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  1. I drove a cab part time in 2006 between 6pm and 4 am about 3 days a week. I worked as security guard as well.

    I made about $7 an hour the way I calculated it after paying for gas and the cab company. I was working as a guard back then as well and was making $14 an hour so I finally ended up leaving the cab driving to take on more hours in security.

    Now I am thinking about driving a cab in the day time. I wondering if I will make more money in the day than at night. I could live with $12 an hour and maybe even $10 an hour, but I can't live with $7 an hour.

    A friend of mine drives a cab and he seems to be making almost $20. I had a few days like that in the biz, but not many.

    Im just wondering if I should jump back in - I have a cab company that says I don't have to put a deposit down for a car - that is either good or the cab company owner is desparate for drivers.

    Whats your guys take on that?

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  2. There's been a meter increase since you drove in 2006 so cab drivers are making higher incomes. But the cost of gas has also gone up quite a bit since then, and rents for housing are considerably higher too.

    As with a lot of things that involves hustling, cab drivers who are more savvy can make more money than drivers who aren't. I think physical health plays a part too.

    Day driving involves more traffic but less rowdy or inebriated passengers... hardly any vomiting in cabs, if any. But no shift can compare to the money that can be made on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

    I've driven both day and night and enjoy both. But I've stuck with the day shift because on nights, I've always had the experience of having to wait a long time to get a cab on night shifts. It was routine to have to wait anywhere from 30 minutes to as long as 3 HOURS for the cab company to give me a cab on night shifts. Even on Sunday nights. And that was on shifts when I WAS ASSIGNED to that shift.

    It's easier to get a cab right away in the mornings so that was the deciding factor for me.

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  3. How are taxi drivers taxed? Is it possible to work under the table? Thanks in advance.

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    1. Taxi drivers in SF are classified as "independent contractors'. Now, I don't believe I'm a bonafide independent contractor. I never have. If I were, I should be able to own my own cab and set my own hours, but that's another discussion.

      Since we're classified as "independent contractors" and not "employees", taxi drivers are required to file self employment taxes.

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  4. I am interested in working part time as a cab driver, night shifts. I am wondering which companies are the best to work for? Also, is there such a thing as a partial night shift? (I am legally disabled.) Also, how likely would it be for a new driver to get shifts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights? Thanks.

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    1. Hard to say which companies are best to work for. There's over thirty of them. Try talking to some of them and see if any appeal to you.

      There's no such thing as a "partial night shift", but there's such a thing as a "short shift". You can work a few hours, and then give your shift over to someone else who wants to work but doesn't already have a shift and is waiting for someone to turn in early.

      New drivers are not likely at all to get assigned to a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday shift.

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