Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing companies have shown how important apps are to the transportation industry. Today, we’re looking at a few other apps to help you take your rideshare business to the next level. Here’s the video version but read on if you’d like to learn more.
Best Uber Car Rental & Lyft Car Rental Options
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There aren’t a lot of requirements to become an Uber or Lyft driver, but one thing that holds a lot of people back is an eligible vehicle.
Quick Links (Fastest ways to rent a car for Uber/Lyft/etc.)
- Best Uber only option: If you’re ready to rent a car to drive for Uber, the Fair app is the best option –
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- Hyrecar is the top option for renting a car to drive most other on demand/gig jobs, including rideshare and food delivery companies: Hyrecar review | Click here to sign up for Hyrecar using our link and use Hyrecar coupon code FREEBGC for a free background check (offer and/or code subject to change)
But for those without an eligible vehicle or even a vehicle at all, there are a whole host of options available: everything from buying and leasing programs to daily and hourly rentals. As Uber and Lyft have exploded in popularity, so have these vehicle start-ups, and many of them are specifically tailored to a rideshare driver’s needs.
They’re not even just limited to Uber and Lyft anymore. Some of the options below extend to cover package and food delivery companies like postmates, doordash, grubhub, amazon flex, instacart, and more. If you need a car lease/rental for an on demand or gig economy job, you’re in the right place.
One of the things a lot of new drivers overlook when they’re just getting started is taxes. Taxes as an independent contractor might seem scary, but they’re actually pretty simple. Today, we’re going to answer all the questions you may have to make sure you maximize your deductions and minimize your taxes paid.
This guide is going to help you with your 2018 taxes (the taxes you will file this year) and there are a few noticeable changes from 2017 so pay attention!
Every year by the end of January, Uber and Lyft send out 1099s for the prior tax year that detail how much you made, what fees they took out and the miles you drove. And since drivers are independent contractors, all that means for your taxes is that you’ll have to file a Schedule C in addition to your 1040.
So let’s get started and see how to file your taxes as a rideshare driver.
Harry here. There’s no shortage of companies that you can work for in the on demand economy but Caviar is one that is expanding rapidly and hiring lots of new couriers. Today, RSG senior contributor Christian Perea shares ALL the details about Caviar pay from his first weekend of deliveries with Caviar. His results were pretty impressive so read on to find out how much he made!
Although I have years of experience as an Uber and Lyft driver, I decided to spend a weekend doing delivery with Caviar. It started off a little rough as I got used to delivery, but I quickly learned the ropes and ended up making some pretty good money, all while putting a lot fewer miles on my car and getting a new view of the city. So How much does Caviar pay?
I like to track how much I make per mile driven and, with Caviar, I actually made $3.26/mile on Saturday and $4.75/mile on Sunday. With rideshare, I have found that for every mile I put on my car in San Francisco, I make just $1.50-$2.40. This number is much lower outside of San Francisco, but it is a good way to measure how much you earn in comparison to how much you work. Caviar killed this metric during my test with them over the weekend.
There is a lot of opportunity for an Uber or Lyft driver to do delivery with Caviar, but I also found there is a learning curve. If you can master it, you will have another solid income stream for when rideshare is slow or when you simply want to switch things up a bit.
Christian here, Today we have a sponsored article from Via. They’re one of the biggest rideshare companies that has less than four words in their name and driving for them offers a lot of new and interesting mechanics around earning on the road. I encourage you to check them out!
Via Driver Overview
Via is a rather unique rideshare company when compared to the Big Two. Via drivers get paid to shuttle multiple passengers who are headed in a similar direction, only stopping to pick-up and drop-off on a corner to corner basis. Passengers then walk the last block or two to their destination to avoid unnecessary detours while making the rides more efficient. Most rides are shared rides on Via.