Category Archives for "Rideshare Earnings"

US Drivers Finding Uber Unsustainable

This article was originally reported in the Washington Post and while it raises real and serious concerns about rideshare driving, its conclusions apply specifically to the United States and even more specifically to Washington, D.C.

What do you think? Is this exclusively an American concern? What about where you drive? Let us know in the comments if you are concerned about any of these things where you drive.

Safety Concerns

Uber Driver Safety Concerns

A Georgetown University study of 40 Uber drivers in the D.C. region released Thursday found some thought the work “unsustainable,” with one-third reporting assaults or safety concerns and saying they went into debt to drive on the platform.

Based on interviews conducted in 2016, the study found 30 percent of the drivers were concerned about their safety. One driver told researchers of being robbed at gunpoint; another said he was assaulted after turning down drugs from a passenger.

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Are You Ready for Redundancy?

Do You Have a Fall-Back Plan?

Fallback Plan for Uber Drivers

As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm no longer driving for Uber.

This came about by accident or, perhaps more accurately, by force of circumstance. But it turned out to be a good thing.

It happened when I had a (very) expensive repair bill - $9,000 to source and replace the high pressure fuel pump, which lives inside the fuel tank and so is labour-intensive to replace. Along with all the ancillary components that support it.

Unfortunately, it happened while I was transporting Uber riders to the airport. I managed to flag down another Uber driver, who got my passengers to their destination and I then spent the rest of the day organising roadside assistance and a tow truck to get the vehicle to a specialist dealer for the repair.

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Maximize Your Uber Driver Earnings

How Can I Maximize My Earnings as an Uber Driver?

Maximize Uber Earnings

Here are four ways to maximize your earnings as an Uber driver:

Drive Where The People Are

If you are driving on the freeway and there are no houses around or shopping centers around, then you probably won’t be getting a ping.  Always be moving toward people. In the mornings, you want to be where people are leaving their houses or apartments and heading into work.  In the late afternoon, you want to be where people are working so you can pick them up and take them home.

Get Long Rides When Traffic Is Light

During midday and on the weekends, traffic tends to be lighter.  This is a great time to take long rides so you can rack up the mileage, and thereby boost your earnings.  You can also use the Uber destination filter.

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Uber Driver Support: A Positive Experience

Uber Driver Support

We've published plenty of feedback here from drivers who've suffered from unsatisfactory Uber driver support.

So it's good to be able to report a positive experience.

My own, in this case.

This morning, I picked up one of my favourite fares, from Noosa to the Sunshine Coast airport.

It takes about half an hour. The first half on the very scenic coast road and the second half on a 100 km/hr motorway.

It normally pays around $42. Not bad for an easy half hour drive and I usually pick up a couple of extra rides on the way back.

Uber Fare Lower than Usual

Except that this time the fare came up as $24.32! In other words, a reduction of 43%. Not acceptable, Uber.

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The Uber Driver App: Ways to Improve It

I've taken the start of this post from our sister site in the U.S. Their post was titled "3 ways to improve the Uber app".

I can't use the post as is for three reasons.

1. They mention things that are standard in the U.S. version of the Uber Partner App that we still don't have here! So already they become ways to improve the Uber Driver App here.

2. There are things they don't mention that I think could be improved, so I'm going to use this platform to request them.

3. They talk about Lyft, Uber's major competitor in the U.S. We really need to either see Lyft here in Australia or see one of the locals like SwyftRyd really take off.

What App Improvements Would You Like to See Uber Make?

Improve the Uber Driver/Partner App

While it’s not an increase in pay, a streamlined app with input from drivers could go a long way to improving the driver experience. Today, RSG contributor Jay Cradeur shares his perspective on Uber app improvements that would improve the driving experience, making it safer and and easier for drivers. Do you agree with these improvements or have suggestions of your own? Let us know in the comments!

Recently I shared improvements I would like to see in the Lyft app. I focused on Lyft first, primarily because I drive for them and am most familiar with the Lyft app. However, in order to give a balanced perspective, I’ve been driving solely for Uber. This actually has been a pretty good thing, with a weekly return of $1,451.86.

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Uber is Releasing a New Driver App

New Uber Driver App This Year 2018

Uber has announced that it will be releasing a new driver/partner app in the U.S. this year. It will take a few months to be rolled out to all Uber drivers in the U.S. with Android users in Los Angeles and Atlanta getting it first.

We don't know at this stage when we will be getting it in Australia. We'll try to find out but suspect that Uber itself doesn't know at this stage.

Partly, it will depend on feedback from the U.S. rollout, how many and what kind of problems are discovered and how much work is required to fix them.

But it's further complicated by the many differences that there are between versions, not only in different countries, but in different states or regions within the same country.

For instance, the tipping facility was rolled out across the U.S. in September 2017 and we were led to believe that it would be added to the Australian app by the end of that year. See our article Uber Australia: What's Next? published on 13/09/2017. Now it's April 2018 and there's never been another word about it.

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On Being a Full Time Uber Driver

Full Time Uber Driver

What Does It Take to Hit 15,000 Rides?

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a full-time driver and entrepreneur? In this interview, RSG contributor Jay Cradeur talks about what it’s like full-time driving, the strategies he uses to not burn out (he’s given over 15,000 rides!), and how he’s transitioning from rideshare driving into his own business.

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Uber and GST Revisited

Change from December 2017

From the 1st of December 2017, Google started invoicing its Australian drivers as an Australian entity.

Among other things, this means that Uber, just like the rest of us, is paying GST on its earnings.

What Does This Mean for Drivers?

This change has no effect on your net income as a driver.

You still have to pay GST on the total charged to your riders. Your invoice from Uber will be higher as it now has GST added, but this GST in turn reduces your GST payment obligation.

This means that your weekly Uber income will be reduced by the GST amount but you recover it by a lower GST amount paid to the ATO on your quarterly BAS.

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More Profit for Uber Drivers Part 2

Uber Increases Fares

New Uber Fares Australia

In a move welcomed by Uber drivers in Australia, Uber has increased its fare structure.

I believe that this will have no impact whatsoever on the number of riders using Uber. Price is about fifth on the list of reasons passengers give me for choosing Uber over other alternatives.

This post documents the new fare structure for other parts of Australia, as advised to us by Uber.

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More Profit for Uber Drivers

Uber Increases Fares

Uber Driving for Money

In a move welcomed by Uber drivers in Australia, Uber has increased its fare structure.

I believe that this will have no impact whatsoever on the number of riders using Uber. Price is about fifth on the list of reasons passengers give me for choosing Uber over other alternatives.

This post documents the new fare structure for the Sunshine Coast in Queensland where I work, but I'll cover other areas in Australia in subsequent posts over the next few days.

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