Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Optimizing your income, part of Working in the On-Demand Economy.
- As we discussed earlier, the amount of income you generate…from an on-demand job is highly dependent…on the amount of time you can put into it.…That said, there are still some things you can do…to maximize your earnings.…A few dollars saved here and there can start to add up.…When it comes to driving for companies like Uber or Lyft,…here are a couple of ways you can save some money.…The biggest one I've learned is to not drive…around aimlessly between fares.…Early on, it's tempting to cruise around the busiest areas,…hoping you'll get a ping telling you someone needs a ride,…but realize that other drivers are often doing that too,…and you're just going to be burning gas the entire time.…
Instead, find a safe place to park in the vicinity,…leave the driver app on, and just wait for a ping…from a rider to come in.…If you can actually turn your car off while you're waiting,…all the better.…I suggest bringing along a book…or a tablet device to pass the time.…And if you're in an area that's heavily traveled…by other drivers, you might have a difficult time picking…
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