(I should really make this all part of an Uber series)
Did you know you can become an Uber driver in Ghana, using your own car?
Yep. Today, I spoke to some reps from Uber and talked about how to become an Uber driver in Accra. In other places where Uber is more developed, any regular Joe with a good car and up to date vehicle documents can sign up with Uber to start driving and picking up passengers.
That option is also available in Ghana.
So today, I went to the Uber offices around the Dzorwulu area to find out more about the program and get a couple of things clarified. Here’s a couple of things I learned:
1. Uber is doing REALLY well in Ghana
I was told that Uber is getting about 60,000 requests per week! That’s a lot of people requesting for Uber drivers and that’s just in Accra alone. Now, unless the Uber rep was pulling my leg, you could easily say that Uber has a lot of room to grow especially when you think about the fact they just launched around April.
2. Signing Up To Be A Driver Is Super Easy
From what it seems, signing up to be a driver is way more easier than I thought. Here’s what you need:
- A good car (2000 year model of a car is good enough but a good car in good working condition works fine.
- Driver’s License
- Car Insurance
That’s it. You just drive with the car with all the documents to the Uber office, they’ll sign you up on the platform, even working to create email accounts and a bank account (if you don’t have them set up already). Then they’ll just run a background check on you and that’s it! You’re good to go. You can be set up to drive all in one day.
3. Data, Surge Pricing And Incentives
I love data. Uber loves data as well. I got a small preview of some of the data that Uber has. They showed me a chart of all the best times to drive and pick up passengers as well as areas where there’s potential passengers.
That’s where surge pricing comes in. If you’re not familiar with Uber’s surge pricing, this is how it works:
Sometimes, there will be some areas where there is a lot of demand for Uber drivers but not enough drivers. Imagine the airport area where people land and most of them start requesting for Uber rides all at once. That’s when surge pricing is activated. This means pricing and fares increases. It’s basically an economic correction tool. Supply and Demand. This works for Uber drivers because they get alerted about areas where surge pricing is happening and can take advantage to earn more money.
Lastly, Uber also provides incentives. Incentives range from doubling driver’s payments for taking a certain number of trips/passengers to number of trips undertaken in an hour.
So there it is. Simple and easy. After today, I can totally see the overall vision for Uber. Basically, anybody can be a driver and earn money. Uber just makes money on the backend. It’s so simple and brilliant. I actually have a better appreciation for it.
So if you’re interested in signing up to be an Uber driver, you just head to the Uber offices (Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm), not too far from the Bonjour Filling Station, close to Accra girls school. (Google Maps).
You can use my invite code to sign up at Uber (josephk69300ue)
Uber has information sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30pm. You can stop by if you have questions.
If all goes well, I should be experimenting and becoming an Uber driver soon. That should be interesting.