What: RideZum invites people with experience working with children to drive kids to and from school, sports and other activities, and, occassionally, babysit. 

Expected pay: $20+ per hour

Husl $core: $$$$

Where: California’s Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco Bay Areas

Requirements:

  • At least 21 years old
  • At least 3 years of experience working with children
  • At least 3 years of driving experience with a clean driving record
  • Own a 2006 or newer four door vehicle in great condition
  • College education and/or experience working in a professional setting

Review:

RideZum invites people with experience working with children to drive school children to and from class, sports and other activities, and, occassionally, babysit for pay.

Zum, pronounced Zoom, maintains that they pay drivers more than the other apps. However, their pay formula is not spelled out on their web site and the company failed to return a reporter’s queries asking about the same.

That said, the site charges parents $6 every 15 minutes for babysitting, a service that is only available for those who are already using Zum to transport their children. That intimates a $24 per hour (or more) rate since rides appear to be charged at a higher price — roughy $20 for a 10 to 15-minute drive. It’s likely that drivers just get a percentage of the total. But, it still appears to be better than minimum wage.

Employee reviews have also been positive, though there are relatively few. The company also appears to have traction, at least in the Bay Area, where a handful of schools use Zum regularly. That bodes well for drivers getting sufficient gigs. Importantly, too, RideZum drivers don’t need to worry about as many safety issues as those who drive for Uber or Lyft. You’re driving generally in daylight hours and, though your passengers may be cantankerous, they’re unlikely to be drunk or armed. 

Other companies offering the similar opportunities include HopSkipDrive and Kango

What their drivers say:

“After being a stay at home mom for 15 years, Zum provided an opportunity to return to the workplace and utilize my caregiving skills. I am happy to be working with kids and helping families with their transportation needs while earning money. I enjoy the flexible schedule and the chance to meet up with other drivers on meet-ups to exchange ideas. I feel very supported by management while driving for Zum and they offer some incentive programs to increase your earnings.”

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