Rideshare driving and other gig working opportunities are flexible, but they also pose some challenges as well. One of those challenges is often knowing when to drive and how to maximize your earnings.
However, as countless RSG contributors have shown, it’s possible that drivers can level up their performance with the right strategy, hacks and tips and tricks.
Since you have so much more control of your work, it makes sense that many gig workers want to make the most of their time on the app and not miss out on any money.
Solo is an app that’s helping a lot of drivers and gig workers uncover the secret element they need to ensure success on their platforms: data.
Also – keep reading or click the “Your Chance to WIN!” tab below for your chance to win a $100 gas gift card (4 winners total!)
- Solo’s app is designed to improve your gig worker performance and help you maximize your earnings
- All Solo users have access to mileage and expense tracking information and the leaderboard
- Drivers in Seattle, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Nashville and Atlanta also have access to Solo’s innovative Smart Schedule and Pay Guarantee
- Have you done the most trips in a single day in August compared to your fellow couriers? What about the most deliveries? Enter to win below!
What Is Solo?
Solo is an app for rideshare drivers and gig workers that uses data and analysis in a powerful way to help improve driver performance and maximize earnings. This Seattle start-up began with one goal in mind: to empower solopreneurs by providing the necessary data needed to help them earn more money in less time.
Solo uses a worker-first mentality after talking to thousands of workers and finding out that they find the unpredictability of gig work apps frustrating and a little scary. It’s no secret that app workers have it harder when it comes to finding the proper resources and processes to do their jobs efficiently.
Solo gathers various data points that you generate when you’re driving for Uber or Lyft, picking up for DoorDash, or doing any other app job. Then, Solo analyzes that data and provides actionable insights for you to start using immediately to become more efficient.
In 2020, co-founders Bryce Bennett and Keith Ng founded Solo. In 2021, the company received $5.3 million in seed fundraising dollars.
“When working with Uber, we got to see some of the key challenges app workers face which is knowing how to optimize their time,” said Keith Ng. “Everyone has an income goal and with Solo we’re trying to bring that same level of income confidence as someone with a W2 job.”
Other supporters include Fuse, Ascend, and our very own Harry Campbell from The Rideshare Guy.
What Does Solo Provide Drivers/Gig Workers?
Drivers and gig workers receive quite a few things when they sign up for Solo. First, Solo helps you automatically track your income, mileage, and taxes in one app. Tracking this data is important for workers, so this app definitely takes the stress out of tracking and managing it all.
“Small business owners have to think more about taxes so Solo allows them to sync up their accounts securely from the 15 to 20 platforms that we support,” said co-founder Bryce Bennett.
Solo also helps optimize your schedule by using community-driven pay predictions that they guarantee. The app uses your data to help predict when, where, and what job you should work across various platforms. It even breaks down income prospects by base rate, tips, bonuses, and incentives.
Solo’s Schedule Optimizer is available in Seattle, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Nashville and Atlanta but as Solo grows, this option will roll out to more cities.
This is ideal since most drivers are signed up with more than one app. Solo aggregates all your activity data to predict your best-earning times and days.
Solo’s Pay Guarantee Program
Solo offers a daily income guarantee in Seattle, Miami, Tampa, Nashville, Orlando and Atlanta. This means they use community data to show you how much you can expect to earn at any hour of the day during the week for your different jobs.
If you earn less during the day, Solo will pay you the difference and you can cash out at the end of the week – that’s how confident they are in their algorithm! To day, Solo has guaranteed rideshare and gig app workers over $1 million.
How does it work? You can take a look at the video below for more information, but basically it works like this: Use Solo’s Schedule optimizer to plan your app based work schedule. The Pay Guarantee Program provides a daily income guarantee based on this schedule. If you earn less than what Solo predicted, Solo will pay you the difference at the end of the week!
