Discussion in 'People' started by Ubercycle, Dec 30, 2016.
Do you rely on Uber to survive?
Nope. Uber is a stress reliever believe it or not.
You got to pray just to make it these days!
It's a stress reliever and it also pays for my on line dates.
Pretty much the same, though Uber is paying my car payments and then some.
Crap; if those were my only bills, I COULD survive with just Uber.
As it is; I had to purchase a second house which wasn't too bad but, I severely underestimated the cost of repairs that were needed so I had to take out a HELOC. That pushed me into an uncomfortable zone. Driving Uber allows me to make my HELOC payment plus put some money back into my savings account.
Uber is a time filler for me. Better to make money on my days off than spend money.
I'm willing to bet that the majority of drivers out there (and here on UP.net) are doing this as a secondary income, I want to live comfortably and build up savings so I endure the Uber/Lyft life and the pax that come with it. No shame in saying that its a bit of a necessity.
However, I am very skeptical when people say they do this for "fun" or a "stress reliever". They must be picking up very different clients than I am or don't mind bending over backwards for base fares.
2nd job to pay off debt.
The box I'd like to check would be 75% reliant on Uber.
Overall I find Uber fun. I would far rather be driving people home from bars and clubs than hanging out at such places.
I just do a few mornings a week. So maybe $200 a week. I find it bothersome when folks who are doing this as a full time job suggest People like me who are doing it part time and for fun and extra cash are some how depriving them of work. Not once have I seen or read on their adds that they were highering for jobs. It's always "side hustle" extra cash excetera. Uber, especially, lied about possible income but they still never offered employment. I accepted what they offered. A side gig for extra cash. The way they do the math, only when there is a passenger in the car, it does pay. Not close to what they said but better than sitting at home watching TV. So when I am not working and watching tv in my car, (netflix, contour) I don't say I am working, either.
Kinda feel bad for folks who are trying to live on this. Pizza delivery pays far better.
Turn it on for my commute, if I get a ping great, if not thats ok too.
You should ask your "date" to request a ride from you after your "date" to recoup some of the cost of said "date".
Great nic, Sloven!
I'll be go to ****, I'm a uber Driver! HAY Aaaaaalllllll! What kind of world am I walking into here??!!
I think I can shed some light on that. My day job provides 90% of my income and significant stress. I also invited my long-time girlfriend and her 5 teenage kids to move in with me. She travels for work so when she's not home, my passengers are less stressful than the daily drama of teenage girls at home. I'm not going to say there isn't stress in driving for Uber/Lyft but it's very different type of stress. I am a relatively laid back driver that has learned not to get too excited by other drivers stupidity or the occasional a**hole pax. I do the best I can to provide a safe pleasant experience for the passenger and it makes one for me. I don't really worry about ratings although I haven't had a problem with them either. And while I do make an effort to maximize earnings by learning the tricks of where to be when, I don't get too stressed by it.
I will say that I do truly sympathize with drivers doing this for a living as I would find that very stressful and discouraging. Uber was, is and will always be a disruptive technology. They are not a transportation company, they are a technology company that sub-contracts the transportation to a sea of "Ants" (us). They focus on bringing as many people as possible in to the pool of drivers and riders as that is the way they stay ahead of the competition and maximize their position. For those that ever thought or were lead to believe Uber would be motivated to protect driver earnings, I am sorry that is not going to happen no matter how much we complain. That is not where their money lies and as we see, we are expendable. I'm not trying to be mean, just facing reality. Those of you that signed on early while they were trying to build their fleet of ants saw a different world than those of us that came later. As this survey shows, 80% of us are part time and there is an endless pool of candidates to fill our part time shoes as we come and go. The reality is that we are easier to replace than passengers.
So what I do is accept that reality, do the best I can to work within it and have no illusion that Uber will change or that this will provide for my retirement. It is what it is. No more, no less and a relatively easy way to drive, earn money and meet people with very little commitment. That's low sterss to me.
That was purty awesome and a great read, LTB.
An' pretty much summed up how I feel about and address this gig. I can stress out over very little. But man, I really like this "work" (that still cracks me up)
If my head is on right that day, this is fun and easy, not a lot, of cash sort o' deal. Meet some great and fun people and just pretty much drive around. There is gonna be some stress in a day no matter what. Luckily and if overly stressed out while Uber/lyfting, I just hang it up for the day. Very often find out I was just in a gonna be "stressed-out, no matter wut" sort of mindset.
"I will say that I do truly sympathize with drivers doing this for a living as I would find that very stressful and discouraging.'
Man! me too.
But again. Great post.
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