If you’re looking for a way to make money driving, starting a career as an Uber driver could be the option you’ve been looking for.
Unlike more traditional taxi services, drivers who work for Uber:
- Are paid weekly.
- Use their own car.
- Are allowed to set their schedule with flexible shifts.
Here are some basic requirements, tips, and guidelines on how to be an Uber driver.
Uber Driver Requirements
To be an Uber driver—or what Uber calls a “driver partner”—, you’ll be required to meet certain criteria before you’re hired. This includes:
A minimum age requirement of 21 years old.
Minimum of 1 year of driving experience. If you are less than 23 years old you must have a minimum 3 years driving experience.
Car insurance under your name.Insurance must also be in the same state you’ll be driving in and meet that state’s minimum requirements.
A Social Security number.
Submission to a background check, which will look for: DUIs.
History of operating a vehicle without insurance.
Reckless driving charges.
If you have a clean driving history and no criminal record, you may meet the general requirements to be an Uber driver.
Do I Need a Commercial Driver’s License?
For most U.S. cities that Uber operates in, you do not need to possess a commercial driver license (CDL) in order to be an UberX driver (their basic level of service). However, when you begin the application process, you’ll be instructed as to whether your chosen level of driver partner requires a higher class of license.
Uber Vehicle Requirements
Along with the driver requirements, your vehicle will also need to meet certain criteria to be accepted under Uber’s minimum standards.
The vehicle requirements for Uber’s basic services (UberX) include:
Model year no more than 10 to 15 years old or newer. Requirements may vary from city to city.
A sedan that can seat at least 4 passengers, excluding you (the driver).
State-issued license plates.
A working seatbelt for all passengers.
A prohibition against vehicles which have been previously salvaged OR used for taxi-related services.
Keep in mind that Uber has several different options for customers looking luxury vehicles, such as:
These high-end services necessitate additional vehicle requirements to meet Uber’s luxury vehicle standards and professional chauffeur services.
Applying to Be an Uber Driver
Once you and your vehicle have met Uber’s eligibility requirements, you can begin the Uber application process.
Here are the steps you’ll need to take:
Fill out an application online.
Have your vehicle inspected.Uber requires potential candidates to have his or her vehicle inspected at an Uber inspection station or by a certified third party.
Submit the paperwork for your background check.Uber will indicate what they need from you for this.
Once you’ve passed each of the first three steps, you’ll be allowed to set your schedule and begin picking up clients.
Start Driving—How Uber Works
After you’ve been approved to begin driving as an Uber partner, here’s how your experience will typically go:
You’ll open the Uber driver app when you’re ready to start accepting rides. Your username is typically your e-mail address.Uber provides a phone with the Uber driver app set up on the device.
If you would rather use your own smartphone, Uber will provide you with the setup details.For more on the Uber driver app, please watch Uber’s instructional video.
When a rider requests an Uber, the driver closest to them automatically receives the trip request—so if that’s you, the notification will pop up on your app.
You’ll accept the trip, and use the navigation to drive to the client’s pick-up location.
The app will charge the rider, so you won’t need to collect any fees during your drive.
When the ride is over, you AND your rider will have the opportunity to rate one another.
Uber will pay you through direct deposit.Check out Uber’s guide to payment and earnings calculations.
Uber drivers are paid based upon the number of rides they provide to customers. In order to maintain your Uber partner account, you’ll need to accept 1 trip or more every 30 days or less. If you don’t, you may have to reapply.
For more on Uber, please visit the company’s official website.
Here are the reasons believe most drivers quit Uber:
- you are not making as much money as you thought you would
- you realize the expenses are higher than you thought they would be
- you begin to realize the dangers of driving, from unruly passengers, idiot drivers and the mere law of averages that says if you spend enough time on the road, an accident is almost inevitable.
- you realize that Uber doesn’t just hire drivers, it also manipulates, abuses and misleads them
- you realize that YOU are doing all the work and taking all the risks & it doesn’t match the pay you get
- you hear that Uber drivers in other cities get paid much more than you do for the same exact job.
- you always get responses (2 days later) from Uber that in no way address your original question
- you hear of Uber’s multi-millions and see none of that going to drivers
- you know that you’ll be replaced by a driverless vehicle within a few years and figure out how that plays into Uber’s poor relationship with drivers
- you work hard, have a DR of 4.92, take every UberPool request that comes your way, drive miles out of your way to return an item left in your car by a rider and what does that mean to your boss: zero.
