82% of drivers spend less than 20 hours per week working for Lyft, the company found
Lyft's research also found that 26% of drivers own a small business and 74% said they use their earnings from Lyft to support those small businesses it explains why they only drive 20 hours a week.
Additionally, the survey revealed that on average, 57% of drivers' earnings from Lyft are used toward primary life expenses, which supports the common perception that despite many drivers spending only a few hours per week on the job, a majority of their earnings supplement other income that isn't enough to make ends meet.
"We found that the drivers are middle to lower income [and] below the federal median by 10% to 12%," Land Econ Group Bill Lee told Fortune.
In 2016, Lyft said it has paid out $1.5 billion in earnings to drivers, including $100 million in tips from passengers.
Other data about driver demographics from the survey include: 66% self-identify with minority groups, 27% are women, 25% are 50 years old and over, 44% have at least one child in their household, 10% are veterans, and 40% are caretakers for family or friends. Also, 82% employed or seeking employment, 6% are students, and 5% are retired.
Like Uber states in a lot of their Ads, Get your hustle on. working for uber or lyft is a great way to make some extra cash but should it really be your full time job?
Find something that is needed in society and spend your downtime hammering out a plan to get it going.
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