Wednesday April 12th, 2017

4 Reasons You Should Work for Yourself

Forging our own path and our own business is a common dream. But striking out on your own can be a hugely intimidating move. And it’s one you won’t necessarily take all at once. Why not start small and prove your worth one mile at a time?

There’s a job that offers the chance to prove yourself in a cutting-edge industry on the rise. It’s a job that sharpens your personal skills and self-confidence. It’s a job that offers the opportunity to see your finances grow in real-time thanks to your solo efforts, and not at the end of the month at the office — being a Grab driver. Here’s how:

 

1. Take Control

Sometimes, the bigger an organisation, the less your contribution is recognised. Handing in a report you have worked on for weeks can feel like a light breeze on a hot, humid day — it’s barely noticeable.

But when you drive for yourself, you take control. You decide how to best schedule your time. You shape what personality makes passengers respond to you warmly. You pick when you take lunch, and when to reward yourself with a break.

Better still, when you decide to pull out all the stops and really put in the hours, you are rewarded in equal measure with a heavier pay-out. In a traditional job, it’s the boss who might offer you a rare bonus for extra hours. Here, the choice is yours to go after the incentives.

 

2. Time for Peace, Time for Self-improvement

In any bustling metropolis, there is an element that is very rare indeed: time to ourselves.

It might not seem like much of an advantage, but solitude can be a powerful tool for self-improvement. It gives us time to think deeply, and at length, about what we want to do with our lives. It offers us space to work through issues that currently worry us. It lets the brain unwind, reboot, and perhaps think of new creative ideas that could lead to the perfect gift for a loved one, or a business idea. Now that you drive to earn money, for example, you might start to ask: “How else can I use my wheels to fatten my wallet — a delivery service, perhaps?”

3. Expect the Unexpected — and Learn New Skills

Surprises can crop up in every job, and yes, that includes being a Grab driver: passengers who change routes mid-ride; GPS consoles that freeze up in an area you are not familiar with. These things are rare, but they happen. But more importantly, how you respond to these situations offers you a perfect learning opportunity. You will test yourself and improve how you handle setbacks.

As a driver, you will need to rely on yourself to find a solution, fast. And that’s a good thing. You can’t learn to be more confident in yourself if you never have a chance to improve. Best of all, you can track your improvements by the money you make: learn to navigate the streets better and you might pick up extra fares. Pick up more fares, and you earn more.

4. You Know When You Make a Difference

When you make someone’s day by getting them to their child’s birthday party or a job interview in record time, you get instant feedback and thanks. That joy you created didn’t come from a diluted team effort, or an idea handed down from your boss — it all came from you. So when you had a particularly fruitful day of big fares, you can pat yourself on the back.

Self-control, self-confidence and self-worth. Some of us can wait for years to find a job that lets us develop these traits. Being a Grab driver offers you that chance.

So, are you ready to take the wheel?

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