Tennie takes the wheel
Does anyone need a ride? The emergence of ride-hailing service apps has enabled people like Tennie Cham to earn extra income at their own convenience.
Working full-time managing a website for a company and as an insurance agent, driving for Tennie isn’t just a way to get to work and back from it; she has made it one of her jobs as well. As a driver for a ride-hailing app, she is able to make money on her own terms and set her own schedule.
“I would do it at my own convenience, usually it’s after work. I just launch the app and ‘see’ if there’s anyone who wants a ride around the area. If I’m lucky, I would get passengers along my own way home but if not I would end up at the other side of the town,” she said.
Though driving passengers would take her far away to unfamiliar places and meet interesting characters, Tennie said she actually enjoys it as she is able to discover new places that she never knew existed. Thankfully, Waze and Google Maps are at her disposal to guide her to these unknown locations.
“Of course it's nothing without a strong Internet connection. Because not only does it help me to find these places, it also helps me to avoid the traffic, especially when I’m in central KL,” Tennie said.
“Aside from discovering new places, the experience has led me to meet a lot of new and interesting people. When I drop them off and pass them my business card, they are amazed and most of them would encourage me to keep striving! Some of them have become my regular customers and even friends now,” she added.
Here in Malaysia, women like Tennie are driving for ride-hailing apps as a way to earn extra money but it seems that it grew into something more for her, especially her insurance business.
When asked how long does she plan to continue to drive for ride-hailing apps, she answered, “I have plans to continue driving as I can utilise my free time for additional income. On top of that, meeting new people is crucial to me but I am not sure how long this is going to last.”