Are you a mother looking for a way to earn some extra income without committing to a full-time job or set hours?

If so, you should know that working as an Uber driver could be the solution that you are looking for. So long as you don’t want a job with set hours so you will always be available for our kids, driving for Uber can be a great and profitable experience for you.

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Here are the five essential steps you need to follow to make money with Uber even while being a full-time mom:

1. Make Sure You Have A Suitable Car

Not just any car will work if you want to be an Uber driver. Uber does provide restrictions on the general type of car you can use. These limitations include, but are not limited to:

  • It must be a 4-door sedan
  • It must be 2001 or newer (certain cities will require the car to be even newer)
  • It must have current insurance with in-state plates
  • It cannot hold a salvage title
  • It cannot be a taxi

2. You Must Get Approved By Uber

Next, you’ll obviously need to get approved by Uber to work as a driver for them. You’ll need to gather all of the required documents, including a U.S driver’s license and proof of your vehicle insurance and registration, and you’ll need to let Uber review your criminal history and driving record as well. If everything is good to go, you can start working almost immediately.

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3. Know Your Area Inside and Out

You simply have to know your area inside and out in order to work as an Uber driver. If you are not yet fully familiar with your town or city, then spend some time driving around and memorizing the major streets. While the Uber app will provide you with directions, your rating from passengers will suffer if it’s clear you don’t know your way around as well well as you should.

4. Place Your Uber Placard In Your Window

After you get approved, Uber will send you a placard that you can install in your window. It needs to be fully visible each time you drive for Uber.

5. Buy A Phone Mount

While it’s not required by Uber, it’s still a great idea to invest in a mount for your smartphone so you can easily access directions and ride requests while driving your car. It’s certainly a better (and safer) solution than having to look down at your cup holder repeatedly.

Making Money With Uber

The main benefit of working with Uber is that you get to set your own hours and you can still make some decent money, which makes it a great income producing opportunity if you’re a mom who can’t commit to a job with strict working hours.

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