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For weekdays: Does your area have only around 7 hours/day that are not boost hours

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Hi Everyone,

I'm in a situation now where I need to make money fast. I should be getting paid Thursday, but after that, need to make as much as possibile
to pay a bill by Friday.

I have just set up Instant Pay, and I'm wondering if anyone has advice on the best way to use Instant Pay to both:
a) maximize my earnings and
b) assure those earning are eligible for INSTANT PAY instead of being locked from accessing them until it's transferred via direct deposit

For example, in the help section it says earning aren't available for instant pay if earned during boost hours. And, in my area, for weekdays, there are ONLY 7 HOURS in a day that are non-boost are (which is great for the long term, but shitty of you need money ASAP and can only get instant pay if you drive during those specific hours)

*btw, I live/drive in SF Bay Area, do folks from other locations also find that there are very few hours during the day that ARENT boost pricing?*

Also, if there are any other tips, tricks, loopholes, etc. that can help me out PLEASE let me know.
 

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You are perfect for Uber.
Lol, what do you mean?

hint:drive instead of posting surveys on Uberpeople.net.

Fact:I sleep so much better at night knowing I have @ least 3 months of emergency fund in the bank.
I wish that were the case for me. It's not that I'm irresponsible with money or just waste my time instead of driving. Here's my situation: I have a master's degree and am currently busting my ass off 30 hours a week with an unpaid internship working on getting my hours to be a licensed therapist (virtually impossible to find laid internships in the field)

I don't have a regular schedule where I start and end at the same time everyday. Between seeing patients and attending weekly training, my schedule starts in the morning and ends around 8 each night. I only have small windows 2-3 hour windows of time until I get off at 8 pm so it's very difficult to find enough time to drive enough hours to live comfortably. Uber is about the only gig with freedom and flexibility allows me to make money and intern at the same time. So right now, it works. But understand that not everyone is in a position do drive enough to make money to have that comfortable emergency fund.
I also live in the SF Bay Area and most people are barely getting by. Hope ya understand! :)
 

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Best tip I can offer... drive very early in the morning (3:30am to 9am). In any market, that's the best time as there are fewer Uber drivers out there then.

All markets are different. In mine, from 9am to 3pm it isn't worth my time.

The next best shift to work is 4pm to 2am. Again, this is per my market. I don't chase surges. Sure there are more surges in evening hours, but it is a wash as I get tons of rides early. Mostly to the airport.

One last tip, investigate an events in your area the next few days and hang around those.

Good Luck, I've been in your shoes!
 

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Lol, what do you mean?

I wish that were the case for me. It's not that I'm irresponsible with money or just waste my time instead of driving. Here's my situation: I have a master's degree and am currently busting my ass off 30 hours a week with an unpaid internship working on getting my hours to be a licensed therapist (virtually impossible to find laid internships in the field)

I don't have a regular schedule where I start and end at the same time everyday. Between seeing patients and attending weekly training, my schedule starts in the morning and ends around 8 each night. I only have small windows 2-3 hour windows of time until I get off at 8 pm so it's very difficult to find enough time to drive enough hours to live comfortably. Uber is about the only gig with freedom and flexibility allows me to make money and intern at the same time. So right now, it works. But understand that not everyone is in a position do drive enough to make money to have that comfortable emergency fund.
I also live in the SF Bay Area and most people are barely getting by. Hope ya understand! :)
Sounds like you are on a pretty fun adventure. Enjoy. gl
 

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You are perfect for Uber.
Yeppp...still reelin' 'em in.

Hi Everyone,
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Also, if there are any other tips, tricks, loopholes, etc. that can help me out PLEASE let me know.
As for OP, you don't have the process figured out quite right and are wayyy overthinking it.

Here's what you really need to know: You won't get to cash out the BOOST PORTION of a ride via instant pay (you'll have to wait until payday the following week for those boost funds to be deposited). But whatever the regular fare is, those funds will be available to cash out via instant pay as soon as you complete the ride. Drive the busy hours until you hit your goal by Friday. It'd literally take forever if you were just driving the non-boost hours and would be completely counterproductive of what you're trying to do. The Instant Pay cash out total updates pretty quickly as you're driving around on a shift, so you'll get there if you work at it. Good luck!
 

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(virtually impossible to find laid internships in the field)
Wow, that is crazy. Here in Miami, therapy interns get laid a LOT!

I only have small windows 2-3 hour windows of time until I get off at 8 pm
If I can be serious for a moment, I'd be very careful with small windows like that. What are you going to do if the pax wants to go to Monterey, or Reno? I would focus on timeframes that are much more open than 2-3 hours.

Regarding Boost, that question really needs to be posted on the SFO board. My experience here in Miami is useless to you in SFO.

And...FWIW...Miami has approximately 24 hours per day which are NOT Boost. We only get Boost for special events.
 
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