Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: When you own the right car, you are only a few steps away from being your own boss. If you’re one of those “planes, trains and automobiles” people, you can drive for money wherever and whenever you want.

Amava Take: There’s nothing quite like the wind in your hair and the open road. Or that excitement you feel when you pull up to the airport terminal and see all those travelers with all their own stories. You can also make decent money behind the wheel. It’s easier than ever to set yourself up driving others. You never know who might get into your car and you could have some positively illuminating conversations, all the while getting paid for your time. Buckle up for safety! It’s the law!

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

Careful and courteous drivers are generally the most successful.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

If you think about your passengers’ needs and view yourself as a service provider, you’ll likely do well.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

You decide!

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

Drivers often meet fascinating people. Great exchanges happen in cars.

How would you describe the hard parts?

Traffic makes nobody happy.

What’s the best conversation you’ve had in your car?

One woman gave me the best parenting advice I’ve ever gotten. She quoted her mom and said, “You’re the conductor, but you’re not the composer.”

Any other tips?

Why, yes! Here are 8 rules to be a successful rideshare driver!

Special Requirements: You need to be at least 21 (23 in some states), you have to pass a background check and your car has to have 4 doors (or be an SUV or minivan). Beyond that, you’d be best served with a good phone and charger, because those are the tools of the trade. Here’s a link to the latest requirements from a well-known rideshare company. And another well-known rideshare company.

Finding a Position: Going directly to the site of the company you want to drive for is the best way to start. See this helpful article: how to become a rideshare driver.