My father, my business experiences and overall my life was always leading to starting something of my own. Starting a business that brings the satisfaction to ones life was my longtime dream.
In late April 2015, I dialed our contact in RMS and was advised that the government is determined to make Aerial Freestyle Activities legal but they would need time till December 2015 to issue official guidelines for applicants.
It was clear Edway Extreme operations will have to be laid off for an even longer period so I needed to decide what to do next.
I updated my resume with the skills I gained in the last 6 years and started applying for project management roles. Most of the jobs required a specific set of skills, knowledge and/or qualifications, I knew getting a job offer will not be easy.
At the same time with applying for jobs, I decided to try an easier way to make money driving for Uber. It proved to be a much simpler and better way. Driving enough hours one can make a decent leaving meanwhile freeing up the mind for strategic thinking.
Entrepreneurship and decision-making
By the end of the first week driving for Uber it seemed like my mind freed up and opened the gates for business ideas. I had ideas of 3 interesting projects in mind that came to me almost simultaneously. One was a realization that I actually have a product which I could develop, a concept of which I had in my mind since the student years. The second one was a new concept website which would help people in more than one way. The third one was a nice and simple business idea but it once again required going through government channels making it a long shot. Once again I had entrepreneur business goals to reach.
I contacted my friend who has a passion for engineering and we met for several weeks in a row thinking about the best design for the product. With 2 of my other friends, who are very skilled in back-end programming, front end, developing mobile applications, website design, and the rest that is required to develop a high-end website, we met on different days working on website structure and systems. And with another friend of mine we started making inquiries in regards to the 3rd business idea.
Thank you, Uber
Uber offered me the flexibility to start working my own hours providing the flexibility to concentrate on my business startup goals! Never before could I make money and think and do so much in a day. driving for Uber allowed me to move towards my goals much faster than it could be done doing any other type of work.
I started liaising with engineers from India and planning a trip to China. With the website we reached a point where we agreed on the structure and the systems to be used but decided to lay it off as there simply wasn’t enough time to run it. Working on 3 projects at a time I still had to drive for Uber 12 to 14 hours a day, 5 to 6 days a week. I learned my limits fast and tried to channel my energy towards one project at a time.
To keep a live feed of an ongoing development I created a facebook page:
facebook.com/thestoryofadreamchaserlive, it will be interesting to come back to it at later stages and hopefully, it will help with a Kickstarter campaign which I am planning to launch when the prototype of the product is ready.
A few months after starting Uber I also started working on a project that would not have any financial benefit to me but can have a significant impact on people who have health problems. My next post will be dedicated solely to it.