Harry here. In general, I’ve found it better to work at night, especially weekend nights, because you can usually guarantee on bar hoppers and club goers to request an Uber or Lyft ride all throughout the night. However, not everyone can (or wants to) drive at night, so today, senior RSG contributor John Ince compares day time driving to nighttime driving to see which one truly comes out on top.
Uber introduced upfront pricing last year and within weeks, we started getting screenshots from drivers that showed huge differences between what the passenger was paying and what the driver was getting. We even wrote an article about these differences and provided screenshots of four examples.
To be clear, drivers have always gotten paid based off the actual time and distance of a ride, but Uber now quotes an upfront fare to passengers that will not fluctuate as long as the driver takes one of Google Maps’ recommended routes. So the driver gets paid what the meter runs and the passenger gets to pay what Uber quotes them. Uber has maintained that they lose money on some fares but make money on others and it all evens out in the end.
Upfront Pricing Ripe For Abuse?
Uber doesn’t have the greatest track record with transparency, and they are essentially saying ‘trust us, we promise not to take advantage of this system’. Around the time Uber instituted upfront pricing, drivers also started noticing a processing delay at the end of the trip. In the past, the payout to the driver would appear instantly on the screen but now it takes 1-2 minutes to show up. Drivers were paid the exact same way (based off actual mileage/time) before and after upfront pricing, so I see no reason that Uber would need ‘to process the ride’ unless they didn’t want drivers comparing their payouts to what riders paid.
This new delay made it difficult for drivers to cross reference their pay for the ride with the amounts passengers were paying, but we still get e-mails on a weekly basis from drivers who give a ride to a friend and compare the cost, only to see a large difference in what the passenger paid and what the driver received.
Harry here. It’s been a while since I signed up for Postmates and in that time, a lot has changed. Today, RSG contributor Dash Bridges switches allegiances and shares his experience about Postmates’ new sign-up and on-boarding (or lack thereof) process.
I’m going to be honest with you. After writing four articles about my DoorDash experience, I found it difficult to come up with a new angle to write from. Nearly on cue, Harry emailed me and said I should consider signing up for Postmates. In summer 2015, he tried Postmates and shared his experience, but a lot has changed since then so I wanted to sign up with Postmates myself and see what it was like.
Entering this experiment, my knowledge of Postmates was that it’s a service similar to DoorDash, delivering restaurant meals as well as non-food deliveries. You get paid on a per delivery basis, plus tips, PLUS additional money based on mileage. In talking to other drivers I’ve met on the road, most of them said you don’t make as much with Postmates as you do with DD. But just assuming that conventional wisdom doesn’t make for a good blog post. So, with no further knowledge, I began the signup process.
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Harry here. It’s easy to get caught up in the minutia of driving and dealing with drunk passengers but sometimes it’s good to take a step back once in a while. Today, senior RSG contributor John Ince shares the story of his treasure chest and how he uses it to reflect on his experiences as an Uber driver.
For most rideshare drivers, the income is the main show. It’s the primary reason we’re doing it and we define our success by how much we pull in at the end of the day, week or month.
But this can quickly become a grind. Whenever something bad happens on a ride, it will be blamed on us, and we sometimes take a hit in ratings. Traffic is in gridlock, it’s our fault. We swerve to avoid an errant vehicle, it’s our fault. We’re caught in a horrendous traffic jam, it’s our fault.
In the midst of all this bad stuff, it’s easy to become jaded and forget the more precious moments – the moments that provide rich connections with complete strangers. It’s nice to have a reminder of that now and then of the underlying humanity that unites us.
Last week, Uber’s President of Ridesharing, Jeff Jones, sent out an important update to Uber drivers across the country. Uber has professed that 2017 will be ‘the year of the driver’ and Jones was hired five months ago to spearhead those efforts.
According to Jones’ letter, he’s been spending time listening to drivers, answering customer support questions and helping drivers at Greenlight Hubs. When I first read the letter, my initial impression was ‘so what?’. I’ve heard this spiel from Uber before, and nothing Jones said in his letter is news to me or drivers in general. What was even more worrisome, though, was what he didn’t bring up in his letter.