Well it's like this, even though I don't earn as much hourly than a taxi driver, I don't have to do all the crap like a taxi driver does working a shift. If I don't feel like driving drunks around at 3 am, I go offline.
I can watch the amount of other drivers and turn on my app when others are burnt out, all from my comfy bed. Sitting for 12 hours in the hot sun sucks ass
I do have to do longer hours and advertise myself a bit, but customers like my availability and give me trips and more customers.
When it's hot the ants drive around with their apps and ac on, they can't do what I do because many don't live here.
So as long as I'm clearing more per week than a taxi driver, who cares?
Taxi companies are famous for keeping drivers poor, changing their shifts around so they don't make too much money.