Learn more about how Solo works here: Solo is Offering Uber and Lyft Drivers Guaranteed Earnings
How is Solo able to offer this with confidence? It’s all based on the power of data! Solo is able to provide earnings predictions for the major gig jobs across each hour and day of week by using data and insights from the Solo community (i.e. people like you who use and download the app!)
This community-based data informs Solo’s predictive algorithm, which then shows you your predicted earnings by job and hour.
Can I Use Solo? Gig Work Platforms Supported by Solo
Solo supports all major gig work platforms, plus maybe some you haven’t heard of!
- Amazon Flex
- Task Rabbit*
*Not currently part of Solo’s Pay Guarantee Program
How to Get Started With Solo
To get started with Solo, simply download the Solo app (available on the App Store and Google Play). From there, you can fill out a short form where you can add your city, apps you work for, mileage, and hours you work per week.
Then, Solo will give you an estimate of how much more you can earn.
You can actually get a heads up on how Solo can help before downloading the app, by going to their homepage and using their Projected Net Increase calculator, but in order to access the savings Solo identifies, you’ll need to download the app.
Simply download the app on your phone:
Then verify your phone number and start connecting your accounts.
Solo integrates with many apps like Uber, Lyft, GrubHub, Instacart, GoPuff, and more.
From there, you can start tracking important data in real-time and using it to your advantage. Solo helps track and optimize your income and keep track of expenses, which will also help you prepare for taxes.
You can compare your hourly earnings with what others are making doing similar work.
What People Are Saying About Solo
Solo’s website claims workers make 20% more than other solopreneurs using the same gig apps. That’s a pretty big deal, but we always like to see what other workers are saying about the app.
Since Solo is newer, I haven’t run across many drivers using the app. However, the ones who did generally liked their experience. One driver commented that the Guarantee Pay was tricky for them since Solo only tracks your ‘active hours’ when you’re accepting trips.
Solo cleared this up by confirming that in order to get the guaranteed hourly pay, you need to complete at least one job per hour within a day. Jobs are defined as trips, deliveries, orders, and other activities depending on your app.
Here’s what other workers are saying about the app.
“I use it and it’s awesome! They already launched their pay guarantee in Seattle and it’s live in Miami now too. The guaranteed pay thing is legit and it’s almost like free insurance since you know that you will get paid what they predict. You just have to make sure you allow the app to track your miles while you work to qualify but this is helpful for tax write offs.” – Reddit User
“Solo is an amazing App if you gig drive. I’ve had it for a while now but never really used it until a couple days ago. Why I didn’t take advantage of it then is beyond me! I drive full time for 3 different platforms and this app is going to be a lifesaver. Documented mileage, tax info, weekly planner. Guaranteed pay! I’m so excited! P.S. Sailing and the Solo team really do a great job showing care, sharing information and making sure everyone feels welcome!” – Google App store review
Is Solo Safe/Secure?
There are so many apps out there these days, and it seems like most of them want your data. Digital security has always been important to me and I like to know what people are doing with my information. When speaking with the co-founders of Solo, I gained a clear understanding of how Solo works in this sense and the security measures the app takes.
The app doesn’t store your credentials and also has 2-factor authentication. Solo uses Plaid-level security and anonymizes your gig work data to produce community-driven insights.
For instance, you may want to know the best times to drive for Uber in your city. Solo analyzes and aggregates data from other users to produce these results to benefit everyone. So think of it as a small business assistant working in your best interest.
Coming up with all these insights manually would be a full-time job in itself so I fully appreciate the tech level of transparency Solo takes in terms of safety and security.
Takeaways for Drivers
Rideshare driving assistant apps are becoming increasingly popular these days, and with good reason. As a driver or gig worker, you’re an independent contractor and should have access to data such as your mileage, best times of day to drive, which apps to use during the day, and more.
Solo makes it easy to aggregate this data all in one place and use it to maximize your time on the road and boost earnings. Solo is also one of the only free apps that allows workers to do this easily.
