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Discussion in 'Raleigh-Durham' started by BX2NC, Sep 7, 2015.

  1. BX2NC

    BX2NC

    Location:
    Raleigh
    Driving:
    UberX
    Hello. I am a female driver whom recently relocated from the Bronx NYC to Raleigh NC. In the meantime, I borrowed from my pension in ny, and funds are getting pretty low. I'm 35 with a son about to graduate HS and need to make fast cash until I find stable career. I currently live 5 mins from north hills mall, and started driving for uber a week ago. I need to at least make 350-400 a week. Is that even possible? I really don't know what times I need to get up and out there. or how many hours I need to roughly drive to make that amount. What I do know and learned from this site is to stay away from the airport LOL. I have help from my mom as well so I'm not looking to get rich with Uber. Just need enough to get by. So far, I hardly get pings and I turn the app on at 7am. this discourages me and I go right back home. I usually just turn the app on near my home and sit. Should I be driving to a certain location? I prefer to do early mornings opposed to late nights but I am open to at least doing 1 late night if it will benefit me. Please give me some pointers and directions. Thank u all
     
  2. It all depends on what hours you want to work. $350-$400 a week is very achievable and the airport is fine as long as you know what you are doing. There is a really good thread here about how to pickup at RDU. I use a different technique you can PM me for details as I don't want our commercial tag brothers out there to know how I operate on what they think is there personal work space. Downtown Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill between Midnight and 4:00 AM on Friday and Saturday nights are one of the busiest times. Weekday nights are pretty steady for the most part in Raleigh downtown and at the colleges on their weekday club nights. During the day is rough. I use to be able to take home $100.00 during 6 hours during the day easily and now I struggle to make $50.00. You are in a good location for staying home and just leaving the phone on to catch a couple north hills mall calls.
     
  3. BX2NC

    BX2NC

    Location:
    Raleigh
    Driving:
    UberX
    Thank u so much for your response...I will send you a PM to get some other pointers... truly appreciated..
     
  4. Disgusted Driver

    Disgusted Driver

    Location:
    Raleigh
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    Yes, there is a surprising amount of action from North Hills, I sometimes get calls there and I'm 10 minutes away but that's mostly Fri. Sat. evening. Bottom line OneloverUberRaleighOneloverUberRaleigh is right on the money, days are dead. You can leave your app on and see if you get something but the problem is then you are driving home empty because you won't get a call quickly after you drop off. So it might not be worth it. Morning and evening rush hours aren't too bad either. Good luck and get a job asap! It's hard to grind a decent living at the current rates, most folks aren't honest about their expenses.
     
  5. Driver100

    Driver100

    Location:
    Raleigh
    Success in this depends a lot on being available in the right places at the right times.

    My limited experience is that Friday and Saturday, generally speaking are, by far, the busiest times for rider demand. So, you will want to put in 8 hour (minimum) shifts on those days to make a go of it.

    It's helpful to change location if "the fish aren't biting"- don't wait 25 minutes at the same location for calls to come in. If calls aren't coming in there in 10 minutes, move to another location.

    You might consider doing drop-offs at RDU if your riders understand and agree to alight quickly. But probably not do pickups from RDU until the new law takes effect Oct. 1. Hopefully then, the situation will resolve.

    I'm still new at this, too.
     
  6. BX2NC

    BX2NC

    Location:
    Raleigh
    Driving:
    UberX
    Thanks a lot for the info.. I'm going to start back again tomorrow. and put some hours in... What I was doing a lot was picking up a rider, taking them to their location and driving back home... (Don't ask). lol I'm wasting gas doing that. so now I know to drop off a rider and wait in that area at least 10 mins to see if I get a ping. I think I can handle drop off to the airport. The pick-up is what's complicated. I will stay away from that for now. I expect to put some good hours in on fri and Sat.. Gonna try and do this at least until the holidays pass. Thanks again for the insight.
     
  7. BX2NC

    BX2NC

    Location:
    Raleigh
    Driving:
    UberX
    Thanks!!!! Appreciate your input... Question, whats the earliest for the morning rush? Maybe I can do morning and evening rush weekdays, and do Friday and Saturday evenings/nights (9pm-3am). If I can get $400 a week, that will be all I need. I drive a 2010 Chevy impala, mint condition, Runs really good on gas.. trying to drive all I can and take advantage of the low gas prices. Thanks again
     
  8. Disgusted Driver

    Disgusted Driver

    Location:
    Raleigh
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    I'm not sure because I never get up that early but I think it's like 7-9am and 4-6PM
     
  9. Look up the first flight out of RDU. I think its usually 5 or 6 am. You will have PAX heading to the airport. Also you have kids going to school, hotel workers headed in ect. Not many drivers our and sometimes you can catch a early morning surge ride. If you want some practice head to duke in the morning its usually back to back short rides to campus from 7:00-10:00 am. Almost ever night there is a surge downtown Raleigh at 2:00 am when the bars/clubs let out.
     

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