Nowadays, everybody is looking for a way to earn income on the side. For many people living in expensive parts of the country, having a single job just isn’t going to cut it anymore when it comes to keeping their expenses covered and allowing them to live the lifestyles they want to be enjoying. The sharing/gig economy popularized by apps like Uber, Lyft, and GrubHub has provided many people with an easy and accessible way to make money on the side by driving passengers or making deliveries in their free time. Ridesharing apps are by far the most popular and for most people, the most profitable side jobs to have, so if you’ve been looking to supplement your income, it’s almost a certainty that you’ve given some thought to signing up with one of them. If you’re weighing the decision of whether to go to work for a ridesharing company, here are some things to think about first.

1. You’ll need to have your paperwork in order

You have to have a valid driver’s license for the state you’d be working in, and you’ll also need a clean driving and criminal record. You may also be required to have had your license for a year or more, and you’ll probably need to be at least 21 years old. The ridesharing companies will run a background check on you when you apply, so if you’ve got anything in your past that might prevent them from wanting to hire you, ridesharing might not be the gig for you.

2. You’ll need your own car

Not only will you be required to provide your own wheels, it’ll have to be properly insured, and you’ll probably have to have a late model car with four doors. It will need to pass a vehicle inspection, and shouldn’t have any major body damage. If the car you’re currently driving isn’t good enough to meet the ridesharing companies’ standards, you can always upgrade to a better car. There are plenty of online car buying sites that can help make this process easy and painless, and you can consider it an investment in your new side career.

3. You’ll need a smartphone

You probably already have one, but just in case you don’t, know that you’re going to need a device that can handle the ridesharing company’s proprietary app. That’s how you’ll get all your pickup notifications and map directions. Can’t work without it!

4. You won’t get rich

Be realistic about how much money you can expect to earn, and consider whether ridesharing is the best use of your free time as far as earning income is concerned. Most drivers will make between $10 and $20 for each hour they work, but gas and car maintenance has to be factored in as well. Nevertheless, many drivers consider the work fun and fulfilling as well as lucrative, so if you’ve got the temperament and qualifications to be a ridesharing service driver, download their apps and apply today!

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