Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Bernstein.
Taylor, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
How I came up with Rides With TJ was simple, we all have had those long awkward rides with Ride-share drivers that never end soon enough. The price for an Uber or Lyft in Nashville is truly expensive for what you get.
I was an Uber driver in Nashville for 2 years and I saw a gap between the Short Term Rental properties and transportation needs, that is why I created Rides With TJ. I am currently inside of 125 STR properties here in Nashville; providing rides to and from BNA, rides to lower broadway and Metro Nashville.
Rides With TJ has over 300 local clients that ride to the bars or to sports games or even a concert. We are still a new company, less than a year old. I take pride in being a Music City Ambassador and making a difference in Music City.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Smooth? I would say it’s been as smooth as our roads are in Nashville. I know that’s a cliché since my business is all about driving on these roads in Nashville. Opening up a business in the middle of a pandemic hasn’t been easy.
We have hit are potholes in a business but it’s all about the approach, do you hit the pothole going fast? Or do you hit it going slow? Or do you avoid it risking getting hit by other cars?
Running a business by yourself not knowing a single thing has been a challenge but a challenge is still possible to overcome, and not impossible. I had to get the correct licensing and permits from the City of Nashville as well as from BNA Airport.
All roads have a destination its what we chose to make it. My business thrives on tourism and during the pandemic, it was very slow thankfully we are back better than ever before.
As of right now, it feels like that freshly paved asphalt on I40 east that lasted 2 weeks, I am hoping this smooth road of Rides With TJ will last longer than our roads here in Nashville.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m TJ I am the Owner and Operator of Rides with TJ, I manage all of the operations of my company from making about 150 cold calls every day to STR owners and managers on why they would benefit from my services for the properties that they own or manage.
To schedule my current clients for rides in the future. To handle my social media accounts from Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok, and Snapchat. Most importantly driving my clients in my lifted truck around the city of Nashville. Rides With TJ specializes in Affordable rides to and from the airport, rides to and from downtown, and the most affordable tours around the city and countryside.
The purpose of Rides With TJ is that after you have ridden with me once, you would want to have me as a driver again instead of rolling your dice with the ride-share apps. My Ford F-150 5.0L V8 Lariat Supercrew Cab with a 6″ rough country lift will make sure you arrive at your destination in true Tennessee style.
From corporate events to rides to BNA, to special occasions, or just a night out in the city I am the ride to get you there.
What were you like growing up?
I grew up in Denver Colorado the youngest of 4 boys, I learned at a young age how to be creative and how to adapt to certain situations. All four of us boys were athletes growing up, which to this day I truly am grateful for because I believe that my mindset was built on the core value of the sports I played.
The leadership that I learned to have from being a captain on my basketball, and soccer teams, having the drive and determination to not give up when times become difficult. I was a Boy Scout only one of the brothers that did not get my Eagle, and that is when I learned it’s okay to swim upstream vs the current than go with the current.
I learned to have the mindset that being creative and passionate is hard to do when you have a basic 9-5 job working in a cubicle in an office.
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