This week, we’re excited to speak with Harry Campbell, founder of TheRideshareGuy.com. A true road warrior, Harry is also an active driver on Uber and Lyft.
Tell us about your business
I run a blog for Uber and Lyft drivers that helps them with everything from getting signed up to navigating taxes and figuring out ways to make more money. I also drive for Uber and Lyft to keep up my street cred and stay up to date with all of the latest changes with the apps.
I work from home so I usually start the day with a shower and 10 minutes of meditation. After that, I respond to e-mails and take phone meetings until lunch time. In the afternoons, I usually get restless so will drive to coffee shops to work, meet with people in person or buckle down and get some writing done.
My daily commute is only a few seconds since I work from home but I do take lots of meetings in Los Angeles and run errands all over Long Beach (my current city). When I’m driving for Uber and Lyft, I go all over the place but undoubtedly end up somewhere in the hear of LA since that’s where everyone seems to need rides.
I usually drive at least a few hundred miles a week but the nice thing about those miles is that they are all deductible since it’s almost always for my business.
What’s changed since you started using MileIQ?
I like MileIQ because it allows me to track all of my business miles without even thinking about it. I used to keep a spreadsheet of all my trips and at the end of the year, it was often missing a majority of my business miles. So, I guess the biggest thing that’s changed since I started using MileIQ is that I now save more money on my taxes.
What other apps do you recommend to other small business owners?
I value efficiency and effectiveness in my business so I’m always looking for ways to do things better or automate certain processes. Lately, we’ve been using Asana to manage all of our projects and editorial calendar. It’s a great solution for business owners regardless if you’re just a solo-entrepreneur or you have a budding team of 10 people like I do.
What’s the biggest challenge you face running your business, and how do you address it?
The biggest challenge I face in running my business is figuring out what’s a priority. There’s always a million things that need to be done but figuring out which items need to be done first and which will have the biggest impact on my business is something I need to get better at.
What do you enjoy the most about the kind of work you do?
I enjoy creating content and trying new things whether it’s podcast interviews or youtube videos – I’ve tried it all! But one of my favorite parts about running my own business is that there’s a direct correlation between how hard I work and what the results are. When I quit my day job in 2015 to focus on the blog full-time, I was able to grow the site from 100,000 page views a month to Half a million page views a month in just under a year. I’d like to think that a lot of that increase came from me spending more time working on the site.
What tip would you share with other business owners?
Figure out what it is that you enjoy and what you’re good at and spend 90% of your time doing that one thing.
I think way too many business owners get caught up with ancillary stuff that isn’t core to their business. If you’re a blog that produces high quality articles for example, you probably shouldn’t spend much time on the design of your site or making sure everything looks pretty or even making money. Spend your time creating content and interacting with your community. Once you’ve built up a following, you can start to worry about all that other stuff.
Where can people learn more about your business?
I’m all over the place but the easiest way to find me is on my site TheRideshareGuy.com. If you’d like to get in contact with me, you can send me an e-mail at harry[at] or hit me up on Twitter @TheRideShareGuy!
If you’re interested in becoming a driver, I offer a video training course too: maximumridesharingprofits.com
MileIQ’s blog does not constitute professional tax advice. You should contact your own tax professional to discuss your situation.