Ridesharing via Uber is another example of how the gig economy is taking over. Between the benefits of making your own hours, weekly pay and meeting new people, Uber drivers who understand the roads and how to connect with others are reaping the rewards as a result.
That said, becoming a success story as an Uber driver doesn’t come without its challenges. Nobody makes a killing overnight, nor do they start making serious cash without facing a misstep along the way.
Don’t let fear of mistakes or slip-ups hold you back from hopping on the Uber bandwagon, though. Whether you’ve been mulling over becoming an Uber driver or you’re worried about “what-if” situations, the following five tips can help ease your mind.
Losing Too Much of a Cut
Perhaps the most common complaint about Uber is the concept that the company takes too much of a cut away from their drivers. That said, the introduction of in-app tipping and the sheer popularity of the app itself signal that there’s arguably no better time to make money as a rideshare driver.
Instead of worrying about losing out on potential income, rideshare drivers need to look at ways to squeeze as much out of the platform as possible. Taking advantage of Uber coupon codes and referrals are examples of small details that many newcomers to the game miss. Furthermore, opening up your schedule is crucial toward making bigger money in the long-run.
Fear of Negative Reviews
You’ve probably heard that Uber drivers live and die by their ratings and reviews. While this does sound like hyperbole, drivers should indeed strive to have as close to a five-star rating as possible.
Scoring those ratings means going beyond the bare minimum as riders expect more and more from their drivers. Are you offering service with a small? Are you taking the quickest routes possible? Do you offer your riders bottled water and options in terms of the thermostat and music? If not, you may want to rethink why those five-star ratings aren’t coming as consistently.
Dealing with Wear and Tear
The more you drive for Uber, the more you need to mind the condition of your vehicle. As such, it’s a good idea to learn some DIY car maintenance to avoid getting nickel-and-dimed by a mechanic. As long as you’re not speeding around town and tearing up your transmission, chances are your car will be fine with routine maintenance
Keeping Up with Competition
Becoming a new Uber driver feels like an uphill battle when it feels as if you can’t win enough riders to get your rating up or you’re stuck in a crowded market.
Relax. Be patient. It takes time to rise in the ranks. If you’re struggling to make ends meet in a certain part of town, try expanding your horizons a bit for the sake of getting your rating and experience level up. The more experience you have under your belt, the easier it is to get passengers in the future.
Finally, the elephant in the room for many Uber drivers is problem passengers. Whether they’re drunk, downright annoying or just plain loud, drivers often feel powerless to deal with such problems out of fear of confrontation (or a bad review).
Dealing with angry people is incredibly important yet overlooked skill for rideshare drivers. Again, patience and looking at the big picture are key toward letting these small moments go. While you shouldn’t tolerate any abuse, don’t be paralyzed by fear of a pesky passenger.
Uber represents a whole new world of opportunity for those who want to work on their own terms. With these tips in mind, you can overcome the common challenges for newcomers to ridesharing and drive worry-free.