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I had about a 5 hour block on Friday night (mostly within about a 6 mile radius of lincoln park) and came through with a whopping $10.80/hour this week! (before fuel, taxes, depreciation, etc). During these 5 hours, I wasn't inactive, in fact, I was nearly constantly moving.

If you are on this site as a new Uber Driver or are evaluating purchasing a new car to Drive with Uber, I implore you to avoid this at all costs. I understand the desire to check it out, etc., but if you're buying a new car just for uber, you will lose.

For this block of time, I drove about 50 miles - I have a relatively efficient car and I book my cost per mile at about 35 cents (fuel and depreciation). After you take this expense off, I'm coming in at around $7.30/hour and that doesn't even make a provision for the risk that I'm taking by driving excess miles around the city.

Please consider all of the risks before you make large decisions (cars, giving up other jobs, etc.) with respect to becoming an uber contractor.

The more you know.

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I had about a 5 hour block on Friday night (mostly within about a 6 mile radius of lincoln park) and came through with a whopping $10.80/hour this week! (before fuel, taxes, depreciation, etc). During these 5 hours, I wasn't inactive, in fact, I was nearly constantly moving.

If you are on this site as a new Uber Driver or are evaluating purchasing a new car to Drive with Uber, I implore you to avoid this at all costs. I understand the desire to check it out, etc., but if you're buying a new car just for uber, you will lose.

For this block of time, I drove about 50 miles - I have a relatively efficient car and I book my cost per mile at about 35 cents (fuel and depreciation). After you take this expense off, I'm coming in at around $7.30/hour and that doesn't even make a provision for the risk that I'm taking by driving excess miles around the city.

Please consider all of the risks before you make large decisions (cars, giving up other jobs, etc.) with respect to becoming an uber contractor.

The more you know.

Uber On!
Where have u been before? Lol
 

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Come out to NW suburbs and give it a try for a day. From one side of Schaumburg to the other takes 15 minutes.. nets $9.30 commission, and the traffic signals are timed to keep you moving. Less wear/tear on brakes, car, and less gasoline usage.
 

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Keep in mind that it's the slow season. It will pick up soon boys and girls.
I agree. Right now is one of the slowest times of year in many idustries.
Once the Holiday DUI's kick in we'll have a whole new round of customers to drive for another year. I had 3 regulars get their license back recently.
 

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You have a point, but uber is not a bad choice for someone who has an eligible car lying around and is unemployed. $7/hour wont make you rich, but will give you something to do while you look for a job.
 

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My first day trying to do uber full time, 5 hr and 63 dollars + 10 in tips. I'm done
Thank you everybody I go back to my real job
$63 in 5 hours plus $10 in tips is far better than most drivers did that day, dreasak! I haven't seen $10 in tips from Uber riders in a long, long time. If indeed you are done with Uber, congratulations, and know that you left after one of the better days!
 

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Looking at it by hours logged on is depressing. Look at what you were doing during those hours and you can make it better. The drivers that last seem to have 2 things in common, Uber is not there sole source of income and they make the most of dead time and miles.
I made a little over $70 today being logged on from 6am to 1pm. At first that sounds pretty bad. Then consider during that time I did my grocery shopping, did about 2 miles of hiking at a forest preserve, did 2 loads of laundry, played around on the Playstation, and spent time on my own business between rides. When you consider that the crappie money sounds better. Can't wait to try out the collapsible fishing pole I just got for between rides.
 

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I had about a 5 hour block on Friday night (mostly within about a 6 mile radius of lincoln park) and came through with a whopping $10.80/hour this week! (before fuel, taxes, depreciation, etc). During these 5 hours, I wasn't inactive, in fact, I was nearly constantly moving.

If you are on this site as a new Uber Driver or are evaluating purchasing a new car to Drive with Uber, I implore you to avoid this at all costs. I understand the desire to check it out, etc., but if you're buying a new car just for uber, you will lose.

For this block of time, I drove about 50 miles - I have a relatively efficient car and I book my cost per mile at about 35 cents (fuel and depreciation). After you take this expense off, I'm coming in at around $7.30/hour and that doesn't even make a provision for the risk that I'm taking by driving excess miles around the city.

Please consider all of the risks before you make large decisions (cars, giving up other jobs, etc.) with respect to becoming an uber contractor.

The more you know.

Uber On!
I have a newer car but I did not buy it to uber. Smart thing to do if you need a car for uber is to get one that's just a few years newer than the oldest year possible. So pick up a 2003 or 2004 model for cheap. Get new cheap tires, make sure the brakes work, get it detailed and then run the heck out of it for two years then throw it away. That's what I'd do....

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I have a newer car but I did not buy it to uber. Smart thing to do if you need a car for uber is to get one that's just a few years newer than the oldest year possible. So pick up a 2003 or 2004 model for cheap. Get new cheap tires, make sure the brakes work, get it detailed and then run the heck out of it for two years then throw it away. That's what I'd do....

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Great advice. As far gas mileage it only really matters if you plan on doing a lot of city driving. Suburban drivers spend a lot of time on high mpg roads and have access to cheaper gas.
The most overlooked thing is to make sure the drivers seat fits your body type. If you don't you will regret it.
 

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Looking at it by hours logged on is depressing. Look at what you were doing during those hours and you can make it better. The drivers that last seem to have 2 things in common, Uber is not there sole source of income and they make the most of dead time and miles.
I made a little over $70 today being logged on from 6am to 1pm. At first that sounds pretty bad. Then consider during that time I did my grocery shopping, did about 2 miles of hiking at a forest preserve, did 2 loads of laundry, played around on the Playstation, and spent time on my own business between rides. When you consider that the crappie money sounds better. Can't wait to try out the collapsible fishing pole I just got for between rides.
Lmao. Although I do uber full time I also managed my father's apartment buildings. Today I work in the morning and took time off to do some work on one of my units. Log back on to work uber and later on the day went home to play 2 or 3 matches of black ops 3. Log back on to work the evening rush.
 

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$63 in 5 hours plus $10 in tips is far better than most drivers did that day, dreasak! I haven't seen $10 in tips from Uber riders in a long, long time. If indeed you are done with Uber, congratulations, and know that you left after one of the better days!
That's one of the reasons I'm leaving, it did felt like not a bad day, so I just can't see how it may be much better..
I will still do it though, but 10-20 hrs a week at most. I really like the idea, but..We are here to substitute public transportation providing our own. And i'm not rich enough to do it yet..:)
 

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Looking at it by hours logged on is depressing. Look at what you were doing during those hours and you can make it better. The drivers that last seem to have 2 things in common, Uber is not there sole source of income and they make the most of dead time and miles.
I made a little over $70 today being logged on from 6am to 1pm. At first that sounds pretty bad. Then consider during that time I did my grocery shopping, did about 2 miles of hiking at a forest preserve, did 2 loads of laundry, played around on the Playstation, and spent time on my own business between rides. When you consider that the crappie money sounds better. Can't wait to try out the collapsible fishing pole I just got for between rides.
How do you take a 2 mile hike? I'd love to do this, but inevitably, I'd get a ping 1 mile in. I guess you could ignore the ping, but too much of that and you don't make any money either.
 
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