Harry here. As rideshare drivers, we’re actually considered business owners, but what does that actually mean? In some cities, it could mean you have to pay a license you never even knew about. Today, senior RSG contributor Christian Perea covers how business licenses could become a nightmare for us drivers, and how Uber is actually helping us fight it.
Whether you realize it or not, every rideshare driver in the country is technically a business owner. And if you’re a business owner, you also need to get a business license. However, most drivers aren’t aware of this requirement or haven’t felt the need to get one since nobody really enforces it, until now.
Uber and Lyft don’t require a business license when you sign up to drive, but some cities like San Francisco are starting to mandate that each rideshare driver get a business license and (of course) pay a fee for it. The process is slowly turning into a privacy nightmare for drivers, and it’s possible that other cities may follow suit since it’s such a large potential source of revenue.