Should I Drive for Uber? Discover the Reasons Why

Should I Drive for Uber? Discover the Reasons Why

Uber is the most popular ride-share service in the United States and across the globe. If you have watched any of their television commercials, they provide a very compelling pitch for why you should want to signup as a driver. After work, before going to the gym, and in between running the kids to soccer practice, you can quickly and easily earn real money by becoming a personal driver. Several years ago, I wrote an article called, The Pros and Cons of Becoming an Uber Driver. At the time, I shared my experience as an independent driver and real-world advice to become successful. To this day, I still have people asking me, “Should I become an Uber driver?” So, I want to share the reasons why it may be the right thing for you. 

The Best Reasons to Be an Uber Driver

1. You want a lifestyle that is not tied to 9 to 5.

If you go all-in, you can make a good living as an Uber driver. While there is a lot of hype about the flexible schedule you have when you are self-employed, you will have to work if you want to make money. Nevertheless, as a Uber driver, you will never have to miss another soccer game or school play. Moreover, you will not have to hope that your vacation time gets approved. If your goal is to work 40 hours per week, those hours can be split up in almost anyway, across the whole week.

2. You simply hate having a boss.

Some people have a hard time respecting authority. I am one of them, are you? There are just some people who want and need more control. It is a way for them to excel, work more efficiently, and thrive. Becoming an Uber Driver means that you will work independently, without some supervisor over your shoulder micromanaging everything you do, all day long. Further, many people become frustrated with corporate culture and politics. You can leave that all behind.

3. You want to control your own destiny.

This is really a big one. When you work in a more traditional job, someone else determines how much you can make and the number of hours you can work. If you want to buy something special for yourself or your spouse, that money is likely coming out of your regular pay, which means less money going toward your bills or savings that week. Working independently for Uber means that you have no limits. If you want to work extra hours to pay for a vacation, work all the extra hours that you want.

4. You desire the freedom to move whenever.

You are likely asking, “Don’t I have that freedom now?” For most people, the answer is “No”. Can you really just drop everything and move, even if it is just to the other side of the state? If you wanted to move from Pittsburgh to the Philadelphia area, you are not going to make that trip not knowing if you will be able to find a job. As an Uber driver, you can go back to work the same day. If it is a state change, you will probably just need to update your driver’s license and auto tags before.

How to Become an Uber Driver

There are several requirements:

  1. Are you at least 21 years old?
  2. Do you have at least 3 years experience driving?
  3. Do you drive a 4-door car or mini-van that is less than 10 years old?
  4. Do you have valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance?
  5. Can you successfully pass a background check? You will fail if you appear on the following:
    • National Sex Offender Registry
    • State Sex Offender Registry
    • Suspected Terrorist Databases

The next step is to visit the Uber driver sign up page. By clicking this link, you can qualify for up to a $200 bonus. This bonus is different depending on where you live. So you will need to click the link to discover what the reward is for your area. Additionally, In order to qualify, make sure the referral code tqs62 is in the “Invite Code” box.

Do you have questions? What haven’t I covered that is important to you? If you would like to discuss becoming an Uber Driver, or a related topic, please leave a comment below.

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xobe
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xobe

I am planning to invest a new car for Uber purposes and I think it’s worth because you are the one who’s going to manage your time. No Boss, no management, not even required for clocking in and out to get you paid every cut off. Uber trends positively and I am pretty much tired coming to office everyday. I think this is a long term good investment for individuals.

Timothy Alexander
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Uber does provide a nice opportunity who want to be their own boss, control their own hours, and have more freedom in their life. Thanks for adding your comments.

