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mcurry

New Member
Hi,

i'm just getting started with Uber and Lyft but all the requirements are kind of overwhelming. I know i need an inspection and a TNC decal but I seen somewhere that I also need to apply for a business license as well. I live on Bainbridge Island and plan to primarily drive in the Kitsap county area but would like to be able to drive in Seattle from time to time. can anyone walk me through this process? I need to know how and where to get a TNC decal, a For-Hire License, and how to apply for the business license (if needed).
 

Risab1981

Well-Known Member
Hi,

i'm just getting started with Uber and Lyft but all the requirements are kind of overwhelming. I know i need an inspection and a TNC decal but I seen somewhere that I also need to apply for a business license as well. I live on Bainbridge Island and plan to primarily drive in the Kitsap county area but would like to be able to drive in Seattle from time to time. can anyone walk me through this process? I need to know how and where to get a TNC decal, a For-Hire License, and how to apply for the business license (if needed).
Welcome!

1. TNC Decal and For Hire Permit go together. Uber and Lyft will apply for you, after you go through inspection. When they are ready, you will pick them up @ King County Licensing in Seattle.

2. Business License. You may apply online. Search Seattle Business License. Uber and Lyft will apply on your behalf for a Tacoma(piece county) and I believe they still pay for the 1st year. Seattle Business License, you will have to pay for.

3. If you're driving out there, you probably already do, but if not, make sure you get a Good 2 Go Flex Pass.
 

SKuber

Well-Known Member
1. TNC Decal and For Hire Permit go together. Uber and Lyft will apply for you, after you go through inspection. When they are ready, you will pick them up @ King County Licensing in Seattle
If you are driving Lyft over here then Lyft has already applied for your tnc/fhp. For Lyft (unlike Uber) this is the same region as Seattle.

You may want to change your Avatar to something not personally identifiable.

Good luck.
 

heynow321

Well-Known Member
Couple tips:

Do not ever take pool requests. They do not compensate you enough for the stress of dealing with multiple passengers in multiple stops, it will destroy your car faster, and you will be getting the worst kind of people in your car.

Do not drive during rush hour without surge pricing. The amount of money you make per hour from the compensation for your time is about $11 an hour aka not worth your time.

Your acceptance rate does not matter on either platform. Uber lost a class action lawsuit years ago and is unable to punish us for a low acceptance rate. They might send you threatening sounding emails every now and then, these are to be ignored.

Most importantly: boober and gryft are not your friend and do not have your back or your interest at heart, at all. Everything about these companies is designed to benefit them at the expense of you. You will learn to work around that and make it work for you and join the 4% or will bail within one year. Think of yourself as a one-man transportation company
 

tipster98122

Well-Known Member
Get a dash cam!

Make sure you have rideshare gap insurance with insurance carrier.

Don’t chase surge. Or any other “carrot” dangled by these companies to entice you to do something/go somewhere. It will ALWAYS sound like it’s a good deal for you. And it will not be, ALWAYS.

Keep looking for a more reliable source of income while doing this.

Stay on top of the preventative maintenance of your car.

Return to above replies and re-read.
 

heynow321

Well-Known Member
Also, passengers are not your friends either. They will lie and cheat and steal to get a free or discounted ride at your expense. Kpax can elaborate
 

tipster98122

Well-Known Member
Here’s some lies we’ve all heard.

—“I’ll tip you on the app.” Numero uno lie!

And some tried and true responses. Which you won’t do for the next few months because you think it mean but will, eventually, adopt and kick yourself for not doing sooner. (Wait, that was me!)

—“I’ll be right down/out.” Cancel & drive away.
—“Can you wait? I’ll just be a minute?” End trip as they go into store. Drive away.
 

SKuber

Well-Known Member
—“Can you wait? I’ll just be a minute?” End trip as they go into store. Drive awa
Make sure the take all there belongings with them when they they make that quick run into the bank/store/pot shop or whatever, I've fell for it a couple times my first few months, actually had a lady leave her mutt in the car... 20 minutes inside rite aid (hopefully picking up her anti-crazy pills).

I have also had a pax try to leave her kid in the car while running into 7-11 for some smokes.... uhmm f no!

Now I insist the take everything thing with them so I can ditch them if I need to.
 

Yooper

Well-Known Member
Here’s some lies we’ve all heard.

