My 5 Tips for Uber Driving

This is the companion blog to Video 3 on my weekly video challenge. You can find the original video below.

When I started my business 3 years ago, I had to take a part-time job to help with my finances. At the time, I took a door-to-door sales job. It was very challenging and it definitely felt like a dead-end job. I knew it was going to be temporary so I made the most of it by learning skills around sales and learning how to deal with rejection.

That sales job became unsustainable very quickly. It took me away from my business and didn’t really provide me with the flexibility I needed to attend to my clients. In addition, the pay also sucked.

I was sitting in front of my computer and brainstorming another possible part-time gig. And by chance, I saw an ad for Uber. They had made it to Brisbane! So I quickly attended an info session and put in an application to become an Uber driver shortly there-after.

Fast-forward to the present, I am still driving for Uber. I drive mostly during the early morning peak hours as well as most weekends. I work on my business after my morning Uber shifts during the week. Doing Uber driving has has allowed me to grow my business with the backing of a somewhat steady income.

Have you ever thought about driving for Uber? Here are my tips.

1. Eligibility Requirements

This is easy enough to do. To find out if Uber is operating in your area, simply go to their website. There you will find all the details regarding driver and car requirements.

In some places, you will find an Uber office which they call the Greenlight Hub. In my current hometown of Brisbane, Australia, the Greenlight hub is located at

28 Martin St
Fortitude Valley, QLD

There you will find friendly staff that can answer all your questions in person. They do all of the driver on-boarding and can help you understand the documentation that you need to become an Uber driver. No appointment is needed. You can simply walk up to reception and ask to see a representative. The parking in the area can be very tricky. So I recommend planning your visit ahead of time. Allow for delays in your day as the Hub can get very busy.

2. Understand the Risks

There are many risks associated with Uber driving. You are essentially welcoming strangers into your car. So personal safety is a major concern with Uber driving.  I’m not saying that people will harass you constantly but your patience and composure will be tested by riders from time to time. Generally speaking, Uber riders are a good bunch. So you need not worry much. Also, driving is a high-risk activity. You will always need to be vigilant and defensive in your driving habits.

Your car will go through significant wear-and-tear. Be aware that not everybody cares about your car like you do. Your doors will get slammed from time to time. You will scrape your bumper on a driveway. Your carpets will get muddy. And maybe (just maybe) some drunk fella will spew his night on your seat.

It is important to understand the risks above and set your expectations accordingly.

3. DO NOT Quit your full-time job

Please DO NOT quit your full-time job to become an Uber driver! Or worse DO NOT BUY a BRAND NEW car just to do Uber driving!

It is great as a part-time job or as a stepping stone to something better (i.e. another job or a business). It is not something that you can reliably ride off into the sunset days of your life. Uber is a technology company. It innovates and disrupts. It can be said that its future and direction are both largely unknown. Driverless cars anyone??

4. Manage it like a business

If you are in Australia, you will be using your ABN to drive for Uber. You will be considered as an independent contractor, not an employee. That means, you have Tax obligations that you need to abide by. I suggest you seek advice from your Accountant regarding the details. Trust me, the tax man will find you! Oh yeah, and taking Centrelink payments for unemployment and driving for Uber doesn’t fly as well. (Man the F*ck up!) Get out there, hustle and do the right thing for society.

Consider all your running and operating costs. Licensing, fuel, maintenance, food on the road, refreshments for passengers, canceled trip, tolls, etc. Account for all of these and track your expenses. Keep really good records of your receipts and transactions so that you can make accurate tax deductions on your business activities. Do some basic math and work out your earnings vs. expenses. There’s no point in driving if you aren’t making a profit. Still want to drive that V6 or V8??

5. Be Nice!

Say you got it all worked out and you still want to be an Uber driver. Well, my last piece of advice is to Be Nice! In other words, be professional and courteous when you deal with people.

Useful Resources

Uber Driver Requirements for Australia (Brisbane)
https://www.uber.com/en-AU/drive/requirements/

My Uber Referral Code – t0azque
Use this code to get a discount on your first Uber ride. Enter the code in the promotional code section.

You can also use the link below to sign-up as an Uber driver. Full disclosure, the link gives me a referral bonus.
https://www.uber.com/a/join?invite_code=t0azque

Jeff Doyle – Bookkeeper at First Class Accounts – Hawthorne (0 400 484 848)
Jeff is my bookkeeper. He helped me fix a lot of things in my business. I highly recommend his services to anybody.

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