With recent fare cuts across the board many drivers have been bemoaning their relationship with Uber. However, at least one driver, Aaron (not his real name), seems to be doing better than ever.
Aaron is a hustler. Like I've mentioned many, many times in the past, being a hustler with some business savvy is really what it's going to take to earn well doing rideshare / limo work.
One thing about Aaron I think you should know. He's not on Uber Black, like I am. Over the last year to year and a half, Uber has rolled out newer program called Uber Select. That's the product that Aaron drives for. You don't need a limo license to get on Uber Select. And as far as I know, Uber Select is open to all comers, unlike Black/SUV.
Uber Select is a mid level product, priced between Uber X and Uber Black. Not all cities have it, but more are adding it all of the time. My city, San Francisco, just added it a few months ago. Uber Select cars are newer, upscale luxury vehicles. We are talking, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Porsche, Mercedes, Lexus, Lincoln, Infinity, etc. As a driver you'll need a rating of at least 4.7, and to have completed 50 trips. A complete, current list of the requirements and rates for Uber Select (for San Francisco) can be found here. The requirements and rates will differ for different cities. In San Francisco, the rate is $2.75 per mile. That's a pretty decent rate, especially if you work hard and stay hungry.
Chrylser 300, An Uber Select Qualified Vehicle
So, the reason I'm impressed with Aaron is that he "gets" it. I like to see someone succeed, so that's why I'm profiling him today.
I don't know a whole lot about him, but this I can tell you a couple of things I know for sure, from posts I've read from him on his Facebook Driver's Group.
Aaron has a good attitude
Aaron is customer service centric
He finds driving strategies that work for him
He rises very early and attacks the day head on
Aaron sets goals, puts in his time and works hard
Aaron profits from "inefficiencies" in the market
Frequenting the various rider boards as I do, I have taken note of Aaron's posts for many months, perhaps even a couple of years. He's got a great attitude, which, I believe is an absolute must in this business. You have to make your own breaks. But if you're willing, Uber has a business model that supports you.
Aaron is up well before the sun and is on the road at 4. That's 4 a.m. Now, from my experience, some of my riders still consider this night time. Oh well! So be it. This is my strategy as well. A 30 year cab driver, who owned his own company, and was pretty successful once told me, "You make your money in the morning". I never forgot that. It only makes sense. This is when you have your highest concentration of airports. This is when you have your highest concentration of long commutes. Once the day is in full swing, at about 10:30 am, people are essentially where they are going to be for the day. The short hops take over. If you get up early, you will always do better. Now if you work nights, it can be busy, especially on weekends, but you have the whole alcohol thing to deal with, and that makes life so much more difficult. If you are an early riser, you'll deal mainly with upscale business travelers, commuters, etc, who don't cancel on you, won't make a mess in your car, and won't stink up the joint with alcohol, cigarettes and perfume, or worse. Believe, me, it's so much easier.
Aaron is a smart worker. He's figured a lot of things out. For example, to constantly use the passenger app to locate other vehicles, and move away from them and work the perimeters of the territory so that his request radius widens. Think about that strategy. It's so simple but so effective.
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Aaron had a good week this week. He got up early Monday morning, set a goal of $400 a day, and nailed it. He put in some long days, but now he'll rest up and relax all weekend, go out and recreate, and enjoy life. Isn't that what life's supposed to be about? Aaron works for himself, and works how and when he pleases. He meets interesting people all day long, and has the self respect and confidence that being a successful small business owner provides. I believe, and have always believed, that Uber gives a hustler one of the best earning opportunities around. All you have to do is want it. They provide the clients. Check out Uber. Many cities still offer signing bonuses of $300 to $500, once you complete 30 trips.
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