Last Updated on: October 23rd, 2015
What is it like to be a female Uber driver? is a question that I seem to get fairly often.
This, mainly from other women passengers who have been toying with the idea of becoming a driver only to be met with resistance from family, friends and spouses. I am always happy to share with my passengers that I feel completely safe as a female driver. With that being said, as an Uber driver in Washington, DC every day is completely different!
My first day as an Uber driver was unlike anything that I could have imagined. While I did all that I could have done to prepare for the experience, it was still nothing like what I had anticipated. I can vividly recall feeling a mix of emotions because up until that day, I had never done anything so spontaneous, or so it seemed.
Leading up to my first day, my goal was to absorb as much info as I could regarding what to expect. My sister had been a driver for several months and my younger sister had also just started driving so I didn’t have to go far for insight. Luckily, I didn’t stay in the space of “overthinking the experience” and simply decided to just do it. And so I did.
I reassured my hubby that I would be vigilant and stay aware of my surroundings while leaving him home with our little ones. After doing a little more research I found that the most profitable and enjoyable times (as an Uber driver in a major city) would be working during happy hour and the club scene. My research proved to be correct and I became instantly hooked on being a driver for Uber! The people that I met were absolutely a joy to be around. A bonus to working the club scene is that everyone is genuinely happy and are in a state of bliss, hanging or meeting up with friends and are simply looking to enjoy an evening out and eventually arrive back to their destination safe and sound.
Now when I say I was instantly hooked please understand that I mean that in every sense of the word! Within my first weekend of driving I had exceeded the 50 trip requirement to receive the $100 bonus. I had to actually talk myself into going home the next morning as I had been out since 7pm on Friday and was just going back home 8 am the next morning! After the club scene was over, I found myself getting dispatched to various bars as the servers, bartenders and other service industry people were now getting off work.
One other thing that I love about working after club night is that people who tend to work in the service industry tend to also tip well as they are all too familiar with bad tippers. This is just another bonus for us. I have received invites to bars, tips for where to hang out, discount and free offers as well as a $30 tip from a bartender. The people that I have served have been exceptional, kind hearted and genuine people.
While I can actually talk about my joys of being an Uber driver all day, I will instead end it here. I look forward to sharing additional stories in the very near future. Have a blessed and prosperous day!