If you are thinking of becoming a private chauffeur, you should understand that it is very different from being a corporate chauffeur. Some people will suit the role of a chauffeur for a private household, but it certainly isn’t for everyone. Have you got what it takes to become a private chauffeur?
What Does a Private Chauffeur Do?
A private chauffeur will usually work for a specific household. This might be a family with children, a couple, or even a single individual. The key factor is that a private chauffeur is not hired by a company but works solely for the household or individual. In a corporate role, a chauffeur might work for a select group of people, such as company directors, or perhaps be at the company’s disposal. As a private chauffeur, you will work for a household or family directly. You might drive a businessman to and from his office or the airport, but you might also work for other family members and take care of the family’s fleet of cars too. You might run personal errands, or even work with children and pets. As a private chauffeur, you would therefore have a much closer relationship with your employers than you would in a corporate role.
Working in a private household, you will need to be flexible. In a private chauffeuring role, evenings and weekends can be busy. And as with any family, plans can change at the drop of a hat. Evenings, weekends, and early mornings might represent the majority of your working hours, as will public holidays. There might be times when you work for several days, and then have several days off. You may be required to work long hours or split shifts on the days that you are on call.
Working With Children
Some private chauffeurs can work in households with children and pets who might well use the chauffeuring services too. Such households are quite likely to have the chauffeur do the school run. This might involve driving various children to different schools and then collecting them in the afternoon too. Driving children is completely different from driving adults. You must ensure that you have an up-to-date DBS to allow you to work near, or with children. Safety is also a key factor. But most of all you must enjoy working with children.
The Importance of Discretion
Finally, discretion will play a large role in the job. For any chauffeur, discretion is of the utmost importance, but working for a private household exposes you to the lives of your employer’s family. You might overhear private conversations, and for the family to feel comfortable around you, they will need to know that they can trust you. They should be able to live their normal lives, without feeling restricted around you either on their property or in the car. So, discretion becomes a big part of the job. If you can be trusted to be the soul of discretion, then becoming a private chauffeur might well offer you a suitable career path.