How well do you know your Uber driver? We ride in their cars some of us every day and often times I don’t think we realize they are people just like us who all drive for different reasons. It’s interesting how Uber has changed the game and given every single person the ability to work for themselves. I had the pleasure of meeting with Jennifer an Uber driver with 11,000 rides under her belt and almost 3 years of navigating the Uber world.
She takes on an average of 100 rides a week tolling in at 50 hours. That may seem like a lot of hours to some but Jennifer came from Hotel Management where one workday often could be 21 hours alone. Always with a coffee in hand to keep up, eventually it took a toll on her and she decided she wanted to spend more time with her husband whom she never really got got see at the time due to her demanding work schedule.
Over tea, we discussed her goals and why she chose to drive Uber full time. Jennifer chose to drive Uber for the flexibility. She can start and stop whenever she likes and since her husband drives as well they can even schedule to have the same “off” days. The flexibility of driving Uber also helps her to work on her passions in life. She has a certificate in Health and Life Coaching and is also very passionate about her ministry and calling in the church. As a person who worked in hospitality and has a knack for connecting with people, driving Uber came naturally to her because she loves interacting with all the different people she meets in a day. She says that Uber has given her life back and allowed her to focus on her calling: volunteering, ministering, and health coaching.
Her longest ride? From Culver City to almost San Diego! A 3.5 hour ride! But she didn’t mind because the women she was driving was very interesting. And with the instant pay option she can check out up to 5X’s a day instead of having to wait once a week to get paid. There are not many jobs you can just get paid the same day and control your earnings so Jennifer loves that she can check out everyday after her rides and have money in the bank! She even had me re-evaluating my career path, I mean getting paid the same day is kind of enticing!
Overall Jennifer loves her experience with Uber. It allows her to live a stress free life while she follows her dreams and goals without having to worry about money. Other perks she loves about driving is the gas card which essentially is an advance on gas for your car which gets taken out of your earnings so you never have to worry about running low on fuel. Uber also has a partnership with McDonalds where drivers get free small coffees which I’m sure comes in handy on those long driving days. As she continues her health coaching career, Jennifer aims to build her clientele and eventually no longer drive Uber. But for now she’s enjoying the perks of being able to work for herself and support her dreams with a steady income.
Have you gotten to know your Uber driver? There’s so much more behind an app. I’m so happy I got the opportunity to meet Jennifer and get some insider knowlwdge about what it’s like to drive with Uber.
If you’ve ever driven for Uber I’d love to hear your story too!
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