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Thinking About Joining a Rideshare Company? Here are Four Traits You’ll Need

by Courtney Myers Professional Writer and Editor

In recent years, myriad rideshare companies have cropped up as valuable opportunities for people to make money, save resources, and ease the transportation burden all simultaneously. You may have even considered joining one of these programs yourself. Using your own vehicle, you simply pick up someone from Destination A and deliver them to Destination B for a set fee. Sounds simple enough, right? While these platforms can be ripe with potential, to succeed in the long term, it helps to have the following four characteristics.


1. You’re courteous.


You don’t have to strike up an in-depth conversation with everyone you pick up, but a successful rideshare driver is at the very least courteous and professional. No one wants to be picked up by a brooding stranger, especially during a time in which crime is high and emotions are raw. The best drivers are those who maintain a friendly and upbeat demeanor, even if small talk isn’t your thing. If you find that your feathers are constantly ruffled by rude customers, you might not want to sign up for this role. As a rideshare driver, you’ll encounter all types of personalities and it’s important that you’re able to treat each with the same level of respect and professionalism.


2. You’re great at navigation.


Do you get lost just going to the grocery store? If so, it’s unwise to ask someone to place their confidence in you to take them where they need to go. On the other hand, if you know the local backroads and shortcuts like the back of your hand and feel especially confident behind the wheel, you likely have the knowledge and experience required to succeed in this position.


3. Your vehicle offers a comfortable and accessible ride.


You may get a call from an individual who just needs a quick ride down the street a few miles or so. Or, you may be beckoned by a group of people who need a 30-minute ride to the airport. To this end, it’s helpful to have a vehicle that’s as decked out as possible with the latest technology. You don’t have to spend a fortune upfitting your current ride, but if you can offer passengers a tablet that lets them hand-select streaming songs to play, you’ll set yourself apart from the competition and you may even gain some repeat business.


4. You’re patient and a great listener.


These are technically two traits, but they go hand-in-hand. To succeed as a rideshare driver, you must be willing to listen carefully to what your passengers tell you. You don’t want to be five or 10 miles down the road and suddenly wonder if you’re heading in the right direction or if you misheard someone. If you ever, at any point, think you didn’t completely catch a direction that someone gave you, it’s important to speak up at the time of realization rather than assume you understand. Also, patience is key here, as some passengers might be verbose in their description of where they need to go. Listen to them carefully and take notes if you need to. The key is to deliver them safely to their destination, so don’t take any chances here.


While working for a rideshare company can offer plenty of perks, it’s helpful to evaluate whether or not your personality and character traits are an ideal fit before pursuing this path. If you find that the answers to the above questions are a resounding “yes” then you may have just found your next career path, or at least a new side-gig! So do your research and learn as much about the opportunity as possible, then get behind the driver’s seat and prepare to move forward.


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