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    Today’s guest isn’t a rideshare driver but he is a New York Times best-selling author and serial entrepreneur.  On the podcast, Chris shares his tips for Uber drivers looking to make a splash with their entrepreneurial ventures and how driving for Uber or working in the on demand economy can make that happen.

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    In this episode, we talk to Chris Guillebeau, an NY Times best selling author about rideshare driving and entrepreneurship.

    Intro

    • Interview with Chris Guillebeau
    • How to use Uber to be a better entrepreneur – but he’s not a rideshare driver
    • This podcast is a little different from our typical podcasts – more entrepreneurial focused
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    Interview with Chris Guillebeau

    • Lifelong entrepreneur, has community called The Art of Non-Conformity
    • Wrote The $100 Startup and The Happiness of Pursuit – NY Times Bestseller
    • Wanted independence and realized he couldn’t go back to a day job that didn’t have that flexibility
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    Experience with Uber as a Rider and Observer

    • Uses Uber frequently, fan of it as a consumer
    • Realized the overlap between drivers and other entrepreneurs as he met them
    • Rideshare driving is very flexible, maybe even more so than being a traditional taxi driver

    Flexibility and Entrepreneurship

    • Being an entrepreneur or having a side hustle is becoming more mainstream
    • For entrepreneurs, it’s important to listen to what people are talking about and asking you while driving – what’s your expertise?
    • Goal is to determine what’s worth your time and will it bring in money – doesn’t have to be rideshare driving

    Advice for Current Rideshare Drivers

    • First focus on the basics
    • What makes you unique as a driver?
    • Always have a backup plan in case your first entrepreneurial endeavor fails – you don’t have to tell anyone about your backup plan, but have one
    • Success isn’t linear – Born for This book
    • We like to romanticize entrepreneurs, but usually their paths have been all over the place
    • Be willing to adapt

    Outro

    • Chris gives a lot of great advice and perspective for rideshare drivers and entrepreneurs
    • Most people listening/reading this podcast aren’t going to drive forever, and some may be side hustling right now and building up their businesses
    • There’s no one way to being successful, but being a rideshare driver gives you a unique opportunity to network
    • Feel free to reach out to me at harry[at]therideshareguy.com or follow me on Twitter @TheRideShareGuy
    • Leave comments, questions and feedback below!

    Show Notes

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    Drivers, what do you think about Chris’ thoughts on leveraging Uber to be a better entrepreneur?

    -Harry @ RSG

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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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