When a truck comes with a microphone booth
The driver has to put on the headset and record his or her own voice.
It’s one of the few ways to make a living from the truck.
But for someone like Jennifer Larkin, who drives for a large transportation company, the booth is essential to her work.
She was in her first year as a manager at a major transportation company when she was hired to drive a truck that has a microphone.
She was happy to have her voice recorded, but it’s not always possible to find a booth.
“I didn’t have any experience with microphones,” she said.
“I have been in the business for 20 years and I had no experience with them, so it was kind of daunting.”
Now, with the advent of the Bluetooth speaker, she’s able to work from home.
“That has been a big change,” Larkin said.
“It’s a new way of working, and it’s something that I’m really looking forward to.”
The driver and the driver’s helper sit on a bench behind the truck, but the microphone can be used anywhere the driver can see.
“A lot of times, the drivers have to stand up and move their feet and take their hands off the wheel to be able to hear us,” Larkson said.
The booth is designed to be easy to use, with a quick-release latch on the bottom that can be opened and closed easily.
The microphone is placed in the driver and helper’s hands, and the two can simply stand in front of the truck and speak with each other.
The driver sits in front, while the helper sits in the back.
A speaker is placed at the back, to pick up audio.
The assistant driver is in the front, and he or she has to hold the phone in front and hold it there for the two to talk.
Larkson’s truck is used for the majority of her work, but sometimes the helper takes a seat in the passenger seat.
“There are times that I don’t have the time to get up and take my hands off of the wheel,” she explained.
But she doesn’t mind.
“In a lot of cases, I get paid more than I make because I have to get the drivers out to the truck,” she laughed.
“Sometimes, you have to take your hands off for people to see what you’re doing, and I think that’s really nice.”
The Bluetooth speaker can be connected to the Internet to let anyone who can listen to their phone talk to the driver.
“The more of that you can get out there, the better,” Larkinsaid.
“Because if you don’t get people on your phone, you’re not doing anything.”
Larksons truck can be rented for a month at a time for $250 a month, which she said is affordable for the time she spends working from home, and she also works from home on other businesses, like a hair salon, car wash, or a truck repair shop.