An increasingly popular way to supplement your income these days is to join one of the rideshare companies, such as Uber or Lyft. You can drive on your own time, which allows you to set your own hours and make some extra money by simply driving people in your car.
There are four steps to become a successful rideshare driver and things to take into consideration along the way: deciding who you want to work for, submitting your application, checking your insurance, and staying on top of the company and its rules.
So you’ve decided you want to start driving in your free time to make a little extra money. One of the first questions you’re going to come across is who to drive for and which one works best for you.
Not only do they all have their own perks, but working with multiple companies will open you up to more people since different customers tend to prefer one app over another.
Most application processes will be similar and include these basic steps:
Processes and steps are slightly different for each company but these steps are easily laid out on their individual websites.
Check your insurance policy or policies
Since rideshare companies are fairly new, insurance coverage for the drivers has only just recently been more carefully laid out. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the company’s insurance policy, your own insurance, and to make sure you’re getting the necessary coverage you need.
Continue doing your research
To be a successful driver for any rideshare company, you must familiarize yourself with every aspect of the company, app service, insurance, and liability policies. Continue your diligent research even after they’ve accepted you and you’ve started driving.
More research should also be done to find the best times and places to drive. There are actually Facebook communities out there for rideshare drivers in different cities where drivers can share information, tips, and warnings. Take advantage of any additional help you can get.
Using your vehicle to transport strangers can seem confusing at first. Breaking down each step into achievable pieces helps. After you’ve done your research and covered all of your bases, you’ll be able to enjoy some time talking and socializing, while driving and making money all at the same time.