Uber the best part time, supplemental income job ever?

Hear me out guys,
I work a 7-3 job, which I love and it provides a steady income and benefits for my family. My daughter goes to bed at 7, my wife is usually working on her online college classes receiving her masters. Which leaves me with A) Netflix. B) Driving range/some other sort of hobby. C) A way to add 1,000$ a month of income to our house with minimal effort and not taking away from time with my family.

Now, I know the downsides. We are all aware of them, I'm not naive. The people we deal with can range from the nicest people to people you didn't think existed because they are so miserable. Not to mention, the rates by uber that they pay us are damn near criminal for the service we provide and what we put up with.

That being said, is there a more flexible option than being in the comfort of your own car, working the hours that you want, all around the schedule of your family so you don't miss a thing and can provide those extra things or maybe the mortgage that seems like it's always got some sort of anchor weighing you down because we were sold the American Dream and part of that is owning a house and then giving it to the kids one day.

This may be received with some skepticism, but for anyone considering driving Uber to supplement your income and you've done all your research, JUMP in, the water is fine. I look forward to seeing you all out there. I hope for all your fares to be great, and your surges long. Uber on.
 

I_Like_Spam

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Hear me out guys, C) A way to add 1,000$ a month of income to our house with minimal effort and not taking away from time with my family.

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It takes a lot of trips, and a lot of time to net $1000 driving Uber. If you are willing to accept a little bit of structure for those many hours, you can net more doing an equal amount of time in shifts at a local 711.

But if you want to drive, go right ahead, and good luck.
 
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Well, I forgot to mention that I'm in a very good market. You are also leaving out that if I work at 7/11 doing equal hours, that I'm bound to a schedule that some one else creates for me. The whole emphasis on this being the best supplementary income is that I don't need to work hours that I don't want to. I can do it as my family allows. 3-4 days a week at night in my area I can profit probably around 800$ minus the gas and depreciation. I haven't put in enough volume but as a goal, next month I'll update this thread showing hours/days worked and my net profit with gas/depreciation based on standard calculations. I'm extrapolating right now. I 100% agree this extra money is attainable at a minimum wage job though, not with the flexibility that I require though, nor with the ease, and comfort.
 

I_Like_Spam

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The whole emphasis on this being the best supplementary income is that I don't need to work hours that I don't want to. I can do it as my family allows. 3-4 days a week at night in my area I can profit probably around 800$ minus the gas and depreciation. .
$800 gross deposits from Uber might only be $500-$600 after your gasoline, insurance, wear and tear on your car. It really isn't very much money, although you do have flexibility and if it works you, excellent.

I was just think what I was making 20 years ago driving Yellow Cab, I'd have to commit to 10 hours but I could lease a cab any day I wanted. The rates were $1.80 flag drop plus $1.40 /mile after the first 1/7 of a mile. Including tips, $100 was average takehome for a weekday, $140 or more during a weekend. No wear and tear costs, insurance was included in the lease. But Yellow Cab was not "cutting edge", and few men stepped forward to drive. Uber has taken the same gig, required people to drive their own cars, and has somehow made driving seem progressive and ultramodern.
 

SEAL Team 5

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Hear me out guys,
I work a 7-3 job, which I love and it provides a steady income and benefits for my family. My daughter goes to bed at 7, my wife is usually working on her online college classes receiving her masters. Which leaves me with A) Netflix. B) Driving range/some other sort of hobby. C) A way to add 1,000$ a month of income to our house with minimal effort and not taking away from time with my family.

Now, I know the downsides. We are all aware of them, I'm not naive. The people we deal with can range from the nicest people to people you didn't think existed because they are so miserable. Not to mention, the rates by uber that they pay us are damn near criminal for the service we provide and what we put up with.

That being said, is there a more flexible option than being in the comfort of your own car, working the hours that you want, all around the schedule of your family so you don't miss a thing and can provide those extra things or maybe the mortgage that seems like it's always got some sort of anchor weighing you down because we were sold the American Dream and part of that is owning a house and then giving it to the kids one day.

This may be received with some skepticism, but for anyone considering driving Uber to supplement your income and you've done all your research, JUMP in, the water is fine. I look forward to seeing you all out there. I hope for all your fares to be great, and your surges long. Uber on.
That's better than any recruiting commercial I've seen on TV. You could make a You Tube vid and get a bunch of referral fees.
 

