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Episode Info: Growing a podcast, YouTube channel or a blog can be a daunting task – it’s easy to get started, but sticking to it for the long-haul takes dedication. Today’s guest started as a driver who shared simple videos about driving on YouTube. Today his YouTube channel is his full-time job and he makes a full-time living from it – and he says he’s still doing it all for fun! If you’d like to read a transcript of this podcast, please click here. Intro Today I’m chatting with Dustin, from the YouTube channel Dustin is Driving Recently, Dustin broke the 20,000 subscriber mark on his YouTube channel – no small accomplishment! If you’re wondering how he got started, grew his YouTube channel, and what he thinks of the overall future of Uber and Lyft, stay tuned 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 Dustin Nicol Dustin is an HVAC technician by training, started driving 3 years ago Dustin is Driving – YouTube channel Working on becoming a real estate agent – diversifying is smart! Favorite video is a parody video that shows people what can happen to rideshare drivers Driving in Florida Has been driving for 3 years Did HVAC on the side but it didn’t bring in enough, heard about Uber from a neighbor Not a full time driver – mostly weekends Started Dustin is Driving because there wasn’t a lot of information on the Florida market Dustin is Driving YouTube Channel Channel is designed to be educational and entertaining Tries to provide useful, actionable advice for other drivers Tries to do a video a day as well as a live video to chat with the driver community Didn’t plan on doing that many videos, but received so many questions or comments, had to answer them Success as a YouTuber Continued to publish more videos, answering questions, responding to breaking news Going from 0-1000 subscribers was the hardest – a video finally went viral Makes around $1,500-2,500 a month from his YouTube channel – publishing one video/day Does a lot of live videos and looking to do more Advice for Someone Starting a YouTube Channel Go for it! Do need to put work into your channel if you want it to grow We’re just normal people – not special to start a YouTube channel! Dustin records on his phone, no special equipment If you can’t take criticism though, don’t do YouTube – lots of trolls, lots of haters The Future of Uber and Lyft Drivers upset with Uber and Lyft – Uber Pro kind of failed Don’t see autonomous vehicles coming any time soon – at least 10 years Important to stay updated on the latest news and laws lawmakers are trying to pass Outro Big thanks to Dustin for coming on the podcast, recommend you subscribe to his YouTube channel if you don’t already (Show Notes below) He’s got a great relationship with his audience and I’m glad I was finally able to get him on the podcast! Simple is better than nev...
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