Stay-at-home-moms (SAHMs) are experts at the balancing act. You can prepare breakfast while leading rounds of “Wheels on the Bus,” offer homework assistance while feeding a baby, and keep your family happy, healthy, educated, and entertained, all at the same time. Working as a SAHM is a great privilege, but sometimes it can leave you a little strapped for cash. Whether you’re struggling to make ends meet or you just want a little extra money to treat yourself to a spa day, partnering with Uber can help you meet your goals.
Who Can Partner with Uber?
Uber’s requirements for uberX, uberXL, UberPLUS, and UberSELECT drivers are fairly simple. If you’re 21 years of age or older and have had your driver license for at least a year, you’re well on your way. Other requirements include:
Ã¢Â—Â In-state auto insurance with your name on the policy
Ã¢Â—Â In-state driver license
Ã¢Â—Â In-state license plates and current registration
Once you’ve signed up to Uber through their simple online application, you have to pass a background check and driving record check. If you’re clear, you will be on your way to an exciting partnership with Uber.
What Do You Need to Drive?
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Uber driver partners must have a four-door car. In most cities, you need a 2005 or newer. In Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Francisco you can drive anything that’s 2000 or newer, and Chicago drivers can work with a 2001. In New York, the requirements are a bit more stringent. Drivers need a 2011 or newer and commercial drivers license to tackle the Big Apple. You do not need to own your vehicle and may lease or rent your car as well.
How Uber Works for SAHMs
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As a SAHM, your schedule is busy and unpredictable. Uber is an ideal choice because it’s not a traditional job. You’re an independent contractor and as such you have the ability to set your hours. You’re also free to work on other jobs, so you can fit Uber in alongside your Etsy business or blogging empire. This opportunity is every bit as flexible as you need it to be. Uber driver partners make $19.04 an hour on average, making this a highly lucrative activity.
Setting Your Hours
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Setting your hours with Uber is as simple as logging in to the app. You can log in every day of the week, once a week, or sporadically when you find a surprisingly free afternoon where the kids are all out of the house. If your only free time is for a few hours in the morning while the kids are at school, you can turn this block of time into a money-making opportunity simply by signaling your availability on the app. Nights are typically one of the busiest times for Uber partners. If you have someone home to watch your kids, you can drive with Uber on your free evenings.
Uber partners enjoy the kind of flexibility that busy moms need. You can take time off to pick children up from school, nurse sick family members, or simply take a field trip. The partnership opportunity is every bit as flexible as you, Mom.