When I started this site in 2014, I was a full time aerospace engineer and part-time Uber and Lyft driver. I actually discovered rideshare as a passenger back in 2012 but it wasn’t until I moved from San Diego up to Orange County that I decided to give it a try as a driver.
I started driving for Lyft and Uber in early 2014 because it sounded like a fun, flexible way to earn extra income. Some people found it odd that I was driving in my spare time since I had a good career as an engineer but I have always been a huge fan of diversifying your income.
It’s easy to get complacent working the same job day in and day out but when you’re working for someone else, you’re never really in control of your own destiny, no matter how safe you might feel. And that’s what I liked so much about being a rideshare driver.
You’ve probably heard the cliche radio ads that say “Be Your Own Boss” and “Set Your Own Hours” but the funny thing is that being a rideshare driver really is a lot like running your own mini-business. And as any business owner can tell you, running a business is very rewarding but it’s also a lot of work and there are a ton of challenges that you will face.
The Beginnings of RSG
I quickly realized that there’s actually a lot more to driving than just getting people safely from Point A to Point B. After my first weekend of driving, I sat down at my computer and started looking for blogs, resources or online communities of rideshare drivers. I couldn’t find a single one. There was nothing other than a few Facebook groups that had a bunch of newbies like myself asking all the same questions!
After a week or so of hopelessly searching for information, I decided to take matters into my own hands and The Rideshare Guy was born. I knew that there were lots of drivers with the same questions I had and I figured that if I could provide an authoritative resource with good information, I would be able to help out a few of my fellow drivers. But I had no idea just how many people needed help!
The Rideshare Guy
I often joke that one of the reasons why my site has grown so quickly is because the TNCs (Uber, Lyft, etc) are so bad at communication, training and helping out their drivers. And even though my first weekend of driving was a lot of fun, I still felt like I was all alone out there. A lot of these companies are so focused on growth and getting bigger, they literally throw drivers to the wind and expect them to figure things out. I wanted to create a place where drivers could get all of their questions answered from someone who knew what he was talking about.
One of the reasons why I think my site has been so successful and grown so quickly is because I speak from experience. It would be very difficult for me to tell drivers what it’s like out on the roads if I wasn’t out there doing it myself. Now that I spend so much time on this site, I’ve certainly cut back on my driving but as long as I’m writing for this site, it’s never something that I’ll completely give up.
There is a huge disconnect between corporate employees for the TNCs and drivers because they don’t know what it’s like to be out on the road and try to make a living from this gig. I do.
Full Time Blogger
In early 2015, I took a huge leap and actually left my day job as an engineer with Boeing to work on this site full time. If people thought I was crazy for driving part-time for Uber, imagine what they thought when I told them I left my well-paying, stable career to become a rideshare blogger!
But for me, it was kind of a no brainer. I wouldn’t be making nearly as much blogging as I was when I was an engineer, but I would be doing something that I am extremely passionate about. I didn’t start this site with the intention of making money or so I could leave my day job, but both kind of ended up just happening.
I saw an opportunity that I was passionate about and I wanted to help people. At the time, The Rideshare Guy was reaching and ‘helping’ over 100,000 drivers a month and for me, that was an amazing feeling. Selfishly, I liked getting e-mails, tweets and comments from people telling me how much my site has helped them. Whether it was a tip to make make more money, advice on being a better driver or just advice on how to enjoy what they do a little more, this site has helped a lot of people and my goal is to continue helping as many people as I can.
Although I now employ a part time staff of writers, assistants and web designers, I still respond to each and every single e-mail that I get. Sometimes I spend half my day communicating with drivers, but I think that’s also one of the things that makes this site unique.
I definitely recommend that you take some time to go through all the content, resources and community we’ve created. Looking back, it’s truly astonishing how much work we’ve put into the site and the crazy thing is, there’s still so much more that needs to be done!
You can read more about me and see what I’m up to on my personal website: harrygcampbell.com
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One of my favorite parts about this site is the podcast! I try to publish at least one new episode every couple weeks. A lot of work goes into each episode of the podcast so whether we are interviewing an industry expert or it’s just me hosting, you can rest assured that each episode will always be packed full of high quality content and material.
