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Uber is a great company but if you’re a new driver, Lyft is probably the best place to start. There are several reasons for this:

  • Lyft usually has larger sign up bonuses. Keep in mind their bonuses vary by city and the number of trips you’ll need to complete to receive the bonus will also vary by city.

  • While it may not sound like a good thing, less passengers are helpful when you’re just starting out. It gives you time to learn and become familiar with how ridesharing driving works. You’re less rushed and less stressed.

  • Another bonus with having less passengers is your rating. It’s required that you keep your driver rating at 4.6 or higher. Lyft is forgiving of your first few rides (this is where you’ll likely make your mistakes) and only count the last 100 rides towards your overall rating.

  • You’ll find that Lyft is a bit nicer to their drivers. It’s a better atmosphere. Lyft allows passengers to add tips to their fares, if you give a passenger a low rating you won’t have to drive them again, and Lyft offers what’s called a Power Drive Bonus. What that means is you get to keep a larger percentage of your fares if you make a certain number of trips each week.

  • Lyft offers perks. You can use Express Pay to cash out daily as long as you’ve earned $50 that day and there are also milestone perks such as a free glowstache or a free jacket after 1.000 rides.

After you’ve gotten your feet wet and you are comfortable as a rideshare driver, you can choose to drive for both companies. This offers a bit of job security. If one goes offline for whatever reason, you’ve got the other to fall back on. Also, if you are for whatever reason being investigated by one company or your account is on hold, you’ll still have the other platform to work which means you can still make money.

A couple of other ways working both platforms can help:

  • If you are unfortunate enough to have a passenger hurl in your car and you are again unfortunate enough to have to clean that mess yourself, you can still ask Uber for a cleaning fee. The trouble is if you do that, you’ve got to take your car offline for the rest of the night. If you’re also driving for Lyft, you can still keep making money but make sure you REALLY clean the car to avoid grossing out passengers. That’s a smell that doesn’t easily go away.

  • If there is an accident, Uber requires proof via photos that your car has been completely repaired before you can get back on the road for them. Since not all passengers notice minor dings, it’ll be okay to keep driving for Lyft.

At the end of the day, all that matters is what you are comfortable with. You may prefer sticking with one company or you may find you enjoy working for both. Working for both does maximize your income but as a driver, you should always do what’s best for you.

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