The Driving Debate: Uber versus Lyft
As Uber and Lyft overtake old fashioned taxi services in their usage, many people are turning to them as good ways to make some extra cash. Whether you’re trying to do it full time or you’re just looking to make some extra moneys on the weekend they’re definitely both legitimate ways to make some money.
If you’ve been looking at driving for either of these companies, you might be wondering which is the better deal for you. Let’s break down the advantages and disadvantages of both of these services and see what can be done.
Driving for Uber
Uber is still the biggest ridesharing service around, and that definitely factors in. You’ll be paid 80% of your fare, minus another dollar for each ride you give. This sounds pretty good on the surface, but you have to keep in mind that you’re only paid for the time that a passenger is in the car.
Uber doesn’t have a built-in tipping service, but it does have the infamous surge pricing which is great for you but bad for those who’re looking for a ride.
The sign-up is done entirely online, as long as you have a clean driving record and can pass a background check you’ll be in. The whole process is rather simple to complete, and that makes it the first choice for a lot of would-be rideshare drivers.
The real downside to Uber is the fact that the management is notoriously unresponsive, you’re only able to get ahold of them through e-mail and it often takes a good amount of time to get a response from them.
Driving for Lyft
Lyft is the other big boy on the block of ridesharing. With Lyft you’ll be paid a flat 80% of what your passengers are paying, and there’s a built-in way for customers to tip up to twenty four hours after the ride is over.
The main advantage and disadvantage of Lyft are actually the same thing. The app is a bit less popular than Uber in most areas which means there’s less competition, but it can also mean there’s less passengers.
While Lyft’s services for it’s employees seem to fall prey to the usual corporate shenanigans, they’re also generally described as less impersonal than Ubers, so you’re probably in much better hands in the event that you have a problem.
Lyft can be a bit harder to get on if you’re not obviously over the minimum requirements, they require a newer car and have slightly higher standards. Some drivers claim that the passengers tend to be friendlier, but that’s likely to be quite dependent on the area.
Many seasoned drivers recommend using both, which is probably the best option. You’ll be working as an independent contractor for either of the companies, so you can certainly switch between apps to make sure that you’re picking up fares as much as possible.
Given the choice, you’ll numerically come out a bit ahead on Lyft and the better service of the company to their drivers is definitely a plus. However, if you’re not in a big city you simply might not be able to make much money using Lyft since it has lower usage than Uber.
In the end, it’s probably best to sign up for both services but if you insist on only working for one company Lyft is the one to go for in densely populated areas while you might want to use Uber if you’re out in the sticks.
Ridesharing can be a great way to keep some money rolling in, and we strongly recommend using both if you’re planning on moonlighting as a driver.