What a wonderful concept! I received a call from a business friend one early morning to my surprise at 7am (Early to some), and didn't bother to pick it up because it was kind of odd to receive such an early call. This friend Keith N. was a formidable business friend from previous company pursuits. So he was persistent in calling me later that day in the afternoon to strike to me a interesting proposition through Facebook chat of wanting my "phone number" as I had changed mine.
A moment into it he explained he was doing Uber and Lyft. I was fascinated in his journey due to the highlighted battle of our city of Portland allowing it or not in the media news.
Now I am not foreign to the transportation services field as I had done it for 2 years as a subcontractor back in 2008-2010 for Tri-Met under a neighbor medical transportation services. From that experience I got a taste of what it meant to be "Self Employed" or I should say employed by a small business owner. I dreaded it mostly and was bitter from the opportunity because of a variety of unwanted reasons.
What's super exciting about what's happening now is that they are taking out the middle man "boss" who may or may not know what they are doing to where you are directed by some cool, simple and fun apps that don't get things messed up as people are prone to do. Computers are more accurate and saves us time, just check out the new cash registers these days at your local groceries, right. The horrid stories I tell you of working 5am-5pm plus for minimum wage or less after taxes and paying for your own gas with no benefits are just outright not cool. (So I almost had looked away or narrowed my filter of being open)
What really sealed the deal for me of taking decisive action was when Keith sent me his weekly income for just one company that was around 1,300 dollars! Combined with both companies he was making almost 2 grand. My jaw dropped and my eyes just about came out of my sockets and I was "hungry" to achieve the same as it would be a very admirable way to get out of debt. I asked Keith, what are the rules? He said just get a 2008 and above vehicle (actually needs to be 2005 and above) and get started. His story was that he was visiting a friend in California and his car died and he used the Uber services and that sold him in wanting to do that here in the NW.
So like a monkey trying to get it's hands out of being stuck in a tree, I was like how am I going to do this service with a BMW M3 convertible 2 seat from 1999? It has to be a sedan and great on gas. Light bulb went up in my mind and said time to trade in the old Nissan Altima for a newer ride. I exhausted myself in getting the best choices of cars wondering if I would get a hybrid as it will be a good saving in gas accommodating in it's size. To my luck I came across a Nissan 2014 Versa Note.
It ain't a hybrid but it does do great on gas and I got it for 4,000 less because it was a service car of theirs that had 5,000 miles on it. One oil change for a 4,000 savings is how I look at it.
If you like driving, get excited because "swag" is here with these interesting 2 new services that allow us to get paid to give rides in the style we choose. From my research and to be experiences (will blog about the differences, do like and follow for now) the process is far more propelling and promising.
1) Technology delivers accuracy and timely indications
2) Get paid more (Even more than the corporate world for most part-timers)
3) Be your own boss and work as you need or want to
So the scoop is that one is more "Professional" with black tie style services with the tagline "Your Private Driver", and the other "Your Friendly Driver."
So I simply applied like at 11pm on a Thursday night and went to the following Inspection the following morning at 9am.
To be continued...