- Uber has gazillions of $$$ but can’t afford an 800# for WORKING drivers to get assistance
- Riders can complain; you can’t.
- the Uber app will betray you more often than you think
- a rider having a bad day personally will often take it out on you
- Uber is the most arrogant company in the world who spends more on lawsuits that will help it to continue to be an abusive and preserve it’s dominance.
People don’t quit Uber as much as they finally figure it out. After that, it’s an easy decision to leave.
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With over 60% market share, Chrome is the undisputed king of web browsers. A key factor behind this is Google GOOGL’s commitment to keeping it seamlessly updated with essential fixes and optimizations, but now the company has admitted Chrome’s latest upgrade comes with an unavoidable nasty surprise…
In a blog post, Google has admitted the newest version of Chrome rolling out to customers worldwide is going to consume up to 13% more of your system memory. For a browser whose biggest failing has long been its excessive memory consumption, this is the last thing users will want. Especially those with older systems and less RAM.
Google also confirmed this is a cross-platform change and will apply to Chrome on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS. The last of these could be particularly impacted as Chrome OS systems often ship with only 4-8GB of RAM.
So why has Google done this?
It’s all in the name of security. The new, more bloated Chrome contains a feature called ‘Site Isolation’ which combats the serious Spectre vulnerability which exposes computers at a chip level.
“Site Isolation is a significant change to Chrome’s behavior under the hood, but it generally shouldn’t cause visible changes for most users or web developers (beyond a few known issues),” explains Chrome software engineer Charlie Reis in the blog point.
“It simply offers more protection between websites behind the scenes. Site Isolation does cause Chrome to create more renderer processes, which comes with performance tradeoffs: on the plus side, each renderer process is smaller, shorter-lived, and has less contention internally, but there is about a 10-13% total memory overhead in real workloads due to the larger number of processes.”
Greyhound Canada is ending its passenger bus and freight services in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and cancelling all but one route in B.C. — a U.S.-run service between Vancouver and Seattle.
The changes take effect the end of October, which will make Ontario and Quebec the only regions where the familiar running-dog logo will continue to grace Canadian highways.
“This decision is regretful and we sympathize with the fact that many small towns are going to lose service,” Greyhound Canada senior vice-president Stuart Kendrick said in an interview with The Canadian Press.
“But simply put, the issue that we have seen is the routes in rural parts of Canada — specifically Western Canada — are just not sustainable anymore.”
Kendrick said 415 people will be out of work, and estimates the decision will impact roughly two million consumers.
The company blames a 41 per cent decline in ridership since 2010, persistent competition from subsidized national and inter-regional passenger transportation services, the growth of new low-cost airlines, regulatory constraints and the growth of car ownership.
Declining ridership is the primary culprit, said Kendrick, who called that and increasing costs an “ongoing spiral” that’s making it impossible for the company to continue operations.
He said the company has raised concerns with provincial and federal officials over the years, and wanted to ensure both levels of government were “fully aware” of the situation. Greyhound Canada has long advocated for a community funding model to allow any private carrier to bid on essential rural services, he said.
Forget wanting to be a millionaire. A new game show aims to help recent college graduates break even by paying off some or all of the winner’s student loan debt. The Washington Post reports that truTV’s ‘Paid Off’ looks like a traditional game show, but all contestants have outstanding student loans. The network will pay up to 100 percent of the winner’s student loan debt depending on how he or she performs during a speed round. The outstanding balances of student loans in the U.S. rose more than 60% over the last decade, according to the Post. The average student has $37,000 of student loan debt.
Tesla is increasing the prices of its Model S and Model X cars in China by more than $20,000, reports Electrek. The step-up comes as tariffs rise and the trade war escalates. The original 25% tariff increased to 40% in retaliation for the U.S.’s latest list of targeted Chinese products.
