So, you’re driving for Uber and are making decent money, but, are you wondering how can you get more out of your time?
If all you’re offering is an awkward silence ride on each of your trips then maybe you may have noticed not too many tips coming in.
With this helpful advice you should be able to add extra income on top of what you’re earning on your trips.
- Jazz up your car.
If you’re a festive person who likes to decorate your home for the holiday, then you can simply add some holiday touches to your car for a great first impression and ambience. You can include a brochure list of things to do in your area. For a personal touch, write out a list of your recommended restaurants, bars and attractions in your area. Incorporate some things for your passengers to do while in your car. A book or magazines so they can read. If your car has built in LCD screens, play a movie or offer them a choice. If you have a spare iPad, you can rig it to your headrest so passengers can play games. Offer small treats they can take such as candy, gum, or mint. Extra tips come from your efforts to go above and beyond to offer your passengers a positive experience and are more frequently inclined to tip.
- Become an Uberpreneur.
Depending how long you drive each week, if you’re driving full time then you are opening yourself up to a lot of potential customers, and a lot of opportunities to close a sale. You have 10 minutes to make an impression. As long as you get your passengers where they’re going, you are free to make as many sales pitches as you want along the way. Don’t pitch to everybody. You may be tempted to launch into your sales pitch the minute you pull away from the curb, but this may not be a smart tactic. Feel the passenger out, if a passenger is using a smartphone or does not appear interested in conversation, let them be. Coming in strong can cause them to feel uncomfortable and ultimately hurt your rating. Use materials to start conversation. Depending on your product, you may setup a display in your car — such as crafted jewelry dangling above your dashboard and catalogs in the backseat — an observant passenger will ask about your products. Let the pitch develop naturally. Even when a passenger is interested in chatting, do not slide into your sales pitch right away. Keep giving subtle hints to spark conversation if they notice. If they don’t, they probably wouldn’t be your target customer anyway.
- Promote your self.
Are you a YouTuber, comedian, actor, or an entertainer of some other variety? This is the perfect opportunity to get eyes on you. There’s a couple ways to do this; if you have an iPad (or any other tablet device) and video content you can setup a demo of your best stuff (remember to make it all people friendly). Check out some of these iPad headrest car mounts on Amazon. Have a couple printed brochures the passenger can take that include a brief bio of yourself or channel, how they can view your content, or how they can support you such as your next show dates and locations.
Uber has a system where it rewards new driver bonuses to people who sign up for its service and complete a certain number of rides. If they sign up through another driver’s referral code, then both parties get a bonus. A single bonus can be worth hundreds of dollars. You can share your invite link with your personal connections via email, SnapChat, Instagram, Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, personal blogs, etc. where you are the primary content owner. However, public distribution on sites where you are a contributor but not the primary content owner (e.g., Wikipedia, coupon websites) is not allowed. Don’t be afraid to become a Uber guru to your potential driver referral, it will allow them to get questions or obstacles out of the way so they can proceed with driving. This will allow you to do follow-ups and follow-ups can lead to quicker turnovers on your referral. If you haven’t already signed up to Uber, use my referral code: NFLOO or follow this link: https://partners.uber.com/i/4a66u24hb It helps both of us out, you get $600 bonus (depends on your area but as of right now it says $600 on my app) signing up from a referral after you drive 75 trips (you get $0 bonus without the referral code) and I get $300 for driver referral. It’s a win-win!