With the rising cost of living persuading more people to become Uber drivers, isn't it about time you read our Ultimate Go-To Guide to Uber? We think so, too!
Working for Uber can be perfect for those who are new to the professional driving game, but also for those experienced drivers who want to add a bit of extra income. But it’s important to know precisely what you’re getting yourself into when you sign up with the ride-hailing app.
Read on for our straightforward guide to everything you need to know about Uber. From how it works and what you need to become an Uber driver, to how much you can earn and how to improve your Uber driver rating.
If you do decide to link up with Uber then something you must do is stay on top of important business decisions such as what taxi cab insurance to choose. After all, driving for Uber can be very competitive and if you want to stay ahead of the competition you’ll need to keep your business brain switched on.
Chapter 1: Get to know Uber - how does it work?
Chapter 2: Do you have what it takes to be an Uber driver?
Chapter 3: Balance your options with our Uber pros and cons
Chapter 4: 6 easy steps to becoming an Uber driver
Chapter 5: Answering the big question. How much do Uber drivers make?
Chapter 6: Top tips to improve your Uber driver rating
Over the past 10 years, Uber has become the most recognised alternative to the traditional taxi. But how well do you know it? Here are some interesting facts.
Uber was designed to connect drivers with riders, to make it easier for passengers to find a ride and for drivers to make money. Here's how the Uber process works.
Whether you want to drive full-time for Uber, or do it part-time as a way to supplement your other income, there are plenty of perks but also pitfalls to the job. Let’s take a look.
Some of the main pros of working as an Uber driver are:
Some of the worst things about working as an Uber driver are:
We discuss whether you should be a taxi driver or an Uber driver in more detail elsewhere on the blog.
Uber can be a great way to be your own boss and make money. But before you become an Uber driver, you need to meet certain criteria. These include:
You also need to pass the following checks:
Depending on how much of this you have done before, you might be waiting a while before you can get on the road, but it’s certainly worth it. Once you’re up and running you’ll get earning quickly.
Follow these six easy steps if you want to start driving and earning through Uber.
All you need to sign up online is a smartphone and a valid email address. Uber really makes it as easy as possible to earn while you drive.
In order to be able to use the Uber app as a driver you need to have a private hire licence. If you don’t already have one, then Uber's Ignition Programme promises to make the application process as pain-free as possible.
Although the process is fairly straightforward, it isn’t cheap. You should expect to pay around £300 for your licence, but this does vary from council to council.
However, the licence should last for 3 years. So, it is in fact very good value for what you receive in return.
Be aware that the sooner you make your licence application the better. There is a backlog of applications in some places, and it can take several weeks or even months to get your licence approved.
If you want to drive for Uber then be aware that not just any car will fit the bill. Uber has some pretty strict requirements as to the standard of the car you need to drive. Your vehicle must be:
Find the vehicle makes and models that are eligible for driving with Uber in your city with this easy-to-use list from Uber.
For those drivers looking to work in London there are additional vehicle requirements. Take a look at Uber’s vehicle requirements here.
When it comes to taxi cab insurance for your new Uber role, you’ll want to call a specialist. Speak to the team at the Taxi Insurer about which taxi cab insurance is right for you and how to get the best deal for your requirements and budget.
To guarantee everyone’s safety, you need to provide certain documents to Uber. These are:
It’s important to refer to Uber’s guidance on uploading documents. They give lots of helpful tips on uploading information and even have videos you can watch if you get stuck.
Before you can activate your driver account and start earning money with Uber, you have to complete their virtual onboarding course Edume. It helps to familiarise yourself with the app and teaches you how to work as an Uber driver.
You can now book an appointment at your local Greenlight Hub to get your profile picture taken and activate your account.
Wondering how much do Uber drivers make? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
As you would expect, your income is largely based on your location and how much you’re prepared to work. You’ll also earn more during busy times when demand is higher than usual.
While rates will differ from city to city, it’s worth being aware that Uber has pledged to pay all drivers at least the National Living Wage. This means that if your earnings after deductions (including vehicle expenses and other charges) are lower than the current National Living Wage of £9.50 an hour, Uber will top it up.
This is a useful safety net to be aware of, but for more details on this important question then read our recent article. We found that drivers tend to earn around £15 an hour which equates to an annual salary of around £20,000.
Uber drivers in London and other big cities like Manchester and Birmingham can earn more. But for more details on earning potential in your local area, it’s worth contacting Uber directly.
Remember that Uber takes a 25% service fee from your fare and you can expect to pay around 20% of your earnings towards outgoings such as fuel and taxi cab insurance. And don’t forget, as an Uber worker, you'll have to declare any income in a self-assessment tax return and pay tax.
The good news is that if a rider tips you then you’ll receive 100% of the tip, rather than giving a slice to Uber. Uber has lots of information on its site about how tipping works in the Uber app.
For more on how to increase your tips, paying tax on your tips and tipping rates from around the world, read this quick guide to taxi tipping. How does your local area fare when it comes to tips?
One of the most important ways to protect your earning potential as an Uber driver is to maintain a high Uber driver rating. Basically, the higher your driver rating, the higher your fares will be and the more likely you are to get the best fares, receive tips and earn other opportunities.
If you want to be assured of the highest driver ratings, then follow our top tips for successful Uber fares:
From keeping up to date about any changes that could affect your Uber driving to what taxi cab insurance to go for, it’s always important to get expert advice for everything that affects your business.
So that’s our ultimate guide to Uber. From keeping your driver rating up to staying on top of the stresses of business through specialist taxi cab insurance, there’s lots to keep you busy here.
If there’s something we’ve missed, drop us a line to let us know.