Working 5 to 9: When You Don’t Control a Resource

Where are all the cars?

If you’ve been keeping up with the Uber IPO news of late, you know that Uber is set to go public this Friday, May 10th. And the company is looking at a $90 billion valuation. But more importantly, that their drivers are striking today in about a dozen major cities in protest to cut wages and longer hours.

If you’ve been keeping up with me, you know I use Uber frequently for my notary business. It’s how I get around Los Angeles to all my clients. It’s how I’ve gotten to clients in areas I typically don’t service, but thanks to Uber, I could. But in light of the strike today, I’m down a resource that’s beyond my control.

How does that work?

The short version: I would not be available to see clients today, if requested. Couldn’t I just take the bus? Yes, I could. But depending how far I’m going, my commute to the client would be longer than the both of us would like and I may be traveling to an area that’s not all that safe.

Typically, whenever something like this happens, as someone who side hustles, it’s my job to find an alternative solution. My alternative solution could be to use Lyft. But they too are striking today. I could find another ride sharing service. I could take the bus to clients who are closer. However, just like I have no control over the Uber and Lyft strike, I have no control over the location of clients.

So they best I could is hope this strike doesn’t last longer than today and that I don’t have a super in need client.

Has anyone else been in a similar pickle with their business or side hustle?

WHEN… You Made A Mistake

I am human. Which means I make mistakes from time to time. That sucks because it can affect my business if I don’t address it correctly or right away.

Right now I am headed to see a client that I saw last Thursday. But not because she had more work for me – which would be lovely – because I made a mistake on one of the documents I notarized for her. And there is no excuse I’m going to give. I made a mistake. But as soon as the woman notified me she needed the document to be redone, I set up a time to meet her the same day – today – so I don’t further inconvenience her or let her think I don’t care.

Because I do.

And in all honesty, I care more about my reputation, so I care how she feels about working with me. So, yeah, I messed up. I am human. But I’m fixing it. All in the day of the life of a hustler.

WHEN… You Made A Mistake

I am human. Which means I make mistakes from time to time. That sucks because it can affect my business if I don’t address it correctly or right away.

Right now I am headed to see a client that I saw last Thursday. But not because she had more work for me – which would be lovely – because I made a mistake on one of the documents I notarized for her. And there is no excuse I’m going to give. I made a mistake. But as soon as the woman notified me she needed the document to be redone, I set up a time to meet her the same day – today – so I don’t further inconvenience her or let her think I don’t care.

Because I do.

And in all honesty, I care more about my reputation, so I care how she feels about working with me. So, yeah, I messed up. I am human. But I’m fixing it. All in the day of the life of a hustler.