Constar442
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Constar442
You can say that for now xobe. But being an uber driver and operator also has its challenges. Its not that easy to drive long hours specially when you need to pay the monthly amortization of your car. I just want to share to you that I have a co worker who did drive for uber and even resigned. After almost 6months he gave up his car and now his looking for a job again. I am not discouraging you to do what you want. I’m just saying that its nice to be you own boss but remember that remember… Read more »
joey_2tep
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joey_2tep
I think that would be a good thing to start with. I just wanna share also that I have this friend of mine who came to my home with his brand new car and I asked him where it came from. He told me that he owns it and in fact , he has two more. So finally revealed that he was driving for uber. i don’t know how he started but what I’m saying is that he was able to manage it quite well somehow he got my interest of having conversation with him about how it works and… Read more »
kingcool52
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kingcool52

It’s a great opportunity but the problem with Uber is that they don’t seem to treat their employees well enough. The fact that till recently they did not offer paid sick leave is awful. The fact that they did not want to treat drivers as actual employees because it allowed them to get around certain laws is just awful. But if they do improve then it can be a great job. The fact you can work your own hours and be your own boss is just great.

Timothy Alexander
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kingcool52, I think I read in another comment that you are from the UK. So, I hope you understand my reply comes from a US perspective. I don’t know about in the UK, but in the US, Uber Drivers are not employees, they are independent contractors. This is an important distinction. It means the driver can make their own hours, decide how long they work, if they work, and even whether or not they accept an individual fare. Ultimately, this means they are self-employed. So, Uber is not required to provide the typical benefits guaranteed to regular employees. Essentially, by… Read more »
MizzLinn
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MizzLinn
I have considered driving for Uber as a single mum in dire need of a flexible schedule, but it seems the cons outweigh the pros for me. First, I do not have a car and access to car loans in my part of the world is a herculean task. That automatically means I will be a partner-driver and you really do not make an interesting income from this model in my location. My second concern will be ”city knowledge.” I have lived at my present location for over 6 years, but I do not know every nook, cranny and shortcut… Read more »
Haley
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Haley
I dont hate uber but I have my sympathy with the taxi drivers, in my country the true purpose of uber or grab was changed, correct me if I am wrong but it is supposed to be a car sharing or car pooling, right?, But here, it became like a taxi, and that is I think unfair since taxi have paid a high amount of money just to have franchise and uber or grab only pays a permit. Not sure but, is there an insurance for the passengers of uber and grab? I now in the drivers side it could… Read more »
Constar442
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The one to blame on the high price of franchise is the taxi companies. A franchise only cost about 10k pesos to 15k pesos per unit. but you need to have at least 10 units to apply for Taxi Operator. So, they buy lots of units and then register it for franchise costing 10k and then sell the franchise to small players for 350k for each franchise. This is the main reason why the transport regulatory board disallowed the transfer of ownership for the vehicle franchise.

hanseung
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I’ve always loved the idea of completing my own work on my own schedule, without a boss hanging over my shoulder telling me what to do and criticising my work, decreasing my self confidence on the daily. I’ve only ridden in an Uber about three times in the past two years, but every time, it has been a positive experience, and I wanted to join in on that. I have an appreciation for the drivers who start conversation to be friendly but don’t force it upon you if you seem to want your own space, and a separate appreciation for… Read more »
joey_2tep
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joey_2tep
The good thing about being an uber driver is you can create your own schedule and you can turn off the app whenever you want. You may have a real boss but you will be the boss of your own time though. Of course that means plenty of room for free time. You really get to decide how often you want to drive and earn money. In our country, there have been stories of passengers victimized by Uber drivers. One was maltreated, another one raped, and so on and so forth. And there some reports that some uber drivers get… Read more »
jaymish
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jaymish

Nice article. Definitely see the advantages of being self employed and having your freedom so to speak.In my country Uber is popular, but has many problems because when they first came into the market they lowered their prices and the other taxi firms, most of who had taken loans to finance their cars lost customers and money.

