Uber drivers make money

Become an Uber driver

Since its inception, Uber has grown into serious competition for taxi companies around the world. You can also become an Uber driver in Germany, but you must meet certain requirements that are also necessary due to legal proceedings. However, if you meet these requirements, you can secure flexible secondary or main income of around 10 to 30 euros an hour with Uber.

Become a Uber driver - merit

Uber drivers often cite a great advantage that they can freely schedule their working hours, at least as long as they are not driving for a company. If you want to become an Uber driver, you can choose whether to do this job full-time or be satisfied with a part-time job. Of course, this basic choice has an impact on earnings, because if you only want to earn money on the side, you will spend less time and thus take on fewer tours.

As far as net earnings are concerned, a practical example can be used to show what is left of the revenue from a trip for the Uber driver.

  • For the route from Berlin's Friedrichstrasse (starting point Checkpoint Charlie) to Schönefeld Airport, you pay around 40 euros with Uber. Assuming an agency fee of 20 percent, there are 32 euros left. Since you run a business, you have to calculate sales tax. For distances of less than 50 kilometers, 7 percent is due, for distances of more than 50 kilometers, 19 percent must be charged. Other taxes must also be taken into account (e.g. for insurance).

The average earnings of Uber drivers vary greatly from country to country. If you earn an average of 9.23 euros in Great Britain (which corresponds to the minimum wage there), the wage in Switzerland is significantly higher than 20.50 euros.

How can I become an Uber driver?

For Uber, you can in principle drive as a full-time employee or take over driving services from time to time to improve your earnings. Up until now it was possible in Germany to register as a driver by registering with Uber and to generate income by taking passengers with you. Due to corresponding court rulings, it is no longer that easy for Germany at least to work as a partner of Uber.

  • In contrast to a taxi driver, anyone who wants to become an Uber driver has the great advantage that they do not have to take a local knowledge test and do not have to fear any spontaneous tests. The services of companies like Uber are not regulated in many countries. Although there is an obligation to return, it is often ignored and only rarely punished.

Becoming a Uber driver - requirements

In order to become an Uber driver, you not only have to be at least 21 years old, you also have to take various steps, some of which can be done online. The following procedure is possible:

  1. Online registration with Uber
  2. Uploading the necessary documents (vehicle license, trade license or excerpt from the commercial register, passenger transport license, profile photo)
  3. Information on the vehicle (concession for commercial passenger transport, at least 2-door, commercial insurance cover, good condition)
  4. Personal advice in the Greenlight Center on site in Berlin, Munich, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg or Stuttgart (the account is activated here)
  5. Start of activity after issuing the VAT number

About becoming a driver - taxes

If you want to become an Uber driver and earn money on the side, you have to consider tax law aspects. If you generate regular income as an Uber driver with the transport of people, this income must be taxed. In addition, as a driver, you have to pay a commission of around 20 percent of the fare to Uber, as a brokerage fee, so to speak, and as the price for using the app.

It is advisable to strictly adhere to the relevant tax regulations, as violations can result in severe penalties. This starts with the need for a passenger transport license and extends to a correctly prepared income tax return. Above all, you should find out when you have to register a business.

  • Further information on the subject of VAT is available here.


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  2. Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection: Passenger Transport Act (PBefG)»

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