Kango Drivers On How They Fuel This Car-Ride App Service For Kids Kango Drivers On How They Fuel This Car-Ride App Service For Kids Kango, an app-based service that lets its users schedule rides for kids from preschool to high school, is a hot commodity among parents and drivers alike. Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kango allows busy families to ensure their kids get where they need to go, whether that be the soccer practice after school, or just a ride to school every Monday. An alluring feature of Kango is how personal it is; they connect the user to the right driver, and the user can then directly call or message them. Kango also offers babysitting services in addition to giving kids a ride, and also allows you to connect and chat with nearby parents, free of cost. All Kango drivers are pre-screened and have passed through a rigorous selection process, which includes in-person interviews, background checks, fingerprinting, and more. Another prerequisite is that they must have had experience caring for kids, which ensures that they know how to handle everything from a tantrum to a stomachache. Below are a few Kango drivers on their reasons for joining the service, what a typical day looks like for them, and how Kango helps busy parents. They also share their advice on how to handle that precarious work-life balance. Name: Chanell T. Where You Live: Oakland, CA How Many Kids: 2 Children (16yr old daughter & 3 1/2yr old son) Why Did You Join Kango: I joined Kango because I wanted to earn income and set my own schedule while being a full-time mom at the same time! I loved the fact that Kango allowed me to bring my younger child everywhere I went without any worries during my rides. Meeting new children and their families is always an absolute pleasure. Chanell T What Does a Typical Day Look Like For You: My typical day is always comfortable, easy going, and smooth. I choose my rides per night, per week, or even accept last minute emergencies. A “no pressure lifestyle business” is what is needed in my life, and I get it with Kango! How Does Kango Help You/Women: As a mother, Kango has given me the opportunity to earn money while being a mom at the same time. So for many of us women we appreciate feeling appreciated and Kango’s understanding of us on a personal level. What is Your Work/Life Balance Philosophy: I believe in Work, Love, and Play. Live life to the fullest with responsibilities of course. As being a mother…Responsibility is first on our list from when we wake up in the mornings, until the evenings of slumber. Andrea M Name: Andrea M. Where You Live: Noe Valley in San Francisco, CA How Many Kids: None currently 😉 Why Did You Join Kango: Kango operates with strong philosophies/ethics around the principles of customer care. I respect their mission. And they fill a critical need for parents and kids alike. What Does a Typical Day Look Like For You: There are no typical days with kids! That said, all of my riders are polite, engaging, and have become important pieces of my world in many ways. Conversations ensue during the rides that are sure to pave the way to someday saving the world! How Does Kango Help You/Women: It is a unique opportunity to help support busy lifestyles. In my case, I am working diligently to launch a not for profit organization and I’m also a holistic healthcare provider when time permits. Kango is a perfect way to enable me to continue pursuing my dreams, while helping to subsidize my finances. What is Your Work/Life Balance Philosophy: Ultimately, do what moves you in life. How you apply that to your work is up to you, but it starts there. If you honor this one simple sentiment, work/life balance will find its way. Name: Maria C. How many kids: I have two girls; the oldest is 24 and the other is 18. Why did you join Kango: I joined Kango because my older daughter started college and I wanted to help her. Why does a typical day look like for you? As a full time working mom from 6:30am to 7:30pm, my typical day is super busy. I do get tired, but I feel very satisfied helping to get kids safely to their destinations. As a woman, I never thought I could do this, but as a mother, I understand what it takes for another mother to trust their children to me. What is your work/life balance philosophy: My balance and philosophy is to do your best with a good attitude and a happy heart. For the past seven years, I’ve lived in the city of Pacifica across the street from the Pacific Ocean! Maria C Kate Chia Kate Chia is an NYU graduate with a degree in psychology and has a passion for all things writing-related. She has particular interest in writing about psychology, health, and creative nonfiction. Outside of work, she enjoys indie pop and folk music, scenic walks, and promoting gender equality.