Pedicabs are without a doubt the most exciting advertising opportunity in markets like San Diego, Florida and New York. However, when looking for work, most people don’t consider becoming a Pedicab operator or Pedicab tour guide. It’s a perfect job for students, someone with a part-time job or anyone wanting flexible work. If you live in a popular city that attracts a lot of visitors, driving a Pedicab can be a fun and rewarding job.
You set your own hours
Whether you own your Pedicab or lease one from a Pedicab Company, you can set your own hours and pick the shifts that best accommodate your schedule. Want to work 5 days a week? Want to just do weekends? Want a quick way to pick up cash after class? The choice is yours. As a Pedicab Operator, you’ll usually be set up as an independent contractor, freeing you up to work the hours that work best for you.
Most Pedicab Operators work night shifts to host bar crawls or bachelor(ette) and birthday parties, but if that’s not your scene, you can give scenic tours to families or couples during the daytime. This is especially lucrative if you live in a city with picturesque waterfront views and must-see daytime attractions.
It’s a great way to get into tourism
Pedicab tours are a great way to meet people from all over the world and show them around the city. When considering a job in Pedicab Operation, it helps to read up on interesting historical facts about your city and the best restaurants and bars, as well as activities for adults and families with different interests. The more you know about your city and the better experience you provide to your passengers, the better your tips will be.
The pay is better than rideshare
After you factor in insurance, gas, repairs, and the cut rideshare companies take from your fare, rideshare jobs can turn out to be kind of a drag. Most rideshare drivers only hold the job for a year, and nearly 8% of drivers lose money while working rideshare. If you’re not losing money, the average rideshare salary is around $8 an hour before taxes. Most Pedicab Companies just ask you to pay your lease; after that, you keep your fares and tips. On a Saturday night, Pedicab drivers can make up to $500 or more. The Pedicab company you lease from might even host special events, for which you can be paid hourly.
Sound good? Here’s how to get started:
- Get your permit
Most Pedicab operator positions in California only require a driver license issued by the state and the ability to pass a criminal and DUI background check. Pedicab Operator’s permits are usually regulated and distributed by your city officials or the Police Department. After a brief permitting process, you’re ready to get rolling!
- Buy your own Pedicab, or lease one from a Pedicab Company
There are many affordable Pedicabs available to buy online. If you’re uncomfortable starting out on your own and you’d rather work in an environment with more support, you might consider leasing your Pedicab weekly or monthly from a Pedicab company. If you choose to lease from a company, you’ll also have the opportunity to drive for fun events.
It’s important to find a company that offers flexible training, especially if you don’t already have Pedicab experience. Ask about what training opportunities the company provides when you have your interview.
- Ready to roll?
Once you’ve got your permit and feel comfortable enough to start taking passengers, there are a few things to remember. First, always wear your operator’s permit when riding your bike. This lets passengers know that you have the proper licensing. Second, remember that Pedicabbing is a physical job! If you’re running out of breath, remember that you set your own hours, and can take a well-deserved rest break after dropping off your passengers. It also helps to carry water and a quick snack if you’re working a long shift. Most importantly, have fun and strive to give every passenger the experience of a lifetime!