What: Drive kids

Expected pay: $20+ per hour

Husl $core: $$$$

Where: California’s 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: 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 phone call/emails 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. Employee reviews have also been positive, though there are relatively few. The company also appears to have made its mark, at least in the Bay Area, where a handful of schools use Zum regularly, which bodes well for getting sufficient gigs.

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.The team at Zum is outstanding they will work with you if you ever need anything, and they are always there to make sure you are doing okay, and making sure all of us feel like family. Way to go Zum!!”

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