Hello every body, and fellow drivers. I hope business is going steady for everyone. Today I want to touch on a question, that I am frequently asked. Is it worth it, to drive full time for, Lyft/and Uber? Now lets weigh the positives, and the negatives. What are the positive qualities, of driving for Lyft?
Number one, in my book, is the freedom factor. Being Self employed, is an amazing opportunity. I can take any day off, that I need, when I need to. There are many times, that I have had exciting opportunities, appear out of thin air. If I held a traditional nine, to five job, this would prevent having 100% flexibility. To supplement my life style, flexibility is crucial. I not only drive for Lyft, and Uber full time. I also spend about 20 hours a week working on the blog, as well as 10-15 hours, working on music production/writing. I also have side jobs that appear randomly. By now you get it, my life is nuts. Despite the long days, I thoroughly enjoy my work; I am also very grateful, that ride-sharing allows me freedom to do so.
The second reason being, that I make excellent money driving, for Lyft, and Uber. My gross paycheck, averages $800-$1000, for 40 hours of driving.
Networking, is a huge, part of why I drive full time. I meet so many people, who I can do business with. Lyft, and Uber, provides, such a simple way to meet people. The potential is limitless; you never know, when you might meet, an investor, or customer.
As a social butterfly, I am always meeting amazing people through Lyft. I have made countless friends, and business connections, while driving. I started a business from, my stories (this website) for goodness’ sake. Every time I clock on, Its a new experience, entirely. I have learned the area, more intricately, than I ever could have otherwise. There is always, an awesome new bar, or hiking spot, and so many, fun conversations to have.
Now lets get into the cons. Freedom is a dangerous tool. Being self employed, and managing expenses, did not by any means come easy to me. Many others that are self employed struggle with this too. Keeping motivation to work a full schedule every week, is very tedious. It requires excellent time management, and pushes your mind to the test. When I am having a rough week, nothing is stopping me from, not driving, simply because, I have no boss. Not having someone, yelling in your ear every day, makes it easy, to cut your self slack. Maybe that isn’t a problem for any of you, Yet another mountain awaits. Managing finances, (profits vs losses) is no joke. Having the ability to Deposit money daily, makes it easy not to budget properly. you have to be more aware then you would otherwise. I spend about 600 dollars, per month, in gasoline alone. And car depreciation is a huge factor. Maintenance cost, is a harsh kick in the ass. To manage money properly, when you have to spend constantly, is more difficult than it seems.
The second Con, is that you have to be stuck, in the car with strangers, and never know what might happen. Driving, is dangerous enough, but being social, and smiles out while driving takes practice, and awareness. As many of you who read my blog regularly know, bad things will happen no matter what on the job. It can be very sketchy, but if you can keep calm, in stressful situations, then no problem.
All around I love driving, as you all know. But be very aware, this is not easy, to do full time. It’s taken a lot of patience, and open mindedness, for me to deem this worth my time. All together though in my opinion, The pros outweigh the cons, by a long shot. I hope this has helped give you all insight. It is a very rewarding business, if you can work the angles to your advantage. Don’t forget to like, subscribe, and have a great night.