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How Uber Has Impacted The Business World

How Uber Has Impacted The Business World

Uber is more than an alternative to a taxi service. It introduced the world to the feasibility of a new method of doing business, and about how a person can work within the world on their own terms. It has shifted a paradigm in a highly unexpected way, and the full impact of its presence may not be known for some time.

With that in mind, there are certain key points that have already become notable in the business landscape and are brought to the forefront by companies like Uber. Here is an exploration of how Uber has already impacted the world we live in, and one prediction of what may be possible for the future.

A Great App Is The Key

People are inundated with new apps on a daily basis through their app store of preference, so most users have learned to tell the difference between an excellent piece of software and a piece of rubbish. Part of Uber’s success is in the design of the app, with some users turning to Uber for rides multiple times a day. If the experience was more frustrating, users would have abandoned the platform for something new. Its popularity supports its solid design.

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That being said, Uber offers a service that people can use as well. Even the flashiest app won’t convince the masses to pay for something they don’t need…or, at least, not for long.

On the other side, a poorly made app may be a company’s downfall. Expectations regarding what can be accomplished in this area have skyrocketed, and customers are willing to abandon a loser when they see one. If you are looking to stay connected to your clients while they are on the go, you cannot afford to neglect your app. It just is not something you can ignore.

You Don’t Have to Own Anything to Win in Business

Uber does not own a single vehicle. Not one car, one truck, or one SUV. Uber serves as a platform for connecting those that do have vehicles with people who need rides, and that is basically it. The trick is, it does it well. The app allows drivers and riders to connect quickly, providing a precise time of arrival for each party. It also handles the financial side of the transaction, ensuring that payments are processed properly (for a small fee, or course).

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While a large company without any actual offerings may bring about memories of the “dot com” era of the 90s, Uber has found a way to make that work by offering the kind of service people didn’t realise was missing from their lives until it took the marketplace by storm.

With Clear Requirements, You Only Need to Provide Minimal Oversight

Uber driver requirements may be considered basic, but they are clear. Additionally, drivers set their own schedules, completely removing the need to manage the idiosyncrasies that come with having actual employees.

While the concept of connecting contractors, freelancers, or other forms of the self-employed is nothing new, this is another area where Uber takes the kinds of precautions necessary to provide everyone with a minimum level of security without having actually to hire drivers themselves.

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You Don’t Even Have to Explain Your Pricing in Entirety

While Uber does explain how its base rates are applied, allowing a person to estimate the cost of their ride, it does not fully explain the concept of “surge” pricing beyond the basics of supply and demand. Granted, Uber was chastised for charging higher rates during a blizzard based on this price model (and has since vowed not to take advantage of natural disasters), it has left its formula intact for predictable surges, such as after a large sporting event.

The Prediction: Uber May Help Determine the Success of Self-Driving Cars

If you want to see an example of a company that could seriously profit from the self-driving car, Uber would be one of them. While this would mean they would need to acquire the vehicles as business assets, it does help eliminate the costs associated with paying a driver.

Instead of only taking a cut of the fee for managing the transaction, Uber could keep the fee in its entirety. Depending on the selling price of the self-driving car, the math could actually work out in Uber’s favour as it will be able to maintain an entire fleet that does not have to sleep to keep an appropriate level of safety on the road.

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While this won’t be the only factor of the self-driving cars success (the general public would also have to be comfortable with the idea of using them), Uber could certainly make them feel more mainstream…and isn’t that half the battle for introducing new technology in the first place?

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Last Updated on August 20, 2018

30 Fun Things To Do With Your Friends Without Spending Much

30 Fun Things To Do With Your Friends Without Spending Much

Spending time with friends is, in and of itself, a great way to pass the time without spending a lot of money. But if you and your friends are used to going out to clubs, pubs or eateries together as your way of hanging out, then you can change it up a bit and save some money too.

No matter where you live, there are plenty of places to go and do fun things that don’t cost a lot.

If you are having trouble convincing your friends to do things on the cheap, then be upfront with them. Tell them straight out that you can’t spend that kind of money right now — and don’t let them pay for you either. But here are some great alternatives you can offer.

30 Fun Things To Do With Friends Without Spending Much

1. A potluck dinner party. Host a dinner party and ask everyone to bring a dish to share. If you are not comfortable with cooking, maybe try and learn how to cook a new dish together with your friends.

