How Uber Got Me Here
Disclaimer: please note that using the links provided in this post means I'll be given some dollars in my driver profile. So while this is not a "paid gig" by these guys (Uber and Lyft) I'll still get something out of it. If you are feeling generous, go ahead and have your friends use this link.
The funny thing about this article is the fact that the focus of it has nothing to do with Uber. Throughout the years, I have always owned a business whether it was just a sole proprietorship, corporation, or a limited liability company. On plenty of my earlier ventures, I lost more money than I made. The IRS would have considered some of them as hobbies rather than businesses (apparently they know best). However, it was not until the last three years that I decided to devote more time to work on my businesses (saying businesses make me sound so cool).
For the life of me, I cannot recall where I heard the saying that you should spend 8 hours working on your job and the rest of the day working on your business (even Google could not tell me who said it). I am sure it's something along those lines. Anyway, the point I'm trying to make is this, I started spending my days off and vacations working on establishing my business. While this is something I would recommend to anyone interested, let me make it clear that it will not be a walk in the park. What am I saying; it's not like I do a lot of park-walking. So it might be a walk in the park for you if your usual thing is mountain hoping.
Another thing I would like to say at this point is, do not quit your day job. At least, don't do it until you are sure that you would devote your newfound freedom into building your business. If this is not the case, stick with your day job. At the very least, it will be your means of financing your new business. At least mine was. If you think I'm all over the place, you're correct. I'm not saying that I have been diagnosed with ADD, but you have to make sure you have some means of financing your new venture.
Before I started my consulting business, I use to be the over-sharer. If someone tells me he or she was thinking of starting a business; I will immediately go into consultant mode and tell them all the things they will need to do. The websites they will need to visit to get the necessary small business information to get the ball rolling. I did this until a friend asked why I was giving free information that people were willing to pay to get. His words made me think (and feel stupid at the same time). He's a genius in making me feel that way.
Anyway back to the reason you are reading this post; where Uber got me. To have extra income while consulting, I signed up for Uber. Click on my link to sign up if you are thinking about it. Why my link? Well, we'd both get paid that's why. Long story short, during one of my Uber rides, I picked up an older rider from Reagan Airport (DCA for you DMV people) heading to Virginia. During the trip, we discussed several topics and ended connecting after the ride. Well, let's just say that as a result of that trip and hours of conversations afterwards, I ended up in the restaurant business, working for the best CEO so far.
Before that Uber ride, I was thinking about just focusing on my companies and not working for someone else (I was also thinking about how many vacations I'll have to give up to save money). After that trip, I knew I was going to learn a lot about turning my business into a success story because I happened upon a wealth of knowledge in this company that has remained untapped by my kind (by that I mean black young men). Remember what I said before, always be working on your business (fine, maybe I didn't use those exact words, but that is what I meant). So here I am, in an industry I never thought of entering, doing what I have always wanted to do; learning from not only the best mentors but some of the most hard working employees I have ever had the privilege to work for me. If I am feeling blogger-ish enough, I might journal the journey for you guys (who am I kidding).