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Thoughts On The Rideshare Business After 1 Month

Rideshare Business Thoughts: Month 1

The rideshare business is so new that a new world was created. A year ago “rideshare” did not exist in my vocabulary. I would be deceptive if I spoke with authority on the rideshare business model after my 1st month in it. This post is just about my thoughts and perspectives of the business from the first month.

I use photographs I take throughout the day to put perspective on life. It’s a strange way to think, but in a hectic world, it’s a way to grab fleeting thoughts and contemplate what is happening around me.

These photos guide me though these blog posts and I hope they add clarity for the reader. I hope they and more than the usual rideshare promotional posts that say “SIGN UP AND USE MY CODE”. 🙂

Coffee. It’s important.

Coffee vibrating from engine running.
Coffee with pattern caused by a running engine.

If you’re leaving the comfort of a salary or steady hourly job to pursue your own endeavors, sacrifices will be made. Choose your vice. Keeping an affordable luxury or comfort is not a bad idea. I’ve given up drinking and smoking, so expensive coffee isn’t that bad. It adds clarity to the day, it’s enjoyable, and it’s not that expensive.

It doesn’t have to be coffee, but pick your vice if you need one.

You Are NOT A Partner

Delta Jet Flying
Delta Jet Taking Off

Rideshare companies provide a business platform for drivers to operate with. Drivers must meet the requirements, abide by the platform rules, and pay fees to utilize the platform. The rideshare company or the driver can terminate the business relationship at any time. You are not a partner.

This is important to remember because it changes the way you operate. The rideshare companies use all sorts of Jedi mind tricks to get you to think that you’re partners, but there is no partnership agreement whatsoever. You are no more a partner with the rideshare company than you are a partner with the airport. Both are important to your business, but the partnership idea is a fallacy.

Rideshare companies provide a service and you are buying that service from them. Run your business accordingly. Your customers are the passengers.

Coyotes And Business

Coyote In Airfield
Coyote Hunting At The Airport

Many think of the roadrunner cartoons when coyotes are mentioned. The cartoon was very false though. Coyotes would not try for the same prey over and over while failing at every attempt. They are highly adaptable. They can group up and take down a bison or survive alone by eating rodents and insects.

What does this have to do with business? I watched the coyote in the field at the airport and noticed him surviving just fine in frigid temperatures. He blended in well with the field and most didn’t even notice him. That type of toughness, tenacity, intelligence, and adaptability is what a person needs to survive in rideshare and many other new businesses that are being created with new technology.

Of course, we’re not killing anything. We’re just giving people rides for a fee. The parallel I’m drawing is how we act and think to create a profit in a world where the environment we operate is constantly changing and out of our control.

Conclusion Of These Thoughts

These thoughts are a bit dramatic. All that I’m really doing is giving people a ride for a small fee. Turning that into a profitable business though is a bit more dramatic.

For part-time, small-scale operation, ridesharing is currently a great venture. For a full-time endeavor, it takes more. How you use the platforms provided are up to you, but it will take more than just using a rideshare platform and following the rideshare company lead to produce a sizable income.

On a personal level, I’m excited to have a business that allows me to be outside and make my own decisions. The business mindset is developing quickly in order to produce profits.

Boat Plane Kit In A Hanger

A Homemade Boat Plane

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! After the holiday festivities it was back to the fun of photography for me. I was testing some new HDR Software and found this photo of a boat plane kit in a hanger at Wynkoop.

At least, I think this is a boat plane.

Unfished Boat Airplane
Unfinished Boat Plane Kit

A project like this can seem such a shame to set unfinished. You never know the real outcome of something like this. Lessons were probably learned. A dream was at least attempted.

As for the HDR software, I might buy. I have some ore testing to do.

The Beauty Of Flight

The weather has been damn cold. That’s usual for Ohio in January and I don’t expect much of a break until March. I’ve still been out looking for photos.  Snow, cold, dim light, early evenings – it all changes the dynamics of what I usually do.

So I see this jet coming in low and slow on it’s approach to the airport in Columbus, Ohio. The snow is flying and I try the photo anyhow. It came out looking like a pencil sketch.

747 landing in the snow.
Canay Pacific Cargo 747 jet on it’s approach to CMH in the snow.

Watching it approach reminded me of a hawk I had photographed a few weeks ago that was seemingly suspended in mid-air as it waited to catch it’s prey.

Hawk preparing to strike prey.
Hawk stalling in mid-air to make a strike on prey.

 

The Patriotic Stunt Plane

If there is one hobby that I’m really jealous that I can’t afford to participate in, it’s aviation. I’ve had friends do it and it’s just too big of money pit with too much risk. I’m not talking about the risk of crashing either. I’m talking about the risk of losing your ability to participate after you’ve invested a huge amount of money. One physical problem, a job loss where you can’t afford flying time for a while, or numerous other possibilities can cause a pilot to lose quite a bit of ground.

I do admire those that forget about all of that and get on with flying anyhow. Those who do it have to possess an enormous amount of love for the sport. This plane was quite a sight to see on the ground and in the air.

Stunt plane with American flag paint scheme.
Stunt plane with a patriotic paint job.
Patriotic stunt plane in flight.
Patriotic stunt plane in flight.

CANADAIR CL-600-2B16 At Knox County Ohio Airport

I still look in awe when I see aircraft like this Canadair CL-600-2B16 landing in the airport in the middle of the cornfields in Knox County, Ohio. It makes me wonder who has this much money and with enough interest in Knox County to fly into this little airport. This plane had just arrived from Washington D.C.

Canadiar CL-600-2B16 At Knox County, Ohio Airport