It’s easy to get caught up with what’s going on in our lives and what’s going to happen, but sometimes a lot of good can come from reflection. With 2015 coming to a close, I wanted to take a quick look back and highlight a few of my main takeaways from the past year. But before we do that…
Annual RSG Survey
Every year I send out one, and only one, survey to all of my readers. I do informal polls from time to time, and I’m always trying to talk to as many drivers as I can, but this survey is a little different since it helps shape the direction of my site. I use the results to help me decide everything from which advertisers I should work with to who I hire and what I should write about.
This year’s survey should take no more than a few minutes, and I will actually read every single response that comes through (anyone who’s ever e-mailed me knows that this is something I take a lot of pride in). There’s also a fun section at the end where you get to tell me everything you love/hate/want to see changed with the site so make sure you stick it out until the end. And last but not least, if you leave your e-mail, I’ll enter you into a drawing for some RSG swag!
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3 Observations From 2015
I encourage all of you to reflect on the past year from a personal standpoint and a professional/career standpoint. Ask yourself questions like what did you think would happen? What actually happened? And most importantly, what did you learn?
I really encourage you to write these thoughts down and feel free to reply personally to me or leave a note in the comments section of the article on the blog. I’d love to read what you have to say. Here are three of my main observations from 2015:
#1: Rideshare Isn’t Going To Make You Rich
I don’t think anyone is doing this job because they think they’re going to get rich off of it, but the illusion is still there. Yes, drivers did used to make more money, but as rates have fallen and more and more drivers have signed up, things have changed. Unfortunately, this isn’t the type of job you’re going to be able to build a future with.
If I were a full-time driver (and probably even if I were part-time too), I would be doing everything I can to come up with new business ideas, leverage rideshare referrals, create my own network of passengers, etc so that I didn’t have to rely on these companies for a full-time income. It’s going to be tough to save up a down payment for a house, pay for your kid’s college or max out your retirement accounts on an Uber driver’s salary, but you can leverage Uber to do a lot of other great things.
Remember, there’s a reason why 400,000 people in the US do it, and that’s what you need to be taking advantage of. For me, the best parts have always been the flexibility and temporary nature of the job. I leverage rideshare around my schedule and the most successful drivers I know do the same. Rideshare won’t make you rich but it can give you a break from your day job or allow you the flexibility to pursue your passion and/or true career calling.
That is what you should be taking advantage of.
#2: This Industry Is All About Change
This job is not the type of gig where you clock in and out at the same time every day and drive the same spots and make the same amount of money each and every day. In fact, it’s the complete opposite, so you need to understand that and use that to your advantage.
The most successful drivers are the ones who are constantly pushing the boundaries. They are trying new things and driving new places and different times. The strategies you employed yesterday may not work today but that’s ok. All of the greatest entrepreneurs and business people in the world have a constant thirst for knowledge and that’s what you need to employ with this job.
There’s a reason why I have shared all of my strategies, all my tips/tricks and all my hacks for driving Uber over the past year. It’s because I know that if I give away all my secrets, it’s going to make me work that much harder to find more.
I also strongly believe that the people you associate with and surround yourself with will shape your personality. So if you hang out with a bunch of people who are figuring out ways to make Uber work, leverage it for better career opportunities, etc, you’re much more likely to succeed.
#3: Do What’s Best For You
There is a lot of opportunity in this industry but there’s not a lot of loyalty. Although companies like Uber have received billions in VC capital, very little of that money ever trickles down to drivers. But that’s only a problem if you expect to be treated like an employee.
Remember, you’re a business owner now, and business is cutthroat. If Uber can find someone better and cheaper, they’re going to hire them. So with that in mind, don’t be afraid to go where the grass is greenest. In the past, Uber was the only option for drivers, but today, there are a whole host of companies that need workers and are willing to pay for them. Often times, the most opportunity is when these companies launch, so if you can stay ahead of the game, you will be doing what’s best for yourself.
I think more than ever you need to treat this line of work as strictly professional. You should work for whichever service pays you the most and treats you the best; there’s no loyalty or goodwill lost on their side, so why should you show the same?
Drivers, what do you think about my three takeaways from 2015? What are your biggest takeaways on a personal and professional level from 2015? I’d love to hear in the comments below.
And if you have a few minutes, please fill out the 2016 RSG Survey! And if you leave your e-mail at the end, you’ll also be entered to win some RSG swag!
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-Harry @ RSG
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