21st Century occupation: Lyft driver

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Part-time Lyft/Uber driver John Singleton reads his book as he awaits a ride request.

Six years ago the occupation “Lyft Driver” did not exist. Not only did the occupation not exist the word “Lyft” was nonexistent. The creation of the word Lyft and the occupation, Lyft Driver have helped many individuals across the country.

According to the CEO, John Zimmer, as of March 2016, they have over 100,000 drivers across the country, in 65 cities. This means that over 100,000 individuals are now able to earn an income to support themselves and/or their families. Lyft was able to create full-time and part-time for individuals of all ages.

Part-time Lyft/Uber driver John Singleton reads his book as he awaits a ride request.

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Part-time Lyft/Uber driver John Singleton reads his book as he awaits a ride request.

lyftfactsboxAlthough Lyft representatives say that their goal is to not replace taxis they can unintentionally have an effect on taxis. Lyft driver, Bastino Jeylani, talks about the comparison between the two.

“Regular taxis take forever to get to you,” said Jeylani. “And they are a little expensive compared to Lyft.”

A lot of individuals are under the impression that cab drivers hate lyft drivers but that is not always the case. Long time cab driver, Anissa Lewis, says she has no problems with Lyft drivers.

“I personally understand where Lyft drivers are coming from,” said Lewis. “Everyone is just trying to earn a living to take care of their family.”

Lyft may be a job but some say that being a Lyft driver comes with a lot of pros. The first is the flexibility of Lyft. Drivers are able to choose when they want to drive.

Drivers are not limited to a number of hours they choose to work and are not required to work a minimum amount of hours. A driver may choose to work one hour a day or they may decide to work for 8 hours a day.

John Singleton, a part-time Lyft driver, says that this is his side job.

“I tend to drive for lyft maybe a couple hours a day,” Said Singleton “It’s a way for me to earn some extra cash on my off days and during my free time.”

Bastino Jeylani sits outside of Hubbard hall as he awaits his next ride request.

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Bastino Jeylani sits outside of Hubbard hall as he awaits his next ride request.

Another positive of being a Lyft driver is the experiences you gain. Jeylani says the experiences really make him enjoy being a Lyft driver.

“You meet new people every day, they come from all different cultures,” said Jeylani.

With every good job, there is always competition. Singleton compared Lyft to its top competitor.

“With Lyft there is just a lot of button pushing,” said Singleton. “With Uber, their app is less confusing and fewer buttons to press.”

The growth of lyft can be difficult to keep up with but a few key dates are labeled on the timeline below.LyftTimeline