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Driving Full time in Cleveland? Doable? Worth it?

Michael - Cleveland

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What platform(s) were you considering working full-time - What do you have available to you, X, XL, Select?

Of course driving full time is "doable". Especially if you are independently wealthy or live in your car. What are your financial needs?

Driving 'X' 12 hours a day 6 days a week it is entirely possible to gross $1,000 a week which comes out to about $13.88 an hour, before expenses.

Some weeks you'll do more, some weeks you'll do less.
 
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What platform(s) were you considering working full-time - What do you have available to you, X, XL, Select?

Of course driving full time is "doable". Especially if you are independently wealthy or live in your car. What are your financial needs?

Driving 'X' 12 hours a day 6 days a week it is entirely possible to gross $1,000 a week which comes out to about $13.88 an hour, before expenses.

Some weeks you'll do more, some weeks you'll do less.
Both platforms doing X and XL. I'm gonna be doing it part time until my current contracted work is finished. Just wondered if there was even enough demand in Cleveland and surrounding areas to do it full time. I'm guessing Indians starting up again helps. I've got a Toyota Highlander hybrid btw.
 

Michael - Cleveland

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Great vehicle for X and XL. when you throw that into the mix as long as you can focus on the busy hours, which of course are weekend night time, you should be able to do $1,300 to $1,600 a week. You weren't planning on having much of a life after driving were you?
 
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Haha well I'll be in Cleveland through Browns season so I'm definitely hoping to enjoy some social time here as well. The rideshare income even after my contracted gig is up won't need to be 100% of my income. So even at 40 hours of driving and being 5 minutes from Hopkins you think $800 ish weekly is possible?
 

Michael - Cleveland

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The math says that $800 a week at 40 hours means you need to do $20 per hour. After just fuel expense, that would net you somewhere around $650. In my opinion, that's not an unreasonable expectation. Others may disagree. The more you know the city and learn the best places and times to drive the easier it will be to hit that goal or even exceed it.
 
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The math says that $800 a week at 40 hours means you need to do $20 per hour. After just fuel expense, that would net you somewhere around $650. In my opinion, that's not an unreasonable expectation. Others may disagree. The more you know the city and learn the best places and times to drive the easier it will be to hit that goal or even exceed it.
Thanks for input/advice!
 

Furface

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I drive Uber X and Lyft part-time and can easily do 1200 a month before expenses.

The major issue I see about depending solely on rideshare for income is that the Uber/Lyft platform isn’t yours. They can drop rates or kick you out anytime they feel like. You’re always 1 bad customer away from being deactivated, 1 car repair away from not being able to drive and 1 accident away from being dead. If this is your only income you need an exit strategy.
 

Rosalita

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Both platforms doing X and XL. I'm gonna be doing it part time until my current contracted work is finished. Just wondered if there was even enough demand in Cleveland and surrounding areas to do it full time. I'm guessing Indians starting up again helps. I've got a Toyota Highlander hybrid btw.

Not sure with all the reworking, additions/deletions of computations, new surge/old surge/no surge, and new this and that going on has anything to do with "demand" anymore in this area. Demand used to mean something. Now, sadly, it means less and less and less...
 

Uber1111uber

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Great timing we just got flat rate surge here in cleveland so no more guesswork
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Oh and try to stay outta east cleveland unless you have a death wish ?
 
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Great timing we just got flat rate surge here in cleveland so no more guesswork
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Oh and try to stay outta east cleveland unless you have a death wish ?
What was the guesswork with the old model of surge? Wasn't it shown as the request was coming through?
 

pizzaladee

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What was the guesswork with the old model of surge? Wasn't it shown as the request was coming through?
That’s how Uber worded it to make the drivers think the new surge was a good thing. The old surge said 2.4x, or whatever the multiplier was. You could do some quick math and figure out approximately what your ride would net you. I find the new surge harder to predict. Sometimes it increases, sometimes it doesn’t. Hardly seems easier to understand than the old one.

