Today, I’m sharing a guest post from reader Chris Bonham, an Uber and Lyft driver out of Colorado. Chris can often be seen around the blog or on the RSG Facebook page leaving very insightful and detailed comments. I’ve always been a part-time driver and because of that, I’m constantly trying to talk to full-time drivers and get their take on things.
It has been said again and again that rideshare driving is best utilized as a part time gig to go in conjunction with a regular full-time job. On that, I agree. It does work great for many, many drivers out there across the country. But, on the back side of that, there are plenty of drivers out there who are forced to rely on rideshare driving as their sole source of income. The biggest question is why do they do this?
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For many of us, it boils down to one simple fact: jobs these days are hard to come by. Yes, there have been some gains made in the job market. I don’t think anyone would debate that. That job growth though has been primarily in retail and in fast food – both of which are notorious for paying as close to minimum wage as possible, and tend to offer little in the way for benefits and a good working environment. [Read more…]