How To Make Money As An Independent Contractor For Person-To-Person Taxis

Car services that are run by independent contractors via host companies that monitor driver and rider activity, are one of the fastest growing markets in the United States and Europe. Drivers can make extra money using their own vehicles and riders can rate drivers through apps built for each company. Drivers do not need a taxi license or medallion; they just need to pass a background check and to own a 2005 or newer, 4-door vehicle. You can be your own boss and make your own hours. Ready to make extra money? Here are some tips and tricks for being an in-demand driver:

Keep your car clean

This seems like a no-brainer. But consider getting your car professionally detailed at the start of your career, then cleaning your car at the end of every shift. Wash your car at least once a week. Remember to check for trash after each passenger. Riders can rate the cleanliness of vehicle via the company's app. Make sure your car is spotless and smells great. This should go without saying, but no smoking inside your vehicle.

And speaking of cleanliness, keep yourself clean. The cool thing about being your own boss is that you can keep your personal style, however, nobody wants to smell your personal body odor. Take a shower, put on deodorant and brush your teeth before starting your shift.

Be friendly and courteous

Greet your passengers pleasantly and with a smile. Some passengers may want to chat and some may not. Take your social cues from your riders. If they want to talk, engage them in conversation, but stay away from controversial subjects such as politics and religion. If your passenger seems quiet and prefers to gaze out of the window, don't try to force small talk.

Ask your riders what kind of music they like and try to accommodate them as best as possible.

Provide Extras

If it's extremely hot outside, offer bottled water. You can buy it in bulk at big box discount stores. Provide it to your passengers for free and they will likely make it up to you in tips or future business.

Act like you love your job, because you will!

Your enthusiasm can be contagious and will brighten your customer's day. The next time they are looking for a car service ride (from providers like A New Day Radio Dispatch, Inc.), you may likely be the first driver to pop into their mind.