Everyone has a story. Here’s a look behind the wheel at a few of our partners as told by some of our favorite bloggers.
Sometimes all the heart and hustle we put out there, doesn’t pay dividends. At least not right away. Building a business takes time. A lot more time than we think it will take. That’s why I’m a huge fan of the side hustle. Having a side gig doesn’t mean you’re not “serious” about your business. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. As soon as I got on board the idea, and took on some freelance work, not only did my productivity go up, but my confidence did too.
I began to look at my business, AS a business. I setup work hours, I managed my time more efficiently, I began taking better care of my body and definitely saw an improvement in my mood. Taking care of your basic financial obligations will free you up — both practically speaking, and creatively. How to decide what kind of gig will work best for you? In my case, I went with something I already knew how to do. A skill set that I’d been using for years (project management, producing, virtual assisting). But for you it might look like bartending, teaching yoga or working a part-time office job.
These days there are no shortage of creative options to help you hustle your way to entrepreneurial freedom. Recently, I met an incredibly inspiring woman named Mary. She’s a proud driver-partner with Uber.
Uber helps women hustle their way to financial freedom. Once you become an Uber partner, it’s a simple 3 step process to making money:
- Turn on the app (at whatever times are convenient for you)
- Accept + a ride (you get to decide who you want to pick-up)
- Complete the ride + get paid!
Mary moved to Los Angeles about three years ago from the East Coast. She hooked up a 9-to-5 job, with the dream of making a career for herself in art and music. After a year of slogging away at the desk job and not having time to pursue her real passions, she heard about Uber. Right around that time her boyfriend was diagnosed with a serious medical condition and needed her help during the week. It was a no-brainer. In a matter of days, Mary quit her job and signed up to drive with Uber.
The flexibility of making her own hours allows her the freedom to paint more, have more time in the studio and to help provide care for her partner. Because of the earnings from Uber, Mary has been able to fully pay for her business’ start-up and ongoing costs and more importantly, have a better quality of life. After a year of driving with Uber, Mary has met new friends, explored all over Los Angeles, made connections with people in the music industry and sold some of her custom art pieces. She’s even had riders ask her to sing for them (talk about a great way to market yourself)!
Beyond the financial opportunity, partnering with Uber has allowed Mary to build relationships and network in a way that feels good to her. Mary is a great example of a woman who is going after her dreams. She uses the flexibility that partnering with Uber has given her, to pursue her music, her art and to reach her goals. Talk about a #GirlBoss!
The minute that I decided to take on some freelance work, my life changed (that’s not an exaggeration). Just like Mary, I’ve learned the art of the side hustle. And yes my friends, it is an Art.
If you’re struggling to make ends meet while building your business, know that you don’t have to. Get a side gig. Freelance. Work part-time. Become a driver-partner with Uber. Whatever you do, just choose something. Trust me when I say that this seemingly small step (that you may have a lot of resistance to), might in fact, hold the key to you breaking through and moving forward in your business. It did for me and Mary.
Whatever you do, just choose something. Trust me when I say that this seemingly small step (that you may have a lot of resistance to), might in fact, hold the key to you breaking through and moving forward in your business. It did for me and Mary.
In the past couple of years, my work and site have really grown and I’ve been able to get to so many more meetings and events in New York City. I like to the train or ferry into the city and have found that Uber has really enhanced the way I navigate around the city. I love Uber and could not see myself accomplishing all I do in a day in the city without it. While riding, I often chat with the Uber driver partners. I find that while the service enhances my work and business, it also is an amazing experience for the driver partners. too – fitting seamlessly into their lives, work and own small businesses.
Needless to say, when I was given the opportunity to interview a female driver partner, to help me learn more about Uber and how the experience can help women achieve their goals with flexible, money earning potential, I was really excited. I had the pleasure of talking and ‘e-meeting’ Nephresha – and her story is completely inspiring!
Nephresha is a strong, female business owner and driver partner in Los Angeles. Having grown up in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Washington State, Nephresa has lived in LA for 16 years. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a BA in advertising in 2006 and went on to pursue management with Starbucks until 2014, when she stepped down to pursue a dream of becoming a healthy cooking coach.