2. Host a spa day. Give each other manicures. Try out new hairstyles. Make some facial masks or exfoliates using natural, at-home ingredients. Then drink mimosas.

3. Movie marathon. Log into Netflix and watch every episode of “Stranger Things” Or do an ’80s movie marathon, watching “Pretty in Pink,” “The Breakfast Club” and all of our old favorites. Don’t have a Netflix membership? Get the free trial just for the marathon!

4. Pinterest party! You know all of those cool Pinterest crafts you say you’re going to do? Do them. At home one night with friends. Then make up some of those bacon-wrapped whatevers you’ve been dying to try!

5. Go to the park. Pack a picnic. Hang out. Watch people. Play on the swings.

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    6. Have an organization party. Set up a day of each weekend where you go to each of your friends’ houses and help them clean out a closet, a room, a garage, whatever. Serve drinks and food and trade stuff among yourselves.

    7. Hold a yard sale. After all of that cleaning, why not hang out together and make some extra cash too?

    8. Concerts in the park. All summer long, many parks host free concerts. Go with your friends. Hang out, bring a picnic dinner. This is a very relaxing way to chill out on a hot summer night after work.

    9. Volunteer together. Offer to do the yard work for the local senior center or hang out with the kids at the YMCA. After a few hours of volunteering together, you will have new respect for each other and something new to chat about.

    10. Play board games. Drag out the Scrabble or the Yahtzee. You can hang out and play all sorts of games with large groups or small ones. Hold a tournament and compete against each other. Here’re some board games ideas.

    11. Video game tournament. Not into board games? OK. Well, how about a video game tournament? Whether it’s the latest dancing game or “Call of Duty,” play against each other and award prizes (or food) to the winners.

    12. Grab a ball and a bat and go play baseball at the local park. Grab a basketball or a tennis racket. Most parks have courts and fields you can use for free as long as there isn’t an organized event going on.

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    13. Go to the school play. This might cost a little for admission, but it’s a great way to support your community and have a fun time.

    14. Iron Chef night. Bring your friends over and have an Iron Chef night where you cook dinner out of only the items in your pantry. No buying anything!

    15. Go dumpster diving. Yup. I said it. Check out the dumpsters in your area and see what you can find. You might even find dinner! Here are some tips for respectful diving.

      16. Go to yard sales. Take all that money you made at your yard sale and cruise around your town together looking for cool stuff. Maybe you could even fix something up and resell it.

      17. Go fishing.

      18. Go camping.

      19. Find some cool trails around your town and go hiking. Here’re some of the best hiking trails you should try.

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      20. Get out the bikes and bike everywhere for a weekend.

        21. Dig out the old croquet set — or borrow your Mom’s — and play croquet. Do it! Totally fun.

        22. Swap movies and music. Have everyone bring over a box of old movies and CDs they don’t want anymore — or don’t watch anymore. Then swap with abandon.

        23. Go on a walking tour of your town. Most towns or cities have a historic district. Find out if there is a walking tour available. If not, make one up!

        24. Scavenger hunt. Put your friends to the test — yes, this is for grown-ups — to find different things in your city…like a certain bike rack, a vintage sign, that sort of thing. The winner gets a dinner cooked by the losers.

        25. Find out when the free days are at your local museum or zoo. Most have them and they can be great fun to visit with friends.

        26. Hold a quilting bee. No, you don’t have to be fancy — or old — for this. Grab some old T-shirts that you love, old jeans, whatever. Cut them into squares and sew them together. Who knows? Maybe it will become a regular thing?

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        27. Go to Open Mic night. Your town is likely harboring some great talent at an open mic night that has no cover and cheap drinks!

        28. Go to a religious service. Even if you’re not religious, going to a service in an unfamiliar religion can be enlightening and a great way to meet new people.

        29. Find a swimming hole. Head to the old town swimming hole — or find a new one. What a great way to spend a lazy afternoon with friends.

          30. Start a book club, card club (canasta anyone?), sewing club or scrapbooking club. Something you and your friends like. My parents used to belong to a cooking club where once a month all of their friends gathered at one house and the host family cooked a meal from a different country. I learned a lot about food that year.

          You don’t really need to spend much to have lots of fun with your friends! Pick a few of these ideas and start trying them out this weekend with your friends!

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