When I tell people I’m a rideshare driver, one of the first things they always ask me is, “So how much money do you make?” Most non-rideshare people have heard stories of drivers quitting their day jobs to drive full time, making $50 an hour and all of the other wild stories you hear. As drivers, we know that hourly rates are nowhere near that anymore and in my personal experience, I’ve found that I can make anywhere from $20-$40 an hour after expenses but generally closer to $20.
Now the only caveat to my hourly rate is that since I drive part time I can effectively cherry pick the best hours to work. I primarily drive weekends, holidays and busy nights/times. Now the only problem I’ve found with driving during those times is that you tend to encounter a lot of drunk and sometimes even wasted passengers.
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I haven’t had anyone throw up in my car yet but I do know that it happens more than you might think. Drivers get a $200 cleaning fee when someone throws up in your car but the memories will last a lifetime. Not to mention the fact that you can no longer work that night and you need to get your car detailed ASAP. Throw up has a way of seeping into all the nooks and crannies of your seats and if you don’t clean it up quickly, the smell will never go away. [Read more…]