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Drive for Uber or Lyft

by Ron P on May 24, 2015

in Drive for Uber/Lyft



I have been driving part-time for the ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft since around August 2014. I attempt to drive 12-15 hours per week.  Some weeks I don’t work at all.  I attempt to bring home around $1000 per month.   

My reason for driving for Uber and Lyft is pretty simple.  It generates another string of income for me. It also allows me to fund my other entrepreneurial ventures.  I also receive another benefit from driving.  I get to explore the great city of Austin, Texas and I get to meet the great people who reside there and the many visitors who visit the city.

I always get asked by my riders who been doing the ridesharing thing for awhile.  Which service do you like driving for Uber or Lyft?  I usually don’t have a great answer for them.

So I decided to dig a little deeper past the paycheck to see which service is better for the driver.  I drive in Austin for Uber and Lyft.  I signed up for Lyft first and later signed up to be an UberX driver. This article is based on UberX service only and Lyft which don’t have a feature distinguish between vehicles.

Process to Become an Uber and Lyft Driver

For Uber and Lyft you have to pass a background check which go back 7yrs.  The minimum age to drive for Uber and Lyft is 21.

For Uber and Lyft you drive your own vehicle.  Most cities allow vehicles that are 4 doors, year 2000 and newer.  With both companies you set your own schedule and get paid weekly.  For Lyft you get paid on Wednesday of each week. For Uber you get paid on Thursday of each week.  Both companies have direct deposit available.  

For each company your vehicle have to be a approved.  For Lyft you will meet with a mentor driver and they will inspect your vehicle, take a photo of you and answer any questions you may have.  For Lyft you will also take your mentor on a test drive so they can monitor your driving habits.  

For Uber everything is done on online.  All documentation is uploaded through the driver portal.

For Uber and Lyft you must have full insurance coverage on your vehicle.  Uber and Lyft has insurance policy to protect the driver and passenger whenever the Driver is in “driver mode”, which mean when you are signed in through the app in driver mode.

Driving for Uber and Lyft

Driving for both Uber and Lyft is a good way to supplement your income.  Here are some general comparisons for both services (UberX and Lyft).


There is an opportunity to make decent money driving, but there are many other ways to make money. One of the biggest ways is to refer drivers.  As of May 2015 Lyft is offering $350 dollars for each new driver you refer.  If you are a good enough driver, you may be invited to be a mentor which will boost your weekly income.

  • $1M insurance policy on drivers, covers drivers when the app is on

  • Guaranteed Prime Time Rates during busy times.  Driver can earn 25% more per ride

  • Drivers do not know destination and cost of ride before the trip

  • Driver referral signup bonuses ($350 as of May 2015)

  • Use almost any smartphone with most recent Operating System

  • Allows for passengers to tip

  • Drivers receive a daily driver summary

  • Driver hourly guarantees in some cities (up to $50 dollars per hour).  Must opt-in to receive guarantees.

  • Driver can receive Power Driver Bonuses for the amount of hours driven during a week

    • 30 plus hours = 10%

    • 50 plus hours = 20%

    • The amount is calculated based on your total earnings before commission

  • Driver receives 1099 at the end of year with detailed mileage report

Example of Lyft hourly guarantee:

Lyft Hourly2

Like what Lyft has to offer? Sign Up to Drive for Lyft here



You can earn more money with UberX but beware of the the competition for there are many drivers available in all markets.  Surge pricing allows you to make more during the surge times.  Also with Uber, driver referrals can be a huge source of income.  Do Not get a phone from Uber because they will charge you a $10 weekly Uber Phone fee if you drive or don’t drive for the week.  Use your own smartphone if possible.  Uber support is more responsive than Lyft support in the cities I have driven (Dallas and Austin).

  • $1M insurance policy on drivers, covers drivers when the app is on

  • UberX driver application is very simple.  The complete process can be done online

  • Surge pricing during busy hours.  Surge pricing can be very lucrative

  • Drivers can see surge pricing amount on the app

  • Driver hourly guarantees (up to $40 dollars per hour).  Must opt-in to receive guarantees

  • Driver referral signup bonuses ($500 as of May 2015)

  • Weekly driver summary report

  • Office hours – Drivers can get issues resolved face to face

  • Driver receives 1099 at the end of year with detailed mileage report

Example of Uber hourly guarantee:

Uber Weekend Guarantee

Like what Uber has to offer?  Sign Up to drive for Uber here


Who is best Uber Or Lyft?

Drivers will notice less competition with Lyft.  Drivers will make more money with Uber if the driver take advantage of the guarantees offered.

Drivers will notice some customers are passionate about Uber as a company or Lyft as a company. Some customers are loyal to only Uber or Lyft.  

