Uber! Who knew!! Until about two years ago, I didn’t even know what Uber was. I only knew the word ‘Uber’ for when we used it in reference to something that was more than Super Great….like Uber Awesome!
But I learned about the ride share program, Uber, through our college age son who uses it to get around sometimes.
I’ve been blogging for a year now, and wrote a slightly humorous blog post here on how it’s been a huge challenge that I’m endeavoring to conquer.
As I communicate my heart and encourage about things that are important to life and living, family and relationships, I’m also trying to use this blogging as a tool to contribute to our family’s income and help in funding our ministry.
There are some who believe blogging is either a ministry or a way to make an income, but it shouldn’t be both. I am not one of them. I am unashamedly admitting that I am hoping that the work that I am doing in blogging will eventually bring in a part time income to help with our ministry.
In the meantime I had to temporarily stop putting as much into blogging as I wanted and do something else that would help our family be able to have food on the table now.
First, let me explain Uber just in case you’re not sure. Uber is a ride sharing service; similar to a taxi. But the difference is, Uber drivers are not employed by Uber. They just sign up to drive for Uber, submit some documents, and wait for approval.
Once that happens they turn on the apps on their smartphones and wait for their first ping that signals someone near them has requested a ride through the Uber Rider app. Uber sends that request to the nearest Uber driver with their app on. The driver accepts the drive and then the app navigates the driver to where the rider is. After the rider is picked up, the app then tells the driver where the rider wants to go. It could be across town, or it could be just a few blocks away. There is no money exchanged between driver and rider (unless the rider wants to leave a cash tip). Uber takes care of collecting the fees and paying the drivers all through the app.
Uber also works on a rating system. The driver rates the rider 1-5 stars, and visa versa. The drivers’ ratings need to stay at or above a 4.6 to continue driving for Uber. That means, the driver has to go the extra mile on kindness, thoughtfulness, and smooth driving.
I like to have bottled water and a phone charger slot available, I sometimes open doors for the riders, and I base how much I converse with the rider on cues from them.
When I signed up Uber did a background check and looked at my driving history. We also had to have our car inspected. The car requirements are that the car needs to be a 4 door, and it has to be 2007 or newer. There are different requirements for different cities. These are the ones for our city.
On October 30th, I turned on my Uber Driver app for the first time. I was really nervous. I got a ping about 20 minutes after turning on my app and my stomach lurched! Would I know what to do? Where to go? Would I be safe?
I picked up a sweet young woman and took her to where she wanted to go. We had a nice conversation and I was hooked. I love driving Uber. I get to meet all different sorts of people, most of whom I have learned something interesting.
Not only do I love it, the Lord has allowed it to be a tool for ministry. One young gal that I have picked up a couple of times has an elderly husband in ill health. She is from another country, doesn’t have any family around, and doesn’t know how to drive. Her husband’s health is failing, and he probably won’t be on this earth much longer. I am pleased to have exchanged phone numbers with her and hope to get together with her and teach her to drive.
In addition to unexpected ministry, the Lord, through Uber, has supplied just what we need to take care of our family. I have driven an average of 3 hours a day during the week and was able to contribute $600 towards our needs this past 30 days. My husband has also gone out driving some and we now have a few dollars towards Christmas.
One thing I particularly like is that either Uber sends by direct deposit what you earn one time a week, or you can cash out at any time for a 50 cent fee. When they direct deposit, it hits your bank a few days later. But when you cash out, it hits your bank immediately.
My husband and I decided that we’d each cash out once a week as that seems to fit what our family needs right now.
I plan to continue blogging in hopes that this will begin to generate a more passive income, but until that time happens, driving for Uber has been a huge blessing.
If you need some quick cash, Uber may be for you. First it takes about a week to sign up, then you can happily be delivering people or UberEATS for quick cash.
Check it out by clicking on this link.