Erin Bornt has been a 911 dispatcher for Rensselaer County for 20 years. Though she makes good money and has good benefits, as a single mom, the $60,000 a year wasn’t enough to pay all the bills. She became an Uber driver this year during the pandemic and is grateful that she did when she did.
“The pandemic made it easier to make money because there were fewer drivers wanting to drive,” Bornt said. Bornt works between 10 and 20 hours a week depending on the week, on top of her 40 hours at the 911 dispatch center. In her best weeks, when she’s both driving people and making food deliveries, via Uber Eats, she has made close to $900.