One of the things I love most about working in this industry is learning about all of the different reasons why people drive for Uber and Lyft. Today, we have a guest post from RSG reader Matthew who shares how he got into driving and why the hidden perks of being a driver are often overlooked.
If you’d like to guest post on RSG, please send me an e-mail with a topic or two in mind and we’ll take it from there. I’m especially looking to start posting city-specific driving strategies and tips if you’ve got any.
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We’re privileged to take part in this strange experiment. While the sharing economy will continue to grow in the years to come, the Lyft, Uber and Sidecar driver will someday take a backseat to the self-driving car, probably within a decade or two. Technology giveth, technology taketh away. Centuries from now, historians and digital archeologists will read our blogs, tweets and status updates to learn more about the rise and fall of this early 21st century hustle. Just as the stage coach operators of the old west saw their jobs eclipsed by a vast railway system that delivered goods more efficiently, we rideshare drivers will be rendered irrelevant by robots someday. The stagecoach operators were helpless as they witnessed a novel mode of transportation make its way across a continent, swallowing up jobs (and creating new jobs) along the way. [Read more…]