My name is Dan Ferrantelli and I live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
I came around late to the rideshare (Uber & Lyft) concept. My wife and daughter had been using Uber for probably a year before I tried it out. I was stuck in the old mindset of thinking it was odd to have a stranger drive me somewhere just because they had randomly been selected by some App on my phone. Then I tried it for the first time while on a vacation to Las Vegas and I was hooked!
In reality, the drivers all have background checks and have their driving records looked at before they can drive for Uber and Lyft.
About a year after my first introduction to rideshare as a passenger I realized that driving for Uber & Lyft paired perfectly with my other business and offered the flexible schedule I needed.
I own an import business and have a warehouse and office where I work five days a week. I use a large cargo van in my business and had been driving it 14 miles to and from my warehouse each day. It seemed ridiculous that I couldn’t write that mileage off as a business expense but it’s considered a commute so I couldn’t.
I then realized that if I left my cargo van at the warehouse for strictly business use and bought a car to use for rideshare I could write off that mileage so long as I picked up a rideshare passenger or two along the way!
That is how I started driving for Lyft and Uber.
I’m a retired airline pilot, have worked in the retail industry as well as in construction as a young man. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial streak so I was interested in the rideshare business model from my very first ride as a customer.
I love the fact that you can set your own hours and be your own boss! On top of that, I really like people so I fully enjoy meeting my riders on the days that I drive.
Please feel free to email me about any questions you might have. I’m always looking for ways to give back and I try to be a mentor to others when the opportunity comes along.