Harry here. For a lot of prospective drivers, signing up to drive with Uber can be a big step. And if you’re looking to do it full time, there’s even more pressure. So today, senior RSG contributor Christian Perea shares everything he would have done differently if he had a second chance to become a full time rideshare driver again.
In 2014, I quit my job to become a full-time driver for Lyft and Uber. Since then, I’ve spent 2 years fully immersed in the sharing economy, giving over 6,000 rides to passengers in my car across 3 different cities in California. Obviously, a lot has changed in 3 years of Uber driving, but it seems like there are still a lot of questions and confusion associated with “getting started” as a driver.
I never thought becoming a full-time ride-hail driver would be as easy as Uber or Lyft advertised. In fact, I knew it would require all of the tedious bits of running a small business, and I was pretty sure that rates were going down in the long run.
So although I figured it would be tough, I had also always wanted to run my own business. Even if it was small. I really love cars, driving, and meeting strangers so when you combine those three things, you can see why I was so willing to take the leap in 2014.
So here’s what I would do differently if I started today…