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I drove a taxi about 20 years ago. Although I enjoy my current 9-5 gig better, I have fond memories of working 12 hrs/day, 6 days a week, for about $350/wk. I lived in that retired highway patrol car. I met all kinds of people. I see a lot of complaining in these forums about drunks. They were my favorite customers. Drunk people can be very generous. Yes, they can be a pain in the ass at times. I left a guy in a pile of snow one night back in the day. I can tell you stories about things like prostitutes and such but we'll just leave that in 1993.
I'm curious to see if I should get back into it. Uber is a great way to make money part-time. After driving for a few days, a couple of weekdays and weekends, it seems to me that unless I'm making about $25/hr. before expenses, I'm wasting my time and ruining my car. Some guys I drove the other day told me cabs cost 2x what Uber costs. That got me thinking. I used to make 50% of all fares + tips. If the company I'm now driving for (Uber) is paying me 80% of what is actually 50% of the market price for this mode of transportation, then I'm actually making a lot less than I would if I were driving a cab. Unless they're just sitting on their asses not driving anyone. I'm gonna have to look into this a little further. From what I've heard one of the reasons why Uber is so popular is that you don't have to wait an hour for a cab that may never even show up. If they're that busy, I might be better off behind the wheel of one of those.
 

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I drove a taxi about 20 years ago. Although I enjoy my current 9-5 gig better, I have fond memories of working 12 hrs/day, 6 days a week, for about $350/wk. I lived in that retired highway patrol car. I met all kinds of people. I see a lot of complaining in these forums about drunks. They were my favorite customers. Drunk people can be very generous. Yes, they can be a pain in the ass at times. I left a guy in a pile of snow one night back in the day. I can tell you stories about things like prostitutes and such but we'll just leave that in 1993.
I'm curious to see if I should get back into it. Uber is a great way to make money part-time. After driving for a few days, a couple of weekdays and weekends, it seems to me that unless I'm making about $25/hr. before expenses, I'm wasting my time and ruining my car. Some guys I drove the other day told me cabs cost 2x what Uber costs. That got me thinking. I used to make 50% of all fares + tips. If the company I'm now driving for (Uber) is paying me 80% of what is actually 50% of the market price for this mode of transportation, then I'm actually making a lot less than I would if I were driving a cab. Unless they're just sitting on their asses not driving anyone. I'm gonna have to look into this a little further. From what I've heard one of the reasons why Uber is so popular is that you don't have to wait an hour for a cab that may never even show up. If they're that busy, I might be better off behind the wheel of one of those.
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I'm a procrastinator, lazy ass, and drive during terrible hours irregularly...BUT...that said I bring in over 300 (after uber takes their cut and before I reimburse myself for feul) a week putting no more than 10 solid hours...

You can easily make more if your "on it" and learn the city and local events.

I'm an Austin, TX Driver

Feul is tax deductible...
 

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Wow. You just described me down to the lease rate. Other than the drunks (6+ pukers leave lasting damage lol) and the police cruisers (only drove one for a couple of wks), I agree with all your sentiments. I'm ending my shift now and 've even driven the (high class) escort you mentioned just an hour ago. I guess little has changed through the years. :)
I'm still having fun in my cab. Although not as busy, the money is almost always the same. I doubt uber pax are as fun or generous, though. Still, if you 've another job already, you could check it out
 

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This is allright if you want a few extra bucks to take the wife to see Waylon and Willie and the Boys. It might even pay for a road trip to Arlington to see the Rangers or Houston to see the Astros or the Texans. It is allright if you want to make a few dollars to pay your bar bills. It might even help pay for Christmas presents. Other than that, do not quit the proverbial day job.

I do not know what the rates are in the State Capital of Tejas. If they are anything like they are in the Capital of Your Nation,, you might be better off hacking. I do not know what the market is for cabs in Austin. The market for cabs here always has been pretty good. In fact, until Uber, Washington was the only major North American City where the residents made use of the cabs frequently. Uber changed that in several large cities where it offers taxis. In fact, the Uber/Hail-O wars created even more frequent cab riders.

Uber offers taxis here. I drive a cab and I drive UberX. I have Uber Taxi in the cab. I drive UberX only enough to stay in the game. I drive the taxi much more. The reason for this is that there is far more money in hacking than there is in UberX.
 

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I bring in over 300 (after uber takes their cut and before I reimburse myself for feul) a week putting no more than 10 solid hours..
Where to begin o_O

$300.00 in 10 hours in a $1.10/mi -- .22¢/min. market.
Unless all your rides are back to back and like 15+ miles and <2.5 surge... no.

Gas... gas is just one of several costs in schlepping folks around in your own vehicle.

If you're curious as to what your actual profits are, search the site for that subject.
Or, post your TOTAL driven miles, total hours spent in your car, and final net payout.
Someone will be by shortly to calculate your earnings.
The math will show you the truth.

Good luck.
 

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Where to begin o_O

$300.00 in 10 hours in a $1.10/mi -- .22¢/min. market.
Unless all your rides are back to back and like 15+ miles and <2.5 surge... no.

Gas... gas is just one of several costs in schlepping folks around in your own vehicle.

If you're curious as to what your actual profits are, search the site for that subject.
Or, post your TOTAL driven miles, total hours spent in your car, and final net payout.
Someone will be by shortly to calculate your earnings.
The math will show you the truth.

Good luck.
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I'm a procrastinator, lazy ass, and drive during terrible hours irregularly...BUT...that said I bring in over 300 (after uber takes their cut and before I reimburse myself for feul) a week putting no more than 10 solid hours...

