On the 19 April 2016, I decided for the second time I couldn’t be an Uber driver. As a single mum of four teenagers, I just didn’t feel comfortable.
That same day, I decided to create a rideshare service that I could drive for. I wanted an option for women to travel with a female driver, and enjoy the peace of mind that brings for so many of us.
I bought a domain name and in the next few days went about registering the company with ASIC and doing all the other things one should do when starting a business. I’d never started a business before, so I spent hours researching how to go about it. I listened to podcasts at night after my four kids were asleep. I trademarked the name and the logo. I was a woman possessed.
I started a GoFundMe page and was overwhelmed by the support. Men and women from across the country backed this idea of a women’s only rideshare service. And so, with the help of a few very supportive friends, I started to build the company that is now Shebah.
So many people helped. To all the women and men who gave to the GoFundMe page, thank you. That money helped to pay for those first legal and accounting fees. More importantly, it brought the idea into the media spotlight, which brought me investors and finally my incredible business partner.
Thanks to The Project, The Sydney Morning Herald, KISS FM, GOLD FM, Triple M Brisbane, 2UE, 2GB, 3AW, 774 ABC ,612 ABC Sunrise, Channel 9 news, Channel 7 news, The Herald Sun, The Leader and all the other radio and print media that’s supported and explored what we are on about.
But most of all, thank you, the women and girls of Shebah who are making this community and transport network come to life. We are just a few weeks from lift off. Happy New Year and from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Ladies, let’s roll.
Love George x