Uber has created a lot of buzz world wide since the start up a couple of years ago. Wether some see it as a positive or negative, they have drastically altered the transportation services. Uber was founded back in March of 2009 in San Fransisco, California. I’m not really here to give you a background of Uber but how much money you can actually make with them.
Most Uber drivers work there because it’s a decent way to supplement their income. I do think it’s a pretty good way for college students to get around their bills and making connections in the world.
Uber drivers make a lot less than what Uber advertises on internet. They have many ads claiming you make $25 an hour which is just not happening. This article will show you a realistic approach to make money as a driver for Uber.
How Much Do Uber Drivers Really Make ?
Going on their 8th year and now with over 160,000 drivers, it’s obvious there is money to be made. You can’t expect drivers to be working free, if there are that many drivers then somehow there are drivers making decent money at the minimum.
As you can see below , you can make money but this is due to driving a lot of hours in Miami and late at nights (10 pm till the early morning) .
While those numbers look good just know that the average comes out to anywhere around 8 to 13 or 14 an hour. It’s going to take the place of a regular job plus all the cost it puts in your car might not be worth it.
When I first started with affiliate marketing, I did Uber to cover my cost at a part time basis. I just knew that it wasn’t too sustainable as my car won’t endure all those miles driving 50 to 70 hours a week.
After taking out the expenses you really only make about 2/3 of your actual payout. It’s still not bad but it’s things you have to take into consideration.
Uber send out a report that they can’t really speak on the salary of drivers because they technically don’t employ these drivers but they still have very strict requirements unlike Lyft.
They are just an app that connects drivers with potential clients. It’s a way to extract themselves from any issues that may pop up.
Complaints About The Downtime While Driving
Now this isn’t something that happens with Uber only. Lyft drivers experience this as well, it’s impossible to be making money all the time while logged into the app.
This tends to happen in smaller cities as there are less clients. In Miami, if you stay around the downtown area you shouldn’t be waiting too long for a passenger. The most i’ve experienced has been around 20 minutes but that was after getting the time of the good hours to work.
If you go to do Uber in the middle of the day you want be as successful as late at night it’s just not going to happen. I started working these hours and honestly, I was probably making $50 for like 7 hours of driving. The moment I changed it up to the night my average jumped to the $15 to $20 an hour average.
If you are to do Uber then I recommend you sign up to lyft as well to decrease the downtime and ultimately making more money per hour.
They also have Uber eats which i’ve also tried out and will give you my thoughts but let’s look at the car requirements before we continue.
Car Requirements For Uber
Here are the driver requirements at the minimum to drive for Uber.
- Your vehicle must be 4 door (manual transmission is accepted).
- Must be 21 years old (some places 23 ).
- Driver must be insured in the car insurance.
- 3 years driving experience at least.
- Pass background and have clean driving record.
- Pass car inspection as well.
You cannot drive a salvage car with Uber.
Being A Driver For UberEATS
Delivering food instead of driving people around has been more popular. Some people don’t like having strangers in their car so this is a good alternative.
when you log into the app you will get a request to pick up from so and so restaurant then you’ll be given a location to deliver to. It’s pretty simple honestly. I liked it more than driving people around ! This is probably due to the fact that I like working alone though lol
The vehicle requirements are much simpler for UberEATS as any vehicle will do except in some places where it will be more along the lines of Uberx . To be on the safe side, research your current location.
Also, the age requirement is only 19 years old with car minimum year of 1996.
One thing I enjoy is how you can have people in your car while doing UberEATS. You can’t do this if you are giving rides.
My Experience Driving With UberEATS
The claim is that you will make $10 to $20 an hour on average. When I did UberEats I drove in the mornings, started around 7 am and would come back to my house at noon.
In that time span I would average around $60 to $80 ! That’s not bad, it comes out to $12 – $16 an hour plus the distances weren’t too far. I drive in the Doral area in Miami and had pretty good results.
I still do it when I have nothing better to do as it get’s me out and about. I been told that from noon to 3pm is actually even better because people tend to spend more on lunch than breakfast.
I personally like just working the morning and being done for the day. Try it out and let me know your results !
My Verdict On Driving For Uber
From my experience, I made around $10 to $16 an hour but my average was $12. This isn’t suppose to be a full time job everyone. This is a way to supplement your current income not replace it.
Some people will run away because of the cost but most of it you are paying already. You already pay insurance but be aware that when you tell your insurance that you drive for uber your insurance will go up. It won’t be a lot but it’s something, mine went up $30 a month.
You will have to take care of wear and tear yourself, be sure you check your car constantly. I would advise you don’t use a high mile car or a very old one.
Also, if you have a 4 cylinder car then you will see more profit. I had a 6 cylinder chrysler 300 and oh man, I wasted a lot of gas. Have you driven for Uber ? Let me know what has been your experience or if you have any questions.