Solo would be a great option for anyone driving for multiple apps, delivering items, and using other apps that integrate with the platform.
Get $15 when you download Solo and link your active gig work account(s) in the Solo app! Connected accounts must have a minimum of one previous job, be using the latest version of the app, and have a connected payout method (Venmo or Paypal) in order to qualify for the RSG X Solo sign-up bonus. Bonus amounts are subject to change.
Didn’t receive your bonus right away? Don’t worry—RSG X Solo sign-up bonuses will be processed every Tuesday for the previous week (Monday-Sunday). As long as you have your Venmo or Paypal connected to your Solo Wallet, Solo will send the bonus amount as soon as Solo verifies you have linked your active gig work accounts. Bonus amounts are subject to change.
Your Chance to WIN!
You asked and we listened! We are back with another nationwide competition for the month of August that both rideshare (Uber and Lyft) and delivery (Instacart, Spark, Shipt, Favor, and Cornershop) drivers can participate in! We’re awarding FOUR $100 gas gift cards this month to the top ridesharing AND delivering (parcel and grocery) drivers that have:
- Most trips in a single day in August
- Most trips total in August
- Most deliveries in a single day in August
- Most deliveries total in August
The winners in each category as of 11:59 pm Pacific time on August 31st will be awarded a $100 gift card to fill their gas tank. To be eligible for the competition, contestants must be a Solo user (free to sign up!) and have a linked Uber, Lyft, Shipt, Cornershop, Spark, Instacart, and/or Favor account linked in the Solo app to qualify.
Applicants can enter between 12 am PT on August 1 and 11:59 pm PT on August 31st Eligibility
Contestants become eligible for the competition when they sign up for Solo using the Solo mobile app (available in both the Apple & Google Play stores) and link their gig accounts.
Solo’s app, insights, and tools come with a 14-day no-purchase needed, risk-free access period as well as a first month free once a subscription has been selected. The user’s gig work accounts must remain connected to Solo’s platform through August 31st at 11:59 pm PT to be eligible for the competition.
How it Works
When users sign up and link their gig accounts with Solo they are sharing their past and ongoing work data with the Solo platform, which enables them to access personal income insights, automated mileage tracking, expense tracking, and optimized schedules (“Smart Schedules) for their jobs and city. Because this information is pulled directly from their gig work apps, we are able to accurately and objectively select the winners in each category.
How Winners Will Be Selected
Most trips or deliveries in a single day this month
- Grocery/parcel: most completed deliveries across or on a single app in a single day (12:00am-11:59pm local time) between 8/1/22 through 8/31/22
- Rideshare: most rides given in a single day across or on a single app (12:00am-11:59pm local time) between 8/1/22 through 8/31/22
Most trips or deliveries total this month
- Grocery/parcel: most completed deliveries across or on a single app total between 8/1/22 through 8/31/22
- Rideshare: most rides given in a single day across or on a single app total 8/1/22 through 8/31/22
How Winners Will Be Rewarded/Shared
The four winners will be pulled on the morning of September 1st based on the criteria above. They’ll be contacted on Tuesday, September 2nd, and asked for a photo, quote, and permission to share their first name and city (to be announced on Wednesday, September 3nd via email and social channels). Winners will have the option of receiving a $100 payout in their Solo wallet or having a $100 gas card sent to them.
A single user can only win once this month, so in the instance that a user tops the leaderboard in more than one of the competition categories, the runner-up in that category will win.
The winners of our Solo x RSG competition have been announced! They are:
-Samuel from Seattle who earns the most per hour at $39.47/hour
-Kevin from Ocean City, MD who has given the most rides at 25,035
-Anonymous from Miami, FL who’s earned the most at $270,725
- I no longer work with Uber, but did before — can I still enter the competition? Yes!
- Is Solo selling my data? No.
- Does Solo cost anything? No. Solo is free for users through the end of May, 2022!
- All Solo FAQs can be found here.
Have you heard of Solo? Would you try it?
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