I had a friend in the early days of driving for Uber and Lyft who was completely, 100% loyal to Uber. He was always coming up with new and innovative ways to make money. Yet, when I approached him with a new and innovative way to make more by signing up with Lyft, he balked.
He said he would never drive for anybody but Uber. It wasn’t that he had any moral qualms or thought it would be disloyal to Uber if he drove for Lyft, he just thought he would do better with Uber. Well, a couple of years passed and during that time Uber slashed its prices to about half what they originally were. And at the same time they more than quadrupled the number of drivers on the road. My friend, like all of us, found himself sitting more and more hours each day in between trips. He was complaining about that one day so I suggested to him (again) that he should sign up with Lyft.
Again, he balked! He was really stuck on Uber! Finally, a year after that, when things got even worse, he finally signed on with Lyft. Now, although he was one of the last people to figure out you should work for both, he goes around telling everyone about the brilliant idea he had to work for both companies! He advises them to take his advice and do likewise. Problem is – they already did – a couple of years ago!
He had a lot of reasons for wanting to stick with Uber. Namely that he believed it made his life more simple. I couldn’t argue with him on that. By working for just one company all your earnings info is in one place. All your ratings are in one place. And you only have to worry about running one app – not two at the same time.
The Advantages of Driving for Both Uber & Lyft
He was right that it adds several levels of complications to drive for another rideshare company. But it also adds several levels of opportunity. By driving for both companies you’ll get the following advantages:
- A larger pool of customers to receive calls from;
- You can pit the two apps against each other and let them compete for the best price during surge and primetime periods;
- Lyft customers tip better – so you can get better tips;
- Shorter waits in the airport queue
By driving for both companies you won’t miss out on a call because a passenger is only using the app for the company you don’t drive for. By using both apps, you’ll be able to get calls from both companies’ customers.
When both apps are surging, you can easily compare the surges and decide which one is the best to accept. Just keep in mind this equivalency table so you can easily compare Lyft’s and Uber’s surges:
Lyft Surge = Uber Surge
100% = 2.0 x
200% = 3.0 x
300% = 4.0 x
And on like that. Don’t get mixed up and think a 3.0x Uber surge is better than a Lyft 250% surge. It’s not!
Uber just added tipping last year. UP until that time they had strongly urged customers not to tip. So, as you can imagine, Uber passengers are generally very slow and reluctant tippers. Lyft has a much better reputation nationwide with drivers as far as tipping goes. Most drivers agree that Lyft customers simply tip better. Hands down.
Another consideration for using both apps is the fact that it will help you get through the airport queue a little faster. Or possibly a lot faster!
Around here, Lyft drivers seem to make it through the airport queues the fastest. So, if you go into the airport queue with just Uber – you could sit around up to an hour longer than if you had both Uber and Lyft up and running. You really should run both apps whenever you’re at the airport.
Juggling Different Apps
So, now that we’ve convinced you to give both Uber and Lyft a try – how can you possibly run both apps at the same time without missing calls or turning down calls on the other?
There are some third-party apps that will take care of this for you. Apps like Mystro do a good job of helping you automatically switch one app off when you get a call on the other one.
But if you don’t want to pay a monthly fee and you already have an extra phone or tablet lying around – you can use two devices at the same time to run both apps from. This is really the best way – if you’re able to do it.
When you run two devices, you’ll have the ability to run Uber on one and Lyft on the other. I do that all the time so if I get a call on one, I can easily and very quickly go offline on the other.
If you run both apps on one device, it can become a bit of a nightmare when you get a call. Because you want to log off on the other app as quickly as possible. But the app you just accepted the call on will start doing things and trying to take over your screen! So, while you’re trying to turn the other app off, suddenly the first app will come back to the front of the screen and open your GPS app for navigation. Or, it will do some other thing. But, whatever it does – it prevents you from quickly shutting off the other app.
When you run each app on its own device though, you don’t have to worry about this.
I run a phone and a tablet. I ultimately like to navigate from my tablet because of its bigger screen. So, what I’ll do is run the Uber app on the tablet and Lyft on my phone.
And there is a good reason for that. The reason is that with the Uber driver app, you can only be signed in from one device. It’s not possible to be signed in on your phone and your tablet at the same time. But with the Lyft app, you can sign in from two different devices, simultaneously.
So, if I get a call from Uber, I reach over and shut off the Lyft app on my phone and resume my navigation from the tablet with the Uber app.
But if I get a call from Lyft, I can accept the call from my phone, shut Uber off on the tablet and then once the navigation is all set up and I’m heading toward the passenger’s pickup location, I can open the Lyft driver app on my tablet – and it picks up right where it is on my phone. I’ll be signed in and the trip will be spooled up and ready to go!
I really respect any driver who is completely loyal to one rideshare company, above all else. And they only ride Lyft or Uber. But, I would highly discourage you from doing that, unless you just have some convictions that absolutely would be shattered if you did.
The reason why, especially with Uber, and Lyft, with the surge in prime time, they’re never surging at the same rate. Okay. So, maybe in one area Prime Time will be 300%.
And then that same area Uber SURGE will be 1.5. Who do you want to take? Lyft and I’m going to keep my Lyft app on, and I’m going to reject my Uber ones.
It’s very important for you to juggle between both apps, and vet what has the better percentage at that moment. What really helps is using third-party apps to help manage, and I’m going to show you that in another video.
But, go back between them. You also have to consider, is there a bonus? Is there a bonus that you’re chasing? Because that is the only time really that you should care about acceptance ratings.
It’s okay, reject them, reject, reject them. Maybe you’re sitting there and you’re in a huge Prime Time zone, and you’re getting Uber rides that are 20 minutes away, asking you to pull you away from the cities.
Don’t take those. I know some people would disagree. Don’t take those. Those will hurt your earnings, and stay there, and keep going back and forth. And that’s the way you can maximize your income.
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