Here’s what’s trending among Uber, Lyft, on-demand workers on SherpaShare Pulse

What would a driver owned company look like? Will what happened in Austin happen in other cities? Meet a newly out-of-work Austin driver. Left behind cell phone question. Pride for a new Lyft jacket. Question about retirement benefits as an Uber or Lyft driver. And more.

We pulled some of the most popular driver conversations from the past 24 hours. For the latest up-to-date threads, check out SherpaShare Pulse or view the blog widget (right column on website).

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What would a driver owned company look like….

Uber Driver Owned Company SherpaShare Thread

Will what happened in Austin happen in other cities?…

Thoughts on Uber Lyft Austin News SherpaShare Thread

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Sidecar shuts down, ceasing rideshare and delivery operations on December 31st

In an email to drivers this morning, Sidecar announced that “effective December 31st at midnight, Sidecar will cease rideshare and delivery operations”. The email said that this effective shutdown is “in order to pursue other strategic opportunities”.

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A tough year for Sidecar

This announcement comes after a year of many changes for the Sidecar team, namely that they switched to a delivery-first focus after being beat in the rideshare space by Uber and Lyft.  Continue reading “Sidecar shuts down, ceasing rideshare and delivery operations on December 31st”

Should you get GAP insurance as a rideshare driver?

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For our latest post we welcome guest contributor Adam Wagener to share his insights on GAP insurance – and what you should know about it as a rideshare driver. Adam has been a rideshare driver since June 2014 and likes acting, writing music, and drinking an occasional craft beer after a shift!

There are a lot of expenses when you’re a rideshare driver: Gasoline, maintenance, car payments, amenities, just to name a few.  And let’s not forget the one you’ll pay the most money for and hopefully use the least — insurance!  Sure everyone knows about auto insurance, because you need to have it to drive your car legally, but what about GAP insurance? Do you really need to get this as a driver? Here’s what you need to know before you make a decision.

 

How GAP insurance works and its secret

Let’s say you picked up a new car.  Maybe you trade in an old gas-guzzler to grab a nice, fuel-efficient ride.  Chances are, you aren’t able to pay all cash, so you get financing for most or at least some of it.  During this process, the sales person should offer you something called GAP insurance, or “Guaranteed Auto Protection.”   Continue reading “Should you get GAP insurance as a rideshare driver?”

Maybe you’ve seen some of our reports and surveys? Here’s where they are all hiding…

SherpaShare Surveys and Data

We’ve released a lot of survey data and reports to help shed insight into trends – at both the national and local level – for the on-demand world.

We’ve looked at how much drivers make per trip (our most popular report by far), how much Uber drivers earn, what the major rideshare trends were in 2014, how rideshare drivers feel about being an independent contractor, and more. Now all of those reports are listed here, all in one place.
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Should you drive for DoorDash and Uber, Lyft?

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Recently, we did a Q&A with Paul, a DoorDash delivery driver who’s also spent time doing Uber and Lyft. We wanted to hear first hand from Paul because we’ve observed – both in our data and on among our community members – that delivery work a) continues to grow and b) continues to grow among the existing Uber and Lyft driver communities.

Overall, the crossover between rideshare and delivery is still relatively small, but it’s growing. Here’s Paul’s insights on how he does DoorDash and what he thinks of the work.

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Report: The top demographic trends of the on-demand workforce

SherpaShare On-Demand Workforce Survey

SherpaShare, the largest independent on-demand worker support app, surveyed the on-demand workforce on demographics, income, and work trends, with nearly 1,000 verified responses.

REPORT SUMMARY
SherpaShare helps tens of thousands of workers manage their independent work and regularly surveys the on-demand workforce. For example, in July we released what rideshare drivers earn per trip in 20 cities across the US. Also, a year ago, our blog looked at how women were represented among on-demand rideshare drivers. This report updates that as part of five major demographic trends covered, across not just gender, but age, work frequency, self-reported income, and services.

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Four tips every new rideshare driver should know

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Getting started as a driver can be intimidating, mainly because you’re venturing into the unknown. But it doesn’t have to be. Even though hundreds of thousands of drivers are now actively driving for rideshare companies in the US, they all had a “first day”. Whether you’re brand new or a year+ in, we hope these four basic tips will give you a good foundation.

Driver Tip #1: Plan Your Work Schedule

One of the biggest perks of ride-sharing is that you can create your own schedule. While this may sound like ultimate freedom, the truth is that you can significantly multiply your income just by driving the right days and times.

For example, during a slow time of day, you might be lucky to average Continue reading “Four tips every new rideshare driver should know”