Chicago’s rental services trawl for new recruits with promises of flexible hours, independence and “unlimited earnings potential.”
The Uber ride-sharing pitch for new drivers is similar, but suggests earnings of “$20 per hour and potentially more!”
If Uber drivers actually approach that earnings number, they’ll out-earn the great majority of new recruits to the rental service business, many of whom wash out without having netted the minimum wage.
There are many reasons apart from realistic earning potential for a person to choose becoming a leasing agent over driving for Uber. One reason might be that Uber has more demanding requirements for drivers than many Chicago rental services have for new agents.
Uber requires Chicago-area drivers to be at least 23, while rental services will take 18-year olds. Uber conducts a state, county and federal criminal background check. Many rental services perform only a fog-the-mirror check. Uber’s ads require knowledge of the city. Rental service recruiting ads almost never require any knowledge of anything.
Uber pays drivers weekly by direct deposit. Some rental services have been known to stiff agents on commissions for months – and longer.