Wednesday, June 04, 2014

"I want to work for Lyft" - how do I apply to become a driver?

Lyft is a ridesharing company based out of San Francisco. It is quickly spreading to many popular cities across America, though there are local challenges in such cities that create barriers to grow this ridesharing service. If you see personal vehicles riding around the city with a pink mustache, then you have noticed Lyft in action. You may ask how do I apply to become a Lyft driver?

Lyft enables independent contractors using their personal vehicles to make money driving people. These fares can range anywhere from $5 to as high as $300+. It really depends on the distance traveled, length of time and type of fare (i.e. airport rides). On busy weekend evenings, Lyft drivers can earn between $30-$50+ an hour driving passengers in San Francisco.

If you want to work for Lyft, follow the simple steps below to get started as a ridesharing driver for Lyft:
  1. Download the Lyft app at the App Store or visit
  2. Fill out the application on the right side of website
  3. Follow the prompts in the driver app. Take picture of vehicle, upload driver's license, snap a picture of auto insurance and a take a selfie. Submit background check. 
  4. A Lyft driver manager will contact you by phone. At this time, you can schedule an orientation time to get activated on the Lyft system.   
  5. At the orientation, you meet other new prospective drivers. Practice fist-bumping everyone. Share your story of how you discovered Lyft. Ask questions about Lyft. Lyft employees will take a new photo of driver and of vehicle. 
  6. Background check is either approved or denied. If approved, the Lyft driver app is then activated. 
  7. On the Lyft website, input banking information to get paid via direct deposit. Payments are sent every Thursday and can arrive as early as Wednesday. 
  8. Meet up with a mentor to discuss lyfting. 
  9. Schedule hours you want to drive on the Lyft app. Save these work hours and cancel any work hours. 
  10. Pink mustache arrives with car charger and phone cables for Iphone 5, Android and Iphone 4. Moreover, a window mount for phone is included in this driver kit. 
  11. Congratulations! Begin driving for Lyft.