Rick spent a career caring for the elderly before he began driving with Lyft at 73. The money helps supplement his retirement income, but he says the ultimate objective, as in his previous work, is helping people.
“It’s always about the rider,” he says.
While other people may decide to take it easy after they retire, Rick is staying in a strategic mindset. He applies what he learned after decades in management to his driving.
Set goals and create a schedule
He aims to make at least $20 an hour, which entails choosing his times and locations carefully.
He’s an early riser, hitting the road between 5 and 7 in the morning. He flips on Destination Mode and heads to the San Francisco airport, a good 35 miles from his home in the suburbs.
If the wait grows too long for a ride there, he’ll head to one of the tech companies nearby, like Facebook or Google. Tech employees are rideshare savvy and work flexible hours.
Rick works rainy days, too, when commuters hop off their bikes and into his car. He tends to stay close to subway stations to avoid getting assigned the short rides to them.
But Rick will also bring riders to destinations other drivers avoid, such as rural areas. “The minute you decline, you’re turning people off from Lyft,” he says. “It’s incumbent to go where the riders want and not be too choosy.”
Especially in retirement, Rick likes to stay engaged with people — it’s what he did as a professional for years, after all — and riders on their way to job interviews are among his favorites.
“I try to be a cheerleader, to pump them up whatever their ambitions may be,” he says. “It’s just another form of service.”
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