Would You Create Your Own Job as a Ride-Sharing Driver?

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The other night we took baby Henry down to one of our neighbors houses for a little get-together and the topic of SXSW came up. They were talking how it was (apparently) hard to get around to all the different parts of the conference/festival because cabs in Austin were really hard to come by. Then, one of the other guests brought up Lyft and Uber and how they have been using these ride-sharing apps here in Denver quite a bit. I have been feeling a little out of the loop with some things because I’ve basically been in a baby-world coma the past 5-ish months so this ride-sharing/everyone can be a cab driver talk was really news to me.

It got me thinking about how if you have a car you could basically create a part-time (or even full-time!?) job for yourself if you meet the requirements. My understanding of how these apps work is that you register as a driver or rider and then if you’re a “driver” you turn a setting on where are “working” and accepting riders. The riders can then see where you are located based on the GPS on your phone, view your profile, they can select you, and even pay you all from their phone. So money is never physically exchanged. I was happy to hear that because that part of the situation initally had me worried about safety/robberies/etc.

I guess going through companies like Uber and Lyft are usually less-expensive than cabs so it’s good to know about them from that front too. Technology has become so mind-blowingly amazing.

Have you ever used one of these companies? Would you consider being a driver in your spare time? Do you have these companies in your city too? Are there others like them out there? I’ve got so many questions!

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  1. Brittany

    My ex-boyfriend is a driver for Uber – in his first two weeks, he took in almost $500 working on the weekends. He loved it from what I could tell – he would set his own hours and do a couple of rides when he was done with work and then head home. We used it when we were in DC, where we were first introduced to it, and loved it. I haven’t had a chance to use it in our hometown yet, but I’m excited for it.

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  2. Jess

    I’ve read a lot about Uber and so far, everything I’ve read was a positive experience both from a driver’s perspective (doing it for extra income) and a rider’s perspective. Kevin Hart, Ice Cube & Conan has a video of their driving adventure while using Lyft car!

    I downloaded Uber to give it a try but only to realize that they didn’t offer it in Vancouver yet :(

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  3. Jill

    There is an article about these car shares in the current issue of Life on Capitol Hill in Denver. http://lifeoncaphill.com/current-issue (I think it is about half way through or you can find it in the print issues of Life on Cap Hill or Neighborhood Life.) Might be worth looking into if you are considering driving.

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  4. Vanessa

    I drive for Lyft!! Initially it was my full time job last summer between ‘real’ jobs. It was (and still is!) a ton of fun! The downside is that you have to handle paying your own taxes as a 1099 employee. It’s a really fantastic way to boost my income, and a TON of people I know drive, including friends from high school, previous coworkers and even my boyfriend’s sister!

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  5. Marie@ The Rideshare

    I haven’t tried to use Lyft, but if ever I would go back again to the capital city of our country, I really want try a ride from it. I read a good reviews about Lyft articles as well as good reviews from the riders.

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