ABOUT THIS BLOG
Referral bonuses can be different amounts, depending on the city you live in. They can also fluctuate throughout the year, depending on the current demand for new drivers.
I've seen referral bonuses of up to $2,000, so it's a really good incentive to sign up through some else's referral code or get someone to sign up through your own once you're driving! There's also usually a double-sided bonus for both the person who refers a driver as well as the person who signs up through a referral, so it's a win-win! 🙂
Unfortunately, Uber and Lyft do not publicly post their referral bonus amounts by city, so I will only be able to supply you with the latest San Diego referral bonuses, as that is where I currently live.
However, you can always double-check directly with Uber or Lyft to see what the bonus amount is in your city, as well as what the specific driving requirements are (how many rides you need to complete within a certain # of days) before you sign up. Just make sure to use my referral code when you sign up or else you won't receive your bonus!
Already signed up with Uber but forgot to enter a referral code? Click here to submit a retroactive referral for Uber.
My Rideshare Story
At the end of 2012, I decided to quit my 9-5 job to start my own graphic and website design business because I wanted to be able to work from home (or anywhere). However, about 6 months in, I found myself really struggling to make ends meet and so I decided to get a side job to help me pay my bills.
I started driving part-time for Lyft in July of 2013 and continued until November 2014, when I felt like the demand for rides were really dying down. I had been experiencing a lot of wait-time between rides and began feeling like I just wasn't making enough money for it to be worth it. That's about the time I started to consider some new options.
One night, that same month, I went out in Pacific Beach with some friends. At the end of the night, one of my friends requested an Uber home for all of us (which was actually my first Uber ride ever, since I had always tried to stay loyal to Lyft.) I started talking with the driver and told him that I was actually a Lyft driver. He said he was too and then asked me why I didn't drive for Uber as well? I didn't really have an answer, other than the fact that I was trying to stay loyal to one company, but I also imagined that having two ride share apps opened at once would just be too stressful.
He then told me that he earned a lot more money driving for Uber than for Lyft, and that for every 10 Uber requests he got 1 Lyft request. He also said that keeping both the Uber and Lyft apps open at the same time wasn't too hard; when he got a request from one, he simply signed out of the other.
He went on to tell me that Uber was currently promoting a $500 double-sided bonus for any one who was already a Lyft driver. If I signed up through his referral code, all I had to do was complete 20 rides and I'd get an extra $500!
I was sold.
The next day I decided to give it a shot and signed up for Uber through his referral code. The sign-up process only took a few days and by the following weekend, I was on the road.
My impression after my first night? All I could say was WOW, such a difference! I had way more Uber requests, just as I was told, and I was making about $40-$50 per 20-minute ride (mind you, this was on a Saturday evening during a "surge" time when the demand was very high for drivers.) Even during the "slower" times, when I was working during the day time, I was still making about $20-$25 an hour with Uber and there was a lot less waiting time in-between requests.
From this point on, I mostly found myself driving for Uber instead of Lyft, simply because of the fact that the demand was higher and I could make more money in less time.
I also received my $500 bonus about a week later, which was also perfect timing for Christmas. 🙂 I used that money to buy a last minute plane ticket home to Boston to be with my family, which was all I wanted to be able to do after a year of extreme financial and personal struggles.
How Rideshare Driving Helped Me as an Entrepreneur
Driving has been a HUGE help to me as an entrepreneur because it brought me a sense of stability through a weekly paycheck. Plus, I really loved that I had the freedom to choose my own hours and that I could drive as little or as much as I needed each week.
In fact, here's blog post I wrote about the 5 Ways Uber Helped Me Build My Own Business.
I honestly don't think I would have gotten where I am today without them and so I really want to spread the word to anyone else who is looking for a really flexible job that can really help you pay your bills!
Driving can be fun! Give it a try! 🙂
Sign up to Drive and Receive a Referral Bonus!
You can earn up to $2,000 in referral bonus cash, depending on the city you drive in and the current promo going on!