Walmart, the world’s largest retailer and largest private employer, is increasingly weighing in on political issues like immigration, reports The Wall Street Journal. Previously, U.S. CEOs and boards didn’t have to weigh in on such topics, but that’s changing, says associate professor Lawrence Parnell at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. Walmart’s chief marketing officer Tony Rogers told reporters last month that around 72% of Walmart shoppers want the company to “take a stand on important social issues” and 85% want them to “make it clear what values you stand for.” Walmart is “embracing public positions” in some instances to improve its reputation with customers and attract new clientele as it competes with Amazon, says the Journal.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Walmart Inc. (formerly branded as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.) is an American multinational retail corporation that operates a chain of hypermarkets, discount department stores, and grocery stores. Headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, the company was founded by Sam Walton in 1962 and incorporated on October 31, 1969. It also owns and operates Sam’s Club retail warehouses. As of January 31, 2018, Walmart has 11,718 stores and clubs in 28 countries, operating under 59 different names. The company operates under the name Walmart in the United States and Canada, as Walmart de México y Centroamérica in Mexico and Central America, as Asda in the United Kingdom, as the Seiyu Group in Japan, and as Best Price in India. It has wholly owned operations in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and Canada.
Walmart is the world’s largest company by revenue – approximately US$486 billion according to Fortune Global 500 list in 2017 – as well as the largest private employer in the world with 2.3 million employees. It is a publicly traded family-owned business, as the company is controlled by the Walton family. Sam Walton’s heirs own over 50 percent of Walmart through their holding company, Walton Enterprises, and through their individual holdings. Walmart was the largest U.S. grocery retailer in 2016, and 62.3 percent of Walmart’s US$478.614 billion sales came from U.S. operations.
The company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1972. By 1988, Walmart was the most profitable retailer in the U.S., and by October 1989, it had become the largest in terms of revenue. Originally geographically limited to the South and lower Midwest, by the early 1990s, the company had stores from coast to coast: Sam’s Club opened in New Jersey in November 1989 and the first California outlet opened in Lancaster in July 1990. A Walmart in York, Pennsylvania opened in October 1990: the first main store in the Northeast.
Walmart’s investments outside North America have seen mixed results: its operations in the United Kingdom, South America, and China are highly successful, whereas ventures in Germany and South Korea failed.
Shopping malls across the U.S. haven’t been this empty in six years, according to The Wall Street Journal, with the popularity of online shopping affecting brick-and-mortar stores throughout the country. The mall vacancy rate for the year’s second quarter is 8.6% (from 8.4% in Q1), “as more consumers shifted their shopping online,” per the Journal. Retailers such as Bon Ton, Sears, J.C. Penney and Toys “R” Us have all announced closures this year.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Online shopping is a form of electronic commerce which allows consumers to directly buy goods or services from a seller over the Internet using a web browser. Consumers find a product of interest by visiting the website of the retailer directly or by searching among alternative vendors using a shopping search engine, which displays the same product’s availability and pricing at different e-retailers. As of 2016, customers can shop online using a range of different computers and devices, including desktop computers, laptops, tablet computers and smartphones.
An online shop evokes the physical analogy of buying products or services at a regular “bricks-and-mortar” retailer or shopping center; the process is called business-to-consumer (B2C) online shopping. When an online store is set up to enable businesses to buy from another businesses, the process is called business-to-business (B2B) online shopping. A typical online store enables the customer to browse the firm’s range of products and services, view photos or images of the products, along with information about the product specifications, features and prices.
Online stores typically enable shoppers to use “search” features to find specific models, brands or items. Online customers must have access to the Internet and a valid method of payment in order to complete a transaction, such as a credit card, an Interac-enabled debit card, or a service such as PayPal. For physical products (e.g., paperback books or clothes), the e-tailer ships the products to the customer; for digital products, such as digital audio files of songs or software, the e-tailer typically sends the file to the customer over the Internet. The largest of these online retailing corporations are Alibaba, Amazon.com, and eBay.
A company’s income statement includes the company’s gross, operating and net profits. All three require dividing the profit by revenue to calculate a profit margin.
Gross profit is all income that remains after accounting for the cost of goods sold, such as raw materials and labor, excluding debt, taxes, operating and overhead costs, and other one-time expenditures. Gross profit reflects the percentage of each dollar of revenue retained after paying for the cost of production.
Operating profit includes overhead, operating, administrative and sales expenses needed to run the business, excluding debts, taxes and other expenses, but including the amortization and depreciation of assets. Operating profit reflects the percentage of each dollar remaining after paying all necessary expenses to run the business.
Net income is the bottom line. It reflects the revenue remaining after all expenses and additional income streams are accounted for, and reveals a company’s ability to turn income into profit.
Money lost on basic operations weakens the gross and operating profit margins, leaving less revenue for other expenses.