Should chauffeuring be your next career shift?

If you’re craving a change that involves meeting interesting new people, driving amazing cars, and dressing to the nines, you should consider becoming a chauffeur.

Hi, we’re Blacklane and we connect established chauffeur companies with travelers all across the globe. If you’re considering making a move toward driving for a living, here are some of the main reasons why it may or may not be right for you.

The licensing

Did you know that in most places you need a special license and type of insurance to be a chauffeur? The details can differ not just on a country level, but even between states/provinces. They may ask for a certain amount of driving experience, good driving record, a written exam, or even a medical check.

The scheduling

Your hours as a chauffeur can differ widely depending on the company you work for, and simply when the highest demand for rides is in your area of operation. As a Blacklane chauffeur, you create your own schedule by only accepting the rides that suit you. Some of our chauffeurs use Blacklane to fill the gaps in their existing schedule and get more out of their time on the road, while others conduct rides for us exclusively. There’s no required number of rides you need to do with Blacklane, though there is a minimum amount to become eligible to receive our performance-based bonuses.

The vehicles

For someone who appreciates the art of automobiles, it’s a dream job. If you’re going to spend the extra effort to keep your vehicle in shining condition you might as well get paid for it, right? That said, the chauffeur industry has specific, high standards for make and model. Vehicles that offer discretion and comfort take precedent over flashiness. Imagine you’re a celebrity heading home after a long flight. Would you want to ride in a gold-wrapped paparazzi magnet, or a Mercedes EQS?

The travelers

Chauffeuring typically offers a higher level of customer service than taxis or ride-hailing, and caters to a clientele of frequent travelers who are willing to pay a little more to have a better experience. Reading your guests and being able to anticipate their needs is essential. If they’re happy to chat, offering local recommendations can earn you a five-star rating, but if they prefer quiet time, forcing a conversation can have a negative effect.

The dress code

Chauffeurs put just as much care into their appearance as their vehicles’. Since the service and vehicle are more formal than a typical ride service, it follows that the uniform is as well. A dark suit with a tie and a white button-up shirt is the standard, and it goes a long way with making guests feel special and respected. 

The language

While this isn’t required industry-wide, Blacklane chauffeurs need a conversational level of English. This is so that an international traveler can count on the same clear communication whether they’re in the U.S., U.A.E., or any of the other 50+ countries where you can book Blacklane rides. Seeing as you’ve already made it this far down the article, this won’t be a problem for you.

The commitment

If you’re looking to drive as a “side hustle”, chauffeuring might not be for you. As you can probably tell from this list alone, providing the extra attention to detail that the industry requires can take more effort than one would think. Of course, it’s very rewarding, but doesn’t lend itself to casual dabbling.

Getting started

If this sounds like a good fit for you, get in touch with some local companies to find out the requirements in your area, and if they’ll take you on. Once you’re affiliated with a company and ready to ride, you can apply to become a Blacklane chauffeur partner. We’d love to have you, and wish you all the best on the next step of your career!