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    Working for Uber

    You may have heard a lot of different things about what it’s like working for Uber.  Some good, some bad, but there is no shortage of opinions out there.  My advice is to try it out yourself and see if it works for you and your situation.

    Everyone is different, so one person’s experience may not necessarily be the same as your own.  One thing I can tell you though is there are a lot of people doing this job, and I have to guess it’s for a reason: most of them enjoy it.  Here’s everything you need to know before working for Uber.

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    You can set your own schedule when you work for Uber

    One of the nice things about working for Uber is that you really do have the freedom to work whenever and wherever you want.  There’s no schedule to follow, so that allows drivers to take a week off if they need it, end a shift early or work extra hours if they need the money.

    When you’re first getting started as a driver, it’s a good idea to experiment with different times and places to see what’s a good fit.  Typically, the Party Hours (Friday and Saturday nights) are the most profitable, but you’ll have to deal with passengers who have been drinking.

    Other drivers like early mornings (4-6 am) since there tends to be a lot of airport runs with passengers going long distances and very little traffic.

    You get paid every week with Uber

    Some jobs pay monthly, some jobs pay bi-weekly, but when you’re working for Uber you actually get paid every single week.  Uber pays you via direct deposit, which means you’ll need to have a checking account in order to get paid.

    The Uber pay period begins on Monday at 4am and ends on the following Monday at 3:59am. You will receive an email at the end of each pay period with a link to your pay statement from the week prior. You can also log in to your Partner Dashboard at partners.uber.com and click on ‘Pay Statements’ on the lefthand side to see each weekly statement.

    Your earnings are provided via direct deposit into your bank account every Thursday. If you have not yet entered your banking information so Uber can pay you via direct deposit, you can do so securely at vault.uber.com.

    You can also sign up for Uber’s Instant Pay service or use a third party company like DailyPay in order to receive your earnings instantly.

    Ratings are crucial to stay active on the Uber platform

    After every ride, passengers rate drivers on a scale of 1 to 5 stars.  Drivers must maintain a 4.6 star rating in order to stay active on the platform, which means ratings are crucial to a driver’s livelihood.  Unlike other rating systems, a 4 star rating with Uber is essentially a failing grade.

    Uber doesn’t provide a whole lot of feedback on what you can do to boost your ratings, but from our research, we’ve discovered the number one reason for low ratings are issues with navigation.  So if you’re a new driver and want to get good ratings, make sure you focus on navigation and being friendly to your passengers, and you should be just fine.

    Related Video: Should I worry about my ratings as a new Uber driver?

    There’s a separate Uber driver app for Uber drivers

    In order to log in and start working for Uber, you’ll need to download a separate Uber driver app.  If you’re on Android, you can find the Uber driver app in the Google Play Store but if you’re on iPhone, you’ll need to download the app directly from Uber.

    You can use the same log-in info to access your driver dashboard online at partners.uber.com, and your driver account info also allows you to take a ride from the Uber passenger app.  In fact, if you’re thinking about driving for Uber, one of the best things you can do is to take a free ride as a passenger to see how the app works and talk to a real life driver.

    Need to contact Uber’s customer support?

    One of the pain points for a lot of drivers comes when you have to contact Uber customer support.  They don’t have a phone number you can call, but they do offer email support.  So if you ever have a question, keep it simple and ask one question at a time, and send it to [email protected].  You can also request help via the ‘Help’ section on the driver app.


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    Want to read more? Check out the complete driver training guide articles below or download the free PDF here:

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    Harry Campbell

    Harry Campbell

    I'm Harry, the owner and founder of The Rideshare Guy Blog and Podcast. I used to be a full-time engineer but now I'm a rideshare blogger! I write about my experience driving for Uber, Lyft, and other services and my goal is to help drivers earn more money by working smarter, not harder.

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