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    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.

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    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 $250!

    Quick summary:

    • 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
    • Do you think you’ve completed the most trips ever? What about earning the most out of all your driver peers? Are you the best hourly earner out there? Your chance to show off and 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. 

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    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!

    • Doordash
    • UberEats
    • Grubhub
    • Postmates
    • Uber
    • Lyft
    • Instacart
    • Shipt
    • Amazon Flex
    • Spark
    • Roadie
    • goPuff*
    • Wag*
    • Task Rabbit*
    • Favor*
    • Cornershop*
    • Dolly*

    *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.

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    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:

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    Then verify your phone number and start connecting your accounts. 

    Solo integrates with many apps like Uber, Lyft, GrubHub, Instacart, GoPuff, and more.
       

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    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. 

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    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!

    The Rideshare Guy has teamed up with Solo on a nationwide competition to see which drivers have completed the most rides ever, have earned the most of all time and who is the most efficient earner of all time (by hourly rate)!

    Could that be you? Here’s how to win:

    How Winners Will be Selected

    • Most Completed Trips All Time | Sum of all completed trips across all category types — uberX, uberXL, Comfort, Uber Green, Uber Pet, Uber Black, SUV, LUX, Taxi, WAV & any other 
    • Most Earnings All Time | Sum of all earnings across base rates, tips, bonuses & incentives.
    • Most Efficient Earner of All Time | Sum of all earnings across base rates, tips, bonuses & incentives divided by the sum of all time on a trip (from request to dropoff, not including online time)

    To be eligible for the competition, contestants must sign up via the Solo app and have a fully linked Uber account with Solo as of May 31st at 11:59 pm Pacific time

    Uber drivers are able to sign up for the Solo app for free, and, if you use RSG’s affiliate link, you’ll be eligible for $15 to be deposited in your Solo wallet.

    Solo will be able to verify via your Uber app how many rides you’ve given and your earnings, making this a fair contest among Uber drivers!

    Timeline

    Applicants can enter between 12 am PT on May 11th and 11:59 pm PT on May 31st.

    How Will Winners Be Rewarded?

    The three winners will be pulled on the morning of June 1st based on the criteria above. They’ll be contacted on Wednesday, June 1st.

    To receive the payout, they’ll receive the $250 in their Solo wallet, which is accessible via the Solo mobile app.  They can then withdraw via PayPal or Venmo.

    As with the Beat Sergio contest, a user can only win one of the three competitions. If a user is the winner of two or more of the above categories, the runner up in the alternative category will receive the reward. 

    The priority of winning categories will be 1) Most Completed Trips All Time, 2) Most Earnings All Time followed by 3) Most Efficient Earner All Time

    More Info

    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 Uber driver account. 

    Solo’s app, insights, and tools are free through May 31st, 2022. Beginning June 1st, new users can access a 30-day no-purchase needed, risk-free trial as well as a first month free once a subscription has been selected. The user’s Uber account must remain connected to Solo’s platform through May 31st at 11:59 pm PT to be eligible for the competition. 

    Both active and inactive Uber drivers are able to enter as long as they are able to create a successful linkage with their Uber driver account.

    When users sign up and link their Uber driver account with Solo, they are sharing their past & ongoing work data with the Solo platform, which enables them to access personal income insights, automated mileage tracking & optimized schedules (“Smart Schedules) for their jobs & city. Because this information is pulled directly from their Uber driver accounts, Solo is able to accurately & objectively determine results.

    Solo FAQs

    • 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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    Chonce Maddox Rhea

    Choncé is a freelance writer who’s obsessed with living well on a budget and loves encouraging people to make extra money so they can meet their financial goals. She is happily married to one of the best Uber drivers in the Chicago metro area, who currently has 2,800+ trips under his belt.