Do I have to live in a large city in order to drive for a ride sharing company like Uber or Lyft?
This is one of the most common questions I get. The answer depends on the population as well as the competition. Smaller communities can sometimes have less competition, but they also have less opportunity. They key for making money is less about how long and how far you drive a customer and more about down time. If you have large chunks of time where no one is in the car then it is hard to make good money ride sharing. The days where I make the most money are the days where I have very little down time. One person gets out of the car and shortly after I pick up another person.
So back to the origional question about city size and ride sharing for money. Smaller communities may not have enough volume and translate to a lot of downtime. My brother lives in a smaller community of only 8,000 people. While it is a tourist town in California that can have weekend visitors of 50,000 people, the money is too inconsistent to rely on. I personally live in a much larger community where there are several hundred thousand people. This allows me to have a consistent flow of people looking for rides.
The flip side for me, is the supply of people looking for a ride causes the competition to go up. So either way you are going to have to figure out what works for you. For now I have been able to make good money. The more I have driven the more I have learned which days, which times and which locations earn me the most money. My suggestion for you is to give it a try. One of the best parts of driving for either uber, lyft, or another ride sharing company is that you can do it own your own schedule and see if it is a good fit for you.
In closing my suggestion to you get out there and try it. For me driving for multiple ride sharing companies has allowed me to work on my own schedule and make money. Until you get working you wont know if it is a good idea for you or not.