Meet Rameau, a Miami Driver and Small Business Owner

We all know that Thursday the 24th is Thanksgiving, and Friday the 25th is Black Friday, but did you know that Saturday, the 26th is Small Business Saturday?

nov_driver_photoFirst observed in 2010, Small Business Saturday is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s all about supporting small, local businesses. Don’t get us wrong, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great – but we’re especially excited about Small Business Saturday and the Uber drivers behind some of Miami’s small businesses. 

This month we’re honored to feature a Miami driver, Rameau, who in his spare time, runs a small t-shirt business and with his earnings, donates soccer jerseys to high school students in Haiti. We had the opportunity to chat with him to hear about his business, learn about his generosity and gain insight on what being an Uber driver means to him.

Can you tell us about your small business? 

Of course. My business is Sports Plus, and it’s a t-shirt company. I do customized t-shirt printing and embroidering for individuals and groups. 

What inspired you to start?

I was the manager of a sporting goods store for years and while there, learned about the t-shirt business.  Although the store closed, I realized while working there that there were individuals and groups of people who wanted customized t-shirts made.

What keeps you motivated and inspired? 

What keeps me inspired is the non-profit organization that a portion of my earnings go towards.businessowner_drivers

I love sports, I’ve been playing soccer all my life, so when I went to Haiti 5 years ago,  I saw an opportunity to help young kids who play sports at the high school level. These students couldn’t afford sports jerseys, so with the money I have from my t-shirt business, I buy and donate jerseys to these students in Haiti. 

So let’s say someone wants to have t-shirts printed by you, do they order online?

Right now, I don’t have a website, and the majority of customers come to me from word of mouth, thanks to my current customers, family and friends. Most people who are interested in ordering, just email me directly (at anhasasports.us@gmail.com), and we take it from there. A typical order is usually placed 1-2 weeks in advance.

How has being an Uber driver impacted your life as a business owner?

I lost my joscreen-shot-2016-11-11-at-2-16-44-pmb before I started driving with Uber and Uber saved my life. I love that there’s no pressure and no stress – it’s on my schedule, which to me is stress-free and allows me to invest time in my t-shirt business. I thank Uber for allowing me the privilege to drive.

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