Last Updated on: October 23rd, 2015
The majority of people start driving for Uber or Lyft for similar reasons such as a way to make some extra money, pay a few bills or possibly just out of curiosity.
And that’s great! However, if you are anything like me– you tend to avoid staying on the surface within any given situation. Something from within urges you to dig just a little deeper because there is always more to see while many others are fine with just knowing the basics. Lucky for you, I feel compelled to take you “just a little deeper.” You can thank me later!
I drive for Uber and the best part of driving with ridesharing companies (in my humble opinion of course) is the ability to network! Every day is completely different and you never know where one fare will take you or who you may have the opportunity to meet. I can recall picking up a guy in Northwest DC who had a vague medicinal marijuana scent as he entered the passenger seat of my vehicle. Quite naturally, I had the urge to break the ice. I reckoned that I assumed he was having a great day or so it smelled, and we both shared a laugh. He dished out that he was indeed enroute to a very important meeting to discuss getting the green light to open his very own medicinal marijuana dispensary in the city. We shared a great conversation regarding the topic and quickly progressed into my thoughts on driving for Uber.
Without hesitation my rider asked what is it that I do outside of Uber? I immediately shared that I take great joy in teaching people how to flip virtually anything for profit. I shared with him my love for shopping thrift stores and retail stores and selling my finds for 10 times (or more) what I actually paid for them. I continued on and shared that I have been selling on various sites including Amazon/Ebay and locally for a few years and that it has been quite profitable. Within minutes we were exchanging business cards as we could both see the benefit in staying connected.
So, I said all of this to say again, you never know who you will meet. You simply have to remain open. My rider instantly saw that I could help a few women that he knew, learn how to make money from home while I noticed that his industry is in line with my husband’s aspirations. Some may say that this is an isolated incident and I would beg to differ. My sister has actually sold some of my shea butter (that I personally blend with essential oils) to a passenger after she asked for some hand lotion. The rider loved the texture and scent and ended up purchasing the bottle from my sister. Networking isn’t just about what you can do for each other. You may consequently cross paths with someone who is in a position to help a close friend, family member or acquaintance.
Knowledge is power. No, applied knowledge is power!