To supplement our income, I have been driving for Uber. The ads say that you can make $15-37 an hour. Well let’s test that. 7:30 am I go on line and 2 hours later I answered my first call. The far was $5.00 OK that averages out to $2.50 an hour. My next ride the far was $11.00 and my wait time was about 15 minutes. At the end of my first day my hourly average worked out to be about $7.25 and hour. Here is the catch however, I put in 15 hours and was not online the entire time.
When you are working as a subcontractor you can’t look at your time as being money but rather the potential to make money. We must set goals to meet each day to ensure that our bills are paid. That $2.00 far could just as easily be $200.00 and so I must keep going. Even when I am at home to get something to eat, I stay on line and rush to the door to answer a call. So I work near my home.
I can honestly say that Uber is a lot of hope. I made $19.00 last night and that was for the whole night. I lost a temp job due to a bout with pneumonia. Now we are wondering if we are going to make rent. God help us. I worked another Temp job for two days last week that was meant to be Temp to hire. The problem was that they ran out of work.
Not having enough work or going over budget is the reality of the Urban Problem. We created an economic landscape by domination of the natural resources and work to refine those resources to increase their value. But the economy reaches what I call a critical mass and the jobs that have been reserved for the working class become lower in priority as the resource that said jobs require must wait on parts. As a result of the nature of the problem that we set up for our selves their are always members of the working class who are waiting to go to work. If they are lucky the work is just around a corner and they are asked to push a broom until the work comes. It is due to this down time that the minimum wage was created. In other words the minimum wage Worker is nonsensical personal and if they are not pushing a broom they are laid off. This is the economy that we created for ourselves because we were too lazy not to come into cities.
Now here is the rub. If we just stopped and let nature take its course. The resources that we all need to survive Weill come back. No one would need money to eat because the food is growing out of the ground and not being destroyed in the name of one man’s greed, sorry progress. Uber has saturated the market in my area to the point that their is not enough work to go around. Just like the colleges have.
At one point going to college was a novelty that gave the person an edge over others when trying to find a job. But nowadays the supply of people with a so-called higher education is so high that employers are able to ask for a Master’s degree and only pay them $15.00 an hour. When Ph.Ds are flipping burgers at McDonald’s one has to ask if the 100k spent on a higher education was not a tottal rip off. To help others prepare for the economic failor that is clearly on the horizon, Trails of the Heart Ministries sells food storage, emergency preparedness kits, and other outdoor survival gear. The sale help us fund our ministry.