If you enjoy driving and want to make a career out of it, becoming a chauffeur is one of the options available to you. Most chauffeurs do not need specific qualifications other than a full driving licence. If you think working as a chauffeur is the way forward for you, you can either become a self-employed chauffeur and set up your own business which offers chauffeur services, or, you can seek employment from a luxury car hire or corporate cars in Melbourne, who will require you to drive clients to and from their chosen destinations.
Starting up a chauffeur business of your own usually requires a large amount of capital, as buying a luxury car in order to use, or paying for cars from luxury car hire or corporate car hire companies can be expensive, especially if you are just starting out and do not have a well built clientele. Many chauffeurs who decide to start their own business will begin by using an older, and cheaper vehicle which they will upgrade once they have built a client base and begin to make a profit.
The basic costs of setting up a chauffeur business are:
● Purchasing or hiring of vehicles;
● Setting up a website, business cards and other marketing costs;
● Salaries for other chauffeurs who you may employ;
● Vehicle and business insurance;
● Fuel and vehicle maintenance costs;
● Local authority licensing.
To become a registered self employed chauffeur, all drivers will need to undergo a medical examination by their doctor to ensure that they are fit to drive for a number of hours a day. You will also be required to undergo a criminal background check before you are licensed to operate as a chauffeur.
If setting up your own chauffeur business is not the choice for you, then there are a large number of companies who specialise in business and domestic transfers, and also luxury car hire for weddings which come with a chauffeur. Many corporate car hire companies also employ chauffeurs. You will find that airport transfers are a common purpose for hiring a chauffeur, so you should become familiar with the routes to and from airports in your area before applying. Working as a chauffeur for a large corporate car hire company can be an exciting and rewarding job, as you will most likely get to meet many people, possibly including some elite persons and wealthy business owners. Building up relationships with these people is often a great way to further your career, as their opinions will be respected and a good word from them to your superiors may go a long way.
An alternative option to working for a car hire company would be to be work as a chauffeur who specialises in close personal protection services. If you have a background in security or policing, this career may be an excellent choice for you. Some car hire companies also offer close personal protection services, or you may be able to find a security hire company who are looking to hire chauffeurs for the purpose of security and protection of clients.