—“I’ll tip you on the app.” Numero uno lie!
Keep in mind the rider may not be lying if they ask how to tip, the Uber app deliberately makes it confusing. I've watched the damn thing show them nothing after the ride completed, and the option was hidden in small print under four clicks:

Open the main menu > Your Trips > click the last ride > Add a Tip in the top right
 

Direwolfismyspiritanimal

Well-Known Member
Buy a small vacuum for your car and keep it in your trunk.

Feel free to rate pax as low as you think they deserve. Don't feel bad. I will list here about the times I will rate pax low, most of the time a 1 star.
-If a pax says they are going to tip me in the app, there is a 90%, or higher chance, that they are lying. I rate them a one.
-If they complain to me about the route that I'm taking when I'm following the GPS.
-If they backseat drive in an annoying manner.
-If they start eating in my car without asking, I rate them a one for sure.
-If they complain about the prices or how other rideshare driver's act or anything about how Uber or Lyft treats them, that's an automatic one. None of that is my fault.
-If they touch anything in my car like my radio or air conditioning without asking, that is so rude. I even had a chick unplug my phone charger out of my phone to plug into her's. :rolleyes:

Good luck! You are already doing better than many newbies because you found this site.
 
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Marco Solo

Well-Known Member
Don't be afraid to use a tip jar. Mine is a clear, tall, cylindrical Starbucks water bottle without its lid. The bottle sits in my cupholder between the front seats (salted with two $1 bills, but without any label or sign), within easy reach of any pax in the back seat. The bottle's opening is too narrow for anyone's hand to reach in and steal the tips, and its height makes it too tall for a hand to be able to grasp the bills in the bottom, anyways.

Buy a Seahawks ball cap & wear it on home game days. Do the same w/ Mariners, Sounders and Huskies caps.

Provide 6-ft. charging cables for Android & Apple fones. Pax love these.

People love to hear their own name from others' lips. Greet your pax with, "Hi, [pax first name], I'm [your first name]!"

If your pax isn't already toes to the curb when you arrive, turn your engine off as you wait.

Always get the pax to confirm the destination before starting your car.

On AP runs, cheerfully take their luggage and load it yourself into your trunk, saying, "Let me get that for you, [pax first name]." At dropoff, unload it yourself from your trunk, saying, "Here you are, [pax first name]."

Always thank the pax for their business. I say, "Thanks for riding with me today, [pax first name]." If we're at the AP, I add, "I wish you fair winds and a safe trip!"

Get your oil changed at Jiffy Lube so that you can take advantage of the free vacuuming & tire inflation each location offers to customers.

Pep Boys offers free brake & battery inspections.

If you don't work after 9 PM, you probably won't get any pax who puke in your car, so you won't need to keep cleaning supplies in your trunk.

When picking up pax at night--especially unescorted women--turn your interior dome light on just before you reach their block, and start smiling. They've got your driver picture, but matching it to your face is problematic in the dark. With your dome light on, they'll be able to identify you as you approach the curb, instead of having to open the door to peer in at you after you arrive. The light will also show them that no one else is in the car, or--if on a Pool ride--that others *are* in the car.

At night or at less-than-ideal dropoff locations, don't let pax disembark before you assess the situational safety conditions. You don't have to get out of the car yourself (although doing so will underscore your concern for pax safety); just caution the pax to "Please remain inside for a few seconds while I make sure it's safe to get out." I have a powerful, handheld spotlight I use to inspect the street, yard(s), fences, gates, etc., from inside my car. (It also helps in finding a house's street number in the dark.) I get a tip almost every time I do this, especially since I get out of the car for my assessment and then open the door for the pax.

When you need a bathroom break at night, just walk into a hotel as if you're staying there or visiting.
 

Lissetti

Rebel Honey Badger
Article Manager
Moderator
If you don't work after 9 PM, you probably won't get any pax who puke in your car, so you won't need to keep cleaning supplies in your trunk.
You will need to keep cleaning supplies in your trunk to clean up after:

"Service" Dogs.
Mud kicked onto the side boards of seats.
Glitter, feathers, and tanning creme from primped up pax going out.
Spilled food sneaked into the car.
A coughy, sneezy pax.
Pax kids.:rolleyes:
Your own meal messes.
 
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