I am writing this because I'm all about self employment & making lots of money for hard work. I'll first give you guys a briefing of my work history.
I got my first job working my Aunts children's boutique. I started working there at 15 & stayed there up until I started college; 18. Working for a family business embedded so much entrepreneurship in me because my family was planing on having me running the business. When I started college I got my second job working at smoothie king, it was owned by my neighbor! Which I loved but she didn't play any games lol. After I got into the Hospitality industry working at Hotels as a front desk clerk & night auditor. I went from making $10/ hour working for family, to $7.45 working at smoothie king to $11.00 working in hotels. I thought I was doing something, making moves. But then I realized I wasn't really able to save any money.
My parents then told me I had to start paying my cell phone bill & when I got my car I was 100% responsible for it. I went back into the retail industry because it was something I truly enjoyed, besides those hotel guest were extremely picky & complained about everything lol. I had my YouTube channel from 2009 & in 2013 I was are of monetization & paid ads, so I started to as well to blog bring in income but then realized that that still was not enough to pay the bills and it can Only be a hobby for now. I also started modeling & did a few acting gigs but again it was not consistent enough.
So I started working for H&M & I can honestly say I actually really liked the job. I received benefits after 90 days on the job & a raise. I also got the opportunity to travel to different stores within the country to help set up stores or help out with stock & inventory when needed. I worked for the company for 2.5 years but as a part time employee trying to work full time hours. I didn't want to get a Second job because I just knew with all of hard work within 6 months to a year they would offer me a full time position. Na bruh, never happened. I went to the lengths of speaking to my Direct manager about moving up, the store manager and my supervisor. But for some reason they never offered the position.
After 2.5 years I attended our store meeting when district managers come in & check on the store. I told myself that I would speak to district personally before making a rash decision. So we ended up having our meeting & afterwards I spoke with 2 District Managers about my progression I've made with the store and how I was interested in working full time. They said they would then speak with my store manager on my behalf and see what can be done. Needless to say the talk that they had was about 2 minutes and my answer was still "I'm sorry, but we can't hire full time right now" try again in 6 months. Now let me say that there's been new people that was hired well after me that was offered FT positions. So I never understood why "now" was always a bad time for them. Long story short, after speaking with District, I went to my store manager and told her I'm quitting today. I didn't feel sorry for what I did either. I sacrificed a lot working PT for the company and I felt like the managers didn't want to have too many blacks in high positions. Since blacks were the majority of the employees. Yet whites made up the majority of higher positions. I told myself I would never work for a company who doesn't know my worth & passion ever again. At this point I was over working for people. So I decided to work my fathers company that he's had for over 10 years. I never wanted to work for him because the work wasn't anything of my interest! But I did & let's just say you can't really mix family with business all the time lol. I worked about 6 months for my dad until things went a little left lol.
Anyway, I had recently gotten into a car accident last year right before my birthday. My car was totaled and I had limited access to transportation for about 3 months. I started using lyft and uber as a passenger and with my curious mind I'd always ask the drivers how did it work & was it a good source of income. They ALL had positive things to say.
One guy told me he makes $1500 per week full time and another said he makes $500 per week part time. You know I was sold right? Lol. I couldn't wait to get my car again and start my journey of true self employment. I did the application, back ground check & other paperwork & was approved in 2 days!
I have now only been working with lyft on average 20-25 hours per week and make about $5-600 per week. I intend to work full time to double or triple the income! I recommend this for many reasons.
If you are someone with an entrepreneur spirit & doesn't need a boss then I'd highly recommend this. I've made more money in 1 week than I have in one month working some jobs. Also I've never made this much money as I am working for someone.
As far as safety, I was a bit paranoid about having with random people in my car. However the craziest thing I've experienced so far is a girl come to me crying because of her boyfriend breaking up with her and a lady stealing my candy lol.
For protection I do keep a Taser in my car door just in case someone gets out of line. But it's never been needed thankfully lol. But if you guys have any further questions please don't hesitate to ask!
Bonus: LYFT/UBER offers sign up bonuses. After 100 rides I was given a $500 bonus & yes it appeared in my account the next day! So here's a bonus for those interested in driving! Use my code:
When signing up to receive your bonus! https://www.lyft.com/drive-with-lyft?ref=LIA04114
With this Ive had the time and money to start my Jeweley and Accessory business & able to maintain it! At the rate this is going I will be able to invest in property & make more of my desires come true.
Thanks for reading! I hope to see some of you on the journey to self employment too