What is Uber?
Uber works via an application which you download onto your smartphone and then input your credit card details. You can hail an Uber taxi at any time of the day or night via the app. The fare is automatically deducted via the app which is often at a lower cost than metered taxis.
The global disruptor has created a number of job opportunities worldwide, with numerous metered taxi drivers making the jump to Uber. The company continues to operate under a cloud controversy and is aggressively expanding its services globally.
How do you become a driver?
The technology-driven organisation has a simple platform on its website which allows individuals to sign up. By going to the Uber Driver Sign Up page, you can complete your application within 3 to 4 minutes. An Uber representative will then contact you to complete the process.
Is it a viable business for drivers?
Uber is offered In 3 options in South Africa:
This is regarded as the economy class and vehicles used are often small, mid-sized sedans such as Toyota Corollas and VW Polos.
This is the business class
This is a tailor-made solution for group-bookings.
A competitive advantage that Uber has over competitors in the transport industry is advanced technology that allows them to find users easily compared to metered taxis.
If you choose to become an Uber driver/owner you need to be professional about it and run it as a business.
There are numerous factors to consider, such as repairs and maintenance. There are also eventualities such as accidents to consider. If you need to renew your licence this may also amount to you not being able to be on the road for a period of time.
In South Africa, there have been reports of drivers earning up to R4000 to R5000 a month. What has been proven though is that the best way to make a considerable amount of money is by operating more than one Uber vehicle.