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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.

Garage Time With Motorcycles

Garage Time With My Motorcycles

Honda coffee mug in the garage.
Coffee and motorcycles in the garage.

My motorcycles get ridden hard. So long as the weather allows, they’re used for work and fun. Motorcycles are different in their maintenance needs from a car. The parts are smaller, more expensive, and they wear quickly.

Tires might only last 10,000 miles and cost as much as a car tire. Chains wear out. Fluids need replaced. Axles get out of balance. Electrical switches are exposed to the elements and corrode. It’s not unreasonable to say that motorcycles are expensive and problematic machines.

To relieve the costs of maintaining the bikes, I keep learning more of the maintenance that needs done. I’m investing in more of the tools needed.  The more I work with them, the more I enjoy this aspect of motorcycling.

Osprey At Buckeye Lake And More Changes for 2017

Osprey At Buckeye Lake, Coffee On Motorcycles, And Spring

Osprey At Buckeye Lake In Ohio.

This past weekend was my first encounter with Osprey. They were at Fairfield Beach in Buckeye Lake, Ohio. They were so beautiful to watch as they circled the air and fished out of the lake. I had to look them up online to find out what type of bird they were.
I’m not sure if they are rare or if I just never seen them before. I found this information at the ODNR that tells more about the Ohio Osprey reintroduction program started in 1996.

Spring Feels Like It’s Here

Purple flowers.
Spring flowers at Buckeye Lake, Ohio.

April 8th was the first day I could say it really felt like Spring in Ohio. That’s not bad for timing. A little early actually. Some warmth, sunshine, and plants starting to come to life are my ideas of when Spring actually starts.

Coffee On Motorcycles Project

Coffee At Buckeye Lake, Ohio
Coffee At Buckeye Lake, Ohio.

For 2017 I have a new project in mind. It’s called Coffee On Motorcycles. I’ll be taking a thermos full of hot coffee or cold tea with me and stopping to photograph wherever I think a good place to stop and have a coffee break is.

I got the idea from stopping smoking. I used to love to stop and just take in the scenery while I had a smoke. Obviously, that’s bad for you so I quit in Spring of last year. Great, right? Well, not completely. I gained weight. I knew I would and while quitting, I didn’t care.

While stopping smoking has been great, it could be better. I won’t consider it in the green until the weight I gained is gone, and then some. To make that weight loss a reality, I can’t stop in bars for a beer very often while I’m out on the bike.

Now before all you nervous nellies e-mail me about the dangers of drinking on a bike, I say bullshit. You can have an occasional beer while out riding. One doesn’t make you drunk. It does make you fatter though, but that’s a long story to tell you about that science. You can have coffee at a bar too though!

This project should be a fun way to fill that void left by losing the smokes and bars. In this case, with the Osprey and the beach, it was great.

Managing Expectations.

Favorite coffee mug.
My favorite coffee mug.

A morning cup of coffee from your mug in a warm house is a realistic expectation to have if you’re a working person. It’s not much to ask for. I can understand the expectation of something like this because I have that expectation. In a world as plush as we have it in this modern day though, it’s best to manage your own expectations.

The first time I heard the term, “manage expectations”, was in a professional setting. A client was expecting more than they had paid for. The manager told us that she would “manage their expectations”. I’m still laughing about managing the expectations of others. What a funny approach to a disappointed customer.

While managing the expectations of others is laughable and impossible, you can manage your own. If you set them to high, you’re going to suffer anxiety when the unrealistic expectations never happen. The happiest people I know are the ones with the most realistic and attainable expectations.

Learn to let those little things work for you. If you bust your coffee mug and don’t have any coffee, that’s a manageable situation. If you need an $8 latte every morning, that expectation will make you sad at some point.