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Is ubering from home a viable option for anyone?

Discussion in 'Advice' started by Mordred, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. Mordred

    Mordred

    Location:
    30605
    I live close to the busy area of town. Thinking about just turning my app on at home and waiting for rides. Does this work for anyone?
     
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  2. reg barclay

    reg barclay Moderator

    Location:
    rockland/westchester NY, new jersey
    Driving:
    UberX
    That's what I do, at least for the first ride of the day. Subsequently, if I drop off pax within a few miles of home, and I don't get anything within 5 or 10 minutes, I drive home and wait (then Uber sends me a ping just as I'm entering my driveway lol). Just keep your keys next to you, and do something you can drop easily if you accept a ping.
     
  3. TomTheAnt

    TomTheAnt

    Location:
    DFW
    Driving:
    UberX
    Sometimes I do drive a bit more towards downtown or the busy shopping area but usually I turn on the app at home once I’ve got everything ready to go.
     
  4. FLKeys

    FLKeys

    Location:
    FL Keys
    Driving:
    UberX
    I turn on the app at work when I am ready to leave. Get a ping and go, no ping in 10 minutes I head home.

    If I am at home non work days, when ready to go I turn on the app and enjoy my Lazy Boy until I get a ping. On slow nights I can sit online at home for hours without getting a ping. Does not pay to drive around looking for work in my area. If I end up on the other side of town I'll sit at my moms house until I get a ping. No sense in burning gas for hopes of a ride.
     
  5. i live in the suburbs and do this sometimes but if i want to make money i usually have to go fishing for rides by going to a busier area.
     
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  7. reg barclay

    reg barclay Moderator

    Location:
    rockland/westchester NY, new jersey
    Driving:
    UberX
    I'd love to say that that's never happened to me, but unfortunately I can't.
     
  8. I don't usually ask for likes but that gif wasn't easy ^
     
  9. 105398

    105398

    Location:
    Denver
    I do it all the time from home and my office. Have your stuff ready to go. Only negative is car is cold in winter, but heats up fast.
     
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  10. Mole

    Mole

    Location:
    Novato
    It is how I do it for the most part I would get some long hauls and I would dead mile it home with the app on and see what I hit kinda like a slot machine.
     
  11. theMezz

    theMezz

    Location:
    Central NY
    Driving:
    UberX
    I also do that. Within 2-7 minutes away are 3 hospitals three colleges 2 shopping centers and many nice housing developments, so my
    Home is a perfect base of
    Operations
     
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  12. xgamrgeekx

    xgamrgeekx

    Location:
    Utah
    Driving:
    Lyft
    I once logged off to take a pee break in a gas station, imagine my surprise when I heard the ping in my pocket. Accept, flush, and go lol
     
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  13. oldfart

    oldfart

    Location:
    Fort Myers
    Driving:
    UberXL
    I start my day from home... at 3:30 am and almost always get an airport ride....or a left over drunk
     
  14. jhearcht

    jhearcht

    Location:
    Alabama
    It works for me. But I'm retired and not trying to make a living on UBER, Just trying to pay for my new car. So, I don't have to aggressively chase rides and promotions.

    I live in a small city, in an ideal location midway between a wealthy suburb for pickups and the bar & restaurant districts for dropoffs within a five mile radius. On weeknights there's a lot of downtime between rides though, so I just go home and work on my blog until the next ping. It makes for a relaxed way to make a few bucks while driving about 20 hours a week.
     
  15. It happen to me exactly like that one day, except cancellation: long trip, XL
     
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  16. Seahawk3

    Seahawk3

    Location:
    Missoula
    Driving:
    UberX
    That's all I do watch Netflix and take calls
     
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  17. Yes.
    Depends where you live.
     
  18. Disgusted Driver

    Disgusted Driver

    Location:
    Raleigh
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    During the week I only do select so I sit home with the app on select. I'll get 2 or 3 calls during the week that way, quick 30 or 40 bucks and then I'll df my way back on x and Lyft. weekends I run a different strategy.
     
  19. Merc7186

    Merc7186

    Location:
    Buffalo NY
    Driving:
    UberXL
    No because you are just fighting your neighbor for the same ping while you both couch surf.
     

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