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RSG025: What’s It Like To Be A Female Uber Driver With Tiffany Hudson-Stroup

By September 9, 2015November 5th, 201614 Comments

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    This is an episode I’ve been wanting to record for a long time and I’m so glad I found Tiffany to bring on the podcast.  On today’s episode, Tiffany shares her experience about what it’s like driving for Uber and Lyft but from the perspective of a female rideshare driver.  As you guys know, I like to blog from experience and with this topic, I wasn’t really able to do that on my own.

    Tiffany shared some things that I expected but there were a whole host of topics that she provided a ton of valuable insight on.  And just in case you’re wondering, this episode contains a lot of great advice not only for female drivers, but there are also some great strategies and tips that will help drivers of all sexes, ages and more.

    RSG025- What's It Like To Be A Female Uber Driver With Tiffany Hudson-Stroup

    RSG025- What’s It Like To Be A Female Uber Driver With Tiffany Hudson-Stroup

    If you’d like to read a transcript of this podcast, please click here.

    Intro

    • As much as I try to incorporate my experience into podcasts, I’m not able to bring any perspective here, so I’m interviewing Tiffany to answer some of your questions about being a female rideshare driver
    • I’ve been up to a few things, including creating my new website/online resume, HarryGCampbell.com
    • Consider creating your own online resume to personalize yourself and your brand
    • I’m now working with Stride Health – a company that provides health benefits to independent contractors and freelancers
    • Stride Health will help you find a healthcare plan if you don’t have one, they’ll explain different healthcare options and provide you with a free healthcare advocate to answer any questions you may have. It’s free to try!

    About Tiffany Hudson-Stroup

    • Tulsa, OK Uber and Lyft driver, part-time rideshare driver while working full-time
    • No start up costs and flexibility were big factors in deciding to become a rideshare driver
    • Did have all the reasonable fears about rideshare driving, especially regarding drunk and belligerent people, being robbed, etc.
    • Has had a very positive time being a female rideshare driver, men have gone out of their way to be nice and keep their high passenger ratings

    Tiffany’s Experience as a Rideshare Driver

    • Be the initiator when welcoming people into your car. You set the tone of the drive and don’t let them treat you poorly – this goes for female and male rideshare drivers
    • In Tulsa, people can expect to get you again as a driver, so typically people aren’t very rude
    • Find mentors as soon as you can, and get to know the areas where you’ll drive
    • Mentors will give you advice and help you feel more comfortable driving
    • Strongly recommend starting with Lyft before Uber, because Lyft offers mentors

    Can You Bring Along a Husband or Boyfriend?: Concerns From New Women Drivers

    • This question comes up a lot, and the answer is always: No!
    • This is your business, your car, and you need all the room in the car
    • Any personality can do this job, but you have to own the job and embrace your style
    • Confidence will make any ride better – you don’t need to bring someone else along as long as you bring your confidence
    • If you’re uncomfortable, you can drive during the times of day you want. Don’t drive nights if you’re not comfortable with it, but work mornings and rush hour periods
    • You will get some weird people: drunk people, people who won’t get out of your car
    • In those cases, you need to know your area – where can you go that’s safe? Where’s the nearest police station? Is there a convenience store you could go to?

    Advice for New & Current Drivers

    • Just don’t give up! Rideshare driving is constantly changing, but stay true to yourself
    • Take notes about what works for you and what doesn’t – this is your side business and take it seriously
    • Make people’s rides memorable
    • If you’re not sure, just try it. It’s free to try, and if you hate it, you never have to do it again
    • Consider carrying something to protect yourself
    • Have steps in place to keep yourself safe
    • Involve your spouse in the process – discuss concerns together, put an action plan in place in case something goes wrong while driving

    Outro

    • Tiffany brought up a lot of great points being a female rideshare driver – if you have more questions, leave a comment below!
    • Every market has its unique set of challenges, but cities are pretty similar – get to know your city before driving
    • Any personality can do this job, but you have to have a certain attitude in order to be successful
    • Even though this episode focused on a woman driver’s perspective, Tiffany’s tips are applicable to all drivers
    • Check out the full transcript here
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    Show Notes

    Stride Health

    This episode was sponsored by Stride Health, they’re a company that connects self employed workers with health coverage and health care for free! And even if you already have health insurance, once you sign up, you’ll get access to a personal advisor who you can call to get help with all your health care decisions and more.  Sign up here to get free access today!

    If you’d like to read a transcript of this podcast, please click here.

    Any questions for Tiffany or me about the interview?  Leave a comment below!

    -Harry @ RSG

    Harry Campbell

    Harry Campbell

    I'm Harry, the owner and founder of The Rideshare Guy Blog and Podcast. I used to be a full-time engineer but now I'm a rideshare blogger! I write about my experience driving for Uber, Lyft, and other services and my goal is to help drivers earn more money by working smarter, not harder.