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Alan Hidalgo

Tell us your name and a little about yourself.

My name is Alan Hidalgo, and I would consider myself to be a “millennial entrepreneur” by society’s standards, but I consider myself a ‘capitalist’ and prefer that term. I’ve been fortunate to build, grow, and advise several 6 & 7 figure companies within multiple industries. I currently own a successful marketing firm that generates leads for 7 & 8 figure medical and outdoor service companies. My company also did marketing for several influential NFL, MLB, and NBA players and has worked with names like Gary Vaynerchuk. I also have a partnership in a SaaS software company and run several offline businesses like an Uber taxi fleet business, ATMs, and AirBNB rentals just to name a few.

Aside from my professional life, I’m an avid traveler who has been to over 28 countries before I was 21. My favorite hobby is traveling to other countries and cities, and I teach people how they can leverage internet businesses to be able to travel around without having to worry about how they’re going to generate income. I also enjoy politics, entrepreneur educating, and singing.

 

What exactly does your company do?

I run multiple companies but I’d like to take this opportunity to focus on a new business I launched recently called “Car Fleet Academy” which is an entrepreneurial education company that teaches people how they can make 6 figures leveraging Uber and Lyft without ever having to drive a car.

Basically it’s like running your own taxi company but instead of it being taxis, it’s Uber cars. Imagine having cars making you money daily all hours of the day while you’re sitting at home with the kids or traveling the World. Most people think cars are a depreciating asset, which in most cases they are because of how people use them or lack of “using them”. In the same way, home or apartment can be turned into an appreciating asset simply by turning it into a rental income property, a car can be turned into a daily ATM which is cash flow positive.

I went from using my own car when I was in college to owning 13 cars that generate $3,000-5,000 in monthly profits making money semi-guaranteed. What I mean by this is: Uber and Lyft are always generating money in every city. There are millions of dollars up for grabs in the rideshare market for anyone that wants it in their city, this is because transportation is a constant market need and will never run out! People always will need to get from point A to point B. All you have to do is serve those people, and best of all Uber and Lyft sends be customers to you vs. in a traditional business where you have to figure out how to properly market to your customers. You don’t worry about any of that with this business model.

Car Fleet Academy has successful students in 50+ U.S. markets, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Australia now. Our average student consists of the everyday entrepreneur, car dealerships, former Uber/Lyft drivers, retired couples, stay-at-home moms and everybody in between.

 

What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?

My biggest challenge was probably being resistant to wanting to spend a lot of money back into my businesses. I’ve always been more on the conservative side when it comes to putting money back in it. But I realized quickly that the more you invest into back into your business, the more you’ll make in the long run. You have to invest in marketing, a good team, and most importantly your customers! Spending the extra money on wanting to perfect your product as much as you can to give your customer the best version is worth it. If you don’t do it, someone else will, and they will steal your customer. Always put the customer first, and you’ll win in the long run. There is a reason Chick-Fil-A is the 2nd grossing fast-food chain after McDonald but has the least franchise locations of the major chains, it’s because of their amazing customer service and great quality product.

 

What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?

I wish someone would have told me to start a business based on people’s needs and pains rather than their wants. I realized that when you monetize people’s needs you’ll always have customers. An example of this is toilet paper companies…people are always going to need toilet paper, hence the fact that toilet paper companies will make billions of dollars every year guaranteed because they’re filling a huge need in the World. Other examples of this are ice companies, marijuana companies, water companies, building/construction companies, gas companies, marketing companies…and the list goes on. When you find something that people really really need, and you supply it, you can make millions without the worry of not having customers. I see so many entrepreneurs trying to start businesses on what they think people should want, instead of just focusing on what people need and supplying that. Suppliers will always be rich.

 

Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?

I’m not really one of those people that names Steve Jobs or Elon Musk as people I’m aspiring to be. I like how powerful Richard Branson has become with his use of branding. In the internet marketing space, I really admire what Mike Dillard and Sam Ovens have been able to do. When it comes to sports and music I really look up to Floyd Mayweather and in music, I think it’s amazing how P Diddy still is the highest-paid rapper consistently every year because of his deal with Ciroc and investments, even though he doesn’t rap anymore. Lastly, when it comes to investments, I think Warren Buffet is the King.

 

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?

I would definitely like to thank my parents for being crucial into how I was shaped as a person and raising me. I also give a lot of credit to God and all my business partners that I’ve worked with along the way. I’ve also been blessed to have many good mentors and influential people I’ve crossed paths within my life.

 

What do you see as your greatest success in life?

My greatest success was probably closing a single 6 figure deal in a day. My next goal is closing on a million-dollar deal in a day!

 

How can people follow your journey? Please list your social media URLs

www.instagram.com/alanhid
www.facebook.com/alan95list
https://www.linkedin.com/in/alanhidalgo
www.carfleetacademy.com

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