As individual companies succeed, new startups emerge to sell complementary products. Apple was followed by a fleet of iPhone case and accessory manufacturers.
The rise of Uber and Lyft was no different. New startups have launched to support ride-sharing customers and drivers:
Startups that help drivers sell stuff while they drive
Not every driver is just a driver. Side-hustling drivers are everywhere, using their day job to meet influencers in particular industries or sell products (like jewelry!). Take Uber driver Gavin Escolar, who made $250k+ in 2015:
“It’s a salesman’s dream,” he continues. “I have 10 minutes to make an impression. Would that happen if I went door-to-door? Or if I bought tiny online ads? My way, I get quality time with quality leads. Best of all, I’m being paid as I do it. It’s like Uber is providing a base salary before I make any jewelry sales.”
🍪 Cargo lets drivers sell snacks, gum, chargers, and headphones directly in their car from a display case that sits on the center armrest. Most drivers make an extra $100/mo. Hiring for 6+ positions in NY.
To maximize earnings, drivers must constantly race to parts of the city where they guess the highest paid rides will appear, thanks to in-app surge fares, local events, and the natural flow of the city's population.
Most drivers also use multiple ride-sharing services, bouncing between apps in search of the highest fares. It's time-consuming and dangerous, especially while driving.
“Drivers get into this gig looking to make a few hundred bucks a week, but soon realize they have to worry about things like diversifying their income and competition among drivers.” – Harry Campbell, The Rideshare Guy