SeatSCAN – More Money For Uber and Lyft Drivers
In this article we will discuss how Ride Share Sellers have come up with a simple way to put more money in the pockets of hard working Uber and Lyft drivers called SeatSCAN.
Bur first, we all know that driving for Uber or Lyft can be challenging at times. Not so much physically or mentally challenging but monetarily.
Many drivers feel like they are "spinning their wheels," (pun intended). You put a lot of wear and tear on your car, you have all the expenses of gas, maintenance and insurance. Many customers still don't tip no matter how good you are or what you offer them. (Thank you Uber for telling people in the beginning that tips were included.) Your customers can be unpredictable. Sometimes you have to wait and wait until they come outside, some are not at the correct pickup location, some are back seat drivers, some have attitudes, the list goes on.
Even with all this, it would be a lot easier to deal with as a driver if you were able to make more money, if it really seemed worth it. One of the biggest complaints I read about in Uber, Lyft and rideshare facebook groups is that drivers feel they simply aren't making enough money.
Rideshare drivers are independent contractors and as such have options on how they conduct their business. Of course you want to be polite, have a good appearance, drive well and engage your passengers in conversation, if they are open to it. This is good business sense as a rule and helps you to earn more money in tips.
If you're going to be driving Uber and Lyft anyway, wouldn't it be nice if you could earn more money in additon to the fares and tips you're already getting?
Yes, sell something. You have a captive audience anywhere from 5 minutes to several hours. It doesn't matter if you are not a salesman or the salesman-type. If you can make sales in your car above the money you get for rides, you are increasing the money you are earning while driving. This is the same philosopy behind Cargo, where you can sell snacks to your passengers. Be careful though. You don't want to be pushy or annoy your passengers which might end up with low ratings or complaints.
What Is RideShareSellers.com ?
Ridesharesellers.com is a brand new site dedicated to self employed entrepreneurs who drive Rideshare like Uber and Lyft, (whether part or full time.) Their goal is to cultivate and share resources with like-minded drivers who have the desire and drive to maximize their driving as an opportunity to engage passengers in a thoughtful, non-intrusive way.
RideShareSellers.com was founded by Ryan Goodman and a small team of developers in 2017. They all worked together in a previous company that Ryan ran and are experts in analytics and geospatial technologies. They have a passion for building communities. He and his group came up with a unique way for you, the rideshare driver to make more money while driving without really putting forth any additional effort.
Over the last couple of years they have met a lot of drivers who have had a side hustle and offer their own services, like personal training, insurance, music lessons, mobile DJ services, to name a few.
Ryan's background is in enterprise software, specifically analytics and geospatial analysis, product leadership, and "go-to market" strategy. He is also chairman of a company called CMaps Analytics. CMaps Analytics is focused on delivering embedded Location Analytics software solutions with a global customer base ranging from mid-sized to Fortune 500 companies.
Understanding "WHY" people drive Rideshare was the primary reason for Ryan and his team to build a site on line where they could help. They are executing their vision for engaging passengers in a meaningful, non-intrusive way and view entrepreneurs as their core. They created a simple, inexpensive, solution which is affordable by everyone and easy to implement. Introducing SeatSCAN headrest covers.
SeatSCAN Headrest Covers
The SeatScan Headrest Covers are available at Amazon. They are black, universal automotive high-quality, headrest covers that easily fit over the headrests of most vehicles. They are stretchable and elastic. A clear sleeve, (approimately 6" x 5"), is sewn into the cover. You can insert an advertising message you create yourself or one you make for free at RideShareSellers.com. It's a great, rider-engagement tool you can use to market yourself or your side-hustle.
At RideShareSellers.com you create a headline, a sub-headline and an advertising description. Add an image which gets attention. The QR code is scanned by your passengers smartphone which takes them directly to the link or page you want. There is also a url link they can manually type in if they want. When someone scans the QR code, the time of day is captured, the barcode ID (which is specific to the driver), and if location services are enabled on the passengers device, a generalized geo-location.
I just created this Drive for Lyft ad in a matter of minutes. Of course you can do one for Uber or whatever you like. If a passenger scans the QR code, it will take them to my Lyft referral page. If my passenger signs up to become a driver and completes the required rides, I will earn the matching Lyft bonus, which in Philadelphia right now is $500. This is a great way to earn more sign up bonuses!
Here's another example of an ad I made. Your ads are only limited by your creativity. This one points to the Lyft page I made which is more like a sales page to recruit more drivers.
The video below shows how fast and easy it is to create an insertable advertisement that you can print at home. The QR code lets you track the results.
Once you get your headrest covers, the SeatScan service will always be free for drivers to advertise their own business or promote themselves. There are no limitations on the number of scans you can make. You can create different SeatScans for differnt times of the day, weekends or holidays. You're in control 100%. SeatScan headrest covers are a great, low-tech, inexpensive solution to help you earn more money while doing something you are already doing - driving. They have an app which should be released sometime in May, which will further digitize the experience.
How Ride Sharing World Can Help Your Side Hustle
At RideSharingWorld.com, we are here to help you in any way we can. When you get your SeatSCAN covers, feel free to send us an image of your ad. We will have a gallery page where we will show some of them to our visitors as samples.
This will give you added exposure for your side hustle at absolutely no cost to you. Please include your name and any comments to be posted with your image here. Also, feel free to leave comments below for other drivers.
About the Author
Joseph has been a ride share driver for over a year. He enjoys meeting new people and having interesting conversations. Before moving to Delaware in 2006, he lived in Hawaii for 12 years on the island of Kauai. His goal is to bring the "aloha spirit" to his passengers and give them better service than they expect. In addition to driving, he is employed full time in the customer service industry for a major manufacturing company in Delaware.