Have you ever thought about working with Uber to earn extra money? Driving for Uber is one of many side hustles you can do to increase your income. Ryan Begin has been driving for Uber for over a year and shares his experience as an Uber driver with us. Here’s his story.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Ryan Begin and I’m a native Arizonian. I was born and raised in the Mesa/Queen Creek area.
What do you do for your full-time job?
For my full-time job, I work for the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, a high-end luxury resort and spa in the North Scottsdale area. I’ve been working there over 2.5 years now in their guest services department in transportation, and I love working with the new people I meet there.
How do you fit Uber around your full-time job schedule?
My work schedule is from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, so I usually schedule my Uber shifts during the mornings on weekdays and then work weekend hours as I’m available. The morning/early afternoon shifts are great because a lot of them are longer runs like airport runs. With Uber, the more miles you drive, the more money you make. I usually hang out around the local spas and resorts because there are a lot of people needing rides to the airport from the resorts.
Uber is great because they have a downloadable app that you can turn on and off as you’re available, which lets me choose hours that work around my full-time job schedule.
How many hours per week do you usually work for Uber?
I usually try to be available three hours a day during the week, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or so, and then 5-6 hours a day on weekends, depending on what other things I’ve got scheduled.
What do you like most about being an Uber driver?
The best part of driving for Uber is that I can drive whenever I want. I choose the hours I’m available. Not very many part-time jobs have that type of freedom.
What is the most difficult part about being an Uber driver?
I would say that the most difficult part of being an Uber driver is that sometimes people aren’t nice or respectful of your vehicle or your time, but that’s not the case most of the time.
What types of places do people have you take them?
I’ve driven many people to the airport, but I’ve also driven people to all parts of the Valley here. You don’t know where you’re going until you pick up the customer in your vehicle. The trip can be a long trip or a very short one. That keeps the job from getting too mundane.
What made you decide to pick being an Uber driver over other side hustles?
I liked the flexibility Uber offered. Because I could pick my own hours, I could work Uber around my full-time job. Also, since I’m a people person I thought it would be fun.
What tips do you have for people considering working as an Uber driver?
If you want to be a successful Uber driver, you need two things to make it happen. First, you need a vehicle that gets good gas mileage. This will maximize your income.
Second, you need to be a people person. It’s important for Uber drivers to be able to make customers comfortable as you take them to their destination. Plus, the more social you are the better chance of earning tips from customers that feel you took good care of them. Also, Uber customers rate their trips on the app and you want to make sure you have good ratings.
Do you have a favorite story from your Uber career?
I don’t have a specific story, but I can tell you that I really enjoy my work with Uber. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting all kinds of different and interesting people. It’s an awesome way to meet people and earn money at the same time and to be able to do that when it’s most convenient for you.
If you want to know about making money by driving a car, check out how to make money driving for Lyft.