Kalee

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Well, I forgot to mention that I'm in a very good market. You are also leaving out that if I work at 7/11 doing equal hours, that I'm bound to a schedule that some one else creates for me. The whole emphasis on this being the best supplementary income is that I don't need to work hours that I don't want to. I can do it as my family allows. 3-4 days a week at night in my area I can profit probably around 800$ minus the gas and depreciation. I haven't put in enough volume but as a goal, next month I'll update this thread showing hours/days worked and my net profit with gas/depreciation based on standard calculations. I'm extrapolating right now. I 100% agree this extra money is attainable at a minimum wage job though, not with the flexibility that I require though, nor with the ease, and comfort.
No-one has ever complained about how flexible the hours are Ubering.

You're putting all emphasis on flexibility without emphasising that one is merely trading in his vehicle's equity for cash. There is little to no way to earn a profit driving Uber.

You're a "new member" to the UP website which is indicative of being relatively new to Uber as well. You will learn in short time (if you are semi intelligent) that you're being robbed.

You will reach the point where you are sickened at the thought of having your family riding in the back seat of your vehicle where every imaginable bodily fluid has been excreted by some of the filthy pax you are currently allowing to do their thing back there. But hey... at least the hours are flexible. That makes it kinda nice.
This is the reason taxi cabs have non-porous vinyl interiors.

Good luck on your new found flexible venture, buddy.
 
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How many of you that commented on this, put in or used to put in 30+ hours a week driving uber? Listen, I'm not arguing anything you guys are saying. I'm certainly not trying to recruit anyone to join uber. I'm saying that if you're trading the equity of your car for money and your saving for a house/to raise a family. It's a very good option, I'm also referring to the fact that I don't want to miss anything with my daughter growing up. As far as my family riding in the body fluids of others, I would never use my family car to Uber with, I think that's pretty much common sense. The only people that sit in the back of my car are Pax. I said I'm not trying to convince anyone Uber is GREAT... But, supplementary income that is flexible is something that people are hard pressed to come by. I'd be interested to hear what else you could do that requires no degree, or really any skill set that is equivalent.
 
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Also, I misspoke about the 800$- depreciation and gas. I meant to say 800$ already have deducted those two. With my income, plus supplementary I can be at everything in regards to my family. Hit some short term goals and get out. I'm not in Uber for the long haul, and I'm not in it as a career let me assure you. If I trade two years of equity of my car in which I probably will sell at my rate of buying/selling cars, and I've reached a certain goal of savings then it has been a hugely successful two years. Perhaps you are right, and I'm not jaded enough to understand your perspectives but I'm also not naive enough to hear your points. I just think that it's somethings that under the right circumstances is the best in regards to flexibility, and additional income/savings for the household.
 

Kalee

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Also, I misspoke about the 800$- depreciation and gas. I meant to say 800$ already have deducted those two. With my income, plus supplementary I can be at everything in regards to my family. Hit some short term goals and get out. I'm not in Uber for the long haul, and I'm not in it as a career let me assure you. If I trade two years of equity of my car in which I probably will sell at my rate of buying/selling cars, and I've reached a certain goal of savings then it has been a hugely successful two years. Perhaps you are right, and I'm not jaded enough to understand your perspectives but I'm also not naive enough to hear your points. I just think that it's somethings that under the right circumstances is the best in regards to flexibility, and additional income/savings for the household.
Just understand, that on this site you're going to find that most have been badly burned by Uber in numerous ways, so you won't find many that agree that this is a "the best part time, supplemental income job ever".
Everyone's circumstances are different. That being said, I guess if you're happy doing it and it works for you, then continue doing what you're doing.
 
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I was being a little facetious with the thread title, but honestly if I would have substituted flexible with part time in the thread title, I'm really waiting to hear from these guys what a better option is?
 

Kalee

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I was being a little facetious with the thread title, but honestly if I would have substituted flexible with part time in the thread title, I'm really waiting to hear from these guys what a better option is?
Panhandling - and I'm not being facetious.
You will have the same flexibility as you do driving Uber without destroying your vehicle and I guarantee a nice bump in your earnings, you keep 100%, tax free.
You will also get more respect from the donors than you will from Uber's pax.
 
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Well, that's absurd because I'm not homeless. Give a realistic idea? The fact that that's all you come up with robbing people based on a lie. At least with Uber you are providing a service to people. But, honestly you guys have some pretty set in stone feelings. I've kind of made my argument or stance on it. I respect all of your opinions though. I understand where it's all coming from. There is a reason why so many people are unhappy. I think a lot of it has to do with people trying to make a living with this as opposed to just doing it as an additional stream of income.
 

KanadianKicker

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Hear me out guys,
I work a 7-3 job, which I love and it provides a steady income and benefits for my family. My daughter goes to bed at 7, my wife is usually working on her online college classes receiving her masters. Which leaves me with A) Netflix. B) Driving range/some other sort of hobby. C) A way to add 1,000$ a month of income to our house with minimal effort and not taking away from time with my family.

