Ulises Perez inside an Amazon delivery truck.
Ulises Perez, 22, has been an Amazon delivery driver in Salt Lake City since 2020.
He said he mentally prepares himself every morning for the strenuous and hectic day ahead.
Perez started making TikTok videos to share job tips and communicate with fellow drivers.
This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Ulises Perez, a 22-year-old Amazon delivery driver in Salt Lake, Utah. It has been edited for length and clarity.
I’d always wanted to be an Amazon driver as soon as I knew of the job’s existence. This was because of the advertised flexibility and perks that came with the job.
Overall, it seemed like it would be the right fit for me. I was the general manager of a car wash for a year and a half, but the pay wasn’t great and I found myself on the verge of a burnout because I was in charge of a large number of employees with little to no guidance.
I began to bide my time until I turned 21 — which is the official age to start work as an Amazon driver — and I could join my dream profession. A while after leaving my previous job, I came across an opening for a driver on Indeed, which I applied for. The application process was relatively easy, and I became a driver in October 2020.
I enjoy the flexibility of the job
I usually drive around in a classic step van, which I prefer because of the spaciousness in the cargo area and other favorable accessories inside. There’s a fan that helps during heat waves and a rear door that makes my movements accessible.
The independent contractors that I work with are flexible with scheduling, which allows me to engage in other life events and important activities outside of the job. I’m a gym buff and content creator on different social-media platforms on the side, so this helps a lot. (Editor’s note: Perez, like many Amazon delivery drivers, was hired by a local delivery-service partner and is considered an independent subcontractor with Amazon.)
Being a driver in a less populated city has its advantages
Compared to working in larger cities, my job is easier most of the time. I do occasionally get chased by dogs, but other than that, I usually keep to myself and limit my conversations with customers, except for instances when I have trouble accessing the buildings.
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Source:: Business Insider