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.
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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