Jeremy Poh, 33, decided to strike out on his own, launching a food and beverage consultancy in late 2017 after whipping up meals behind the scenes as a chef for 12 years.
“One main reason why I joined Grab as a partner-driver is because it provides me with a fuss-free and sustainable second income,” he said.
So, how is he pursuing the entrepreneurial dream while maintaining his lifestyle? Here are the secret ingredients that go into being a successful start-up founder, as told by the 33-year-old Grab partner-driver.
Pimp Your Ride
Driving smart is key to maximising your earnings with Grab, said Jeremy. And that begins in the driver’s seat. Aside from boosting his earnings through peak hour rides and driver incentives, the enterprising driver also pulls out all the stops inside his car to ensure that his passengers’ journeys are as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
Offering passengers free Wi-Fi connection, sweet treats, magazines and bottled water — a ride in Jeremy’s car is more of an experience than a means to an end destination. Forget the stale scent of an unwashed car; Jeremy makes the added effort of grooming his interiors so that passengers are greeted with the fresh scent of a clean and well-maintained car.
“Drivers with good ratings are entitled to added incentives. I try to make my passengers’ experiences great and, in this way, encourage them to rate me highly,” he said.
“Of course, I cover the basics, such as ensuring my car is clean and fresh-smelling, I drive safely and take the most efficient route, and I always greet them with a smile when they get into my car. Fortunately, this has paid off as my rating is now around 4.8!”
Cut Costs and Unnecessary Expenses
When Jeremy is not hitting the roads and getting passengers to their destination of choice, he is growing his food and beverage consultancy. Balancing two jobs may seem like a tall order, but the opposite is true for Jeremy.
The entrepreneur says that driving with Grab has given him an extra degree of freedom to pursue his new business. Not only is he able to earn an extra income during his free time, but he is also able to cut down on transportation costs by replacing his private car with a rental that makes him money.
“As my own boss, I can structure my time to a certain degree and I thought why not drive a GrabCar for extra income during my free time?” he mused.
“When I’m in between projects, I drive up to 10 hours a day and can earn up to $7,400 (before subtracting car rental and petrol costs) a month. This income goes towards paying off the mortgage on my four-room HDB flat. This means I don’t fork out “extra” from my main income.
Network, Network, Network
Driving with Grab not only offsets Jeremy’s transportation costs and earns him some extra money, it also helps to opens doors for his consultancy business. Over the course of a few months, Dennis has managed to net some customers and gain sound business advice from passengers who work in the same industry.
But, it’s not all business. One of the most refreshing aspects of life as a Grab driver is being able to make new friends on the go.
“A few passengers have become friends too. I’ve even gotten to know a neighbour better because she always takes a ride from me! As you can see, driving a GrabCar has definitely made a positive impact on my life,” he smiled.