My journey as a Turo host started in 2018 in San Francisco. At the time, I owned 3 SUVs but I really didn't even need to have a car because SF is such a walkable city. I didn't want to sell any of my cars but I did want to find a way to offset their cost. Making a little side income in the process wasn't even on my mind. That was until a friend of mine suggested that I list the cars on Turo and the rest is history.
I still have all 3 of my original cars listed on Turo and they continue to be among my most popular vehicles. Can you guess which ones they are? LOL. Since then I've added a dozen cars to my fleet and I've moved my operations to Los Angeles, for both personal and professional reasons.
There were some bumps in the road at first due to not having any experience in the rental car industry but I am a quick learner and this was definitely a crash course in the business. While I don't see myself doing this forever, it has been a great learning experience and I am grateful for it.
Running a Turo side business has often times been challenging and sometimes rewarding — but at all times, it has been a great way to learn hands-on abouts starting and growing my own small business. These lessons have really augmented everything that I studied in my graduate program which makes me feel that my skills are being put to good use.
So thank you Turo for having added some enrichment and some excitement to my life in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. Here we are two years later and still going strong. Who would have thought? But cheers to that! :)
Speaking of not doing this forever, did I mention that I can sing, dance and act? I am also a gifted writer to boot (as I am sure you've already noticed!). Now I may be a little tardy to the party (at my age), but I still haven't given up on my dream of becoming a celebrity (on the side, of course).
This is LA after all and like everyone else here, I am also waiting — rather patiently — to be discovered. If it happens, it happens but I do have my professional headshot and resume ready to go just in case!
When in Rome, I suppose :) For those of you who were thinking that maybe I should become a comedian instead, please go away. I wasn't even trying to be funny ;)