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    The Rideshare Guide is officially live today! You can buy it online at the booksellers below, or you can buy it from your local bookstore using this link. In this bonus episode of The Rideshare Guy podcast, I give you a preview audiobook version of Chapter One of The Rideshare Guide. Feel free to play this in your car while you’re driving to give your passengers some perspective on what it’s like to be a driver!

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    The Rideshare Guide is officially live today! You can buy it online at the booksellers below, or you can buy it from your local bookstore using this link. In this bonus episode of The Rideshare Guy podcast, I give you a preview audiobook version of Chapter One of The Rideshare Guide. Feel free to play this in your car while you're driving to give your passengers some perspective on what it's like to be a driver!

    If you’d like to read a transcript of this podcast, please click here.

    Intro

    • In this bonus episode, I’m going to be giving you the first chapter of my book, The Rideshare Guide, for free!
    • You can also read the first chapter by signing up to get the PDF download below
    • Think of this as a preview audiobook 🙂 This is the perfect episode to play in your car while you’re driving, too, to introduce your passengers to ridesharing and to show them a little bit about what it’s like to be a rideshare driver
    • Today my new book is officially live!: The Rideshare Guide. It’s a book for really anyone from new drivers to people who’ve been driving for a while, and it’s meant to be a book you can skip around and find what you’re looking for. You can find out more about it here!

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    Chapter One of The Rideshare Guide: Getting Started

    • I took my first ride as an Uber passenger in 2013 – I still remember talking to the driver, who really enjoyed driving for Uber and had nothing but good things to say about the company
    • This was really appealing to me because, at the time, I was working in a cubicle. Driving people around and chatting sounded much more fun than what I was doing!
    • While it doesn’t seem difficult to drive for Uber, it is harder than it looks
    • Uber has over two million drivers on their platform, but half will end up quitting after one year
    • However, if you can figure it out, being a rideshare driver could be one of the most unique work experiences in your lifetime

    Chapter One: How Much Can You Make?

    • Driving for Uber and/or Lyft has its perks, but at the end of the day it’s not something I would do for free
    • The average driver reports earning around $16-18 per hour before expenses
    • Driving in busy cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago will be more lucrative than driving in smaller or mid-size cities
    • There are still strategies you can use to maximize your time on the road though
    • See Chapter 5 for more information on maximizing your profits

    Chapter One: Expenses

    • As a rideshare driver, you are a 1099 independent contractor, which means you’re responsible for all your expenses and filing taxes (don’t worry, I cover what you need to know in chapter eight!)
    • Rideshare drivers do put a lot of miles on their cars – a full-time driver easily will put 1,000 miles a week or more on their vehicle
    • If your car gets 25 miles per gallon and gas costs $3 per gallon, you’ll have to subtract the cost of gas from your earnings

    Chapter One: Flexibility

    • Uber and Lyft are some of the most flexible jobs in the world – where else can you go out, drive for a while, and make $50 in one day? There aren’t many jobs with this kind of scheduling flexibility
    • Even though Uber and Lyft provide flexibility, most drivers work in blocks of 3-4 hours or more
    • Uber and Lyft don’t set maximum hours that you can work, but it’s important to stay safe on the road, which is why I try to take a break every couple of hours
    • I’ll cover how drivers can take care of themselves in chapter eight

    Chapter One: Sign Up Bonuses

    • Uber and Lyft have raised billions of dollars from investors over the years, and a lot of that money goes into subsidies for drivers and passengers
    • I’ll cover more about weekly bonuses and incentive programs in chapter 5, but one of the first things you’ll want to take advantage of is a potential sign up bonus for new drivers
    • You can sign up directly on the Uber or Lyft website, but I don’t recommend it since you won’t be eligible for a sign up bonus unless you use a referral code
    • To maximize your earnings on the guaranteed earnings system, you’ll want to complete as many short trips as possible

    Chapter One: The Reality of Being a Rideshare Driver

    • This job is not for everyone – I drive for Uber and Lyft part-time since I feel that’s the best way to maximize the experience
    • Rideshare driving offers the ultimate flexibility, but if you have to drive 40-50 hours a week, you might not be able to take advantage of the flexibility as much
    • That said, for people who want/need flexible work arrangements or are out of work, doing Uber and Lyft full time can be a lifesaver
    • There are only a certain number of highly profitable hours you can target each week, and I cover weekly bonus offers in chapter five
    • Since this industry is so new, the most important piece of advice I can give you is: in order to be a successful driver, you’re going to need to think like a business owner

    Outro

    Show Notes

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    If you’d like to read a transcript of this podcast, please click here

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    Harry Campbell

    Harry Campbell

    I'm Harry, the owner and founder of The Rideshare Guy Blog and Podcast. I used to be a full-time engineer but now I'm a rideshare blogger! I write about my experience driving for Uber, Lyft, and other services and my goal is to help drivers earn more money by working smarter, not harder.

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