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Every Monday night I host a standup open mic at the iO Theater. It doesn't start until 10 p.m., but I have to get there at 9:30 to put out the list.
In the winter, the last thing I want to do at 9:30 on a Monday night is walk to the train in the dark when it's freezing outside. And so I get a ride with Uber every week. It's quick and it's affordable and I prefer riding with the Uber driver-partners as opposed to any other transportation in the city. I also like that they pick me up right outside my door because as I said, it's winter in Chicago. And that's just not pleasant.
I have a lot of friends in the comedy world who drive with Uber. I've honestly thought of doing it myself several times. The only thing only me back is that I haven't figured out whether or not I can bring Harlow along...
I was recently given the opportunity to speak with, Donna, a female driver-partner, to find out more about her experience with Uber in Chicago.
Donna has partnered with Uber for more than two years. Previous to being with Uber, she was a cook for a company. But like a lot of working mothers, she was torn because she felt like she was missing out on so much time with her children.
So she started looking for other opportunities in the city.
She was quickly drawn to the flexibility of Uber. Donna is allowed to pick her own schedule and loves that it's not a standard "9-5" position. She also loves the excitement of it. Every day is different and she gets to meet a lot of interesting people, while also seeing many parts of Chicago she had never been to before.
Donna says Uber is a great opportunity for women who are looking to spend more time with their families.
Even better, she doesn't find partnering with Uber stressful at all. And she has never once felt unsafe and says the rating system that Uber uses helps to identify customers before they even get into her vehicle.
Safety and quality are top priorities for Uber and Donna likes that.
But what Donna likes most of all is that she gets to be a part of her childrens' lives more than ever. She gets to be there for their activities and plan her schedule around what they are doing. She doesn't have to feel like she's missing out on anything.
The pull between work life and home life is a big struggle for a lot of women. Donna says that signing up with Uber helps take the strain off this and she recommends any woman looking for a more flexible job, or part time work, sign up with Uber.
"My children are just so important to me and Uber allows me to spend more time with them," Donna said.
What would partnering with Uber allow you to do?