Uber Driver

Uber Nigeria: All you need to know to make money

Being a Uber Nigeria driver it can earn you at least N40,000 per week if you own your car and can still put at least N15,000 to N20,000 in your bank account if you hire a car.

In this piece, I will expose you to the Uber Nigeria driver requirement, the Uber Nigeria driver application, and risks involved in this side gig before we talk how much does Uber Nigeria driver make weekly in Nigeria.

Uber Nigeria never asks for cash. They take their percentage from whatever card transactions you might have gathered over the week, so don’t worry about owing Uber Nigeria – it almost never happens.

There are many other rideshare services in Nigeria like Taxify which is now Bolt, eRide, Gokada (not a car) and many others.

With Uber Nigeria application, riders are connected to Uber Nigeria drivers via the Uber software – Uber as a company doesn’t own a car. Hence the partnership.

Uber Driver

Uber Nigeria drivers make money off the platform by driving their picking up Uber Nigeria riders based on the request, or putting a fleet of cars on the Uber network and hiring drivers to drive them. The easiest and most profitable way to go about it is to own and drive your vehicle.

Uber Nigeria drivers earn 75% of the money made while Uber Nigeria takes 25% balance of your weekly earnings – business week ends at 4am on Monday and there are several referral bonus for their drivers. So now that you the ratio of earning and how mode of payment, the next thing is knowing how to get started.

How to register as an Uber Nigeria partner?

You can register on the Uber Nigeria application as:

1.) A driver but has no car

2.) As a vehicle owner planning but want to get someone to drive the car for him

3.) As a vehicle owner and want someone to drive your car

If you are registering with a car like 2 or 3, you will need a scanned copy of the following documents:

Drivers license (for ID purposes)

Third-party vehicle insurance certificate

The vehicle inspection clearance papers

List of uber accepted cars in nigeria
Your car must be a 2006 or newer car in perfect condition. You will be which Uber will require that you bring in for an inspection.

Register online as a partner and then select what category you fall into.

Here are our hints on how you can try to make the maximum profit as an Uber Nigeria driver

Drive Smart, Not Hard with Uber Nigeria
Knowing where to be at a particular time and puts a lot of money in your account. As a Uber driver, you are able to have your schedule or plan.

While you have not set hours and although you can drive whenever you want, to earn more money you’ll want to drive during surge time – when requests are many.

Surge varies depending on the city but can mean morning and evening commute times, during big events, conventions, concerts, and around bar closing time. Imagine being around Eko Hotels and Suite the day Wizkid or Davido is having their show – If you are smart, you will make more than ten trips in less than 1 hours.

Also Uber Nigeria will even send emails about when it thinks it will be full and give you extra money for driving around a particular place around that time.

Also, there is the possibility that you can take benefit of surge pricing during busy or toward the close of work as well, which gets you a lot more money per ride. In Lagos, from 3 pm till 1 am you are sure of some high demands.
You know what? You can schedule yourself to only drive during the surge period.

Be Wary of Uber’s Texts
The platform, Uber Nigeria, do send its drivers notifications on where hot spots are for requests, or where an area with surge pricing is. Uber’s intention is to drive more vehicles to that area in order to reduce the price – be fast before the pricing lowers.

In wide, it’s better to not drive around too much without passengers in the car because you know you are burning fuel and no money is coming.

The Risks/ Downside of driving Uber?

The earnings can be unpredictable. There will be days market won’t just move and there will be days it will be as if your village people have backed out. Nevertheless, even on election day, people will still come out in the evening to meet up appointment or business deals. So no day without movement, it can only be reduced.

NOTE: You do have to drive a decent amount to earn a sufficient amount if being an Uber Nigeria driver will be your only source of money.

But if you use these tips i have mentioned – driving smart, not hard, you can earn good money with little effort.

Registering as a driver only

Here are the items you will need:

Drivers Licence: In fact you should have this if you are an experienced driver but nevertheless you can obtain yours from the FRSC.

For Lagos state drivers you need an institute ID card. You can get it from Lagos State Drivers Institute.

Background check: this is conducted after the driver has been accepted and he is done with the training.

The background check costs ₦20,000. You can pay in installment.

The check is
It is a check carried out with the police, which demonstrates that you have no criminal convictions or charges against your name, and is for the safety of passengers.

If the driver is not the vehicle owner, you will also need a contract agreement between the driver and the owner.

Registering your vehicle only

Here are the items you will need

Vehicle Licence

Certificate of road-worthiness (You can get this from the FRSC)

Tint permit if your windows are tinted.

Proof of ownership

The air condition (A.C) must be working perfectly.

The car must have a working radio.

Electric windows; The required width for cars is about 170mm minimum width

The car must be clean.

All vehicle must have a seat belt on all the seats.

Comprehensive Insurance. We compared insuring a 2009 Toyota Camry worth N2.9m across 10 Nigerian insurers and we got quotes ranging from N62,500 to N150,000 annually. You can find the full results of our research here.

4.  Certificate of Incorporation.

5. You will need to be comfortable using a smart phone with GPS in addition to your local knowledge of Lagos. You can either bring your own smartphone (iPhone 4s or newer/Samsng S3 or newer) or Uber provides you with a Samsung Galaxy S5 mini for a ₦50,000 deposit (or 5 instalments of ₦10,000). Uber will also deduct ₦1500 per week for data on the Etisalat network.

To Contact Uber Nigeria Office in Lagos: partners.lagos@uber.com

Office Address: Regus, River House, 83 Ralph Shoeinde Street, Central Business District, Abuja.

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