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    K

    @ange, my main concern about driving for Uber or Lyft is being a woman and having strange men get in the car. Obviously most of the time I’m sure it would be totally fine, but you never know. Have you had any sketchy experiences, or has it been good? Uber just came to our area and it’s tempting especially if you can just do it without a set schedule, although if I ever did it, I’d probably have to not tell my mom because she’d think it was dangerous, haha.

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    Kate
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    There are a lot of female Lyft drivers in my area, and I know they are thinking about safety. I feel like they don’t do the later-evening shifts and maybe only work certain areas.

    Of course you can never be totally safe though. How about that 16-year-old girl that shoplifted a machete at Walmart and then stabbed her male uber driver to death?

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    MissDre

    Can’t you pick up only female passengers? Like, with the app you have to choose to accept a ride request, right? And you can see the name and the little profile picture of the person accepting?

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    Kate
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    I don’t think you can tell for sure if a rider is female. There’s definitely no picture, and one driver was telling me they don’t even have to use a real name. Like he picked up some girl and her “name” was a business name or something. He was saying it’s kind of BS that riders aren’t vetted out or even verified in any way. I’m pretty sure Uber or Lyft wouldn’t even know their real identity if something did happen. You have to use a credit card, but that’s really it.

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    Copa
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    I’ve thought about doing Lyft, but don’t have a car. They have a program where if you hit a certain number of rides per week, they pay fees associated with a rental car that you can otherwise keep/use as your own. But I’ll remain suspicious of that program until I hear from someone first-hand. If I did drive for Lyft, I’d probably just do a couple evenings per week and call it.

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    Kate

    I just got a side hustle I didn’t know I needed. I didn’t think to ask about parking at my new job, stupidly assuming they provide it / have their own spaces. But no, my friend who works there said she negotiated for a spot they pay for, but other people who drive are feeding meters! I have another former co-worker friend who lives around the corner and she had offered her street parking permit… then she said to just park in their driveway spot and on days her husband doesn’t take the car to work, she’ll put it out on the street with the permit in it. That’s worth hundreds of dollars a month, and I asked what are some of their favorite things, and she said babysitting. No hesitation. That’s totally fair, I’m just surprised someone trusts me with a kid. I haven’t sat anyone since I was like 22. It’s just one kid and he’s six. People want date nights. I don’t know if you have friends with kids and if them paying you is even an option… this is a little different situation, but thought I’d mention it.

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    The starting wages at stores where I live is $13.50-14.50/hour!

    It’s because the housing market is so insane here that service industry workers are in very, very short supply.

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    Copa
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    I’ve thought about getting some kind of certification in personal training and trying to find a part-time job at a gym, but that will take a little time.

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    Portia
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    If I were doing Lyft/Uber, I’d be an extremely cautious driver – last I heard, your personal car insurance usually doesn’t cover you if you’re in an accident while you’re driving for those companies.

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    TheHizzy

    I side hustle as a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer at my box. It makes my membership free. My ROI was 50 classes which I knocked out no problem. I have a bunch of other perks with it. I can pretty much go whenever I want (I have a key) and work out outside of classes. For me, working out is my therapy. My 23andMe DNA testing told me I had the make up of a Elite Power Athlete….If you’d see my build you’d believe it. But it saves me a couple hundo a month. But I also just love coaching 🙂

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    veritek33
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    @thehizzy I’ve thought about doing that too. The trainers at our gym don’t get paid but get free membership so I’d have the certification paid off in less than a year. How long have you been coaching?

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    SpaceySteph

    Copa, I would advise against getting into the Uber with a rental car thing. I think it would be so much harder to break even on that, and if you didn’t you’d be paying money for a rental car that you probably otherwise wouldn’t need.

    And then there was this terrible story I read a few months ago… https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/she-had-a-newborn-and-no-money-signing-up-for-uber-drove-her-into-debt/2017/04/07/b5ee9510-05d1-11e7-b9fa-ed727b644a0b_story.html?utm_term=.6fd28a12db4c

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