Chronic Illness, General, Work & Finance

Why I Tried Ride Sharing With Lyft And Uber, And 4 Reasons I Think It Is Great With A Chronic Illness

There are times we can all use a little extra money in our pockets. Life can be expensive and living with a chronic illness just adds on to all the bills. This is why I wanted to see what it was like to drive for Lyft and Uber recently, and why I wanted to share the experience I had for the first two weeks.

There are many reasons why I wanted to try ride sharing out and conduct a little Lyft/Uber experiment. A few of them are below, and since I always enjoy a trial run for anything I figured why not.

  • I’m a financial advisor and wanted to know how ride sharing worked for the driver more. Especially for clients who are looking for a side gig or extra income.
  • I’m a patient advocate and it’s hard for patients with chronic illness to find employment at time. Could this be the flexible employment that would be a good fit for some?
  • I’m a human and many of us can always use extra funds for a wide variety of reasons

So what did I find out during my first two weeks of driving around with Lyft and Uber?

Ride Sharing Is Extremely Easy – We all have our challenges in life. We all face adversity in some way, shape, or form. Having a side gig or just a main gig that allows us to have flexibility in life these days is ideal for many of us. Being able to turn on the Lyft or Uber driving app is a swipe of a finger. Before you know it, you’re picking up passengers and on your way to earning cash that can be deposited into your account the same day.

Need to take a break, something comes up, or not feeling up for driving anymore? In another quick swipe of the finger, you’re off the clock and free to go about the rest of your day. I’ve found this to be ideal for someone like myself who never knows what the day may hold. There have already been times when for scheduling or health reasons, I know I only have 2-3 hours of driving in me, and with both services that is absolutely fine.

It Turns Into A Game– The longest I have driven has been 4 hours straight at this point. I’ve found driving for Lyft and Uber, it’s best to turn into a game in many ways. I drive around and when my phone lights up for me to accept a ride, it’s exciting because I know there are funds heading in my directions. The navigation within the app takes me directly to the passenger and it couldn’t be easier.

I also find it interesting to find what areas I live around to be more profitable than others. There are days I go out with a plan and an area I want to target, there are also days when I just let the rides take me wherever they may lead. No matter how the day unfolds, it’s interesting to play a game in your own head to maximize your day and make as much money as possible.

You Can Be Very Comfortable – There are days when I feel like superman and can do anything. There are other days when it’s hard to get out of bed and I fight a variety of symptoms that may hit. Either way, I normally feel well enough to sit in my car instead of sitting on my couch. The good thing about sitting in my car now, is that I can make money doing it.

As soon as I get into my car, I take everything out of my pockets, adjust my seat to a comfortable position for that day, set a temperature that works for me (and my passengers), put on a good mix of music that is okay for everyone, and start driving. After a few minutes I’m normally more comfortable in my car than I would be on my couch. Sitting up straight with proper support, rather than slouching or laying in an awkward position. So far every day I have driven, I’ve noticed that I am more comfortable and in a better position driving.

Passengers Are Very Nice – I understand that it can make anyone’s blood pressure rise a little when a stranger gets into your car, and to be honest this was the case for me during my first few rides. Early on, I found most if not all passengers are extremely nice and nothing to worry about.

Sometimes you have conversations the entire ride, sometimes you just talk for a few minutes at the beginning and they begin to use their phones, and sometimes they just get in and don’t talk at all. No matter what kind of passenger you get, you arrive at the destination and just like that they are gone.

These are just a few of the starting points I wanted to share and how this type of service is not only good for anyone, but can be great for anyone fighting a chronic illness as well. The flexibility, timely manner you get paid, ease of use, comfort, and more all make it perfect for anyone to try out.

Will it be for you in the long run, maybe not. But when living with a chronic illness and possibly having a growing stack of bills mounting, this might be worth a try. As I have said many times, we all have to try as many things as possible to see what may work. And when we find something that does work for us, it can be gold.

2 thoughts on “Why I Tried Ride Sharing With Lyft And Uber, And 4 Reasons I Think It Is Great With A Chronic Illness”

  1. Great post! We don’t have Uber in the area I live in But I have tried it a few times when visiting the bigger city’s and had pleasent experiences! Seems like a great side gig,

    1. Hi Amanda. Thanks for letting me know your experience with Lyft and Uber as a passenger. I think they could be good options for both passengers and drivers with a chronic illness too. Thanks again. – Brian

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