This Uber Driver Made $252,000 Last Year—Here’s How He Did It

This is genius.

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You might be familiar with the concept of driving for Uber or Lyft as a side gig, but Gavin Escolar has taken this part-time job to another level.

Last year, he made a whopping $252,000 driving people around.

His secret? He turned his car into a mobile showroom for his burgeoning jewelry business.

You can totally replicate Escolar’s model if you’ve got a side gig or business idea in the works, like trying to get an Etsy shop off the ground or grow your pet-sitting services.

Escolar moved to San Francisco from the Philippines to start his own business, but when times got tough, he started driving for Uber to make ends meet. Some passengers would chat with him while he drove.

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“I thought they would be silent or on the phone,” Escolar told Forbes. “But most people wanted to talk. When I mentioned my jewelry, they asked for business cards, but I didn’t have any.”

Rather than get business cards printed up, Escolar decided he would let his products do the talking. He started placing jewelry and catalogs around the car.

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