On a recent Wednesday, Mr. Ashlock packed a corned beef sandwich, carrots, some C4 energy powder mixed with water and a Kirkland Extra Strength Energy Shot. At 4:23, he goes to San Francisco, where the rides are.
He was on a quest. This is Uber-speak for the goals the company offers. For example, if he completed 60 trips on Friday morning, he would get a $ 30 bonus. An extra 20 trips would provide an additional $ 10. Uber needs drivers out on the street – if riders have to wait, they can take their own car.
If Mr. Ashlock does not choose a Quest, he is assigned one. For full-time drivers, the goals can be lucrative if not dependent: Nearly a quarter of Ashlock's Uber home salary last year was in the form of incentives. However, this one was too small to care for. "A thousand dollars," he said, "is like," I don't care. ""
It's almost $ 25 an hour, which sounds impressive. But it cost $ 47 to fill Altima with gas. And he actually worked longer than he was on the clock. After he dropped his last passenger and turned off the Uber app, he was 65 miles back to his house.
He and his wife lived in Crockett, located 20 miles closer to San Francisco, but was expelled when their place was sold two years ago. Their Cotati home, a former farm building, is a bargain for the costly Bay area of $ 1,400 a month. There is plenty of room to make art, but little natural light.