Ride-hailing companies like Uber, Taxify, Lyft, Didi, Ola and others are becoming so popular in Nigeria that one begins to wonder the future of traditional taxi business.
One good reason people go for bide-hailing services is because of the nature of they way they run and the confidence they offer.
A company like Uber offers various services including peer-to-peer ridesharing, ride service hailing, food delivery, and a micromobility system with electric bikes and scooters. Even though some of the listed services aren’t available yet for Nigerians, you can also enjoy a ride in the sea with the ‘Uberboat‘ that was launched in December, 2019 to beat Lagos traffic.
How much do ride-hailing drivers make in a week in Nigeria?
Ride-hailing is different from the regular taxi in the sense that a rider hires (or hails) a personal driver to take them to their exact destination in the ride-hailing. Although you can see taxi drivers offering hailing services, the term is usually applied to online-enabled platforms and apps to connect passengers and local drivers, typically driving their personal vehicles.
Taxify (Bolt) Trip Fare
In determining how much a ride-hailing driver makes in a week, we’d be using Taxify, one of the most popular ride-hailing companies in Nigeria with operations in Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan and Owerri.
A trip on Taxify costs between ₦400 to ₦4,000 depending on the distance, number of passengers and other factors. Out of these, the company takes 15% of the fare while the rest goes to the driver.
Taking a look at certain factors, a hardworking driver, with cars in a good condition will be able to make as much as ₦8,000 to ₦10,000 per day depending on the location.
From these, we can also estimate that a Taxify driver can make between ₦40,000 to ₦50,000 per week if he works for 5 days in a week.
How To Earn As A Taxify Driver In Nigeria
As you should already know, there is a lot of competition in working a ride-hailing driver in Nigeria, especially in a country like Nigeria where people are yet to fully buy the idea.
There are certain things you need to do as a driver to increase your chances of earning:
• Take rushing hours serious
Rush hour is the time in the morning or evening when workers are either going to, or returning from their workplaces. In over-populated places like Lagos and Abuja, people opt for bike-hailing services when taxis become scarce.
Rush hour is a good time to make money, as you can always get a booking as a ride-hailing driver.
• Give it your time
If you have another job, you can sign-up to Uber or Taxify as a part-time driver, but in the other case, giving it your full time will expose you to more jobs.
In short, a full-time driver obviously makes more money from bike-hailing than a part-time driver, but everyone has his/her reasons for making a decision.
• Reviews matter
Always remember the fact that customers are given the opportunity to review you, and their reviews matter a lot. No one will like to book a driver with a bad reputation, especially when he has other options.
Asking your passengers for a review isn’t a bad idea, especially when the journey when without issues.
In summary, Taxify driving is one great idea to venture into as a Nigerian, especially if you have an access to a good car.
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