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At the end of 2012, I decided to quit my 9-5 job as a graphic + website designer to start my own design business. I wanted to have a flexible schedule, I wanted to be my own boss, and I wanted to have some more freedom in my life in general.
Six months after I started my own business, I found myself in a tight spot financially and was really kind of struggling to make ends meet, so I decided to seek out a side job that could help me pay my bills.
Lyft had just come to San Diego in the summer of 2013 and so I decided to give rideshare driving a try. I began driving part-time with them in July of 2013 and found it to be an extremely easy way to make some extra cash whenever I needed it.
About a year and a half later, when I was out with friends one night, my friend ordered an Uber. I had never taken an Uber before (only Lyft) so I was interested in talking to the driver. I told him I was a Lyft driver and asked him how he liked driving with Uber. He said he enjoyed it and said he also drove with Lyft. Then he asked me why I didn’t drive for both Lyft and Uber, too?
I told him it seemed like it would be too much of a hassle having two Rideshare apps open at once, but he said it was actually really easy and you could just sign out of the other app as soon as you received a ride request.
He then told me about the current Uber incentive that was going on at the time and if you already drive for a competitor you could earn a $500 sign-up bonus once you sign up to drive and complete just 20 rides. I told him I could totally use that $500 right now, so I got his referral code and signed up for Uber right away.
I got all the paperwork done pretty quickly and was all set to drive in less than a week. I decided to drive that Friday night and tried opening both apps to see how it all worked. And boy was I glad I did! I got a request right away and continued to get request after request, with hardly any wait time. I realized I could make way more in less time driving with both companies and THAT was exciting to me. 🙂
I ended up getting my $500 Uber referral bonus shortly after and used it to book a last minute flight home for Christmas, which was all I really wanted.
Signing up for both companies was what really catapulted my earnings and is why I want to share my experience with anyone else who may be seeking a side hustle (or even a full-time job!)
These two companies have made such a positive impact on my life, especially as an entrepreneur who didn’t always know when her next paycheck would come. Uber and Lyft brought me a sense of stability through a weekly paycheck, plus I really loved that I had the freedom to choose my own hours and work as little or as much as I needed to every week.
I honestly don’t think I would have gotten where I am today without the support of Uber and Lyft and so I really want to spread the word to anyone else out there who might be looking for a flexible job that can help them pay their bills, pay off student loans, or even help them save up for a vacation (cuz we all need a friggin break every now and then, right?!)
Driving can be fun! Why not give it a try? 🙂
How Much You Can Expect to Make as a Rideshare Driver
According to Glassdoor, the average salary for rideshare drivers is $41,108/year.
When I was driving, I made anywhere from $10-$30/hour, depending on time of day, location, surges, if there were any events going on, etc.
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