Dr. G. just might be right. The more I Uber, the more I feel like a sucker. Too bad, though; because I actually ENJOY it - and it is a great part-time venture. Well, at least it WAS.
With the recent rate cuts AND saturating the Richmond market with several hundred too many Uber partners, it has become nothing more than a hobby with the benefit of a tax write-off. I was out a few hours last night and IT SUCKED. All little $5 and $6 trips. I bailed and went home before the drunks and the pukers were looking for rides home.
I expect things to start picking up at my day job (paid on commission for what I haul) and then I'll barely Uber at all - just enough to stay 'active' in their system. Lyft will soon be coming on-line in Richmond - so perhaps they will offer a bit more money.
I'm definitely done with Richmond. They emailed me a few weeks ago saying they were reviewing my background check and I'd be wait listed until then. Still haven't heard back and I'm not asking; I don't want them to suspend my Blacksburg account. Maybe I'll ask before new years, otherwise I'll just turn the app on in Richmond if I'm running errands
Since fuel has gone down in price and my car gets very good mileage, I could have perhaps dealt with the lower Uber rates --- provided I stayed busy with some decent trips. However, because they've saturated the market with a few hundred too many partners, you end up sitting for 30 to 40 minutes without a ping.
It's just wasted time. I don't know why they keep sending out the texts & e-mails saying how busy it will be and how much the partners can make. Really? Psssht!
No Uber tonight. Am going to get some dinner and go to see a band later tonight with a friend of mine. Screw Uber!
A very good friend of mine who drives now for Uber had applied via the Internet to work for Lyft. They contacted him and - unlike Uber - wish to meet with him in person and actually INSPECT his vehicle and go for a ride with him before they let him sign on.
They are coming to Richmond - and probably sooner than you might think.
The idea that they wanted to personally inspect his vehicle is a pretty good sign that they will be coming here.
Lyft is already in the Tidewater area and they operate in NoVa - so why not Richmond as well? I figure it is going to take them a good amount of time to set everything up to serve this market, but it would be silly of them NOT to come to the state capital city.
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