Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Driving and gaining experience, part of Working in the On-Demand Economy.
- Okay, so once you've made it…through the application process,…and you've been approved as an Uber driver,…you're free to hit the road and start picking up fares.…But before you do so,…first make sure you're properly equipped.…Since you'll be relying on the Uber driver app…to receive requests and follow GPS navigation…to pick up your riders and take them to their destinations,…you should definitely have some kind of carrier…or cradle available for your phone…that you can mount in an easily visible place…on your dash or windshield.…You can find inexpensive mounts online like this one,…which attaches to the air vent in most cars.…
Additionally, make sure you have the necessary…cables and adapters to keep your phone…charged while you're driving.…You don't want your battery to die in the middle…of taking a rider to their destination.…So once you've got the mounting and power taken care of,…you can hit the road and turn on your app.…And here we can see the Uber Partner app on my phone.…I'll tap to open that up.…Now be aware that Uber updates…
Garrick Chow explains the basic structures of the on-demand economy and the skills and characteristics of successful on-demanders, so you can determine if on-demand work is the right fit for you. Then learn about the time commitment and expectations around pay, what the employer provides, and what one can expect from clients. Garrick then discusses tools to keep you organized, including how to best track income and expenses.
Finally, the course offers tips and tricks and a case study based on the author's firsthand experience as an Uber driver.
- Preparing to work on demand
- Managing expectations from on-demand clients
- Tracking expenses and mileage
- Optimizing your income
- Getting support online
- Case study: Becoming an Uber driver