Waking up Driving for Lyft | Day 27 of 33 Sunrises
I love meeting new people. As deeply as I crave my alone time, I need to meet new faces and hear new stories and new ideas. I learned this about myself the last year. It only seemed fitting that since Lyft just came back into town I would dive in. Life's too short to not try a new (money-making?) hobby, right? Right?
SO EASY! Before I forget if you want to sign up, use my promo code: Carli229756 and we both can get $50. There's a small catch, of course, but just log in and see if you're the least bit interested. Also, coupon for a $10 ride towards the bottom if you hang around long enough. :)
Considering I already own a car, have insurance and am current on all of the records, it took me less than 10 minutes to sign up to drive with Lyft. Believe it or not the most difficult part was finding a selfie. I don't have a single photo of me looking at the camera without my sun glasses on, smiling, just me from the last year. That was astonishing. (Emilia seems to be in every one haha and I don't mind.)
LYFT has a few tutorials that are straight forward and pretty fool proof that made me feel somewhat confident in my first ride.
Car detailed - check!
Decals on - check! (You can easily remove them, FYI so you don't have to be advertising for them all of the time.)
Cold water and temporary tattoo business cards and quiet music - check! It was a little nerve-wracking as anything is the first time, but not difficult! LYFT is very clear to let people that you're driving know it's your first ride/first day, whatever and honestly that made them so patient and encouraging and I got a solid 5 stars and a "Good job on your first day!" haha
I don't think you can be prepared for how much driving around you're doing between rides. It's a lot of car time. I just turned on a few TEDTalks. :)
I have a feeling that will change once the word spreads that LYFT is back in town!
So your phone obnoxiously makes this loud ringing sound, and a circle with the person's face who needs a ride pops up and you have so many seconds to tap it to "accept" it. They make you 3-step verify that you're actually picking someone up, which I guess is a good thing. You hit "I'm arriving" and then you confirm that you're actually at the address, another click, and then "Pick Judy up!" for the third click.
Then it's "tap to navigate to the route!"
The first LYFT was two ladies who only checked in as 1 passenger and I should have had them cancel and re-count but I found that out later.... It was uneventful except for my illegal u-turn when I didn't know that I had to hit "navigate to route" and an "Um... I got this." after I dropped them off and hit "client delivered." haha
Last night... since I live by the airport I thought "Oh this is going to be genius!" Just go where people NEED a lift! After two trips around the loop in the airport and driving 5 mph the entire time and me stressing if I would ever get someone to ding my phone, I left and headed towards South Congress. My stomping grounds. That was last night.
This morning I stayed in the residential area assuming people would need a work INTO town and sure enough!
OVERALL THOUGHTS/ COST
It's a lot more downtime driving then I thought. Is it worth it? It depends on how much money you hope to make and if you really love people. The truth is that you are indeed making money and with a little extra smile you can get a tip. Although I still haven't figured out just how to see how much each customer is tipping me. You can't tip in cash with LYFT but everyone has been so kind and the conversations have been great and I'm depositing $71 and some change into my account from the last approx 5 hours of driving. So...
COUPON CODE FOR $10 OFF YOUR FIRST LYFT: INKEDFINGERS (SO difficult to remember, I know.)
PS: I need to rave about my $6 phone holder. If you need one, no need to spend a penny more and you don't have to attach any weird stickers to your phone or case! The magnet is thin enough you can just slide it in and still close your case. :)