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Kidz Cab: The Black Owned, “Uber For Kids” (3min read)


March 20, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ March News



Detroit woman starts Uber-like service for kids

If you’re a busy working parent, you know how hard it is to juggle everything, including rides for your kids.  Now Aireal Taylor is hoping her new company, Kidz Cab, can take that burden away.

Kidz Cab is a ride service based in Troy geared for children 4 to 16 years old.  Parents can arrange rides to and from school, after-school activities and home. You can book rides and pay all through the web.  Taylor, a former Pistons dancer, says much of her success was inspired by all of her extra-curricular activities, which weren’t always easy to get to.  “My mom struggled a lot. she was a single parent. I had a ton of aunts and uncles and cousins who helped with our chauffeuring,” Taylor said.

Taylor wants to offer that opportunity to other children across Oakland County. Right now she’s the CEO and the company’s only chauffeur, but with the immense interest Kidz Cab has spawned on social media, Taylor says she’ll be hiring more drivers soon.  “My vision is to see a sea of Kidz Cabs outside of every school, in the mornings, in the evenings, I just want to be able to offer this service to everyone,” Taylor said. Rides are charged based on mileage – trips up to 10 miles cost $10 and each additional 10 miles cost $10.  Parents arranging regular ride service can get weekly or monthly discounts. Tracking technology in the vehicle will alert parents when their child is picked up and dropped off.  Kidz Cab is hosting a launch party from 12-4 p.m. at Bloomer Park in West Bloomfield.

Once she developed a solid business plan she began to further establish her brand and created a website where parents can create an account in order book trips for their children. When determining the  cost for each  ride her company provides, Taylor calculates the mileage and assigns a value to it; “We start out from the 0-10 mile range so that trip would be ten dollars, five dollars for every 10 miles from there. 11-20 miles is 15 dollars, so it just keeps going up to 50 miles.”

Aireal talking to an interested parent

The website also allows parents to track their child’s vehicle.  Whilst starting the business and seeing the amount of support she was receiving, Taylor was surprised at how many parents were interested in such a service. Her main challenge when starting the business was funding, but surrounded by love and support it did not hinder Taylor from succeeding. “I was fortunate enough to have my parents who invested and a lot of people who believed in me and what we’re doing with the business.” Her mother, who is also her biggest supporter, has assisted her tremendously financially and emotionally with the business. “She’s definitely been my rock,” said Taylor.

Taylor’s advice to other future entrepreneurs is to ultimately believe in what you are doing. “There’s going to be a lot of people who will say “you can’t do that” or “it’s too much, you’ll never be able to do it” and if you really believe in what you’re doing then no one can stop you from doing it and nobody can stop you from making other people believe in what you’re doing too.”

 

If you’re interesting in booking a ride, head to kidzcabtrips.com.

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