GrabCar helps me win in business and in life!
Electrician and GrabCar driver Ken Wong, 41, timed his GrabCar career to start just as he gave up his own vehicle. The move has proven to be a great one for his business and his family.
“Driving a GrabCar has helped me in my business and also allowed me to be there for my children every day.”
I started driving a GrabCar in October last year when I decided to give up my vehicle, a van. The van was getting old and upkeep was expensive, at over $1,500 a month. I had planned to join Grab as a partner-driver before I gave up my vehicle and because of that, I didn’t have to go without a car or change my lifestyle. In fact, driving a GrabCar helps me a lot in my primary job as an electrician. As my assignments and clients are located all over Singapore, having a vehicle not only helps me get to them quickly, but it is a means of transport for my equipment. I don’t have to lug my equipment around on public transport.
My day starts at around 6am when I send my children to school. After that, I start driving the peak hour slot where GrabCar drivers can earn incentives. This period ends at 10am and I would head for my electrician appointments then, though I would accept Grab assignments if I have some free time. I always make sure my electrician jobs start after 10am so that I can maximise my GrabCar earnings. For me, driving smart is important as I juggle two roles. I start driving my GrabCar again at about 6pm when the evening peak hours begin. I usually end at 8pm, head home, spend time with my family and go to sleep at about 11pm.
Driving a GrabCar is a great way to supplement my income without incurring extra costs. After taking into account rental, petrol, insurance and miscellaneous driving-related expenses, I take home about $2,000 a month from driving a GrabCar.
Besides that, meeting passengers also generates business for my primary job. I always have interesting conversations with my passengers and they would usually ask me if I do other work besides driving a GrabCar. I would then share with them my experiences as an electrician. Roughly about 2 out of 10 customers would get my name card and follow up with me for my services. So, driving a GrabCar is definitely a win-win for me!
– Mr. Ken Wong, Electrician
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