If you’ve ever had the chance to go to New York City, then you know that getting around is no picnic in Central Park.
Despite the many taxis, buses, and trains operating throughout the city, getting around can be a bit of a challenge.
Ridesharing apps have helped solve this problem by giving people the chance to get where they’re going.
Furthermore, ridesharing services have helped give people who want to earn some extra income the chance to do so using nothing more than the car they already own.
Most of us are already familiar with Uber and Lyft, but there is a new kid in town: Juno. While offering a similar service, Juno is focused on finding and retaining the best drivers by paying more and providing benefits to all.
If you’re interested in making some extra cash as a Juno driver, here is everything you need to know about signing up and getting to work.
Juno is a ridesharing company that was started by Talmon Marco, who is best known for his previous company, Viber.
Juno made its debut in 2016 when some information leaked to the public, and then more news came when it was sold to Gett in 2017.
Overall, Juno is similar to Uber and Lyft, except for two main differences:
This last point it what makes Juno unique. It emphasizes having only the best drivers out there. Its plan for making this a reality is to offer drivers more perks and benefits than its competitors.
Much like other ridesharing companies, Juno operates through its app, which is available on both The App Store as well as Google Play.
If you are living in New York City, and you’re interested in either using Juno to get around or as a way to make some money, here’s a bit more information about how everything works.
To use Juno as a rider, follow the steps below:
Again, this rideshare service only works in New York City, but if you live there or are visiting, all you need to do to use Juno is log into the app and type in where you want to go.
Then, you’ll need to specify first which type of vehicle you want: Bliss, Lux, or SUV.
Bliss is the primary service, and it will also be the cheapest.
But if you are looking for something nicer, choose LUX. If you need a bigger car to hold up to six people, select SUV.
After you’ve done this, a price estimate will appear.
If you’re okay with the price, click confirm and wait to receive a notification that a driver is on the way.
Similar to Uber and Lyft, Juno uses variable pricing that depends on how far you’re going as well as how much demand is in the area.
Because of this, the price of the fares is subject to change often.
If a ride is available at a price that works for you, then a driver will come to pick you up and take you to where you need to go.
You pay through the app using a debit or credit card, or you can pay via Google Pay or Apply Pay.
You can tip the driver or leave a review as you see fit, although neither is mandatory.
It’s as simple as that! As you might expect, Juno is a fast, convenient and safe way to get around New York City.
If you’ve been approved to be a Juno driver, a process we’ll detail in the next section, then working is rather simple.
Follow these steps to become a Juno driver:
As they come in, you can accept or reject as you see fit, though you should keep in mind that rejecting lots of trips could harm your driver status.
You will know how much you’re guaranteed to make for each ride, which should help you decide which ones you want to accept and which you want to reject.
When your shift is complete, log out, and you’ll be on your way. That’s all there is to it!
If you want to be a driver for Juno, know that the process is a bit more complicated than for other rideshare services.
This is because Juno wants to hire only the best drivers. They claim to be a “driver friendly” alternative to Uber and Lyft and therefore have made it a bit more difficult to drive for them.
The first thing you need to have is a TLC (Taxi and Limousine Service) license.
This is a New York City regulation that applies to anyone driving another person. And since Juno only operates in NYC, this is a requirement for all Juno drivers.
As Juno expands to other cities, this may no longer be necessary, but we won’t know for sure until this happens.
If you already have a TLC license, or if you’re planning to get one soon, then the next step is to sign up on their website.
The form looks like this:
Once you’ve filled out this form, someone from Juno will get in touch with you to make sure you’re a good fit.
At this point, the process for becoming a Juno driver has been primarily the same as it is for Uber or Lyft. But from here on out, things will be different.
First, Juno will want to meet you in person. On their website, they say “Let’s meet for coffee.”
So after you fill out the form above, someone will contact you so that you can set up a time to meet.
During the interview, they will ask you about your driving record, as well as how you approach the job.
Remember, they only want the best drivers, so they are going to look for drivers who go out of their way to make riders feel comfortable and safe.
If you’ve worked for Uber or Lyft before, Juno is going to ask for your rating.
They will only accept drivers with a 4.7 rating or higher, so if yours is lower than that, Juno might not be for you.