After needing to find part-time work to help pay the bills, while focusing on her business, a friend recommended she drive for Uber – which was the perfect fit for her. “Uber is 100% flexible, which is everything for me. If I get hired for lessons or gigs I don’t have to do any fancy footwork to take time off from my part time work.” she states. The flexibility of it all is everything to her – which is so important to her small business. Naphresa shares how she is able to build out her days exactly as she wants them to be – some weeks driving more hours and than others – all with the freedom and flexibility she needs. “I feel like my business comes first. And because I Uber independently, I don’t have co-worker drama or things to think about when I’m not out there driving.” she shares. It’s a low stress job that allows her to focus her priorities where she wants them to be. I asked Nephresa what she loves most about her driving experience – and besides being able to drive with a “gorgeous, diverse landscape and architecture [in LA],” she loves helping people get where they need to go safely.
She genuinely enjoys the customer service aspect – getting to meet interesting people and have interesting conversations. If a customer prefers a chat-free ride, “that’s fine too. I got my smooth jams playing in the car and we just ride.” She does remember her first driving experience and she was terrified! She remembers her first passengers were from the bay area and were headed out to a bar for the evening – they ended up being so sweet and friendly after learning it was her first ride ever. “I’m a recovering perfectionist, so I wanted so badly to be great at it immediately.” Nephresha says. She worried about getting strangers places safely and making sure they were comfortable. As time went on, Nephresha says she ” honed all the small nuances that make the job easier and the passengers happy.” Nephresha is making it in her city with her experience with Uber – and like my experience, it’s a mutually beneficial experience for all. Uber is helping riders get where they need to go in the easiest possible way and enhancing the lives of their driver partners with flexibility and earning potential. I think this is such an exciting possibility for other business-minded, independent women, like Nephresha.
Photo credit: Renzstar Photography
I’ve been obsessed with Uber for the past 5 years – I don’t know what I would do without it. I take Uber to go out whether I’m in LA, NY, Miami or abroad. I take Uber to meetings or when I want to send some emails and don’t want to email/text and drive – efficient, I know. I love Uber because the car quality is much better than cabs and you don’t have a sketchy human with a broken card machine yelling at you in another language that it’s your fault. I love Uber because you don’t have to hail a cab in the freezing New York Winter when you’re trying to look cute. I love Uber because you can plan your escape from a bad date/party/any situation by ordering your getaway car before you make a stealthy exit and there will be no awkward cab waiting. I love Uber because I can send a car to the airport through the app for my sister if she has an early flight and I don’t want to wake up that early to pick her up. I’m literally obsessed. So obsessed I became an Uber VIP last year which is the equivalent to Sephora VIP status – it’s a reminder that you are obsessed with them and that they appreciate your money. And yes I am a proud Uber VIP member because Uber keeps me safe and makes my daily travels more convenient.
Last week Uber paired me with one of the woman Uber female driver-partners. I had the opportunity to hear her story and talk about what it’s like driving with Uber and how her life has changed from this app. And now I get to share that story with all of you.
I called on Saturday morning to make plans on where we could meet and decided that it would be a fun adventure to go check out the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum because my Grandpa has taught me to have an appreciation for classic cars due to the fact that he has a small vintage car collection himself. This place intrigued me and I was not disappointed. In fact, it made me realize that I 100% need a convertible Gatsby car so I can drive around like a classic Italian lady OG with my silk scarf blowing in the wind like a boss.
We met at 11 AM the following Tuesday – took a walk around the museum and then chatted in her car for about an hour, but honestly I could have hung out with her for days. She had endless stories of people she had met and local gems she had discovered. I left with such a great feeling – she was just such an awesome human being with amazing charisma – one of the Uber driver-partners you remember forever.
Her name is Jennifer Johnson and she lives in West Palm Beach with her husband. Her son has gone off to college which means home is a bit of an empty nest so she has been driving part-time with Uber for about 2 years now and is absolutely in love with it. Uber allows her to be her own boss, accept ride requests when she wants, meet new people in her city as well as visitors from all over the world and discover new places while doing so. Once the trip is over she sees how much $$$ she made that trip and is on to the next Uber rider.
I love meeting independent women who do things because they enjoy them. Jennifer absolutely loves driving with Uber and says she has yet to have a bad experience. You see, Uber allows you to rate your driver but it also allows the driver to rate you. So if someone shouldn’t be getting into Uber cars then they will be removed from the system and not allowed to use the app anymore. On the other side – the drivers are not allowed to have any bad driving records and are fully vetted before they are able to sign up. This keeps Uber partner-drivers safe as well as the Uber riders.
Some of the best parts about being a woman Uber driver-partner is the flexibility and earning potential – you make what you drive so you can work whenever you want, for how long or short you want – it’s your schedule and no one is your boss. With the freedom to drive whenever and wherever you want, Uber puts you in the drivers seat of your schedule.
Let’s go on more adventures and explore the world.
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