I'm a driver for Uber and Lyft - here's exactly how much I make in one week on the job
- I've been driving for Lyft and Uber for almost one year.
- People always want to know how much money I make driving for the two companies, so I decided to track every penny I made for one week.
- The final tally was about $257 for less than 14 hours of work - or around $19 an hour.
- Read on for a detailed breakdown of how much I made driving for Uber and Lyft, including some of the most unusual passengers and some mishaps I had along the way.
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About a year ago, when I first thought about signing up to become an Uber and Lyft driver, it seemed like the job was just too good to be true.A flexible job where you can make money, work whenever you want, with no minimum hours, no required uniform, and no angry boss? It seemed like it would be too good to be true.Advertisement
Well, after many months of being a driver, it is not too good to be true. Being an Uber or Lyft driver is a great side hustle to have in this rapidly growing gig economy.
When I tell people I drive for Uber and Lyft part-time, they'll usually ask me the same question: "Is it worth it?"Related: I'm a driver for both Uber and Lyft - here are 7 reasons Uber is the clear winner for me
I believe that yes, it is worth it.Take one week in September for example. For seven days last month, I kept track of every penny I made driving for both companies, and wound up making $257 for less than 14 hours of work - that's about $19 an hour.I also kept track of every interesting moment along the way, from a questionable passenger who wanted me to break the law, to a blown tire that prevented me from making over $100 on one of the busiest days of the week.Advertisement
Read on to see the full breakdown of how much I made driving for Uber and Lyft for one week, and some of the most memorable experiences I had doing it.
Thanks to some generous tippers, I kicked off the week making $41 in just two hours.
Following my big Monday night, I skipped driving on Tuesday to enjoy dinner with my fiancée.Advertisement
Wednesday was full of frustration — thanks in part to one passenger who wanted me to break the law — and I wound up making about $15.60 an hour.
I worked for a little over an hour on Thursday, and pulled in $30.Advertisement
I made over $100 on Friday night, for $19 an hour — but not without some controversy.
I made about $29.50 for 1 hour and 40 minutes of work on a laid-back Saturday morning.Advertisement
And Sunday was a disaster — due to car troubles, I ended up spending $430 and not driving a single passenger.
When it was all said and done, I ended the week making $257.34 in a little less than 14 hours on the job.Advertisement
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