You’ll also need your own car, but Juno will provide commercial insurance for you when you’re working.
However, you will be responsible for maintaining your vehicle, so keep that in mind.
Should you meet the qualifications, your Juno representative will provide you with details on how to complete your account and get started driving.
Because the signup process is a little more complicated, you may be wondering why you should drive for Juno in the first place.
Well, the first reason is the same as for any gig economy job: It gives you the chance to work as much or as little as you want.
You can drive for Juno as a part-time job to make some extra money, or you can turn it into your full-time occupation.
You can drive for three weeks and then not drive for a month, or you can drive every day for the rest of your life. It’s entirely up to you.
However, there are more specific reasons for driving for Juno, such as:
For example, Juno makes some of its money by charging commissions to both riders and drivers. This is the same model that Uber and Lyft use.
But Juno charges the lowest commissions out there. They charge 16.65 percent. Uber and Lyft don’t publish their rates, but it’s widely known that they are much higher than 16.65 percent.
As a result, you stand to make more money per ride with Juno than with either of the other two rideshare services out there.
Another big reason to drive for Juno is that it offers full benefits to its drivers. Uber and Lyft treat their employees as independent contractors, which means they are not responsible for providing benefits like healthcare.
However, Juno is trying to position itself as a “driver friendly” ridesharing service, and part of the way they do this is by offering full employee status to drivers who commit to only working for Juno.
This means that Juno drivers can get benefits such as a retirement savings plan and health insurance, along with paid sick and holiday leave.
Other benefits include Juno’s 24/7 call center, which is there to help drivers should any problem arise on the road.
Also, Juno will pay for drivers’ cell phone plans including data, something neither of their competitors does.
Juno wants to be known for having the best drivers, and part of their strategy for doing this is to try and make their drivers as happy as possible.
So in addition to lower commissions and benefits, Juno also offers unlimited tipping, meaning satisfied customers can give you as much of a bonus as they want.
Of course, most people will likely tip the average amount, but it’s nice to know the option exists to receive extra rewards for exceptional service.
Long Haul Bonuses
Another thing that Juno does that’s unique is offering bonuses to drivers who travel a long way to pick up their rider.
This is nice because it helps to compensate for the expense of driving to pick someone up, which, if they’re far enough away, can significantly drain how much you make on a special fare.
Right now, Juno is still a relatively small operation. It’s only available in New York City, but this will soon change.
Gett, which is a ridesharing app available in more than 100 cities worldwide, acquired Juno.
This means that we can expect Juno to grow, and jumping on this opportunity now will put you on the ground floor of something that could be quite big.
Hopefully, the process of signing up and working for Juno is much clearer, but just in case you still have questions, here are some of the more common ones people ask:
Where does Juno operate?
Right now it only operates in New York City, but the company has plans to expand to other cities soon.
How much money can I make driving for Juno?
This is difficult to say for sure, as it will depend on the amount you work and also what type of fares you get.
However, the minimum fare for each ride is:
This is what riders pay, so you will see much less for each ride, but it should help you get an idea of potential earnings.
For example, on $10 ride, Juno will take 16.65 percent, which is $1.665 ($1.67), leaving you with $8.33. And if you do this 20 times a night (not unlikely in NYC), then you would have made $166.60 on your shift.
However, this is just an estimate. Actual wages will depend on how much you work, and the types of rides people request.
What requirements are there for driving for Juno?
Since Juno only works in New York City, you will need a TLC license. You will also need a clean driving record, and, if you’ve worked for Uber or Lyft before, you need to have a rating of at least 4.7.
Do I need insurance?
You are covered for any losses you incur while driving for Juno.
Does Juno pay for car maintenance?
No. This is 100 percent your responsibility.
How do I sign up to be a Juno driver?
If you have a TLC license, go to their website and fill out the signup form. A representative from Juno will get in touch to get the process started.
Juno’s business model is to grab ahold of all the best drivers and to position itself as the best ridesharing service out there.
And while it needs some time to grow and expand, this emphasis on driver compensation and well-being is something that helps set Juno apart and makes it an excellent option for anyone looking to make some extra cash in today’s gig economy.