Secrets to becoming an Uber driver

The headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg, AP)
The headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg, AP)

Cape Town - Uber has been popping up all over the world and while it may be offering a service to commuters, it could also be an employment opportunity for others.

According to, a website that offers information about the car industry, including reviews and free online car insurance quotes, wanting to become an Uber driver can be a good thing, so long as you keep in mind these two things:

(1) Assess the business value of it and (2) get the right insurance cover and licenses.

In their review, Carinfo goes on to explain which business factors should be taken into account and which licenses and insurance coverage is needed.

How to sign up as an Uber driver

Signing up is actually easy. Simply go to the Uber Driver Sign up page where you’ll be asked to provide some details about yourself and create an account. This takes about 3-4 minutes.

Following this, an Uber representative will contact you and provide you with further instructions, and in some cases, request the appropriate driving documents (such as your license). They’ll let you know when you’ve been approved, then you download the Uber app and you’re ready to go.

Is it profitable to be an Uber driver?

‎The two main advantages of being an Uber driver are said to be the additional profits and the fact that you are your own boss.

Well, being your own boss always seems great, but there are also downsides to driving around on your own all day, and if you really want to make a profit, you will most probably need to tweak your schedule to peak traffic hours – so basically your customers are the ones telling you when to work.

As for making additional profits, the conclusions are divided. Some say that if you plan well, know when and where to work and spend a lot of time driving anyway, then a profit can be made.

Others claim that it isn’t that easy, due to many factors that are often overlooked such as the need to change your car insurance policy, fuel consumption and the wear and tear on your car.

Go to to read more about becoming an Uber driver and getting your taxi license and commercial insurance.

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