Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Taking advantage of perks, part of Starting Your Career in the On-Demand Economy.
- This is just a really quick tip, but in my opinion, worth mentioning. In order to attract and maintain more on-demand workers, many companies offer special perks and incentives that can save you money on business-related expenses or other items and services. Not every company does this, but many do, so it's worth digging around when you're logged into their website to see if they've partnered with any other companies that you can take advantage of. So for example, this is Uber's rewards page for their drivers, and you can see that most of these offers are vehicle related. You can get anywhere from 10 to 20% off on auto parts, oil changes, tires, and so on.
In the top row here, you can see that you can get 20 or 15% off your calling plan through AT&T or Verizon, which can definitely save you some money every month. Uber has even started offering healthcare plans, which can be really attractive for people for whom driving is currently their primary job. And for their busiest drivers, down here they offer an Uber fuel card, which can save you up to 15 cents per gallon on gas. And the nice thing here is that the card isn't linked to your personal credit or checking accounts. Any gas you purchase is automatically deducted from your weekly earnings, so you don't have to worry about paying a bill every month.
But only drivers who complete at least 200 trips per month are eligible for the card. If you're driving that much, you'll most likely appreciate having this card to fuel up your vehicle at a discount and then not having to worry about remembering to pay the bill. So this is just an example of the sort of perks that Uber offers. Not all on-demand companies offer the same deals, but the top ones often do provide similar incentives, and there's no reason not to take advantage of them, especially if they apply to goods and services you were going to purchase anyway. So be sure to check out the worker pages of your on-demand company's website to see where you could potentially be saving money.
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.