RIDESHARING: MORE THAN YOU THINK...

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Often when I am on a trip discussing the rideshare business with my rider, they have this weird review that I find pretty funny sometimes. I don’t blame them, even though I had the same views of the rideshare business before my encounter with a driver who shared the secret of the business.

What am I talking about?

Driving people around doesn’t seem like a dignifying job. Most of us have this weird perception about cab men. I remember back in uni when I was picked up by this young man who was a graduate, I felt he had failed in life. Being a cab man seems like the last resort for anyone. If only i knew I would be in a similar position a few years later.

Unlike the cab man/ shuttle driver i met in being some years back, I am making a lot more driving people around Lagos. To put things into perceptive, I made above 300,000 nairas last month working lackadaisically. This is basically ten times the minimum wage in Nigeria. If i was to write every day on hive I won’t come close to this figure–about $2000 worth of upvote (well, except in a bull run and with some luck on my side).

Now, the only reason it seems like I am not earning much is because of all the debts I had accumulated during the last 5-6 months that have made my life a living horror story ( Thankfully, I will be debt-free before the end of the month, so I can focus on my projects.). It took me a long time to realise that one hustle wasn’t enough for me, considering my obligations to my family, relationship and even myself.

Why am I sharing this story?

Many people are deceived by the illusion of wealth and status. If i was working in a bank earning 100,000 naira a month–which is my weekly earnings–many people would have more respect for me or at least not give me the pity look when I state that I am a diver (part-time). I did not want to start this business because of the negative bias i had towards it, but now I could care less.

“Call me the fool, but give me the money.”

The transport industry is the backbone of the Nigerian economy. Unfortunately, it is not well documented or regulated. Trillions of naira are made annually. Why do you think the lagos state government are so keen on monopolizing this sector? The returns are unbelievably good, however, this is not an industry for everyone.

As much as I make good money driving, it does come with so many hazards. I have accidents weekly; maintaining my vehicle can be a herculean task; the road officials can be a nightmare. Also, this is a business that requires a lot of patience and smartness. Nevertheless, if one can get over these bottlenecks, it is really a good venture.

The best part about my job is that I get to see new places and have interesting conversations every day, which for me is a unique opportunity to network and work on my interpersonal skills. I don't plan to drive forever, but currently, it's not a bad hustle and it pays well.

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I do tell people that wealth is found mostly where people are underrated, it is good you can see this side of wealth creation.

A lot of white-collar jobs are nothing but a trap. A banker friend of mine resigned from his work a few months back to start his rider's share business in that same Lagos and now he is doing pretty much better.

May you always be safe on the road, and I wish you all the best.

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Driving people around doesn’t seem like a dignifying job. Most of us have this weird perception about cab men. I remember back in uni when I was picked up by this young man who was a graduate, I felt he had failed in life.

Every job is a dignifying job! The thing that matters is how you are doing it... If you are dedicated to your work, deliver a quality product, respect your clients and team workers, it doesn't matter what kind of a job you are doing... If you like it, you are doing the right job!


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Every job is a dignifying job! The thing that matters is how you are doing it..

I agree 100%. I don't let the side talk about being a driver get to me. It pays the bills and I enjoy driving most time.

thanks for the nomination

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So good to hear that you jumped on another hustle. I have been sourcing out for side hustles but I want to do something I enjoy, right now I do not seem to enjoy doing anything at all.lol.

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So good to hear that you jumped on another hustle

Things Nigeria make you do

I have been sourcing out for side hustles but I want to do something I enjoy, right now I do not seem to enjoy doing anything at all.lol.

I know that feeling. If I did not have an entire family hanging on my neck I would just chill

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