If you’ve ever taken a Lyft, you’ve probably noticed that your driver uses the Lyft app to manage the ride. If you look closely, you’ll see the driver start the ride, enter your destination into a navigation feature, then end the ride.
But what you don’t see is all the action happening behind the scenes that only Lyft drivers can see. Logging hours, pay history, adjusting app setting — it’s all hidden from the rider’s eyes, and if you’re interested in becoming a Lyft driver, you’ll want to see what the job is really like behind the scenes.
I’m pulling off the curtain and showing you, my private-public internet audience, the secrets inside the Lyft app and the online Lyft driver portal. You won’t see this anywhere else!
Logging into your account at the Lyft driver portal
First, drivers log into the app either on the Lyft mobile site or on a PC browser.
The Main Menu for Lyft drivers
Drivers navigate through the site on the main menu, where you can log hours, refer drivers, view your pay history and payment options.
Reserving hours – Making your own schedule
Drivers set their own hours with a point-and-click scheduling grid that allows you to pick and choose any shift you want. Most of the time Lyft will allow you to drive whenever you want, up to 10 hours a day. After that, Lyft forces you to log out and take a break.
If you find yourself with a free hour or two and you want to drive, you can hop into the scheduling system and log an hour, or you can sign into driver mode in the app without scheduling the hour. It’s up to you.
Referring drivers (Big moneymaking opportunity!)
Know somebody who wants to drive for Lyft? Have them apply by clicking your referral link and both of you may be eligible for a bonus. The bonus is $100-$250, so it’s definitely worth recruiting new drivers!
Viewing your ride history and pay history
Lyft makes it really easy to see how much you’ve been paid in the past. Daily driving summaries are emailed to you, and they’re archived in the driver portal online.
Adjusting your driver settings
Here’s where you manage details like bank accounts and tax forms. Once you’re all set up, Lyft pays you via direct deposit and automatically sends you a tax form at the end of the year. It’s all remote, and all digital. You’ll never have to talk to a Lyft rep on the phone or in person.
The Lyft site for drivers is easy to use – Easy to log hours, easy to get paid
The behind-the-scenes experience for Lyft drivers is great. You never have to deal with a “boss,” and you don’t have to fight for hours, worry about days off, trade shifts with coworkers, or deal with any of the other hassles that you experience at most jobs.
If you’re thinking about applying, I strongly encourage you to do so now. You can be on the road and logging into the Lyft driver portal in only a few days!