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  • Writer's pictureDamian Brzeski

The ABCs of Becoming a Taxi Driver: Everything You Need to Know to Succeed

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

Do you want to start earning money as a taxi driver? Well, listen carefully, because I have some tips for you!

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How to Become a Successful Taxi Driver?

First, you need to know that formalities are important, but they are not everything. You need to have a driver's license, a clean criminal record, and basic knowledge of navigation. However, what is crucial is your attitude.

First and foremost, you need to think about whether this job is for you. It is not an easy job, and taxi drivers spend a lot of time in the car. So if you don't like long drives, it might be better to look for another job.

If, however, you are determined, the best way to start is to work as a self-employed driver, but you will be able to keep most of your earnings. This is a great option for beginners who want to try their hand at it.

Another important thing is choosing the right taxi. You don't have to buy a new and expensive taxi, but you need to find one that won't let you down. It is best to look for used cars in good condition that are no more than 3-5 years old.

And finally, but most importantly, be polite to passengers and always professional! People look for taxis to get from one place to another in a comfortable and safe way. But there is nothing to stop you from spending this time in a pleasant atmosphere. You can always ask how your passenger's day is going and discuss various topics. This often makes passengers come back to you and recommend you to their friends.

But remember to stick to neutral topics, try not to talk about politics, correctness, or controversial topics even if you think your conversation partner has a similar opinion, remember professionalism.

So if you have the right attitude, a good taxi, and the ability to talk to people nicely, start earning money as a taxi driver! And remember, any job can be great if you do it with a smile on your face.

What about using taxi apps?

Well, do you want to legally earn money as a taxi driver but don't want to get fined by the city guard or road transport inspection?

Well, the good news is that you can start cooperating with one of the intermediation platforms such as FreeNow, Uber, Bolt, iTaxi, OptiTaxi, or small local start-ups. Once it was illegal, but after the amendment of the law, it is now legal. You could say that this is an option for those who do not like to stand in one place for a long time and want to earn extra money in the seasonal business.

Unfortunately, I also have to disappoint you that the applications are a convenient and easy option for work but you won't make good money on them. It is an option only for people working a few days a week, not for a full-time job.

So, which company to choose? Traditional taxi corporations, private taxis, or apps?

In my opinion, the best one will be the one in which you feel the best. After all, if you are not satisfied with your work, what is the point of making a lot of money?

There are drivers who like to be in constant motion, as if they were pumped up. And there are those who prefer to wait for better fares. After all, the longer they wait, the more they earn. So, what will suit you? You have to answer this question for yourself.

But one thing is for sure: don't skimp on maintenance, fuel, and the overall condition of your taxi. This is your investment and your means of making a living.

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