I don't have any firsthand experience with Lyft or know if they treat their drivers any better than Uber, but I do know they are less known than Uber resulting in a lot smaller rider pool. They are making headway in some markets and picking up a lot of the disgruntled Uber paxs. Just stay low and do the minimum and hang around and see what develops. There is big changes coming in the TNC market within the next 6 months.It's not going well. Lack of drivers means 20 minutes to go get riders (which I won't do) but I will go 10-12 mins just to get acceptance rate up. Accepted 5 rides yesterday, four cancelled. I should be deactivated within the week.
How is lyft now did it get better new to lyft in st pete any pointers where to hang to get calls is it safe to pick up in the airport thanksLyft has the same issue in Tampa/St. Pete. My limit is 15mins away. Bout to drop that to 12.
Glad to hear Mt. Airy is active. Might try a few hours when I come home for the holidays.
What is "TNC"? Yes, I'm a new applicant.I don't have any firsthand experience with Lyft or know if they treat their drivers any better than Uber, but I do know they are less known than Uber resulting in a lot smaller rider pool. They are making headway in some markets and picking up a lot of the disgruntled Uber paxs. Just stay low and do the minimum and hang around and see what develops. There is big changes coming in the TNC market within the next 6 months.
TNC is transportation network company. Uber and Lyft and a few others are TNC's.What is "TNC"? Yes, I'm a new applicant.
,Andass, thank-you very much for taking the time to answer each of my questions. Even though I choose Lyft over Uber, due to reading so many negatives about the overall Uber experience, I'll start the Uber application process tomorrow and hope for the best. Since I'll only have the applications in "driver mode" for approx. 3 hours each day, I should be able to complete 2 to 3 rides daily. Sounds good for picking up some extra money for Christmas. This Lyft-Only method hasn't netted me enough for wrapping paper.Hi Allen, and welcome! Here are some answers for you:
1. You may want to consider signing up for Uber as well, Uber typically does have more action in terms of rides/hour. Many drivers run both apps simultaneously and accept the first ride that is sent on either.
2. The website estimator is exactly what it says - an estimate. That estimate may not have used the same route that you drove or may have included additional waiting time due to traffic. The app shows the amount of the actual fare (it's actually a running total, so your 2nd fare that day will be added to the total); in this case, the rider was charged $7.63 + 1.85 (Trust/Safety/City Fees). The fare was $7.63, and your 80% cut of this fare was $6.35 (which is actually a little more than 80% on my calculator).
Note that I am not sure if the website estimator tool factors in the trust and safety fees - although I would guess that it does. So the passenger would have been charged $9.48 before tip.
Hey DieselkW....thanks for confirming what Andaas said regarding the compensation, combining Lyft/Uber... and for sharing your successful strategy for generating maximum revenue in the shortest time-frame. The little courtesy items are a good idea too. I watched a YouTube video where a Mentor said to keep suckers and water in the car. I have the water, but not the suckers yet. The mints are a good idea for the adults. Will add that to my list.Hi Allen, and welcome.
It is very common to run both apps at the same time. Just accept the ping, and turn off the other one because you don't want an Uber ping with a Lyft pax in the car, they never want to go to the same place.
$7.63 is the fare. Add the trust and safety fee to that ($1.55) and that's what the pax pays. The estimator estimates, it's not accurate. You get the fare minus 20% commission to Lyft. 763*0.8=610.4
Lyft does not pay 80% commission, you pay Lyft a 20% commission. Subtle but important tax difference.
You want to make part time money, stop wasting your time watching the app do nothing for hours and hours during weekdays. Forget weekdays.
Leave it off all day tomorrow. Take a nap after dinner. Turn it on at 10pm Friday, not a minute before. You'll take lots of young people to bars. Nothing makes me feel older than having to take a nap to be awake enough to drive young people who are just STARTING their night at 10pm.
Go home for a couple hours, watch TV, answer a ping or two if it happens.
At midnight or 1am, head back to the bars and take them home safely. Thank them for not driving. Be respectful to drunks and they'll respect you, mostly. Be an authority to those that challenge you, but don't push them into a confrontation - you will lose time and money arguing with drunks and having to sort it all out with cops. Not worth it. Go home when the bars are closed.
Then I take another nap until 8am. Time for the walk of shame deliveries. Don't call and ask "What color house is it?" they won't know. Sprinkled in with the walk of shame girls are the guys that left their car somewhere. They are un-showered and bad breathed, but grateful you're awake. They often offer to buy me breakfast. I tell them to tip me breakfast, I'll get it later.
Both the walk of shame and the 'take me to my car' crowd appreciate mints. I buy the big bag at Costco of individually wrapped Wintergreen Lifesavers. Less than a penny each and I like them anyway, so they're good to have in the car.
If you need some sleep, get it now. You're going to do the same thing Saturday night/Sunday morning except you'll be starting a little earlier to catch the going to dinner and drinks crowd.
You have to be where they need you. No one needs you Tuesday afternoon, so just use weekdays to get your hours up. I'm full time and Mon-Thurs weekdays are worth 40% of one weekend, so just work the weekends. The pings will be there if you're in the right place at the right times. You don't see taxi cabs in driveways of private homes - you see them at the airport, you see them outside hotels, you see them at the bar scene late at night.
Don't sit at home waiting for a ping.... you have to be where they are. Pings are by proximity.
I'm dealing with the same issue right now. Just about all my pings are 20 minutes away. I'm doing the same thing, won't go online unless someone else is online. I'll probably have a short lived lyft life myself at a %50 acceptance rate.I'm so scared to put on the app now if there aren't other drivers around me in fear I'll get a request far away. Most of the people cancel on me when I accept cause I think they see how far away I am. I probably have a 60% acceptance rate at this point. I'll work it more on weekend nights I think.