How to Hire a Personal Driver

When it comes to your personal or business needs, hiring a personal driver can help alleviate your transportation issues and give you peace of mind during your busy day. They also provide a personal touch and familiarity you’re not going to find with the standard taxi or ride-sharing companies.

Here are some tips to help you find great personal driver candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Personal drivers searching for jobs on Indeed*

1,317,039

Job seekers that clicked personal driver jobs

10,573

Total number of employers with active personal driver jobs

53,635

Personal driver jobs that received clicks

What is the cost of hiring personal driver?

  • Common salary in US: $15.44 hourly
  • Typical salaries range from $7.25$31.70 hourly
  • Find more information on Indeed Salary

*Indeed data (US) – April 2021

As of April 2021, personal driver jobs in the U.S. are very competitive compared to other job markets, with an average of 25 job seekers per personal driver job.

Why hire a personal driver?

Adding a personal driver to your payroll can impact your bottom line as liability is brought in-house. However, hiring a great personal driver can help:

• Relieve the stress of your daily commute
• Decrease the risk of accidents or time lost in traffic
• Provide transportation for family or essential employees
• Let you focus on meeting preparations while in transit

Deciding between a full-time vs freelance personal driver

While narrowing down your list of personal driver applicants, consider whether a full-time or freelance driver is a better fit for the job.

A full-time personal driver usually works for a single client and offers the security of consistency. Whether running an errand or picking up and dropping off the client at a designated location, a full-time personal driver has set operating hours. They typically cater to busy professionals.

A freelance personal driver is more flexible. They may be used to fill schedule gaps when a full-time driver is unavailable, especially when the client goes on distant business trips. A freelance personal driver often has multiple clients, providing transportation for scheduled times (e.g., all day or just weekends).

What are the roles of personal drivers?

When you want to hire a personal driver, it’s important to understand the difference between roles in personal driver jobs. While all personal drivers require a license, some are best suited to business professionals or celebrities. Here are some differences between these roles:

  • Personal driver: This can refer to anyone who operates a motor vehicle. Personal drivers typically use regular vehicles, sometimes with minor modifications for passenger comfort. Some drivers take on multiple clients.
  • Executive driver: Someone who drives executives and other high-tier business professionals to designated locations. An executive driver may be authorized to enter areas off-limits to drivers who are nonemployees.
  • Chauffeur/Chauffeuse (Limo driver): A professional driver who operates a motor vehicle and attends to passengers’ needs, often driving a limousine or luxury sedan. It’s common for VIP clients who value grandeur to employ a chauffeur or chauffeuse, which allows these drivers to charge higher rates.

Where to find personal drivers

To find the right personal driver for your business, consider trying out a few different recruiting strategies:

  • Network: Ask other business professionals where they found their personal drivers or if they can recommend someone.
  • Check the transportation industry: Examine the strategies delivery companies, limo services and trucking industries use to attract drivers.
  • Put up flyers: Let the public know you’re looking for a personal driver by placing local flyers around places with high foot traffic (e.g., mall, park).
  • Hire from within: Does your staff already include professional drivers? Someone might be interested in a new role. Tapping into existing talent rewards loyal employees and can boost company morale.
  • Post your job online: Try posting your personal driver job on Indeed to find and attract quality personal driver candidates.

What are the roles of personal drivers?

When you want to hire a personal driver, it’s important to understand the difference between roles in personal driver jobs. While all personal drivers require a license, some are best suited to business professionals or celebrities. Here are some differences between these roles:

  • Personal driver: This can refer to anyone who operates a motor vehicle. Personal drivers typically use regular vehicles, sometimes with minor modifications for passenger comfort. Some drivers take on multiple clients.
  • Executive driver: Someone who drives executives and other high-tier business professionals to designated locations. An executive driver may be authorized to enter areas off-limits to drivers who are nonemployees.
  • Chauffeur/Chauffeuse (Limo driver): A professional driver who operates a motor vehicle and attends to passengers’ needs, often driving a limousine or luxury sedan. It’s common for VIP clients who value grandeur to employ a chauffeur or chauffeuse, which allows these drivers to charge higher rates.

Writing a chef job description

A thoughtful description is important in finding qualified personal driver candidates that will suit your specific needs. Since you and your clients will be spending a considerable amount of time in close quarters with the driver, make sure that person is friendly and pleasant. A personal driver job description includes a compelling summary of the role, routes you frequently take, how often regular rides are needed and a detailed list of duties and responsibilities.

When writing your personal driver job description, consider including some or all of the following keywords to improve the visibility of your job posting. These are the most popular search terms leading to clicks on personal driver jobs, according to Indeed data:

  • Driver
  • Delivery driver
  • Truck driver
  • Non-CDL driver
  • Hiring immediately
  • Driver non-CDL
  • Driver delivery
  • CDL driver
  • Transportation
  • Driving

Interviewing personal driver candidates

Strong candidates for personal driver positions will be confident answering questions regarding:
• Their familiarity with the areas you are typically traveling within
• Their personal driving record and experiences

Need help coming up with interview questions? See our list of personal driver interview questions for examples (with sample answers).

FAQs about how to hire a personal driver

Are personal drivers self-employed?

Many personal drivers are self-employed and use their own vehicles, but they can also work for private firms.

What does a personal driver wear?

Many personal drivers, especially freelance, wear casual clothing and are not required to dress in special uniforms, although some executive drivers may require suits. Limo drivers often wear a flat cap and dress formally.

What qualifies as a limousine?

Limousine or “limo” refers to unmarked, unmetered luxury vehicles driven by a chauffeur or chauffeuse. The term covers a range of vehicles, including sedans, town cars, hybrids, mini SUVs, SUVs and stretch limousines.

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