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Is A Taxi Driver Job Worth The Danger?
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The biggest advantage of a taxi driver job is the speed with which a person could be hired to drive a hack. The most important thing an applicant would need in order to apply is a commercial driver's license. Compared to, say, an MBA, that is a lot easier and faster to obtain.

The other advantage of a taxi driver job is that at the end of his shift, after he has paid for the lease of his cab and the gasoline he has used during the day, etc., all the money left belongs to him. So he has cash coming in every day.

Not having to wait for a payday every two weeks has good points and bad points. On the one hand he always has ready cash on hand, but on the other hand, a cabbie has to be a very good money manager. As everyone knows, cash that is not tightly hung onto tends to evaporate into thin air. What does not evaporate, however, are the monthly bills.

The Bad Guys Know The Cabbies Carry A Lot Of Cash.

Nearly every taxi driver has been robbed at one time or another. In order to protect drivers and to discourage future would-be thieves, some city fathers have passed laws that cab fares must be paid by credit card.

This has been a mixed blessing for hack drivers. In those cities, gone are the days when a fare could just fling a twenty at the driver as he hops out of the cab hollering, "Keep the change!" That's how it was done in the movies, remember? This was great for the driver because, aside from the tip he was getting, he could be up and away to pick up another passenger fast. The more fares, the more money he makes.

Now he may be safer, but think of the time it takes to run a card through a card machine. Suppose the machine turns the card down? Even worse than the time being eaten up by the machine rigamarole, there is the card processing fee that card companies charge. Guess who pays that! Yes, the cabbie. So the 5%, or whatever it is, comes out of the driver's profits.

Being a taxi driver is a high stress occupation. Beside the fact that every fare that he picks up is a potential robber, just his day-to-day driving is no easy-peasy jaunt through the park. The driver must know each and every street in his city. Just about every fare that he picks up is in a tearing hurry to get somewhere on the double. Remember, "And step on it, driver!"? Therefore, the cabbie must change lanes frequently and go as fast as he can to please the passenger in hopes of that all-important tip.

Any traffic ticket that the cabbie gets, is not paid by the cab company. That charge must be paid by the driver out of his fast-diminishing profits.

And always in the back of his mind are the stories of all the cabbies who have been robbed, and even murdered. Yes, a taxi driver job is very dangerous. It is also one at which a cabbie will never get rich.

If the cabbie could only consider studying internet marketing instead... It would be hard for a year or so while he is learning the ropes, and he won't have ready money in his pocket every day. But when he finally begins to make money online, his income will go up year by year as long as he keeps taking positive action daily. He will have left the stresses of taxi driver jobs behind him forever. When he hears of the murders of his cabbie friends, who were the sole support of their families, he shudders and gives thanks for internet marketing.

And that he is no longer in a taxi driver job, and no, it was not worth the danger.

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