You can easily make more if your "on it" and learn the city and local events.

I'm an Austin, TX Driver

Feul is tax deductible...
POST # 3/UberLife: Ah, yes! Yet another
Wunderkind of the
AntiChrist named Kalanick. How is it
that whether it's Austin, Pinellas Park, FL.
or Greater Sydney, NSW, AU.....$30/hr. is
the Hallmark of #[F]UberMath ?

Thanks for admitting that You're Lazy.
You don't own a Dictionary either. I
COULD chalk up one instance of "FEUL"
to Typo or Dyslexia. But TWICE? That
would be fuelish. Thank God "gas" is al-
most impossible to misspell.

Summoning #6 Notable UberHammer
for Remedial Math!
Summoning #12 Notable Desert Driver
for an Insurance Inquisition!
Summoning #8 Notable Tx rides for
Hometown Edgeamacayshun!
Summoning Well-Known ReviTULize
for Dashcam-check.

If Bison can learn, so can UberLife!
 

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POST # 3/UberLife
Summoning #6 Notable UberHammer
for Remedial Math!
Given Austin is at $1.10/mile there's probably a way to limit hours worked to 10 hours a week and do the $40 in fares per hour needed to get a $30 per hour payment from Uber (prior to the driver's expenses). I have no reason to question it.

Now if he said he's doing $30 per hour working full time, or that 10 hours doesn't include the some of the limited high demand times during the week, then I would call BS!

I'm making $1.10 mile work for me in Columbus. I however refuse to drive drunks home, so I don't get $30 per hour, but I probably could if I were willing to risk getting my puked in.

I however would NOT be able to make $0.78 per mile work like Atlanta has.
 

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I'm a procrastinator, lazy ass, and drive during terrible hours irregularly...BUT...that said I bring in over 300 (after uber takes their cut and before I reimburse myself for feul) a week putting no more than 10 solid hours...

You can easily make more if your "on it" and learn the city and local events.

I'm an Austin, TX Driver

Feul is tax deductible...
Calculated properly and fully, you're right in the $6 to $8 hourly profit range.
 

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POST # 3/UberLife: Ah, yes! Yet another
Wunderkind of the
AntiChrist named Kalanick. How is it
that whether it's Austin, Pinellas Park, FL.
or Greater Sydney, NSW, AU.....$30/hr. is
the Hallmark of #[F]UberMath ?

Thanks for admitting that You're Lazy.
You don't own a Dictionary either. I
COULD chalk up one instance of "FEUL"
to Typo or Dyslexia. But TWICE? That
would be fuelish. Thank God "gas" is al-
most impossible to misspell.

Summoning #6 Notable UberHammer
for Remedial Math!
Summoning #12 Notable Desert Driver
for an Insurance Inquisition!
Summoning #8 Notable Tx rides for
Hometown Edgeamacayshun!
Summoning Well-Known ReviTULize
for Dashcam-check.

If Bison can learn, so can UberLife!
ReviTULize thanks Casuale Haberdasher for the dashcam shout out and for pointing out the all-important "well known member" status.

See...even I can talk in the third person:p
 

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ReviTULize thanks Casuale Haberdasher for the dashcam shout out and for pointing out the all-important "well known member" status.

See...even I can talk in the third person:p
The Bison and Casuale Haberdasher are two separate entities, no?!:p

Btw, Poopy and bison are giving me a serious, one-two "chuckle" punch. This site can be real fun at times. Thanks, guys, for the contributions!
 

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The Bison and Casuale Haberdasher are two separate entities, no?!:p

Btw, Poopy and bison are giving me a serious, one-two "chuckle" punch. This site can be real fun at times. Thanks, guys, for the contributions!
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Doppelgangers, the Theoretical Existence
of the Wooly-Headed One DOES allow
C.H....wait for it....to talk in the 4th Person!

Stephen Hawking, does that Prove the
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POST # 12/Eat.Sleep.Drive: Although, to
be accurate, Bostonian
Bison and Casuale Haberdasher are
Doppelgangers, the Theoretical Existence
of the Wooly-Headed One DOES allow
C.H....wait for it....to talk in the 4th Person!

Stephen Hawking, does that Prove the
Existence of The Multiverse ?

Bison Poses the Deep Space Questions!
The bison does challenge and stretch the limits of imagination, not only vocabulary knowledge. I cope with it by dumbing it down to two dimensional-verse by looking at C.H as a spokesperson to the bison. Hope this helps other members cope as well ;)
 

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It would be most interesting to ride with the Casual Haberdasher. Perhaps a balderdash of conversation to engage in!
 

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So tonight I head out with a goal to make $300 this weekend. I started at 8:30. At 12:30, I check my earnings and I'm at ~ $50. That's $12.50/hr. on a Friday night, before taxes, gas, commercial insurance, and car wear. Except for last Saturday night (when I made $114 in 4 hours), every time I've gone out, I've been making $12-15/hr. I get home and see my ratings are down even further. Sorry I don't know the location of every bar downtown and how to get to them with 6th St. closed off. Sorry you and your 3 other buddies had to cram into my car because you don't know what Uber XL is. Sorry I'm fairly new to Austin and don't drive downtown a lot and I'm dependent on GPS. Sorry Uber, your fares suck and your radio commercials about "big money" are bullshit. I need a part-time job but not this bad. I can make more than that part-time and not destroy my car in the process. I'm outta here. If I was unemployed and had no other choice, I'd do this. Thank God I'm not that desperate.
 
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