With the changing economic environment and the inability of people to gain employment, especially in times of a pandemic, one profession, in particular, is seeing increased demand. You would think we’re talking about the medical profession- but no! Professional driving is the new and upcoming employment choice for many, for a means of a steady income. People may want to opt for this means of employment due to the autonomy it offers, not being tied to an office, working your own hours, and meeting new people every day. Let’s look at some of the options that exist in professional driving, were you to ever consider doing it as a career or to earn some extra cash on the side.
Uber and Lyft are the upcoming companies when it comes to enrolling as a driver. These services are particularly popular, nowadays, when people do not want to drive themselves or some people just do not own cars anymore due to the high maintenance costs. Uber/Lyft have effectively replaced normal cabs, as they offer a cab/chauffer service without the actual appearance of it. All you have to do is register with the company, get the proper checks done, and download the application on your phone. Viola! You’re ready to drive your car on the application. There is no fee to sign up as a driver on these apps, in fact, the company will take its own percentage from your total earnings- so you do not have to worry about any additional setup costs.
Another option you have is to drive a limo as there is a market for this as well and jobs can be found on Indeed and Ziprecruiter. You may have to follow a formal dress code, but the upside is the potential huge tips that you can get as most customers using limos are celebrities, athletes, or people with good money. If you want to catch a glimpse of the A-lister life, the limo driver is your route to follow, you might get lucky and have your favorite Hollywood star in your car!
Companies hire drivers to drive passengers to and from the airport, using airport shuttles. This can be a lucrative opportunity as full-time shuttle drivers earn as much as $50,000 per annum in salary. If you are interested in this form of employment you may find these jobs using online portals.
UberEats and InstaCart are two applications that have seen a considerable boom, especially in times of COVID-19. These applications provide food and grocery delivery services to customers. When customers do not want to step out of the house for these tasks, they use these applications. The sign-up process is similar to that of Uber/Lyft but here you are not transporting people from one point to another, but in fact, you are driving to deliver food and goods from the restaurant or grocery store to the customer’s home. This application also allows you to choose your own schedule.