By Kathleen Elkins (CNBC Make It)
Al Castillo, 33, drives full-time for Uber, Lyft and Juno in New York City.
He typically works six days a week, Monday through Saturday, for nine to 11 hours a day. And, as I saw when I spent a day shadowing him, he rarely takes breaks. After all, the more rides he completes, the more he gets paid, so “you want to be busy all the time,” he told me. “Our time is money.”
On this particular day, a Wednesday, Castillo worked about nine hours, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and earned $233 from 15 rides. Nine rides and $140 came from Lyft, while six rides and $93 came from Uber.
“That’s a good day,” he told me, especially considering he took more breaks than usual to accommodate my filming. On a normal day, he’ll bring home about $250 after 9-11 hours of work, he said.