I’ll be honest, the main reason why I started driving for Lyft was for the money. I’m obviously passionate about the future of peer to peer ridesharing but what really motivated me to sign up as a driver was the pay. I don’t ever plan on driving 8 hours a day but it’s pretty cool to be able to turn on the app whenever you want and make a little extra money. I’m getting kind of old too so taking a Friday night off and making a couple hundred bucks sounded a lot better than a massive Saturday hangover.
My First Ride
My first ride happened on a Wednesday a few weeks ago when I was on my way home from work. I was running some errands near a large shopping mall and I figured what better time than now for my first Lyft-perience? Within a few minutes, I got a buzz and I was en route to pick up my passenger. Everything went pretty smoothly although I forgot to give him a fist bump when he came in and our conversation was a little awkward (his fault, not mine haha).
My ride ended up right next to a Trader Joe’s so I hopped in and got some stuff for dinner and my first day of Lyfting was over just as quickly as it had started. I know most people might find it odd to do only one Lyft and be done but it was the perfect way to dip my toes in the water. I wasn’t sure how much I made but I guessed it was anywhere from $5 to $10 since it was only a 10 minute, 2.5 mile ride.
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The next day I got my daily digest and saw that I had made $7! Not a huge sum of money but it was pretty cool to get paid for basically driving to the grocery store on my way home. I was pretty nervous too on my first ride so I drove very cautiously, missed a couple lights that I easily could have made, etc. I could have done that route in about half the time and made close to the same amount. That’s when I realized the potential of making some serious cash with Lyft. [Read more…]