Making ends meet as an entrepreneur can be stressful. Find out how driving with Uber can help you as you grow your business! Thanks to Uber for sponsoring this post!
Many years ago when I was a single mom, it was a struggle to make ends meet. There was two of us in my family, but only one paycheck, and each month paying bills was like piecing together a puzzle. One of those really hard puzzles that take forever to finish. You know, with tons of little pieces? I was a drama teacher, so I was able to pick up some part-time classes in addition to my full-time job. I was always tired, though, and I wish there had been a way for me to be in charge of making more money whenever my finances got really tight (which was always).
A few weeks ago I met a young entrepreneur who needed to be in charge of her own earning potential in the same way that I wish I could have been back in the day. Living in the Bay Area, we’re all so inspired to start our own companies, but it’s crazy expensive here! Instead of using that excuse, Kayla found a solution. She’s my favorite type of woman, a smart, ambitious go-getter. She started her own apparel company, and to make ends meet while she’s building her empire, she decided to become an Uber driver-partner.
I have a ton of friends who have their own businesses, and I have one of my own, too. Even more challenging than coming up with the capital to grow a company is trying to find the time to get everything done. Kayla shared some insights on how she manages her company, Enlightened Apparel, and how driving with Uber helps support her goals. She said that she has a lot of flexibility as an Uber partner. She drives whenever she wants or needs to. If she’s busy, she just doesn’t sign into the Uber platform.
As I listened to Kayla share her experience, I had a ton of questions. How does she manage her business while she’s driving? Does she promote her apparel company to her riders? Is Uber okay with her talking about her business? How does she do it all??? I needed answers, y’all. Here’s Kayla’s response:
Everything is managed through my website. Whenever I have downtime, I hop on social media and take care of some business. I only accept rides when I want to, so if I’m really busy, I just don’t drive. I do promote my business while I’m driving. People like to talk while they’re riding, and it usually comes up in conversation. I also wear Enlightened Apparel pieces whenever I’m accepting rides and keep business cards on me with discount codes in case people ask. Uber is my partner. They want to see me do well, so they’re okay with me talking about my business.
I can’t tell you how jealous I was listening to Kayla talk about her experience. Why couldn’t there be a flexible income earning opportunity like that when I was starting out? The icing on the cake though was my girl said she’d drive regardless of the income because she likes meeting people and being on the road so much. How cool is that?
Every woman needs to own something of her own. I’m a firm believer of that. Maybe you make cakes for people at your church, or you crochet hats. Even if you’re only making $20 a year from your business, having something that you are in charge of helps you to remember how awesome you are. If you can do that without having to sacrifice groceries, travel or other things that make life sweet, that would be rocking! Sign up to drive with Uber and you can be on the road to your dreams in no time!*
This post is sponsored by Uber.
*Yes. On the road to your dreams. I knew it was corny when I was writing it, but it’s so true! Haha! 🙂