You might have seen the commercials- or read articles about the controversies that driving services bring to many communities when they enter into a new local market. Ride sharing recently got approved by my local city council and there have definitely been some heated debates about the service around here. But have you considered actually driving people around for money yourself?
If you’re thinking about hiring yourself out as a personal driver, the big names to be aware of are Uber and Lyft. Sidecar is a smaller company doing essentially the same thing, but they’re found in fewer cities than the other two. Basically, the way all of these companies work is that you individuals sign themselves and their vehicles up to be drivers and customers call or text the company to arrange a ride- kind of like unofficial taxis.
Each company has its own personality of sorts. Uber tends to be more formal- passengers sit in the back and the driver acts like a chauffeur. Lyft and Sidecar feel more like catching a ride with a friend. Choosing which one you want to work with is pretty much an individual choice and depends on how you personally feel about ridesharing. Some people drive for more than one company to maximize their potential profits. Because the demand for rides is so high, these rideshare companies are actively recruiting drivers in some areas. In other areas, many cab drivers are abandoning taxi companies to switch to driving for Uber, Lyft, or Sidecar. Obviously, this can be a lucrative gig if you’re willing to hire out your car and time for a bit of cash.
The most important things you need to get a gig as a rideshare driver are a reliable vehicle and a clean driving record. You’ll also undergo a background check, and you might need to add extra insurance to your current policy before you can start ferrying passengers around. If you think you have what it takes to drive for cash, fill out an application with Lyft, Uber, or Sidecar and hit the road.