GrabCar is my trusted partner to grow my business
When ex-chef Jeremy Poh, 33, struck out on his own and set up a food and beverage consultancy, he identified GrabCar as the perfect partner to help him ace in his business.
“Heard of the saying kill two birds with one stone? Well, driving a GrabCar lets me hit several objectives but one main reason why I joined Grab as a partner-driver is because it provides me with a fuss-free and sustainable second income.”
I started Jemstronomy, my own Food & Beverage (F&B) consultancy, early last year after being a chef for 12 years. 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? When I’m working on a project for a client, I drive between three and six hours per day, mainly to cover rental of the car. However, 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 4-room HDB flat. This means I don’t fork out “extra” from my main income.
I also decided to sell off my car, a seven-year-old Toyota Camry, in October last year as it was getting old, plus I travel about eight times a year for business and leisure. These trips typically last between 10 days and two weeks. I didn’t think it was worth it to pay for the upkeep and parking of a car that was just parked there when I was overseas. It was around the same time that I started driving a GrabCar, after spotting Grab advertisements and going for an info session to learn more.
Driving a GrabCar has certainly been handy and allows me to keep up with my lifestyle – in fact, it’s better as I earn back the money I spend on the car. In a way, I’m driving for “free” as the net amount I spend on the car, petrol and miscellaneous fees is zero. I can still send my wife to the MRT station each morning – actually, that’s my first stop of the day every day! Business-wise, I use the car to drive to meetings and can also offer rides to my clients. On weekends, I drive about four hours to cover rent, and use the car to ferry my family to and from meals and gatherings.
Pimp my ride
I think one of the key ways to drive smart and maximise your earnings with Grab is by maintaining a good rating. 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.
It’s important that I put myself in their shoes. If I were a passenger, what would I like? Well, convenience for sure. So, I offer passengers free WiFi by sharing my mobile data plan with them – after all, I usually don’t finish using my monthly data bundle anyway. I also offer them small perks such as sweets, bottled water and magazines for their reading pleasure.
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.
Personally, I’ve benefitted from meeting happy passengers too. I’ve managed to network with people for my consultancy business, with some of them giving me advice. 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.
– Mr. Jeremy Poh, F&B Consultant
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