Uber is a ride-sharing service, which—through their apps—connects drivers with riders. Available in 53 countries and hundreds of cities, Uber provides an excellent means of making extra cash for those with extra time (on the weekend or otherwise) and who own a reliable car. As an independent contractor, drivers can set their own schedule and choose jobs only when they are available. Uber drivers can drive as much (or as little) as they want, can accept the fares that appeal to them, and enjoy the cash-less payment system.
To become an Uber driver, you must be at least 21 years old, carry a valid driver’s license, carry personal auto insurance, and own a 4-door car in good condition. Additionally, applicants must pass a rigorous background check, which includes criminal sex offender, and motor vehicle records among others. Once applicants pass the background check, they must take an online training course administered by Uber. The entire process can take up to two weeks to complete. Once successfully completed, approved drivers will receive a phone with the Uber app.
Uber takes 20% of each fare with the remaining 80% disbursed to the driver. Uber rates vary for each city it operates in, by service level as well as by season. As point of reference, there are drivers making an extra $400 a week just by driving on the weekends! Uber pays its drivers every week by transferring their earnings to their bank account. No cash exchanges hands with the riders, who pay the company via the app (fares are charged to the rider’s credit cards). Note that drivers are additionally responsible for taxes, gas, insurance, and any other associated out-of-pocket costs. So, all potential drivers should factor in these expenses before pursuing an opportunity with Uber.
How to apply:
If you meet all the requirements and wish to become an Uber driver, simply visit the website to register and signup.
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