id331177714?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.starbucks.mobilecard&hl=en

 

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

The next noteworthy app/website that uses the Uber API is TripAdvisor. This particular app is one of the world’s most used websites when it comes to holiday planning, checking reviews of hotels, restaurants and more. Of course, when you’re on a trip, it is likely that you will not have your own vehicle, and will need to rely on public transport to get around – and what better transport system is there other than Uber?

Therefore, instead of having to continuously switch from one application to another, you can easily request your Uber right from the TripAdvisor application or website where you have your trip plan. This improvement, as little as it may seem, can make your trips a less confusing and bothersome.

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tripadvisor-hotels-flights/id284876795?mt=8

Android:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tripadvisor.tripadvisor&hl=en

 

Expensify

Expensify

Another application that has to do with traveling is called Expensify. This application provides live flight updates for any reservation and also creates an expense report for you. By incorporating the Uber API into the app, the app can now detect the exact time that you land and have an Uber driver waiting for you outside the airport, ready to take you wherever you want to go. This is an incredibly convenient improvement, as it eliminates all of the stress that comes with trying to get a ride to your destination or having to entire tiring negotiations with regular cab drivers.

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/expensify-expense-reports/id471713959?mt=8

Android: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/expensify-expense-reports/id471713959?mt=8

 

Open Table

OpenTable

This app is basically used for dinner reservations and the sorts. So, Uber being linked to this app will significantly help make date planning very easy for their users and also improves the accessibility of Uber. This is because along with reserving a table, you could also easily request a ride that will get you down to your favorite restaurant.

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/opentable-restaurant-reservations/id296581815?mt=8

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.opentable&hl=en

Website: http://www.opentable.com/start/home

 

Tempo

Tempo is a calendar app. The Tempo app allows users plan and fix their meeting on their phone. In addition to the aforementioned, they can request a ride to ensure that they do not run late for their meeting. This is definitely meetings-made-easy.

Update (as at December 21st 2015, Tempo was acquired by Salesforce and discontinued as a standalone app).

Tempo Website: https://www.salesforceiq.com/tempo/

 

WP Taxi Me

For Website owners, WP Taxi Me, is a website plugin that allows your website visitors order an Uber to your business directly from your mobile site. If you have a wordpress blog, you can also integrate with their plugin.

 

Kommen- Schedule an Uber RIde

Kommen App

Introducing our very own app for Uber Passengers. If you are not a particular fan of booking Uber rides on-demand and would rather schedule your Uber rides: The  kommen mobile app, allows users schedule uber rides up to 30 days in advance. It also allows its users schedule up to 5 rides in advance.  Now, in 3 easy steps you can schedule your Uber Ride.

Website: http://www.trykommen.com

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.kommen.kommen

 

Surge App

If you are an Uber driver constantly chasing the surge, and find it difficult to figure out where the next Uber demand surge will be, then try the “Surge App”, which is available on IOS.  With this app, you can track surges in multiple locations (anything more than 2 locations will require in-app purchases). You can also track surges for multiple Uber services (UberX, UberBlack, UberSUV, UberSelect and UberXL).

Website: http://www.surgeapp.org/

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/surge-surge-tracking-for-uber/id986581500?ls=1&mt=8

 

Uber Fare Estimator (RideShareApp)

If you are an Uber driver or passenger looking for a way to estimate a fare (if you have a start point and destination), a cool app/widget that was recently developed by Brett Helling is the “Uber Fare Estimator”. Take a look at it, and let us know what you think.

Website:  http://rideshareapps.com/uber-fare-estimator/

 

Apart from the discussed applications above, there are many more that have started to integrate the Uber API as well, but the nine* mentioned in this article are the top picks amongst them. By using the Uber API, applications and websites have increased their popularity while simultaneously making things much simpler for Uber users – it’s a win-win situation.

 

 

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Five Must-do’s for an Uber Driver as the Year Ends

 

 

Year 2016

Irrespective of how good the year was, we must give thanks to the Almighty; however, it is even more satisfying to say that you have lived WELL through another year. For the ordinary working person, the end of a year is mostly a time for holidays and vacations – a time to relax with loved ones. For an Uber driver, it is a time to work even more as Uber riders do more ‘moving-around’ during this time. Yet, it is an agreeable fact that, regardless of the way you choose to look at the end of a year, it is (just like the end of everyday) a time to reflect on the long months of labor.  This is why we have decided to provide you with a couple of tips to use to reflect on this past year. These tips will help ensure that you wrap up your year the right way, and start of the New Year with a bang!

 

Different Kinds of Money

1) Count Your Blessings – Do a Financial Check-up

Conducting a financial checkup is very paramount. You need to run your ‘purse’ through a series of test to ensure that it’s in good shape. As an Uber driver or Entrepreneur, this is even a more serious situation; placing your total revenue versus your car expenses, and other Uber related maintenance costs can help you quantify the profitability of your business for the whole year (Ask yourself the question, what was my true salary this past year?). It is advisable that going forward you inculcate the habit of keeping weekly financial records (if you haven’t already been doing this).

 

2) Ask Yourself the 3 ‘What’ Questions

Now, after going through the first step, you need to start asking important questions. Whether or not your financial test result was fine, you still need to ask yourself the three ‘what’ questions.

 

What worked for me this past year?

This question is basically as direct as it sounds. You just need to find out the working hours, the customer service approach, and the many other things that worked this past year. If you are lucky enough to have had a swell year, then this will help you focus and make even profit in the New Year.

 

What went wrong?

This is a question that allows you retrace your steps until you find the wrong one you took. Great year or not, you need to know your errors so that you can avoid them and make things better.

 

What Do I need for an Upgrade?

Now this is the big question. Asking yourself this question will help you find new ways to make your service as an Uber driver or Entrepreneur better or even reveal to you a more profitable way to invest your earnings.

 

3) Plan Ahead

Whatever you do, don’t stop planning. Many might deem it unnecessary and say: “all I have to do is just drive again next year” or “all I have to do is hire a new driver next year”. Well, you have to understand that you cannot do the same thing over again and expect a different result. So, get on and plan a better structure for the future – this is where you put the results from your previous steps into consideration.

 

Car Maintenance


4) Check Your Car(s)

As an Uber driver or Entrepreneur, your car is your biggest business asset, and can make the difference between a profit or a loss. The end of the year is a good time to do a full diagnosis (maintenance check) to ensure that your car is good to go for the coming year. As far as driving for Uber is concerned, the health of your car is of high priority.

 

5) Enjoy Your Holiday

After working for a whole year, you would agree with me that having a dinner at your place, with a few friends coming over to listen to some cool jazz music over a nicely cooked meal is not too much. You deserve to smile and to put a smile on a loved one’s face. Relax, and have some fun.

These are the few things you need to do before the year closes. It is, indeed, a good way to ensure that you open you start the New Year the right way. Once again, HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US HERE AT UBERKIT.NET

-This blog post was written by Ola  John.

 

 

 

 

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