A few weeks ago I got an e-mail from a reader un-happy with one of my posts. I don’t get many of these so I listened to what he had to say and before I knew it, I had an offer for a guest post from that same reader. He told me that instead of complaining about my article, he was going to write his own. I absolutely love that type of initiative and today I’m publishing his article for all of you to read.
It really is an inspiring story and echoes a lot of the same sentiments that I’ve been saying for months. What I loved most about this post though is that “The Black Car Guy” (as he calls himself) took full responsibility for his situation. He was unhappy with the way things were and instead of moping around or complaining, he went out and did something about it. The Black Car Guy (BCG) is now one of the top 1% of Uber drivers in his region and he just took home his biggest paycheck ever: $10,000 in the month of October! And before you call BS on that number, I actually had BCG forward me his bank statements to verify the deposits and I can assure you that this number is 100% true.
Two and a half years ago I was a very low paid cab driver bringing home about $80 a day. I’d been laid off a corporate sales job in 2011 and was floundering. I first heard about SideCar in February of 2012.
By the Fall of 2012, I was a full-time Sidecar diver. I wasn’t making a ton of cash but at least I was independent, could make my own schedule and didn’t have to pay those high gate fees to the cab companies. I learned my way around and became a passionate student of all things TNC. I read every article. I learned about top notch customer service. I embraced the whole damn thing.
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Over time, I added UberX and then Lyft. And then came the rate cuts! The methods that had been generating a pretty good income suddenly were sucking wind. I had a friend that was doing Uber SUV and he recommended I give it a go. I wasn’t going to take these cuts lying down so I went down to the Ford dealer and bought myself a brand-new SUV. That was six months ago. [Read more…]