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Episode Info:

In this episode, we’re going to take a deep dive into the world of rideshare driving with a driver in Los Angeles. If you’ve ever wanted to learn what a day in the life looks like for a high-earning ($30-35/hr) driver (and get his tips!), this is the episode for you.

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

Intro
  • Today I’m chatting with Sergio, a rideshare driver with 5 years experience in LA and frequent commenter here
  • You may notice in the comments that Sergio never fails to ask the tough questions, and I appreciate that
  • For a long time, Sergio was hesitant to share his strategies for driving, but I was finally able to get him on the show!
  • Sergio is also a driver coach, so if you have questions or want tips on being a better driver, check out our Rideshare Coaching page
  • Our newest sponsor is Zum! Zum is a rideshare service for kids – drivers can earn up to $32/hr and many make $750 a week. Check out Zum here!
Interview with Sergio Avedian
  • Has been driving for 3 years with Uber and Lyft, around 5,000 trips
  • Drives in Los Angeles – with price cuts, drives less now
  • Finance degree and worked for a Wall Street firm for 18 years
  • Teaches golf
Sergio’s Driving Philosophy
  • Not a 9-to-5 job – understand that
  • Drive when there is demand – set your own parameters
  • If you drive full-time, try to split your shifts and take advantage of surge
Airport Driving Strategy
  • Try to avoid the queue!
  • Keep an eye on scheduled rides to the airport – check your app and pick up scheduled rides
  • Tries to keep himself in the core of the city after rides to the airport
  • Get to know business travelers
A Day in the Life of an LA Driver
  • Lives outside of the city, uses the destination filter to get into the city
  • Makes sure to treat driving as a small business
  • Doesn’t chase any bonuses – tries to work only during surge
  • Would rather take one passenger for a higher rate than taking many pax in 1 hour
Additional Driving Strategies
  • Uses two phones to see where it’s surging
  • Waits for surge to build – takes a break, gets a coffee
  • Uses destination filters to get downtown, even when working night shifts (burn all of your destination filters)
Thoughts on Uber and Lyft
  • Push to become profitable
  • The only way they can be profitable? At the drivers’ expense
  • Cut rates for drivers – writing is on the wall
  • Recommends drivers not accept everything Uber/Lyft throws at them – be thoughtful about how you drive and maximize your earnings
Outro
  • Big thanks to Sergio for coming on the podcast, I definitely learned a lot about his strategies – remember: patience is key!
  • Even with the rate cuts, Sergio is still earning $30-35/hr – goes to show you if you employ the right strategies, you can keep your earnings up
  • Don’t forget to check out our page on Rideshare Coaching if you’re interested in being coached by Sergio or Jay
  • Also, check out Zum – Zum is a rideshare service for kids – drivers can earn up to $32/hr and many make $750 a week. Check out Zum here!
Show Notes

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

The post RSG096: Surge Only Rideshare Driving in Los Angeles appeared first on The Rideshare Guy Blog and Podcast.

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