How to Become an Uber Driver

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In the ride-hailing industry, Uber — valued in 2017 at between $50 and $68 billion — dominates with more riders than any other service. For individuals who want to pocket some extra cash, driving for Uber is an attractive side-job, and in that vein, Uber loves to market the benefits of the “side hustle” opportunity. Learn how Uber works and how to make money if you drive for Uber.

How to Become an Uber Driver

If you’re ready to drive for Uber, you can visit the website to sign up. Before you do, be sure you meet the following Uber qualifications:

1.  To be an Uber driver you must:

2. Determine if you have a qualified vehicle. Depending on where you live, the Uber car requirements may vary. If your car doesn’t qualify or you need a vehicle, Uber has affordable car leases and rentals for all credit levels with low-security deposits and available no-mileage caps.

Here are the general requirements for Uber vehicles:

3. Pass an Uber background check. Uber conducts a driving history and criminal history background check on each applicant. The criminal history includes a national, state and local-level check, and potential hits are verified.

To qualify for a background check, applicants must submit the following items:

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How Uber Drivers Get Paid

Drivers can work any day — or night — of the week they want, set their hours, and get paid almost instantly. With Daily Pay, drivers have the option to cash out available earnings up to five times a day.

According to the Uber website, trip fares are calculated from the following:

Driver payments for trips are calculated by adding the base fare, time rate and distance rate together and multiplying the sum by the surge multiplier if applicable. Then, the Uber fee, tolls and other fees are subtracted from the sum to equal the driver payment.

The type of vehicle you drive and the city where you drive will affect the specific base fare, time and distance rates charged.

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How to Maximize Your Uber Earnings

Plenty of ways exist to help avid Uber drivers make the most money. Here are some ideas to consider if you want to maximize your earnings with Uber.

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Considerations for Becoming an Uber Driver

Although driving for Uber can help you earn some extra money, a few potential drawbacks do exist. Before you commit, consider the following:

If you’re not sure if driving for Uber is right for you, there’s no time like the present to give it a try. You can follow the Uber blog for the company’s latest tips and advice to maximize your earnings and make the most of the time you spend in your car.

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