About the Website
I was a brand new rideshare driver who started out with little idea or instruction about what I was going to face. Since then I have been out there fighting the battles and documenting the results to help future drivers who want to know what to expect next and how to better handle it. The simple rule that has gotten me the farthest: I treat every passenger in my car like a celebrity. Hence – The Celeb Driver.
They say that everyone has a little piece of the truth. Well this website and the things you’ll find on it are my piece. I am posting materials based on my experiences, my research and great suggestions from other drivers. Your experiences will sometimes be different, but reading and seeing videos from this collection of experiences will give you a starting point for coming to your own conclusions. If you come up with what you think is a better solution for you, feel free to send me a note. The goal is to have the best and most up to date materials available to everyone.
You should also get my Kindle book because it is the most complete resource for many different topics. It is the “How To…” manual that every driver should get when they sign up. There are 73 pages divided into 26 chapters on many different subjects. You don’t have to read them all at once. It is designed as a great reference to go back to when you have a question on a particular subject. It covers a lot of topics and has some suggested tools you can use to be better and potentially make more money driving. Click here for more info.
The videos I have posted point out particular things I thought needed emphasizing from the book. Some even cover topics not mentioned in the book. The reason is that things change so fast that some of them had not even come up by the time the book was released. The videos are meant to be a quick summary and not as in depth as the book.
I also have a page of links to items I love and use all the time. Check them out. They may give you some ideas.
I created a page where I post blogs from time to time covering topics of the moment in more detail.
There is a contact page where you can send me thoughts and suggestions directly.
On my Home page, I have links to my referral codes so you can get a signup bonus when you signup as a driver or passenger.
I also have a Facebook page to make it easier to hear about new things I am posting.
That’s all there is. Time to get to it.
I am a computer game developer which makes me a good person to explain the math involved in rideshare driving. Currently I am independent, but I have worked for many big game companies including Activision, Interplay, Westwood Studios, Electronic Arts and Sony. My game company is Game Mechanics LLC which I started in 2011.
What interested me in rideshare driving is that my wife and I have been a one car family for years. I work at home and she drives to work. I got tired of having to wait to run any errands until after she got home from work. But as she so accurately pointed out, when I ship a game we have plenty of money for another car payment, insurance and gas. Between games, which is most of the time, we don’t always. So if I wanted a car, it was going to have to pay for itself. That was when I got into the idea of rideshare driving.
There were many sources of information to help me when I started. Although the most important issues either had answers in many different places or no good answers at all. So I started to document what I found. Often my first ideas were wrong. I wasted time sitting in places I thought I would get rides and I didn’t. My first 2 weeks of driving I averaged $8/hour take home. After insurance, gas and taxes, I was working for less than half of minimum wage and putting lots of miles on my car. So I was determined to figure out what I was doing wrong.
I wrote down my questions. I posted them online to driver forums and Facebook groups. I watched YouTube videos from many different drivers. I read Kindle books. Finally I went to Uber’s Greenlight space and attended a few of Lyft’s weekly driver meetings. Still many questions were left unanswered. There are a lot of opinions on most of the questions but as the blind men and the elephant, many of their conclusions are based on personal perspectives without access to the whole elephant.
After much research I got my average take home up to $17/hour. And when I say per hour, I am talking about from the time I leave my parking spot until the time I pull back in. Not the “app on” number that they use to pump up your perception of dollars per hour. If I have to pee at work, that time counts whether it be at Sony Headquarters or Exit 15A off the I-5.
My job has been to collect all these perspectives and pass them along as one attempt at a complete source of information. It will always be somewhat incomplete as new questions arise every day. But I as a finite human being will do my best to keep up. You can keep up by following me on Facebook and Twitter.
And I also have my other full time job as a game developer.