Originally posted on June 13, 2019 @ 10:36 AM
This website actually came about because I decided to go to the Rideshare Assembly Area (RAA) at the Airport to meet and talk to a few drivers about a different rideshare service I discovered in 2017. In fact, I see that the last time I updated this post was in 2019, when I went back to the RAA to introduce myself to other drivers regarding yet another alternative to Uber.
What I Wrote in 2017 Still Applies Today
I believe these ideas can be implemented with the new HERide service available in metro Atlanta now.
Metro Atlanta is HUGE!
Drivers live everywhere, inside and outside the Metro area, not to mention the other 100+ counties that have NO Uber or Lyft service at all.
We all know this because some drivers are coming from hundreds of miles away and sleeping, chilling, hanging out at the RAA!
And there’s nothing wrong with that.
In fact, I think the RAA is a GOLDMINE of information IF drivers were to simply talk to each other instead of sitting in their cars like they don’t know anybody.
You may have seen me in 2017 talking to drivers, or a few times during the summer of 2018, and perhaps we have even spoken.
Then I would get out of my car and go meet drivers in or around their cars. And I have handed out a business card with this website on it while explaining what I understood of that particular rideshare service at the time. However, once I learned about the Airport’s policy about “solicitation”, I stopped going to the RAA altogether. The last time I went, I sat for an hour, did not leave my car and received no ride requests. It’s a total waste of time.
However, In Case We Haven’t YET Met . . .
In my opinion, a new rideshare service brings the opportunity for drivers to think TERRITORY.
- As a driver, where do you live?
- Are there people in your area that could use your services of getting them from Point A to Point B?
- If so, how many of those people would you need on a daily/weekly basis to meet your financial needs and obligations?
So for easy math, let’s just say each ride earns you $10 on average
- You want $100/day;
- That’s 10 riders;
- We can easily all do that in a day;
- And any other Uber/Lyft rides are simply gravy!
My goal in promoting HERide is to offer what Uber/Lyft cannot offer:
- A dedicated female driver for riders who want one;
- A driver who views getting passengers from Point A to B as a service first, knowing the money is better because what HERide offers is filling a long overdue NEED; and
- Earning a rider’s business by getting them where ever ON TIME.
Uber/Lyft riders are accustomed to requesting and getting a driver quickly.
But they do not necessarily NEED a ride.
Uber/Lyft riders are simply people who either WANT a ride or who do NOT want to drive!
And there’s nothing wrong with that either! NO problem. Uber and Lyft can keep those riders.
Personally, I’m more interested in serving the population that NEEDS a ride.
And we as drivers could be the answer to that NEED.
I personally understand what it’s like to not have a car; to have it repossessed.
In fact, on June 1, 2016, I took my first Uber ride to Orlando to redeem my car!
I share that testimony freely because I was two weeks without my car, “God’s Blessings”, and in the process of fighting to avoid becoming homeless at the same time.
I still marvel and praise GOD that I was able to drive my car until it gave up the ghost last year, June 25, 2018! So, after having NO car to drive or way to earn that immediate money for 8 weeks . . . !
You know I was THANKFUL to be able to rent for over a year and half.
Teach New Drivers a Business They Can Build
IF drivers think this idea of serving the community where they live through to what I believe to be a logical conclusion, let’s talk about the young people who get their learners’ permit at 15.
These young drivers are going to want to use some adult’s car. And that adult is responsible for teaching that young person how to handle driving, and how to act when behind the wheel.
Yes, those are challenging times, but during those years, we can also be prepping those young people and helping them keep their driving record clean.
Then when they become “adults in the eyes of the law” and can get a real drivers license at 18, they can also be preparing to legally drive.
For instance, for the really lucky 18 year old whose parent(s) can afford, and dare to GIVE that child, a car . . . but that 18 year old’s hand is still out, and in a parent’s pocket . . .
WELL . . . that 18 year old will have a clean driving record, and the parent can instruct that young adult to download a rideshare app and go find his/her friends that NEED a ride somewhere!
Have them make the money they want and need!
Simple. Instant Business and 3 years of training has already happened!
Anyone else see the picture I’m trying to paint?
WAIT! Are you asking yourself where do you find the riders who will use HERide?
Well, that’s totally up to you. Some of them are riding in your cars now, but they don’t know about HERide yet because you haven’t told them.
Besides, who would you rather ride anywhere? Find those people. It’s not hard. We’re already picking up strangers!
The beauty of HERide is you are not limited to randomly picking up strangers. YOU decide who you’d like to have in your car.
So, develop the relationships necessary to sustain what you financially need while providing the rideshare service so many more would be and ARE appreciative of using.
Is there anything else I need to add to this site to entice you to add HERide to your daily driving routine? 🙂
Be Blessed and Stay Safe!
P.S. Download the HERide app HERE and use DE50A as the referral code