Lyft seem to have a better driver culture than Uber.  Lyft will hold local meetups for their drivers at establishments around town.  Drivers can also join their Lyft Facebook Driver Lounge.

As a driver on the street.  The driver will not notice to much of a difference.  Both Uber and Lyft apps are good.  I tend to favor the Lyft app over the Uber app, but that doesn’t defer me from using the Uber app at all.  The reason I like the Lyft app more is because it’s more colorful.  Both apps are A+ quality.

Any additional questions about driving for Uber or Lyft.  Connect with me on Twitter

This post was meant to help you choose between Lyft and Uber.  If the team atmosphere of Lyft fits your style, sign up to be a driver here for Lyft.  

If UberX is your thing, sign up here to UberOn.  To maximize your earnings of a driver.  I recommend to sign up for both Uber and Lyft and use them to make the amount of cash you want to make.

For first time riders for Uber and Lyft. Get your free credits (Uber Code = swm4m) (Lyft Code = RONALD762). Just enter the code into the app the first time you take a ride.


Drive for Uber

by Ron P on May 12, 2015

in Drive for Uber/Lyft


UberIf you haven’t heard.  Driving for Uber is good way to make some extra money or even full-time money.  Uber is active in most of the US major cities.  


Uber is a ridesharing service that allow you to use your personal vehicle to get people to where they need to go, just like taxi’s have been doing for a very long time.


Uber started in San Francisco in 2009.  The company has expanded throughout the US and to 50 countries internationally.


With Uber you drive your own vehicle, set your own schedule, and get paid weekly.  With Uber you will make between 16-30 dollars per hour.  Most major cities offer hourly guarantees.  Check out a explanation of guarantees here.  


If you need something outside of the 9 to 5.  With Uber you do have the freedom and flexibility to drive whenever you have time.  You can set your own schedule, so you can schedule around the important things in your life.


Overall I think driving for Uber is a great option to supplement your income.  I know people who use Uber as their full-time job.  


Major events in cities like Austin allow drivers to earn thousands of dollars in just a few days.  I saw this happen with SxSW in Austin.


I’m an Uber driver.  I drive around 15hrs per week.  I’m going to be doing a case study on Uber.  Stay tuned for future post on my Uber case study.


If you’d like to sign up as new Uber driver, please consider using my my affiliate link.  If you have any questions about being an Uber Driver.  Please contact me.  I can answer any questions you may have.


work at home tipsOne of the greatest challenges of any home based business is bringing in customers. Unlike a physical storefront, with a home based business nobody is going to just "walk by" and make a purchase. You have to be proactive. You have to get your message in front of your customers. You have to draw people in. My Work at Home Tips for doing that is to use our resources available smartly.

Here are seven different ways to market a home business.

==> Method #1: Word of Mouth

This is one of the most common ways of marketing a small business. Start with your social circle and anyone your social circle knows. Deliver great quality work and let people refer other people to you.

This method works, but it's slow. You don't have much control over the speed at which you generate sales.

==> Method #2: Craigslist

For many service-based businesses, Craigslist is a fantastic tool. If you're a photographer, graphic designer, massage therapist, guitar teacher or any other kind of freelancer, Craigslist can send you a lot of traffic.

==> Method #3: Host Events

Creating events is a great way to build your brand name and build your credibility. When you create an event and put yourself in front of a room, people automatically assume that you know what you're talking about. As your event grows, so will your influence. Clients and buyers will come to you naturally.

==> Method #4: Search Engine Optimization

Try to get your website(s) to rank in the search engines for specific key phrases. This takes a lot of work up front, but once you're up in the rankings you'll be getting tons of absolutely free traffic.  I use the free tool Google Keyword Planner and I supplement that with Keyword Snatcher which gives you much more in depth keyword research.

==> Method #5: Pay for Web Traffic

You can make a lot of money if you're willing to spend a bit of money. Paid web traffic can be a great way to bring in more customers.

Popular avenues include Google AdWords, Facebook PPC, paid banner advertising and paid email marketing

==> Method #6: Partnerships

Look for other people in your industry who would want to partner with you. For example, say you teach a real estate investing course. You might look for real estate agents, estate planners and asset managers who deal with the same client base as you.

Do joint projects, joint events, joint mailings and other such partnerships to share your customer and contact base. You all win as a result.

==> Method #7: Email and Newsletter Marketing

Finally, start your own newsletter. Your newsletter can be in email format or it can be an actual printed newsletter.

Newsletters allow you to build a relationship with people over time. They'll come to trust you more and more as you consistently deliver quality content. People who would never otherwise become customers will eventually make the jump.  Aweber is the tool I use to create newsletters.

These are seven different ways you can grow your home based business. Customers aren't just going to come to you – you need to go out and get them. These seven tactics can help just about any home based business expand and grow their profits.  Check back often for more Work at Home Tips.


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