A day in the life of Shirley, platform driver



"My husband said, ‘Hey Shirley, why don’t you consider becoming a driver…you can work your own hours’." Thanks to smartphones and apps, Shirley revamped her work to suit her life. There are risks, but satisfaction, too. Watch our video. 

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