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Going Somewhere? 

Yeah, we have all been there before. We need to get somewhere. Fast. And preferably affordable. Who do you call? UBER and Grab.

I was asked a question recently. And I have no answer for it. Yet.

“Where are you going in life?”

One thing for sure. Where I am headed, is not somewhere UBER and Grab can bring me.

Sure, we can make a living driving for UBER and Grab. But in case you don’t know what you are missing out, here are the 3 reasons why I think driving for Uber and Grab is not good for me. And you.

3-in-1 Savings Plan 

I like to to reward myself as I have worked hard. I am sure everyone feels the same way. But I have a little secret. I am not an expert at saving. Short term, this is not an issue. Moving forward though, things can get difficult. Because there are many things that I want to buy.

And one of it is a flat. There are also many other things that I want. I want an investment plan that makes money for me automatically every month. I want assurance that my health is taken care of.

“Eh, why are you so greedy?” or “These are three different things dude!” may be what you are thinking. But hey, we all got dreams don’t we? Surely you cannot fault me for that. I have a plan though, and it is only to work in jobs that have CPF.

You see, my dream flat, my investment plan that makes me more money every month, and my health assurance are all covered under different CPF plans.  And by choosing a fulltime job with CPF, I am saving up for the things I want to buy.

I really want to get out of my parent’s place and stay in my own bachelor pad. And have parties…

What It Means Being My Own “Boss” 

Hentak kaki is a command my encik likes to shout. Reason? No one knows for sure. Although my mates often comment that is probably because he himself has hentak kaki. His career has hit a road block. There is no job progression for him.

It has often been said that full-time UBER and Grab drivers are their own bosses. That much is true. UBER and Grab consider drivers as partners, not employees. Meaning to say, there are no employee benefits too!  No MC, no annual leave, no salary increment, no life…

As my own “boss”, if I do not drive I do not get paid. As simple as that. If I am sick and can’t drive, I kiss goodbye to a day’s income. After all, I am my own “boss”. As a driver, if I drive well and provide good service I will not see my earnings increase. A 5 star ratings and a thanks is what I get. (And if my service is bad, I get it from everybody.)

This is not what I want. I want to see my hard work pay off in the long run.

If I drive 10 years for UBER and Grab, 10 years later I will still be in the same position. At the driver’s seat. Zero job progression. I want to move forward and be somewhere different from where I was 10 years ago.

I do not want to hentak kaki. What about you?

Am I Picking Up New Skills? Am I Upgrading In The Process? Am I Learning Anything New?

Sure, you can say I learn about the roads in Singapore. I know the fastest routes from Changi Airport to Marina Bay Sands. I know which roads to take to avoid ERP charges. Unfortunately, this is not Crazy Taxi my friend.

While I will not get lost on the road, it doesn’t mean that I will not get lost in life. Unlike video games, there is no TRY AGAIN button once it is game over.

The only thing new will be new spark plugs (wear and tear), the only upgrade will be brake rotors (wear and tear), and the only skill learnt will be how to fake a professional courteous smile (my own personal wear and tear). What happened to new experiences? What happened to lifelong learning? Scary right? I don’t want that!

I want to learn new skills. If my job requires me to sit in a car 9 hours a day, what I can learn as a UBER or Grab driver is quite limited. I want to move forward. And be someone different from who I am in the past. I want to grow as a person. Don’t you?

Uber? Grab? No, Thank You.

There you have it, the 3 reasons why I feel driving for UBER and Grab is not for me. Neither would I recommend it to you. I will take up a full time job instead.

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