What: HopSkipDrive enlists freelancers to drive children to school and activities

Expected pay: $10 – $30 per hour

Husl $core: $$$$

Where: Major cities in California, Texas, Washington, Colorado, Virginia/D.C. area, Arizona and Nevada.


  • Be 23 or older;
  • have 5 years or more of child care experience (having your own children counts);
  • be able to pass a background check;
  • have a late-model 4-door car;
  • proof of insurance;
  • good driving record


HopSkipDrive is an Uber for minors. Drivers shuttle around the under 16-set from school to grandma’s to soccer, driving anywhere from a few blocks to across town. Pay is determined based on mileage and time, but you’ll see an estimate before you accept a fare.

Drivers are screened for both criminal records and child care experience. It’s an ideal side-gig for students and school teachers, who might not feel comfortable driving around inebriated adults in the middle of the night. Most rides are during the day, when parents have conflicting schedules and need a trusted proxy. 

You can find similar side hustles with RideZum and Kango.

What their drivers say: (from CBS News)

Cathy Vaccher, an elementary school teacher, said she earns about $150 a week driving for HopSkipDrive after school. She likes it better than Uber because she’s a diminutive 4-foot-11 and not comfortable picking up adults.

*Updated 5/5/2021

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