Last week, while in San Francisco for work, I had my first experience with Uber. I’m going to be the first to admit that there are some debatable things going on with Uber as a company and political things going on as the service disrupts the existing cab market.
I don’t want to talk about any of that.
I want to talk about why Uber succeeds, in my mind. Because it’s easy.
As a frequent business traveler there are two areas where a service like Uber is great. First, it eliminates the need, when in a city it serves like SF, to worry about how I’m going to get a cab when necessary, and secondly it eliminates the need to deal with paying drivers.
On the first area, it may not seem like a big deal but when you travel a lot, it simply becomes one more thing that has to be planned, how am I going to get from point A to point B. Sometimes that’s easy, at a hotel getting a cab to pick you up is easy, but getting a cab from a client office, or dinner, takes a little more forethought. With The Uber app, it’s one less thing to worry about.
On the second reason, again, as a business traveler I’m usually in a hurry, and need to track receipts. Cabs are kind of the worst for me, because I’m trying to get out and get to where I’m going or catch a flight, but I have to make sure and pay the driver and keep track of my receipt, and maybe even have to argue with a driver over paying cash or using a credit card, and on and on. With Uber, I just hop out and the service charges my card on file or my PayPal account and emails me my receipt. Easy peasy.
That’s why it’s useful to me as a business traveler, even if I’m only using it to hail a taxi instead of the less expensive Uber driver option, and that’s why all of those concerns aside, I’ll probably be using it when I’m in SF next week too!
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