But definitely be cautious of East Cleveland. I will drop off there, often times taking people home from factories or hotels in the suburbs. I will always turn off the app until I’m out of there. I drive late night and don’t want to be running a shuttle around EC at 1am.
 

Aaron30

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Haha well I'll be in Cleveland through Browns season so I'm definitely hoping to enjoy some social time here as well. The rideshare income even after my contracted gig is up won't need to be 100% of my income. So even at 40 hours of driving and being 5 minutes from Hopkins you think $800 ish weekly is possible?
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1k a week is doable working full time in Cleveland just don’t go to the ghettos they give you low stars
 

CLEVE_MAC

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Great timing we just got flat rate surge here in cleveland so no more guesswork
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Oh and try to stay outta east cleveland unless you have a death wish ?
Ummm...stay out of
1. Buckeye Shaker
2. Glenville
3. South Collinwood
4. East Cleveland
5. St. Claire/Superior
6. East Cleveland (again...just for hell of it)
7. Stockyards
8. W25th street projects
9. Woodland Projects
10. Slavic Village
11. And about 5 other areas.

Basically stay out of all of Cleveland.

OK, basically don't drive
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I drive Uber X and Lyft part-time and can easily do 1200 a month before expenses.

The major issue I see about depending solely on rideshare for income is that the Uber/Lyft platform isn’t yours. They can drop rates or kick you out anytime they feel like. You’re always 1 bad customer away from being deactivated, 1 car repair away from not being able to drive and 1 accident away from being dead. If this is your only income you need an exit strategy.
I agree 1200 per month is like nothing.

The problem is that getting to $2000 - $4000 a month is a LOT of work. A LOT OF DRIVING.
 

Aaron30

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That’s how Uber worded it to make the drivers think the new surge was a good thing. The old surge said 2.4x, or whatever the multiplier was. You could do some quick math and figure out approximately what your ride would net you. I find the new surge harder to predict. Sometimes it increases, sometimes it doesn’t. Hardly seems easier to understand than the old one.

But definitely be cautious of East Cleveland. I will drop off there, often times taking people home from factories or hotels in the suburbs. I will always turn off the app until I’m out of there. I drive late night and don’t want to be running a shuttle around EC at 1am.
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Just the heck of it I try to drive in East Cleveland from 5pm to 8 pm man it’s none stop pax I got about 7 to 8 pax not including pax that I cancel then I got 6 reports @@@@ that ghetto you risk your life to pick them up in those shithole neighborhood. If you guys wanna drive in East Cleveland make sure your radio station is 107.9 maybe you get some tips
 
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E7R0629

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First post. Just discovered this Forum. Been driving Uber for 20 months, almost exclusively Saturday nights. Normally 9pm to 3am. Sometimes a bit sooner, sometimes later. Based in Lakewood but go where the rides take me (educated guess is 50% originate in Lakewood (lots of bars) downtown Cleveland or West 25th Street) Historically I have averaged about $180 ($30/hr) on Saturday nights, driving about 150 miles.

When Uber changed the surge I had three outstanding Saturday nights in a row, averaged over $45 an hour. I had to skip a couple of weekends since then, but my last two Saturdays have been considerably less profitable, about $150 a night. These are averages and I acknowledge I did not control many variables that affect earnings. But I have had numerous problems with the app the past couple of weeks.

As far as doing this full time, Good luck. I have tried weekdays and week nights, and the airport. I don't know the secret to success as I average about $12/hr during those times. From several conversations with drivers riding with me the few who do it full time do drive 12 hours a day and they speak in terms of weekly earnings, which has ranged up to $1200 a week. Sounds respectable until you pay for 1200 miles worth of gas, change your oil once a month, and your brakes once a year.
 

Rosalita

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Great timing we just got flat rate surge here in cleveland so no more guesswork
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Oh and try to stay outta east cleveland unless you have a death wish ?
I've taken some very nice people home to East Cleveland. Do mean the east side of Cleveland or East Cleveland, the city? The condition of the streets is why I try to avoid the area.
 
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