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 Review:

HopSkipDrive enlists freelancers to drive minors to and from school and activities. Like other freelance driving options, freelancers use their own car and have to pay for gas and maintenance. Rides may be 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. However, caring for your own kids counts.

If you have a fuel-efficient car, this can be an ideal driving side-gig for students and school teachers, who might not feel comfortable driving 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 Zum, Kango, KidCar and RubiRides.

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. 

From Indeed

“I really enjoyed working for this company as an independent self-employed driver. It didn’t seem like a job, but like a stay-at-home mom picking up and dropping off “my own kids”! Lol”

“Only good for extra income. Wear and tear on car eats up most of the money. Realistically only earning about $10 hr after gas and maintenance expense.”

“Not only are children transported, but senior citizens also can use the service. I love driving them and getting to chat. It’s fun to meet new people and feel good that I am helping them get around.”

“Love it a lot. Drawback is that your car gets really used up. Lots of miles put on, lots of fuel use, and had to get oil changes and tires more frequently.”

*Updated 3/5/2022

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