New Year’s Party with UBER
On the New Year’s Eve of 2016, my night was spent doing one thing- making money. It was a New Year’s party with Uber. In one day, I made $243.31. Of course, this meant I was driving around and catering to everyone else’s needs. And that’s okay, because as an entrepreneur it’s not about pride, ego or self-gain. Entrepreneurship is a constant state of learning how to reinvent yourself, sacrificing simple pleasures, delivering the best product or service, in pursuit of being the best leader for your customers.
My New Year’s party with Uber had a lot of difficulties, but none were of my own. Making money was my objective, but that was just a bonus. My clients faced other issues. These were some of the obstacles I had to help my riders face:
- Wallet left in my car;
- Fast food restaurants were closed;
- Arguments amongst friends;
- Parties had abandoned friends at home;
- Had to go to work the following day;
- The “true plans” weren’t achieved;
Even though I made a substantial amount of money for that one day, I’ve heard some tripled my amount. Downtown Portland was at the highest I’ve ever seen it. The Surge Pricing was 5x the normal amount. As one of my riders said, “Wow, you better get back downtown and get that money… Turn off the app until you get downtown.”
I laughed because there was lots of money to be made, but I was happier with serving my riders. In the screenshot, I’m way out of the surge area (the black car on the left). And yes, I could have raced back to the downtown area, but I was content with my activities of helping people with their current problems.
Many don’t like Uber, but it’s truly an entrepreneurial experience. In my opinion, being an entrepreneur isn’t just about making money. Uber never sleeps, nor should your entrepreneur brand. The Uber demand is 24/7- as it should be for your company’s service or product.
As an entrepreneur, that’s the goal. We want our brand to be in demand 24/7. Therefore, you have to learn how to be available, accessible and ready to deliver 24/7. I may have not partied with the best of them, or brought it in with my family- but I was true to myself as an entrepreneur. I’m learning to be a better leader, visionary, colleague and partner.
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I write this because my business is personal because this service is for the advancement of all humanity. My failures and successes are for your gain. No strings attached.
Nathan A. Webster, MBA
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