In my country Uber’s are owned mostly by Rich people and the majority can’t afford to buy a car especially as Uber has very high standards. Most people end up as Uber drivers and into employment again.Sad!

abidly
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abidly

I heard so many good things and success stories about UBER drivers and i was so excited about it as i would be more then happy to make some extra money as driver, so i tried to apply and i submitted my details and documentation, however, after submission sadly i discovered that it’s not available in my country. I still receive sms messages which keep requesting me to upload copy of drivers license and other documents, even if i have done it initailly, but there is no point. Hopefully one day soon it will be available in my country too

Constar442
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Constar442

We can blame the taxi companies on the hike of the franchise fee on taxis. In reality its just about 10k pesos. But you need 10 units to apply as an operator. So the taxi copmanies buy 10 units and then apply for franchise and then resell it for 350k franchise fee per unit. This is why LTFRB discontinued the transfer of ownership of the franchises.to avoid the selling of franchise and over pricing.

Conrado
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Conrado

Well if you are a single mom, It would be really hard for you. Although I know a lot of female uber drivers. But they are single or they have someone to look out for their child. With your problem with city knowledge, thats not really a big problem. I started with knowing just my daily route. I just mastered the use of a navigation app. In my case it WAZE. Its a big help.

Barida
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Barida
A friend that is quite good in driving registered for Uber when they started operation in Nigeria and it has been an awesome experience for him. I don’t know how to drive yet, but from the stories and the way Uber treats it’s drivers, I have to say that it is one of the best driving agency you can find around. Having to work on your time as an Uber driver makes it more exciting since there will be no pressure on any drivers to deliver any sort of target. Uber, I must say, has been one of the success… Read more »
michelle camo
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michelle camo

Nice and very informative article, I really like the idea of Uber, my brother is a driver of Uber and I’m so happy because he is now earning something to support his own family. This is one of the nest thing that happen to my brother so far and I as her sister is so happy for him as well because I know that with Uber he can now be a good provider to his family.

Martinsx
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Martinsx
Before considering being an Uber drive, I believe that the first thing one should take note of is the desire and comfortability that comes with any work you choose to engage in. When it comes to driving work, it’s true that you are your own boss as it’s stated in the article, you choose and decide when to work and how to work. That is very comforting. But there are some people that have issues with seating for a long period of time in cars or any transportation, I’m among such people. As a result of this, as much as… Read more »
icaola
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icaola

I have considered working for Uber before too. I mean being my own boss and working the time that I want/can? sounds fantastic!, but my honest opinion is that it’s also a little bit dangerous especially at night and if you are a woman. I guess that’s why I haven’t done it. I would love it if Uber would launch a ”women only” platform (driver and passenger) .
Also I would see this as a side job, a way to earn something extra, because it sounds very tiring having to drive for a long period of time every day.

Haley
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Haley
Still, my point is that they are both different. Taxi is still Taxi, and Uber is a car sharing service. It’s still unfair. I am not against Uber, I just want to emphasize how Uber is not operating the way it should be. And I don’t know that You need to avail 10 units just to be qualified as an operator, that’s actually the first time I’ve heard or read about that, and 10k?? I thought it was valued at least 30k up! It’s funny how cheap it really is. But, yeah! It’s true that the one to blame is… Read more »
Haley
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Haley
Still, My point is that they are both different. Taxi is still Taxi, and Uber is a car sharing service. It’s still unfair. I am not against Uber, I just want to emphasize how Uber is not operating the way it should be. And I don’t know that You need to avail 10 units just to be qualified as an operator, that’s actually the first time I’ve heard or read about that, and 10k?? I thought it was valued at least 30k up! It’s funny how cheap it really is. But, yeah! It’s true that the one to blame is… Read more »
rosebusiness8
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rosebusiness8
I have actually wished of becoming an Uber driver when I saw on the news that there is a female Uber driver, who drives full time. I very much liked the idea of having my own schedule and to always be on the go, aside from experiencing some traffic jams along the road, which I think would be fine with me since I am earning money. Haha. But on a serious note, I love the idea of not having a boss but being my own boss everyday of my life with the freedom to take a break whenever I would… Read more »
Dictator20
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Dictator20

This is all true. being a Uber Driver is a great Idea. aside from being your own boss, you are also the one who will choose what time you want to start everyday. Uber driving is also a great source of income. here in my country Uber Driver can earn up to 3000-5000 Philippine peso, or 75-125$ and also some uber driver receive some extra money from the tips of the passengers.

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