If you want a thrilling Saturday night adventure, start driving for Uber on the weekend the Super Bowl happens in your city.
Even though this technology is years old (and I’ve been using it as a consumer), you can still got a hefty dose of adrenaline from trying it out for the first time as a driver.
It might take you a bit to psyche yourself up to get out and onto the road. And your heart will jump a bit when the first ride comes up. Every time you get one, it’s like seeing an animal when you’re hunting. The hunt begins, and you speed off to who knows where to get who knows what kind of passenger.
It takes courage. You have to go wherever the passenger is and wherever they want to go (CORRECTION: If you tap for more details, you can see where they are and where they want to go and say “no thanks” – but you can also go blind if you’re in it for the thrillz). You don’t know what your rider is going to look or act like. You don’t know if your mapping app will really get you to where you need to go. And you probably have to go toward the big scary traffic zones (like this weekend’s Super Bowl) if you really want to get the rides and make the money.
It’s brilliant training for all the unknowns of entrepreneurialism. Uber gives some tips and guidelines, but really it’s up to you how you drive, how you act and dress, and how you entertain passengers. You find out when the tips come through, I guess.
An additional thrill comes when you meet the interesting people. If you thought the drivers were interesting, wait until you meet the passengers. One of my riders tonight was a young non-native English speaking sports journalist who was doing his first big story here at the Super Bowl. It was a pleasure to meet him and celebrate what he was doing, which must have been a thrill of its own.
I’m looking forward to using Uber and Lyft to put myself out of my comfort zone on more weekends to come. It doesn’t pay all that much, but if you want a thrill, this is a good way to get it.