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    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a full-time driver and entrepreneur? In this podcast episode, I interview RSG contributor Jay Cradeur about what it’s like full-time driving, the strategies he uses to not burn out (he’s given over 15,000 rides!), and how he’s transitioning from rideshare driving into his own business. It’s a really cool episode, and if you have any questions for Jay, please leave them below in the comments!

    Ever wonder what it's like being a full-time driver and entrepreneur? In this episode, I interview Jay Cradeur about FT driving, traveling and more -

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


    • Roughly half of all new Uber/Lyft drivers end up quitting after one year, so what makes some drivers stick it out and go for the long haul?
    • In this episode, I’ll be talking to one of our RSG contributors, Jay Cradeur, about how he’s given over 15,000 rides – his tips, strategies, and how he’s able to take amazing vacations all because of his rideshare work
    • At the same time, Jay knows rideshare driving isn’t forever and he’s come up with a strict schedule that gets him into a whole other path of entrepreneurship, so stick around for how Jay plans to accomplish his goals while rideshare driving – it’s inspiration for those of you who want to transition from rideshare driving to full-time entrepreneurship or another hustle
    • Have you heard of Mystro? It’s an app that allows Uber/Lyft drivers to simultaneously log on to both Uber/Lyft, accept and decline rides and more. It allows you to drive, accept trips and more all hands-free, which makes driving safer for everyone. You can find out more about Mystro here.

    Interview with Jay Cradeur

    • Jay Cradeur is a full-time driver in SF and RSG contrubutor
    • Jay’s worked as a coach in internet marketing, is a world traveler, and author of the book “Radical Freedom”. Prior to becoming a rideshare driver, he lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for a year
    • Returned to the US, signed up to start driving and found it pretty fun

    Becoming a Full-Time Driver

    • Initially started driving in Sacramento but found San Francisco would be more lucrative, decided to move up to SF and drive full-time
    • Wanted to travel and earn money and found ridesharing to be a good opportunity to earn money while driving around in a new part of the state
    • Typical day: Monday through Fridays starts early, around 5-6 a.m. and drives for 4 hours to catch morning surge. Takes a break for lunch around 10 a.m. then continues until 7 or 8 p.m. to capture the evening surge
    • Does get ruthless about choosing which rides to take: with Lyft, you can see the passenger destination before the passenger gets in the car, and Jay won’t take anyone who will take him outside of the city during surge times
    • At first, Jay took everyone, but that wasn’t profitable given the surges happening in the city – made the business decision to only accept rides that would be quick, put him on track to earning a bonus, made business-sense

    Earning More as a Driver

    • Enjoys weekend driving because that’s an opportunity to make more: longer trips, airport rides, etc.
    • Saturdays could drive from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. and be booked solid – but Jay doesn’t drive that much!
    • Avoids nights and still makes a solid income by ensuring he’s up and ready for early morning rush hour, surge, and airport rides on the weekends
    • Driving is all about freedom and flexibility, but it also takes a certain amount of discipline to get up, shower, put gas in your car and go. Just doing it everyday is the first step and from there you can profit

    What’s Next for Jay?

    • Traveling is a passion: Jay has taken 10 vacations since starting rideshare driving
    • Rideshare driving can take its toll on your body, so Jay doesn’t plan on this being his full-time job forever – plans on coaching full-time in June and continue with traveling
    • Driving is a great opportunity to meet interesting people and just learn about them – be inquisitive
    • You can learn more about Jay and his travels at


    • One of the reasons I wanted to have Jay on is because he is so disciplined at ridesharing. He knows exactly what he wants to get out of it, and he’s been very successful at rideshare plus his other endeavors
    • If you want to rideshare full-time or use rideshare to transition to another job or entrepreneurial pursuit, Jay’s an excellent person to follow
    • Don’t forget to check out Mystro – I highly recommend this app as another tool in your rideshare toolbox, especially since it helps keep you safe and focused on the road!
    • Do you have a story or experience you want to share on this podcast? Reach out to me – always looking for interesting perspectives!
    • Follow me on FacebookTwitter and YouTube and you can always contact me if you have questions – I like to hear from you all!

    Show Notes

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

    Readers, do you have plans after rideshare driving? Or are you happy to continue rideshare driving indefinitely?

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    -Harry @ RSG

    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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