To become a chauffeur in the UK, you have 2 choices and as in lots of professions, it is a choice of being self employed or employed. Being self employed is more involved as you will need a limo, either you buy one or lease one. And the normal questions on whether you want a steady job with a defined income or you want to risk it and try and earn a lot more.
So the self employed role, will mean you have to start your own limo company and it will involve a reasonable amount of cash, as you are going to need a limo, so you may consider a slightly older one to keep your initial costs down while you start your business. And get those clients in as fast as you can. The other big costs are licensing, insurance, salaries, limo maintenance and marketing, either through a website or advertising or preferably both. There are some great gains to be made by having a website and getting in leads that way, the website itself is not as important as your ranking in the search engines. So that is something you need to focus on, because without leads and clients, your business is just a large cost base.
You need to get in touch with your closest taxi licensing authority and finding out what you have to do and that initially will be to to get a private hire licence. And you will find out what type and age of limo you are allowed to use. And you will need a medical examination and a criminal background check, to ensure you are not a criminal.
Is this a mans job? Well it always used to be, but clearly it doesn’t have to be, as many women are very good drivers, as many men are very bad drivers. The important thing is your ability to work the unsocial hours and often at short notice, its all dependant on what the client wants to do and when.
Be prepared to get to know your local airports and local restaurants (fast food). And you will get to meet a lot of interesting people and some big names no doubt, which would make the job a little more interesting for you.
It could be a great job for you if you are polite, have great customer service, and are flexible. You have to be very smart, punctual, caring and be prepared to do whatever is necessary to serve your client. Excellent personal hygiene is key as is being smart, a ht and gloves isn’t always necessary these days, but some clients do prefer this.
Some clients have specific needs that need to be addressed or they will go elsewhere as they are paying, they need to be happy with the service. So maybe a coffee or newspaper or magazine is a good idea. And if you become liked, often a reward comes your way.
Always greet your client with some pleasantries but then let them get comfortable in silence, if they want to talk they will, do not engage them in conversation. They will want to catch up on emails, calls or reading, so don’t want you talking at them.
It is key you arrive early to pick them up and deliver them on time at their destination, they CANNOT be late.
Your limo must be clean and tidy, odourless and an oasis…
Follow these simple tips and you will have a great career driving lovely limousines around.