Want to grow your own business and make a lot of money? One way to do that: drive for Uber.
While it may sound like just a playful idea to most, it’s paid off big time for Gavin Escolar, a Filipino immigrant who chauffeurs Uber clients around Los Angeles — and makes $252,000 a year doing it.
But don’t be mistaken. He doesn’t rake in those numbers through simply picking up ride app users all day. Escolar is every inch an entrepreneur — he doubles as a jewelry designer, one who found that the best way to promote his business was by taking 10-minute rides with potential customers and getting paid for it.
“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.”
So whether Gavin finishes the deal or not, he’s bringing in dough. Who would have ever thought?
“It’s a genius way to start a business nowadays, especially because nobody’s doing it.”
Indeed, Gavin seems to be the first of his kind. According to Forbes, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Vogue fashion editors and other hotshot entrepreneurs like Shervin Pishevar has helped the hustling jewelry designer gain exposure for his business.
Shervin Pishevar has even vocalized his support for Escolar’s business:
“I was in his car with my daughter when I saw his jewelry designs. I thought they were wonderful and gave him a lot of encouragement to pursue his dreams.”
Hopefully, that “encouragement” translated into a sale. In any case, Escolar is very confident in his business and enjoys what he does.
“My work expresses who I am – inventive, playful, and unorthodox.”
Escolar, who loves to laugh and enjoys wearing bright colors, definitely fits the bill. And his business is as unorthodox as a circus offering rides to the moon. But, it works for him, and the numbers are there to prove it.
Escolar rakes in $3,000 monthly from Uber; combined with the jewelry pieces he’s designed for passengers, the “unorthodox” salesman reaped $252,000 last year in gross sales.
Reflecting on his success, Escolar plans to expand his business by purchasing new cars and drivers to promote his business, even buying a Tesla to better reflect the quality of his jewelry designs.
So, if we can take anything away from Escolar, it would be recognizing the potential in today’s changing landscape. According to Forbes, Eventbrite CEO Kevin Hartz believes bigger opportunities are up the road for other daring entrepreneurs:
“New technology is providing small business owners and entrepreneurs not only with additional revenue streams, but also with platforms to help them market and compete better than ever before.”
Kevin Hartz’s statement is definitely true, but for those small business owners and entrepreneurs to succeed in new platforms, they are going to have to be as inventive, playful and unorthodox as Gavin Escolar.
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