If you’re always on Youtube, I’m happy to say that the RSG YouTube channel has been a big hit! Every week, I release 2 new videos and I’ll also answer some of the most common questions I get from my fans!
And if you’re looking to get on the fast track to maximizing your ridesharing income, I also offer one of the first video courses specifically designed for drivers like you. Check it out and think of it as a crash course to being an awesome driver!
Support The Rideshare Guy
Creating content for The Rideshare Guy Blog and Podcast is a lot of work. But when I hear from readers about how much the site is helping them, that makes it all worth it. All of the content on the site is 100% free but there are lots of other ways you can support the site. The easiest way is by sharing the site with your friends, other drivers or anyone who you think might benefit from the content. If you’d like to take it one step further though, there are several easy ways to support the site.
Sign Up To Be A Driver
If you are a fan of my content, please consider using one of my referral links if you plan on signing up to drive.
- Sign up to drive for Uber and get up to $1,000 (depending on your city – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to verify the amount)
- Sign up to drive for Lyft and get up to $1,000 (depending on your city)
- Sign up to drive for DoorDash
- Sign up to drive for Postmates using my code ‘RSG‘
- Juno is now accepting pre-registration. You can sign up here using our referral link or our code: 5335-180
If you haven’t looked into rideshare insurance yet, we have a full database of options by state. Insurance is a tricky issue for rideshare drivers but we’ve compiled a list of all the options in your state and agents ready to help.
You can get more information here.
Maximum Ridesharing Profits
If you’re looking for a crash course in rideshare driving or just want to take your game to the next level, I’ve created the first and only rideshare video course! Along with Youtube rideshare blogger Brian Cole, we will walk you through a series of videos that cover everything from getting started on the road to really maximizing your profits!
Click here to get more information.
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Now that you’re a business owner you’ve likely started thinking about separating your personal expenses from your business expenses. So whether you opt for a second personal credit card or an actual business card, we’ve got plenty of options for you if you’re in the market for a new card.
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If you are looking for industry expertise, there is no one who has spent more time reading, researching and analyzing the rideshare industry and on demand economy. I’ve worked with several prominent start-ups, market research firms and VC funds over the past couple years. You can learn more about my consulting services here.
Over the past couple years I have proven myself to be a knowledgeable and trusted industry expert for the media. I have been featured in some of the top online publications ranging from The New York Times to WIRED and NPR.
If you’d like to speak to me about anything rideshare or anything sharing economy related, just shoot me an e-mail and we can work out the details. All I ask is that if you’re able to get anything useful out of me that you link back to me/my site 🙂
(I’ve also created a Media FAQ that you can browse through here.)
- Motherboard: This Guy Quit His Engineer Job to Run a Blog All About Uber
- WIRED: Why Uber and Lyft Drivers Are Crazy About This Dude’s Blog
- New York Times: For Uber, Airbnb and Other Companies, Customer Ratings Go Both Ways
- Business Insider: UBER DRIVER: This is what it feels like to be at Uber’s mercy
- Huffington Post: Meet The Rideshare Guy
- Fusion: How a few drivers are turning Uber’s lagging driver training into a cottage industry
- Uber Momentum Magazine: Meet The Rideshare Guy
- Huffington Post Live (Video): What Lawsuit Means For Uber and The Sharing Economy
- Wired UK (Print): Free Agents are the Future
- NPR (Radio): California Rules An Uber Driver Is An Employee, Not A Contractor
- Forbes: New Laws Push Uber And Lyft To Bump Up Insurance Coverage, But A Collision Gap Remains
- BuzzFeed: Lyft’s Ambitious, Near Impossible Attempt to Beat Uber
- CNET: Who’s Really Taking You For An Uber Ride?
- Bloomberg (Print): Uber, Lyft Bet Big On Carpool Services
- LA Times: Uber says drivers are happier than ever, but not everyone’s convinced
You can find a full list of my media appearances here.
If you have any questions, feel free to send me an e-mail and I’ll respond at my earliest opportunity.
-The Rideshare Guy