Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Preparing to apply, part of Starting Your Career in the On-Demand Economy.
- Throughout this course, I've been talking about working for on-demand companies in general and have tried to keep things broad enough that you can apply what I've been discussing to different types of on-demand work. But I thought I'd finish up in this chapter by looking at how to sign up to be an Uber driver so we can look at some specifics. Before setting up for any on-demand work though, you'll want to have a couple of documents handy. In many cases, you'll have to go through a background check and other vetting before you can be accepted as a worker. In Uber's case, you'll need to be able to upload current copies of your driver's license, proof of insurance, and state inspection if you live in a state that requires annual vehicle inspections.
If you don't, Uber will require you to take your vehicle to one of their authorized mechanics in your area for an inspection, and you'll need to upload their report to complete your application. So you don't have to have the inspection document on hand when you're applying, but you will need to send it in before you can be completely approved as a driver. But again, if you have a copy of your valid state inspection sticker, you can upload that with your other documentation. So ideally you'll want to have these documents ready before starting the application process. Uber does accept photos of these documents, so you can simply take pictures of them with your phone, send the pictures to your computer, and have them ready to upload at the right point in the application.
You could also complete the application process on your phone, for that matter. If you don't have your social security number memorized, make sure you have it jotted down, as you'll need it for the background check portions. And you'll also want to make sure that the vehicle you intend to drive meets certain requirements. The minimum age of the vehicles can vary depending on your location, but you'll generally need a car that's less than 10 years old. The car also needs to have four doors at a minimum. Your riders aren't going to want to have to wait while you hop out of a two-door car to push your seat forward so they can slip in. The car also can't have been salvaged.
But that's pretty much what you'll need before you apply to be a driver. Next we'll take a look at the application process.
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
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 05/26/2017. What changed?
A: A new video was added that explains how to optimize your LinkedIn profile for on-demand work.