Harry Campbell, The Rideshare Guy, talks about what it takes to be a successful Lyft and Uber driver, the strategies he used to start his blog, and how he transitioned from aerospace engineering to full-time blogging.
What you will hear on today’s show:
- How did Harry find out about financial independence and choose to pursue it?
- What entrepreneurial ventures did Harry investigate before he started to really strategize?
- How did he move from being an aerospace engineer with Boeing to running a blog about ride sharing?
- Did Harry make his college choice because he was intending to study science?
- What did Harry’s personal finances look like as he was transitioning from college to working professionally?
- How did Harry’s dad become a semi-retired bassoon repair man?
- Did Harry do anything specific to make himself stand out during the scholarship application process?
- How did Harry’s co-workers inspire him to leave a really comfortable, lucrative job?
- What is the pivot from being an engineer to getting interested in ride sharing?
- Will Uber and Lyft make you rich?
- What impacts a person’s ability to make money through ride sharing businesses?
- Bigger cities = higher demand
- Willingness to drive later hours and weekends = more demand and higher pricing
- Drivers cover their own expenses (gas, depreciation, etc)
- Most drivers are making $10-$15 an hour, a bit more in larger cities.
- Better drivers make better money.
- How would someone bump up their rates?
- Find times of high demand
- Be a savvy driver. Not every passenger or every route is good for business
- What is the upper end of what’s possible?
- Driving for Uber is super flexible, and can be cashed into your bank account within 20 minutes.
- What is the Destination Filter and how does it help someone optimize their time to be an occasional rideshare driver?
- How did Harry get started, before he had an followers or blog posts?
- What strategies did Harry use to establish relationships with reporters, media and large-audience new outlets?
- When did Harry make the big transition from working for Boeing to managing his website full time, and how?
- Best cities for driving: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego, New York, Austin, Dallas.
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