Temp Job

I got an email the other day from the company I had a temp job with a couple of months ago. The position will be opening up again for a few months and they reached out to me to work again. This is perfect because I really enjoyed my time there and it means income security for a few months.

This time around I want to make the most of my time there. My last three month stint there was fine, but I was stressed about personal things (moving and life) and was also working another job, which made it hard for me to focus on making the most of the temp experience.  I’ve been reading some helpful tips on maximizing on other blogs and I plan to compile some of those resources on another post.

My goals this time around include: working really hard, networking more and managing my time better (no tardiness or last-minute schedule adjustments and I still want to do some ride-sharing in my free time). That’s all I’ve got so far and I know I can get more out of this temp position than that. I need some guidance.

How I hope to make the most driving with Uber and Lyft

So this week I decided to compare my earnings with both Uber and Lyft. It was a wake-up call. I looked around rideshare blogs and found that other drivers were making a lot more working peak hours.  I decided to restructure my hours to see what the difference is for me.

I will be starting a temp position again soon which will be paying me a bit more. I will still drive a bit on the side to make extra during this time. I will also have to utilize a good chunk of any free-time and down-time at work to get to work on my job hunt.

This should help me make my daily goal of $120 every day til Peru. I am very close to receiving a sign-up bonus from Lyft so that will help.

Uber vs Lyft in Chicago – Detailed Comparison: Which is better for drivers? Which is better for consumers?

I’ve been driving for Uber for over a month and also started started driving for Lyft almost two weeks ago.This past week I drove one full week of Uber and Lyft in Chicago (some rides took me out to the suburbs as well) pretty evenly and decided to compare my earnings. I didn’t do it in any specific way, I just drove around with both apps on while I waited to get a ride, and  when I got a ride, I would simply shut off the other app. I am driving while I wait to start a temp job next month.

The idea for breaking down the numbers happened when I looked at my weekly summaries from both companies today. I ended up driving 15 hours with Lyft and 16 with Uber by coincidence. I did not think I would find such interesting differences, I really thought Uber would be paying me a lot more than Lyft.


Initially, I sat down and compared the numbers that matter to drivers: mileage, hours, tips/surge, fees, and final payout. I specifically wanted to see how my earnings compare to each mile I put on my car and to each hour I am online.

Below you can see the breakdown of my driving income this week for each company.

  • The biggest differences can be seen in the miles I drove, the number of trips, and the fee collected by each company
  • The fee collected by Uber is more than twice the amount collected by Lyft
  • Lyft’s tip is twice the amount of the surge, (also, Uber takes 20% of the surge, while Lyft lets you keep all of the tips)
HOURS 16 15
MILES 99.4 158.5
TRIPS 20 29
FEE $42.11 $85.75
TIP/SURGE $32.00 $16.71
Cust PAID total $242.88 $276.16
TOTAL PAID to Driver $200.77 $190.41



Then, I broke the numbers down to see how much money I was making for each hour, mile, and trip I drove as an average. Judging from just this week, it seems that the hourly wage is pretty close for both, but Lyft is paying me more for each mile I put on my car.

Avg hourly wage $12.55 $12.69
Avg trip fare $10.04 $6.57
$ per mile driven $2.02 $1.20


After my initial analysis, I realized that these numbers don’t matter much to most consumers. Most consumers want to save money and get to places safely and quickly. Some consumers, however, do actually place value on the way a company distributes its wealth. So for those people I looked at the fees each company charges. First as a percentage of the total they charged consumers and my total driver pay, then as an average per trip.

Below you can see my findings and how much the fees differ between companies.

  • Uber is taking about 31% of what customers pay, While Lyft is only taking about 17%.
  • And when you compare the fees to how much a driver actually receives as pay, Uber’s fees stand at 45% and Lyft’s fees are about 21%
  • Lyft’s average fee per trip was $2.11, while Uber was $2.96
Fee as percentage of:
– Total Customer Paid 17.34% 31.05%
– Total paid to driver 20.97% 45.03%
Avg fee per trip $2.11 $2.96

Why do all of this? Well, the thing about this whole ride-share business, that can easily be forgotten when you tap your finger on your phone to request a ride, is that at the end of the day it doesn’t work if you don’t have drivers. And drivers have no need to be loyal to one company… They are in it for the dinero.

Which would you pick based on my numbers?


*Please note that these number are all real and I have my statements to back them up. Also, for those of you familiar with the rideshare business; I did not receive any incentives, guarantees, or bonuses from either company for this week’s pay.


After looking over the data for this particular week, I would be more inclined to drive for Lyft than for Uber, because they take less and pay me more per mile driven. Also, if I had driven all 31 hours with Lyft, I would have received an extra 10% – which would easily make my hourly wage with Lyft more than Uber.

I would also be more inclined to use Lyft when I need a ride.  Lyft charges less fees per ride and gives drivers a bigger chunk of the money collected.

I am going to try to drive for both this week as well (same method as last week) to see if there are any major differences and to have a bigger data set.

First Blog Entry – I AM BROKE – Reality Check

I am in the middle of a life/career overhaul. Now, more than ever, I need to work on my budget and increase my sources of income. I left my comfortable, long-time job not too long ago, but I’ll get into my job past (and future) at some point. For now I am going to focus on where I am financially.


Let me say this now: I AM BROKE. I have a ton of debt, blew through pretty much all of my savings since leaving my old job and I am barely making it on an Uber income while I wait on my temporary position to start up again to make some real money.

As it stands today, I have $203 in both my savings and checking accounts. I have a balance on my credit card (not super terrible) and I also have student loans. Though I wish I could pay it all down ASAP, the truth is that right now, this month, I can’t do more than just survive and hope not to incur late fees on my bills. So yeah, I am really starting from the bottom!


In 22 days I leave to Peru for ten days to visit my family. My sister is graduating from culinary school after studying and living in Peru for a few years. I need to make sure that I have enough money to cover all of my bill payments and leave some spending money for the trip.

For now, I just have a very short-term financial goal: make 100-120 (on average) every day until I go to Peru. I’ll update my progress every three days. Til then!