Whether you’re looking to supplement your existing income or be your own boss full-time, you may have considered working as a ride share driver. Ride share drivers transport people where they need to go and they may also pick up and deliver food orders. What makes this work appealing is the flexible work location and hours.
How to Become a Ride Share Driver
The two main competitors in the ride share space within the United States are Uber and Lyft. Anyone can drive, you just have to meet the minimum requirements and you can find that by visiting their website. Other than needing a valid driver’s license, here are the requirements in late 2019 to drive for Uber.
Though Uber does not list a minimum age requirement, there is a requirement of driving experience. If you are less than 23 years old, you have to have 3 years of driving experience. So let’s say you’re 19 and received your driver’s license at 16, you would meet that experience requirement. If you are older than 23 years of age, you simply need to have driven for at least 1 year. After meeting the experience requirement, you’d have to drive a vehicle with 4 doors that meets their eligibility requirements. Now, if you want to drive for Lyft, they have a minimum age requirement of 21 with no driving experience listed.
For safety reasons, there are also a few more tasks you’ll need to take care of. You’ll have to show that you reside in the city or state that you are driving in, prove that you have current insurance and verify that you are driving a vehicle you own. You’ll also need to provide a clear photo of who you are as this will be used in your profile. Once all that is done, you’ll have your driving history and criminal history reviewed.
How to Deliver Food for a Job
If you don’t have experience and don’t meet the age requirement, working for a company picking up and dropping off orders may be the way to start. Grubhub for example, requires you to be 19 to drive. You also don’t need to meet the vehicle 4-door eligibility requirement as you will not have passengers and that is unnecessary. By the way, you can also deliver food via a bicycle! Uber has their service of food delivery through the Uber Eats App. You can drive specifically for Uber Eats as well! For car delivery, you only need 1 year of driving experience and you don’t have to meet the 4-door vehicle requirement either as long as your car is newer than 1999. You can even use a motorized scooter to make food deliveries if you’re at least 19 or use your bike if you’re at least 18 years old.
Job Description of a Ride Share Driver
You make your hours and decide the area you want to work in. Where, when, and for how long you choose to work has a big impact on your income – but the choice is still yours. You conduct all of your logistics using an App given to you by the company you are driving for. This App will even handle the payment from the rider in advance so no physical money is exchanged, unless you happen to receive a cash tip of course. However, even tips can be given over the App.
You may also elect to drive for the sole purpose of picking up food orders and dropping them off for people. Companies such as Grubhub and DoorDash are such companies. For drivers that prefer not to pick up passengers,
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