By Danielle Antosz
People become taxi drivers for many different reasons. No one is born knowing they want to be a taxi driver, usually circumstances push them to the job. With that being said, there are a lot of perks of being a taxi driver, and most of us love what we do. The hours are long, and slow shifts are tedious, but there is a reason we do it year after year. If you are considering becoming a Tampa taxi driver, here are a few things you can look forward to.
Be your own Boss!
Starting a business is expensive – you have to pay for overhead, taxes, licenses, equipment, and product. If you are looking for an easy way to be your own boss, taxi driving is a great place to start!
Your employment situation can vary based upon how your company is set up, but most Tampa taxi drivers rent their car from a taxi company or they own their own car and pay for dispatches from a company. There is no boss leaning over your shoulder all shift, and once you cover your fees the rest of the profit is yours. Which means the harder you work, the more money you make. And, unlike other startup businesses, the startup costs are relatively low.
Every Day is Payday
Instead of waiting for payday, you get to take home cold, hard cash after every shift. No more extreme budgeting to make sure you can last to next payday. However,
you also have to budget carefully so you can pay big bills like rent, utilities, etc.
To make good money, you do have to work long hours. But being able to change your schedule to fit your life is really convenient. You might not get paid time off, but you are able to move your schedule around so you can be there when your family needs you.
Never a Dull Moment
While being a Tampa taxi driver might not be glamorous, it is nothing if not interesting. You get to meet people from all over the world and in all walks of life. From travelers heading to Tampa Airport to catch a flight, to business people and athletes, you get to meet a lot of interesting people driving a taxi. If you love meeting and talking to people, driving a taxi can be a fun, rewarding job.
Driving a taxi is hard work to be sure. The hours are long, some of your most profitable days will be holidays, and some customers are downright rude. But there are not many jobs that are as profitable or as interesting as driving a taxi that also require no formal education and little monetary investment. Whether you are a new parent, trying to put yourself through school, or tired of making money for someone else driving a Tampa taxi is an exciting, fun way to make the money you need.