Now, I know the downsides. We are all aware of them, I'm not naive. The people we deal with can range from the nicest people to people you didn't think existed because they are so miserable. Not to mention, the rates by uber that they pay us are damn near criminal for the service we provide and what we put up with.

That being said, is there a more flexible option than being in the comfort of your own car, working the hours that you want, all around the schedule of your family so you don't miss a thing and can provide those extra things or maybe the mortgage that seems like it's always got some sort of anchor weighing you down because we were sold the American Dream and part of that is owning a house and then giving it to the kids one day.

This may be received with some skepticism, but for anyone considering driving Uber to supplement your income and you've done all your research, JUMP in, the water is fine. I look forward to seeing you all out there. I hope for all your fares to be great, and your surges long. Uber on.
I am in almost your exact situation, and I feel exactly the same as you do. I have a fairly well paying 9-5 job with good benefits. This is just an easy way to earn a little extra money when ever I feel like doing it. I know full well that I could easily make more if I chose to work at a Home Depot or a fast food place.

However, doing this as a full time job, or for income that is essential for you/your family, I could see why there is so much cynicism towards this type of work. The rate cuts, the lack of tips, introducing BS like uberPool etc. would make things very frustrating.
 
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People write Uber drivers don't make ANY money, people write uber drivers only make minimum wage!!! The thing is, every detractor that's been in the thread so far forgets that if I can make minimum wage and work on my own time (I'm saying minimum wage, because after gas and depreciation I understand it's close to minimum wage.) That is the best flexible part time job that admittedly pays poorly, but i don't need to punch in every day to make a certain amount. I work my day job as my main source of income. While uber provides enough to put away quite a bit of money a month. For people who's livelihood this is, I get it, it's terrible and you guys do deserve better for what you put up with and how many hours you put it. But, if you take it at face value and realize what your getting which is a minimum wage job, and you're taking equity out of your car for money now, then I don't see the issue.
 

Kalee

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People write Uber drivers don't make ANY money, people write uber drivers only make minimum wage!!! The thing is, every detractor that's been in the thread so far forgets that if I can make minimum wage and work on my own time (I'm saying minimum wage, because after gas and depreciation I understand it's close to minimum wage.) That is the best flexible part time job that admittedly pays poorly, but i don't need to punch in every day to make a certain amount. I work my day job as my main source of income. While uber provides enough to put away quite a bit of money a month. For people who's livelihood this is, I get it, it's terrible and you guys do deserve better for what you put up with and how many hours you put it. But, if you take it at face value and realize what your getting which is a minimum wage job, and you're taking equity out of your car for money now, then I don't see the issue.
Your assuming everyone is doing well enough to make minimum wage.
Towards the end, I was lucky to make $5 per hour.
In the year and a half that I Ubered, the rates had been cut by 65%.
People quit decent jobs to drive for Uber when the rates were fair. Who could foresee that their income would be cut like that in such as short time?
Uber has destroyed so many lives, so many families that bought into Uber's idea. So many bankruptcies have been the result of Uber's genius business plan.
So many children affected because mommy or daddy could no longer make enough to pay the bills and to keep a roof over their heads.

So many taxi jobs have been lost and WILL be lost as Uber completes their master plan of autonomous vehicles... Men and women that relied on that taxi job to carry them through.
But that's not good enough... now they're going for bus fair rates too until that mode of transportation can no longer compete either.

So go ahead if you feel good about working for this god forsaken company. Just spare us your preaching on how "good" you can do part time.

You will eventually realize what we all already know. Then come tell us if you still believe that this is the "best part time supplemental income job ever"

This is my last comment regarding this subject on this thread.
 

Transportador

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Depends on where you are in California, netting $1000 after gas and repair a month is easy! just do it. There ain't no other flexible part time work out there like this. There are websites dedicated to getting professional consulting gigs by the project or hour depending on your trade/skill/profession. But those things end up committing you to deadlines, and certain deliverable, not very flexible...Don't forget you get to deduct mileage and other expenses (like cell phone service) doing Uber. You don't have to give up watching NetFlix while Ubering either. Write that off too :-)
 
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At the expense of sounding rude, I'm kind of glad you won't be posting anymore. While I feel horrible for people who have lost/or are losing everything, my point was just how good it was part time. Now I apologize if I've struck a nerve. I don't know what it's like to lose it all, and I wouldn't wish that upon anyone. Just wanted to have a discussion with drivers who do it like I do? Wondering if they feel the same way. Obviously the full timers don't agree. I truly hope it turns around for you, if it already hasn't! Best of luck! Kalee
 
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