Brisbane local Clinton – aka Clint the Mint – has spent plenty of time driving to and from Suncorp Stadium and The Gabba with sports fans, as an Uber Driver Partner.
He's even had a few legends who have strutted their stuff at those famous venues ride with him.
Riders have included former Australian cricketer Jeff “Thommo” Thomson, considered by many in the sport to be the fastest bowler in cricket history, and All Black’s flyhalf Beauden Barrett, but Clint likes to have a conversation with everyone.
“Besides meeting people, driving using the Uber App gives me time to fit in weights workouts,” he says.
“I’ve lost 20kg this year and want to be fitter at 50 than I was at 30.”
Clint is one of many people unlocking opportunities through the Uber App, all of whom have control over where and when they work. In fact, in October 2021, more than 100,000 people were earning on the Uber platform, across rideshare and delivery.
“The best thing about driving using the Uber App is the autonomy,” says Clint, who was in financial sales for 25 years before he made the switch. “Even my wife loves it because I can take a day off any time I want,” he adds.
“After one week, I decided I would never do anything else again because I work when I want and I get to drive around and talk to people and get paid.”
How to max your earnings
For example, you can find out about earning opportunities nearby and where and when demand is high via the Uber App. Choosing destinations that reduce travel time without a rider is one way to maximise earnings, as well as deciding which times are most lucrative for you.
“I’m strict about having birthdays or school holidays off, for example,” says Clint.
“At the same time, if I work nights, game days, or at peak hour, I get extra money.”
Great service is another way to boost income – driver partners keep 100 per cent of tips.
Clint, who has driven using the Uber App for more than five years and gained nearly 14,000 five-star ratings, has a couple of secrets to his popularity.
“I chat to people, ask them what music they would like to hear, and get them from A to B safely,” says Clint.
“Building a profile is also great because riders can check you out and know that they are going to get good service.”
The first step to being your own boss
Want to get behind the wheel and start earning cash by driving using the Uber App? Or, perhaps, use your car, motorbike or scooter to deliver using Uber Eats?
To drive using the Uber App, you’ll need a four-door car, in excellent working condition, with at least third-party property damage insurance and, of course, registration.
Different states or territories may have different requirements for rego and licensing. Given vehicle requirements can change from time to time, you should check the website for the most current information and you can find out more about Uber vehicle requirements here.
If you don’t have a vehicle, you could consider renting one.
Uber also has minimum requirements for driver partners. You’ll need a full, valid driver’s licence, and you’ll have to pass a background check.
To deliver using Uber Eats, delivery people also need to pass a background check and fulfil other requirements.
Once you’re onboarded, you can log on and off whenever you want. Set your earnings target and then earn money from the comfort of your car or on two wheels.
You’ll soon be meeting new people, getting out and about, and discovering your city, as well as earning the extra money you want. (There’s more on how that’s calculated on the delivery and rideshare websites).
What to do next
Okay, basics first. Start by signing up via a form on the Uber website. You’ll also find a step-by-step guide to starting an account.
If you’re one of nearly six in ten Australians who want work that lets them have a life, and more cash in their pocket, then get in the game, with Uber.