Why are Friday and Saturday Nights so Special?
In this video, Sam shows us why Friday and Saturday nights are some of the best times during the week to drive. Drivers have flocked to Uber and Lyft because of their flexible hours, but if you want to join the elite ranks of top earners, you’ll need to know when the most lucrative times are and you’ll want to drive those times. You’ll also want to avoid the less busy times.
Sam says sometimes he goes the whole week without driving and then drives Friday and Saturday nights from about 10:00 PM – 3:00 AM. A lot of drivers can make as much during those 10 hours as they could make in 20 hours during less busy times… like the middle of the day on weekdays.
On Friday and Saturday nights, you have all kinds of things going on. You have concerts, plays, sporting events, people going to dinner, people going to bars. All those things happen during the week as well, but what makes Friday and Saturday nights so special is that they all happen at the same time on those nights! So you can have a week’s worth of activities packed into two nights.
You may have a big concert during the week, but other than that, most people are at home. But when you have a concert on a Friday or Saturday night – that’s just a bonus in addition to the fact that all those people who sit home during the week are now out too!
Follow the Alcohol
Of course the big reason Friday and Saturday nights are so good for drivers – is alcohol. You want to follow the alcohol! When people are drinking is when they really need rides. And these two nights are the nights when most people allow themselves to indulge in a little alcohol… (or a lot, as is the case)!
In these videos, Sam will teach you great strategies for optimizing your time on the road on weekend nights. He’ll show you how you can maximize your earnings by mixing and matching rideshare driving with delivery driving. All these tips will help you enter the elite ranks of top rideshare income earners. And you’ll maximize the profits from your car!
Special Events During the Week
When it comes to special events, weeknight events are quite different from weekend events as it relates to driving.
Sam gives the example of Lady Gaga is playing downtown in your city on a Monday night. Will that be a great place to get trips on Monday night? Well, it’ll probably be better than any other place in town. But it is because of that very reason – that the rest of town isn’t busy at all – that it probably won’t be that great. Because it’s a Monday night and because the rest of town is abysmally slow, every driver in town will show up for this event.
So while there will be a lot of passengers coming out of the event, that doesn’t mean there will be a lot for you! And it doesn’t mean it’s going to surge. In fact, it probably won’t surge because you’ll have so many drivers showing up there.
When things are slow, tons of drivers will show up at anything that looks like it might produce a lot of trips. So if things get imbalanced with far more drivers than the demand could possibly warrant, then even though Uber and Lyft themselves will be super busy at these events no individual driver will be busy. That means you’ll sit there waiting longer than you should for a call and it means it most likely won’t be surging. And if it does surge, it won’t surge as much and it won’t surge for as long – as it would on a weekend night.
Special Events on the Weekends
On the weekends however, Sam shows us why events are a whole different story!
Hit Your Deliveries
One of the best strategies Sam teaches is mixing and matching the different services you can use your car to drive for.
A lot of veteran Uber and Lyft drivers say they’d never drive for UberEATS. But a lot of these people are the same drivers who used to say they’d never drive for Lyft! But what did they find out? They found out that if you’re signed up with Uber and Lyft, you give yourself just that much more opportunity to get a trip. And that’s exactly what drivers are finding out about UberEATS. Yeah, no one wants to deliver pizza as a rideshare driver. It seems beneath us. And the pay is low.
All that’s true. The pay is lower than rideshare. But you know what you can do? You can mix food deliveries in with your rideshare driving for maximum profitability. Sure, the pay is low for food deliveries. But… if it’s a slow time for rideshare and you’re just going to be sitting around empty anyway, why not fill up that time with something? And it turns out prime time for food delivery just happens to often coincide with slow times for rideshare!
Take for instance, from about 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. This is a time when most people are at home getting ready to go out. This is when they’ll be ordering food. So this is a great time to maximize your income and enter the realm of elite top earners by hitting your deliveries for a couple of hours. Not a lot of people will be taking rides during these hours… that will come a little later. So instead of sitting around with an empty car hoping for a passenger call that never comes – getting on one of your delivery apps and do food deliveries for these couple of hours!
If think about it, when people are ordering food, they’re usually at home doing nothing. And on the weekends, they’re usually ordering food as they are getting ready to go out later. So you catch them with a $5 food delivery, and then you hit them up a little later with a $8 rideshare trip. And at the end of the night you take them home from a bar for $13.
Now you’ve just made $26 off of that weekend night cycle. At the end of the night the $5 you made per delivery wasn’t that much but you did three deliveries for $15 and you did it at a time when there was nothing else going on. So you were making money in an otherwise dead time.
Friday and Saturday nights. These are my money-making nights. In fact, I often go the whole week without driving, except Friday and Saturday nights, from about 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
Okay, now why are Friday and Saturday nights so special? Well, you want to, as a general rule, follow the alcohol. When people are drinking, they need rides.
Now, on top of that, there is something special about Friday and Saturday nights, where a lot of people are out, so a lot of people are going out to dinner, a lot of people are going to sporting events, and plays, and concerts, and so forth.
Now, these things happen throughout the week, but what makes Friday and Saturday special are they’re all happening at that time, so there’s just too much demand for all the drivers. So drivers are spread out, and there’s SURGE and prime time everywhere.
During the week, let’s say you have a special event. So, this Monday, Lady Gaga [is going to] be here in the Xcel Center, and every driver [is] going to be there.
However, there’s not a lot of things going on on Monday night. And so, all the drivers are going to be concentrated there, so there won’t be actually as much demand as we would like. And so you want to hit Friday and Saturday nights really strong, because everybody is spread out, and there’s always going to be high demand.
In addition, on Friday and Saturday nights a lot of people want to stay home and have carry-out, and so from about 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., great time for delivery, for you to do.
So 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. is often a little less busy, especially around 5:00 p.m. [when] people are getting rides in town. But around 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., people are at the venues, people are at the events.
They don’t need rides. So that’s when you can really hit deliveries hard. And that’s something I’m going to talk about more in the full-time driver course.
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