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These are the last few comments left by Rideshare Guy subscribers on our website.
I'm including them here as Questions and Answers (without identifying the subscriber) as they may be useful to others.
Q: Hi, It’s been 4th month since I started UberEats and I have registred for GST. BUt I haven’t lodged Activity Statement yet. Should I lodge it or it only works for Uberx?
A: The BAS relates to any business that is earning an income, not specifically to UberX. So yes, you need to lodge it and show both your income and expenses relating to UberX, UberEats and any other business venture you may have.
Q: Can i ask how to sign amazon flex in australia, what is the link for sign up please. Thanks.
A: We posted about Amazon Flex way back in July 2017. You can read that post here: https://rideshareguy.com.au/amazon-flex/
What’s changed since then?
For starters, there seems to be very little information available concerning the opportunities in Australia. The first one that I found to even confirm that it had started up was from CNBC: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/26/amazon-has-started-its-delivery-service-in-australia.html
Weirdly though, I cannot find anywhere how to sign up to deliver for them in Australia. Every single site I found was US related, so I don’t know what’s happening here. I’ll continue to research and let you know if I find anything.
Q: Hi Guys,
is your income what you receive from uber in the bank or including there cut ?
Also are all other deductions claimable or income is net profit after all expenses.
can you please help me understand.
A: Strictly speaking, your income is the total of the two (your net + Uber’s charges) but then you claim Uber’s cut as an expense, so it’s only the net amount in the bank that you pay tax on.
And yes, you claim all other expenses to do with earning that income as deductions. That will include a portion of fuel, servicing, registration, insurance and so on. But don’t forget depreciation (it’s a big one) that applies if you own your car or are financing it through a chattel mortgage, in which case the interest component is also claimable. The portion that you can claim is the portion attributable to business and the best way to calculate that is by a 3 month log. Our website has downloadable spreadsheets to work all that out.
Other business related expenses, such as accounting fees and home office may also be claimable.
Q: I just want to thank you for all the great tips and info you are sharing.
5 Stars for you
A: Thank you so much. It’s very nice of you to say so.
Q: Uber is the most incompetent business I know of. They don’t have a business plan that they are willing to share and as you can see are totally unwilling to provide their income producers with any real answers. That is why I am doing something else and when it matches income I will ditch them completely.
A: I don’t disagree. I’ll be announcing shortly that I’ve stopped driving for Uber after calculating how much it was REALLY costing me. I’m now running an online business that anyone can do and it’s already bringing in far more than I was making with Uber and without any of the grief.nter your text here...
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.
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.