I´ve been living outside the USA for 10 years now in different places around the globe, so things like Uber are relatively new for me.
I just used ot for the first time 2 weeks ago on a quick trip back to my hometown of Cleveland, OH.
So naturally, I checked it out once back here in Ecuador and sure enough there are people using it, but it´s still in it´s baby stages.
But there do seem to be more user inquiries than drivers at the current time. Not many local taxi drivers know about it so it seems.
So I signed up as a driver. It was easy, just download the Uber Driver app and follow the steps, take a pic of your license and plates and basics like that.
Then in a day you are verified.
On my first drive I asked my client why he likes Uber? Price he said, it´s cheaper for the client, and it´s true! Especially in areas outside the cities in Ecuador where there are no meters.
Using it as a driver is pretty straightforward although there are some differences between Ecuador and USA.
Like in the USA, the user sends out a ping and the closest driver can accept. I found you have to be quick and click the request fast.
Then you are directed through GPS to user´s location and directed again to their destination with the set price.
The difference is in Ecuador its all cash while in the USA it´s all credit card based, so you charge the client at end of lift.
Then later you pay Uber their commissions (although I haven´t gotten that far yet).
One tip I´ve already discovered, camp out around tourist hot spots where there are a lot of foreigners and rich Ecuadorians who may have lived abroad and know about Uber. You´ll get many more requests!
Would I do this frequently?
No. not now, I´m OK financially, but if I hit hard times yes I would, for me, I´m on the Cortez plan… BURN THE BOAT.
The only way I´m going back to the USA is in a box. (Unless on a short visit, it´s a nice place, just not for me.) That´s the mentality you have to have to move abroad or it´s probably not going to work.
And yes, I´d scrub dishes at Ecuador wages before going back.
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