Hi, welcome to my blog!
I am a creative professional who recently moved to London from across the pond. Since I didn’t anticipate the financial impact of living in London beforehand, I am now a semi-proud Uber partner who is hoping to be able to pay the bills working part-time as a minicab driver and have, hopefully, enough time for my other projects.
Working part-time and finding a job where you can choose your hours is essential to me, and I suspect it is for most of the Uber drivers out there. It is hard working shifts and having to call off at work when I book a gig on short notice, and that happens a lot. Working full-time is not an option as I might have paid gig on short notice that pays enough for months of work, but it is not a steady job, it is seasonal, and I need to pay the rent. Working for Uber and trying to develop an own business is not an easy task, especially with the minicab business economics of long hours and sizeable expenses on car maintenance, insurance, and petrol.
I created this blog to share my experiences working for/with Uber and if I can help even one person with the task my job here is done. I struggled a lot in the beginning since Uber is not the most helpful company to start with, to be honest. It is pretty much processing people on a conveyor without much personal attention, I guess they try to activate and process as many drivers as possible in a short period, but it leaves a lot of questions unanswered in the beginning. They have a brick and mortar office here in London, it is in a very convenient location, right between Aldgate and Aldgate East stations on the tube, but depending on where you live it might be a bit tricky for you to get there. I hear they moved, and they are opening greenlight hubs around London, but I’ll keep you posted if I get more information on that.
I had and still have issues with the company, especially the gray area of airport pickups, which I am still trying to figure out how they work. I will keep everyone updated on my experience with Uber on my blog, especially the economics of working part-time, car hire, maintenance, petrol and washing up cost and so on.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I would love to hear from experienced drivers about few tips and tricks, definitely open to a guest post from other Uber driver, be it in the UK or internationally based.
Looking forward to hearing from you!!!