By Mike Haaren – Updated March 10, 2017
(Disclosure: We used to recommend Uber for free. Now we participate in Uber’s affiliate program, and receive a fee from Uber if you sign up with them using the links below. It helps us keep the computers on.)
If you don’t have a car and would like to earn up to $30+/hr. on your own schedule, Uber now has “no credit check” car rental programs with Enterprise and Hertz. You can also lease a new or late-model used car through Uber’s Xchange Leasing Program (“all credit levels can apply”). Unlimited mileage and routine maintenance are included, with the right to return the car on two weeks’ notice.
If you’ve ever rented or leased a car, these programs look pretty good in comparison. Since your payments are deducted from your earnings as a driver, the trick is to maximize what you make behind the wheel. This will depend largely on two factors: where you live and when you drive.
To learn more or to sign up — if you need a car, under “Sign up now” check the circle next to “I need a car” — click here. (This is our Uber affiliate program link, and as mentioned Uber will pay us a referral fee if you sign up using this link.)
How Much Do Drivers Make?
Drivers in larger metro areas like New York report an average of over $30 an hour, while Atlanta drivers report an average of $26 an hour. The national average is about $19 per hour. In smaller cities you’ll make less. If you drive during “surge pricing” (aka “dynamic pricing”) — when demand for Uber rides is high and prices go up — you can make an additional 50% or more on fares.
Cash Bonuses for Referring New Drivers
You can also earn $500 or more by referring new drivers, and get bonuses of $500+ for completing a certain number of trips. The amounts fluctuate depending on market conditions, including what Uber’s competitors are offering, but they can definitely add to your take-home.
If you’d rather buy a car, Uber has negotiated discounted pricing on Toyota, GM, Ford, Nissan, Hyundai, Chrysler and VW autos.
For more details or to sign up — as mentioned, check the circle next to “I need a car” — click here. (This is the same Uber affiliate program link we used above, and Uber will pay us a fee if you use it to sign up.) To paraphrase Star Trek, “Drive long and prosper!”
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