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How To Get More/Better Tips While Ride-Sharing (Uber, Lyft, Etc.)

Believe it or not, ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft can bring in some pretty decent income.  If you have the time and use some of the tips here you can even make a decent living solely from driving people around.  Let’s get to it.

To start let me first inform you that the tips given here are based on things I have done myself and strategies I have seen close friends and associates successfully accomplish.

Since we are focusing on TIPS here, I won’t be talking about strategies such as finding the right “areas” to hover over or taking advantage of “surge pricing”.  The strategies provided here are like the extra icing on the cake.  These are things you can do that is “set and forget” ways to increase your income from ride-sharing. 

Meaning once set into motion you’ll only have to say a word or two to initiate the desired outcome (better tips).  I even have one that speaks for itself. Automatic income! Nice.

Customer Service

Being a ride-share driver is a great introduction to the world of self-employment and Entrepreneurship.  As with any type of business, whether small or large, your bottom line will always be affected in some way by how you treat your customers. In this case your riders.  Think about it.

Let’s say you make the best-tasting pies in the world, but your staff is not exactly the friendliest.  How long do you think it will take before someone else figures out how to make pies as good as you AND be nicer to their customers? You have to set yourself apart.

You also have to understand that people who use ride-share services use it frequently and just like people who often go out to eat at nice restaurants,  there will come a time where you start being a little more conservative about tipping.  Let’s face it, getting paid well for your services is great, but when your industry is one that encourages tipping you have to take advantage.  Here are 4 of the best TIPS to get TIPS.

Bags of Candy

This one is very often neglected by many drivers as being an expense that isn’t worth the trouble.  This is NOT an expense at all, it’s an INVESTMENT.  My question for them is, have you tried this?  And what trouble are you referring too? First of all, I can assure you that most people are all in on snacking on some candy while sitting down in a vehicle taking it easy. 

You should see the way riders eyes light up when they find out you have different varieties of candy in your back seat door panels or even better, attached to a Back Seat Car Organizer.  As for the “trouble”, like I said, “what trouble”?  Getting bags of candy is as simple as clicking here and getting them shipped to you in 2 days!  Cha-Ching!

Bottled Water

This is simple logic.  Who doesn’t drink water?  The world we live in now has immersed itself in this healthy lifestyle craze.  Even those who still choose to frequently indulge in their food and beverage desires try to get their fair share of H2O worked into their daily intake. 

Again, getting little packs of bottled water is as simple as clicking here.  Just freeze a few ahead of time and throw in a few straight out of the fridge, add them to a small cooler and place them in the passenger side of your vehicle.  No one should be there anyway. Cha-Ching!

A Long Multi Charging Cable

Now we are starting to go outside the box.  Think about the number of passengers who step inside your vehicle, sit down and eventually get on their smart phone or mobile device.  Now think about how many of your passengers have smartphones. 

Now think about the different types of mobile devices and how they need different charger cables.  After you’ve thought about all of that, tell me, what’s the number one problem with these smartphones that have not been satisfactorily solved yet?  Battery charging!

Now there are 3 main ways to handle giving your riders the convenience of charging their phone in your vehicle.

  1. Use your charging cable in the front of the car.
  2. Use their own charging cable in the backseat.
  3. Use your charging cable in the backseat.

Right out the gate, we can conclude that numbers 1 and 2 aren’t that appealing to someone who wants to use their device while charging it.  Up in the front seat totally makes that impossible since they are in the backseat.  Then you have the problem of possessing the correct type of charger cable. 

As for number 2, who honestly rolls with a charging cable for their device in their pocket unless they have one of these?   So, that leaves us with number 3.

Supplying customers with your own charging cables that they can use in the back seat is great unless you have a vehicle without a USB port in the back or until one of the riders “mistakenly” take the charging cable with them.  But, there’s a solution for that.

To ensure that your passengers can charge ANY mobile device without mistakenly taking your property, you need a 6ft. Nylon Braided Multi Charging Cable.  While there are quite a few of these on the market, you’ll want to get one that supports data sync and CAN FIT A MOBILE DEVICE WHILE IN IT’S CASE.  A large number of the ones on the market do not offer these conveniences.  This one does. Cha-Ching!

Ride-Share Ratings/Tip Sign

This tip for tips is probably the most important but also possibly the most underrated.  Granted you will need to incorporate the aforementioned strategies in effect to ensure this one gives you the best success rate, but once you do it will be glorious. 

Hanging a Ratings/Tip Sign from the back of each front seat constantly reminds the rider that you’re a hard-working individual who values not only their satisfaction with the ride but the 5 Star rating that’s always a PLUS when driving for services like Uber and Lfyt.  Using this strategy is as simple as all the rest.

Personally, I’ve had much success with this particular sign.  It’s cool looking, hangs perfectly from the back side of each front headrest, and as mentioned earlier, this sign will do all the talking for you!  It’s in the passenger’s face the whole time, without being obnoxious.   

Although there are many others you can purchase, I think the smiley face with the thumbs up helps alleviate any kind of bad feelings that one might consider while looking at the sign.  That’s why I must mention again that I prefer this one

Once I personally added these signs to my ride-sharing strategy I immediately noticed the majority of my riders smiling after seeing them.  Quite a few took pictures to show their friends and a few parents pointed them out to their kids.  Cha-Ching!

The Rundown

There you have it, 4 great tips to get you more or better tips while ride-sharing.  I hope you use these strategies because I love to see both sides of any paid service come out smiling at the end of the day.  Below I have left links to all the products mentioned here.  Happy trails and have a safe TRIP!

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Now you know how to get more/better tips while ride-sharing, will you test out these strategies? Maybe you already have. Leave a reply in the comment box below.

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