Glassdoor is a website where you can review almost any and all employers, past and present. It’s a valuable tool for job searchers around the country, but did you know Glassdoor also allows reviews of Uber and Lyft by drivers? Today, senior RSG contributor John Ince shares a story about Glassdoor and offers you an opportunity to share your ratings based on Glassdoor’s reviewing system.
A few years ago, we covered the top ten ways passengers were scamming drivers for free rides. Many of those scams are still relevant, so go check out that post if you haven’t already read it. One scam that’s still unfortunately popular is when passengers cancel their ride while the driver is en route to their destination.
Passengers that do this are hoping the driver doesn’t see the cancelation, so the rider gets a free or mostly free ride and the driver gets little to nothing. Today, senior RSG contributor John Ince covers how the scam happened to him, Uber’s response, and how you can protect yourself in the future. What are your thoughts?
For several weeks now I’ve been getting this new type of incentive called a Streak Bonus. It’s a fairly creative way for Uber or Lyft to lock in a driver to their platform and get them out on the road during rush hour.
The way it works is you have to get your first ride started between 7-9 a.m. or 5-7 p.m. and then you have to complete 3 rides before going offline, with 100 percent acceptance and no cancellations. The bonus is minimal – $10 or $12, which basically translates into a driver supplement of $3 to $4/ride – comparable (and in addition) to other bonuses. So I decide to give it a try.
Worried about getting low ratings from disgruntled passengers? I was too, before I realized there are some simple strategies for handling passengers while maintaining high ratings. Unfortunately, Uber and Lyft really don’t help drivers understand these written and unwritten rules – so I decided to create the Rideshare Guide for drivers! This guide is for new and veteran drivers, answering questions about getting started driving to handling tricky legal and tax matters. Check it out here.
I get a lot of questions about whether or not delivery is better than rideshare driving, and unfortunately the answer is: it depends. But that’s actually good news, because in some cases delivery might be better for you, or rideshare driving may make more sense. To help break it down, senior RSG contributor Christian Perea presents the following infographic, which compares delivery to rideshare driving.
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There are a lot of similarities between rideshare and delivery jobs, so it’s important to examine the differences between the two. It’s interesting to compare and contrast rideshare and delivery since there are actually a lot of little things that make these lesser known side-hustles a little bit different. Personally, I find that on certain days I prefer to do one over the other based on how busy it is, what incentives are being offered and whether or not I want to deal with strangers in my car.
Most of us already drive for Uber or Lyft, but I always recommend having a backup plan by also signing up for a delivery company. If you want to start off delivery with a good company, I recommend checking out Caviar since in my experience I end up spending less time waiting at restaurants and they always have the delivery ready for me when I get there (which minimizes downtime).
It’s been a few months since the new Uber CEO, Dara Khsrowshahi took over from Travis Kalanick but has much changed? Today, senior RSG contributor John Ince shares his thoughts on how Uber’s new CEO is doing, for Uber and for drivers.
Recently I gave a ride to a person who works for Heidrick and Struggles, the headhunting firm that conducted the search for Uber’s new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi. I asked my passenger obvious question – “Did DK realize what he was getting into?”
“Oh he knew. He knew exactly what he was getting into,” the passenger replied.
Indeed, running Uber in these tough times is a Herculean task. Given that it’s now been just over 120 days since DK assumed his new role, perhaps it’s now time to take stock of how he’s been doing. Let’s take a look at the nature of his influence and break it down into categories to try to get a better feel for how Uber’s new CEO has been doing on the job.
If you’re headed to the Detroit Auto Show next week (1/14-1/18), make sure to check out some of the start-ups participating in AutoMobili-D. I’m working with several of these start-ups (Mystro, Pablito, Softbit, Vugo) and if you’re a company in Detroit that would like to meet with them, please let me know.
Lots to cover in this week’s round up, including a fascinating article by Forbes contributor, Len Sherman, on Uber’s profitability. Why can’t it seem to make a profit? The answer may not surprise you. In addition, senior RSG contributor John Ince takes us on a walk down Uber’s memory lane in 2017 – it already seems so long ago!