The Ultimate Side Hustle: How To Become a Rideshare Driver

The Ultimate Side Hustle: How To Become a Rideshare Driver
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    Any college student looking for a side hustle nowadays has run into people suggesting driving for Uber or Lyft.

    It's certainly an appealing option.

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You can work around your school schedule, you don’t need to worry about training, and you can usually make a decent amount of money. But few people address the question of how to become a rideshare driver. We’re here to put the question to rest.

Choose a Service To Drive For

Once you’ve decided to drive for a rideshare service, the question becomes which rideshare service you should choose. Different services have their own requirements and applications, so this is an important point to address. Uber and Lyft are the most well-known choices, with Uber’s benefit being the volume of riders that use it and Lyft’s being the ease with which you can start up driving.

There are also other smaller, lesser-known rideshare services you can drive for, including Gett, Curb, and Via. The one thing about using a less popular rideshare service is that you will likely get fewer passengers than driving for other services.

The nice thing? You can drive for more than one service at once. If you are passionate about getting those extra earnings, that may be the choice for you.

The Vehicle

  • Get a Car

    It’s common knowledge that when you drive for a rideshare service, you need to supply the car. Most rideshare services require a four-door car, minivan, or truck.

    That makes it difficult for people who don’t already own a car or who own a two-door car. However, there are still options available for getting a car to use for Uber and Lyft beyond buying one.

  • Clean It Out

    Not having a clean car as an Uber or Lyft driver is the quickest way to get a one-star rating, especially at a time like this. Your goal is to make a complete stranger comfortable in your car. It’s a good idea to not just throw out the garbage but to take the extra step of getting the interior detailed.

  • Get Inspected

    But it’s not enough for your car to be clean. If you’re driving for Uber or Lyft, your car will need to go through a nineteen-point vehicle inspection to ensure it is safe to take passengers.

    This inspection will check on things like your lights, steering, brakes, seat belts, etc. If you know there have been a few maintenance issues with your car that you’ve been putting off, now is the time to take care of them.

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Complete the Paperwork

Applications to become a rideshare driver can be completed online. Along with the application, you’ll have to supply your car’s paperwork, your license, and a background check form. After you’ve been accepted as a driver, you’ll also want to consider getting rideshare insurance in addition to the insurance supplied by the rideshare company.

Image Credit: rideshare driver by envato.com

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