Adventures in Rideshare Driving

I was looking for a way to pick up some extra cash to get me through a rough spot, and as the Universe does, it began presenting me with some information over and over until I finally paid attention. In this case, it was Lyft ads showing up in my online feeds. I never fancied myself a taxi driver, but when I saw the ad for about the seventh time, I thought Maybe there’s a message here. So I bit.

I began driving for Lyft in mid July. On my second day of driving one of my passengers asked if I also drove for Uber. “No,” I said, “You have to pick just one.” “No. You can drive for both. Lots of people do.” Huh.

So now I drive for both Lyft and Uber. This means I keep both apps up and online on my phone and then when one service pops up with a ride request I accept it and then toggle over to the other app and go offline. It definitely keeps me busier to drive for both, and I find it interesting that in different parts of town he rides are more Uber or more Lyft.

Rideshare driving is definitely an interesting gig. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I do. I figured it would be much like commuting to work. Aggravating. But somehow it’s different. I get excited every time a ride request pops up. I quickly tap it and can’t wait to see who I’m picking up and where we’re going. Sometimes the destinations are a bit further out than I’d like, but that’s just part of the deal.

And I love the flexibility of it. I can pop online any time I feel like it, drive for a little while or a long while and shut down when I decide I’ve had enough. Nobody to check in with. Nobody keeping track of how long I’m working or not working. It’s the most flexible gig out there that I know of!

The money? It’s okay. Not the $25-$35 an hour they’d like you to believe you’ll make. Maybe in some markets you can do $1,000 a week or more, but Nashville is not one of those markets. And I think you have to do quite a bit of referrals to hit those numbers, even in the bigger markets. But if you want to make $300-$400 a week in extra cash consistently, you can do that in Nashville. You’ll drive a lot of hours to get there, but you can do it.

The riders are mostly nice, friendly people. I haven’t had any crazies yet and hope I never do, but I know the longer I do this the better the chances I’ll run into that. I do have some funny and sometimes charming stories though, and I’ll share them in future posts. For now, let’s just say that this has turned out to be a pretty fun sideline for me and I’m going to enjoy it for as long as I can!

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