The transportation industry has some of the best signup bonuses of any industry in the gig economy. Drivers are often enticed with hefty sign-up bonuses that can be several hundred dollars or more. Bonuses vary frequently and change from city to city, so check the app or website for the most up-to-date information.
To get started as a rideshare driver, download the app or visit the company’s website to fill out an application. You’ll need to meet certain age requirements, meet specific vehicle requirements, have a clean driving record, and be able to pass a criminal background check.
If you want to make more money as a rideshare worker, you need to be on the road when passengers need rides. You’ll find the most amount of passengers during the morning and evening commutes, late at night when the bars close, and during special events, such as concerts, festivals, and sporting events.
The cost of transportation is relatively affordable, but it’s dependent upon the distance you need to go, how long it takes to get there, and what time of day you travel. When passenger demand for rides is high and the supply of drivers is low, you can expect to pay even more.
The most popular rideshare services, Uber and Lyft, operate in hundreds of cities around the country and around the world. Other services operate in limited cities and regions but are expanding to new markets all the time. Check the company’s website to see if they operate in your town.