I just started driving uber and wanted to share with you 3 tips for getting the most out of uber as a side hustle.
This is ideal if you live in a suburban setting (where I mostly drive uber).
I don’t know how your experience would be like if you drive in a city or rural countryside setting.
Though because I live near New York City, my suburban setting is already more populated than most people’s major cities so put that into consideration as well.
Let’s get right to it.
Made $350 in 3 weeks.
Uber was cool in that the moment I started on the app, I got rides and started making money right away.
The money is deposited every Tuesday.
Uber Tip #1: You can filter trips in the direction you’re going
Below are some screenshots on the app.
You go to the search function in the top left.
Then you “filter trip toward” places you are heading.
Let’s say you’re driving to the grocery store 30 minutes away.
You can put in the grocery store and on the way, if someone hails a ride, you can pick them up and drop them off somewhere along the way.
This way, you prevent uber from having you pick up and drop off someone who is out of the way of where you’re trying to go.
For example, you might be going to the grocery store 30 minutes away, but if you have the app on but not filtered, you might have to pick up someone 20 minutes out of the way, then drop them off 40 minutes in the opposite direction of your grocery store.
That’s happened to me before where someone wanted to be dropped off 40 minutes in deep New Jersey and I couldn’t pick up anyone in all of New Jersey because I’m registered in New York on Uber.
Uber Tip #2: Use Dale Carnegie Techniques to get more tip money
I don’t offer fancy things like some uber drivers do, such as mints or bottled water.
I offer a cellphone charger, radio music, and perhaps conversation if they want it.
However, what I noticed that has gotten me more than 50% success in getting tips from people is by using a technique from Dale Carnegie’s “How To Win Friends and Influence People.”
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I make sure to smile, greet them as they’re walking to the car, say their name like “Hi Peter, how are you doing tonight?”
Then I gauge whether they want conversation or want to be left alone during the car ride.
As I’m dropping them off, I say their name again with a smile, “Have a good night Peter!”
Uber Tip #3: Know your demographic and area of driving
From driving in the past 3 weeks, I’ve noticed that certain areas of people I pick up give more tips versus certain other areas.
I’m going to be blatant here and say that the people I pick up in the more affluent areas, areas where houses are valued from $500,000 to several million dollars, tip more often than people I pick up in the lower priced houses area, such as the $200,000 or less houses.
I understand that statistically, correlation does not prove causation, but this is merely an observation for now, considering I give the same Dale Carnegie treatment to everyone I pick up.
After reading Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, I try to gut check myself and not jump to conclusions about someone’s affluence or ability to tip from their appearance, where I’m picking them up, or where I’m dropping them off.
What’s the point of all this?
As much as I can, I try to apply tip #1 and filter my rides to be within the more affluent areas so I can pick up a certain clientele, give them tip #2, the Dale Carnegie treatment, and aim to get more tips, tip #3.
That, my friends, are 3 tips for driving Uber in a suburban setting in a nutshell.
I challenge you to try it out and see what works for you and what doesn’t work for you!
Do you think it will work for you?
- How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
- Uber Driver app download through the App Store or Google Play