How to Become a Freelance Taxi Driver

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Taxi driving is the ideal job for those who love meeting new people and of course, enjoy driving every day!

A taxi driver might be employed or contracted to work for a firm, or they can be self-employed and work completely for themselves.

Here we take a look at how to become a freelance taxi driver.

What qualifications and training do I need to become a taxi driver?

You will of course need to hold a full and valid UK driving license in order to become a taxi driver.

You’ll also need a taxi driver’s licence which can be obtained either from your local council, or Transport for London if working inside the capital.

As well as this, you may need to complete:

  • DBS checks
  • A driving skills assessment
  • An area knowledge test
  • Medical tests
  • An English language assessment

For insurance purposes, it might also be worth considering taking additional driving courses, such as hazardous driving training or an advanced driving course. This can help to decrease your insurance costs.

What skills do I need to become a taxi driver?

There are many skills that will be useful to anyone wanting to become a taxi driver, for example:

  • Good communication
  • Being punctual
  • Being able to work under pressure
  • Good navigational skills

Benefits of becoming a freelance taxi driver

The freedom and flexibility that comes with being self-employed are certainly at the top of the list for many people when they make the decision to become their own boss.

You get to choose the jobs you want to take on and can also work the hours you want to do, making it ideal for creating a good work/life balance that we all strive for.

Read our Permanent vs Contracting page for more information on the benefits of working for yourself.

Do I need an accountant?

Having an accountant can really be a great asset to your business – not only will they help you to keep on top of your financial liabilities and deadlines, but they’ll also be able to provide you with useful financial advice that you might not otherwise be aware of.

It’s vital that you hire an accountant that can offer you everything you need – here are a few things to take into consideration when looking for a good accountant:

  • Do they specialise in contractor tax? It’s really important that you hire an accountant who specialises in working with contractors – there will be a number of legislations and taxes that will only apply to your situation and so it’s vital that your accountant understands this area in order to advise and help you properly.
  • Are they qualified? An accountant isn’t required by law to have qualifications, but it might give you peace of mind knowing that they do have them.
  • Do they have a fixed monthly amount? You shouldn’t assume that every accountant works on a fixed monthly fee. Check that their package is inclusive of everything you need for your business, such as tax returns, VAT returns and payroll. Read about the services we offer here.
  • Have they got a good reputation? Do your research and find an accountant that has a good reputation and can be trusted.

For more help and information on this read our Choosing a Contractor Accountant page.

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Why Dolan Accountancy?

With over 25 years experience in contractor accountancy helping thousands of contractors, freelancers and the self employed, Dolan Accountancy has the specialist skills, reputation and credibility you can trust. Working closely with our sister company, Contractor Umbrella, it means we can offer one low cost, fixed fee package at £105 + VAT per month. This gives you the flexibility of using both our Limited Company Accountancy Services and our award winning Umbrella Service, for one inclusive cost. We don’t believe in tiered packages or hidden extra fees, instead we aim to give you everything you need, including:

  • Free Company Formation – This is where it all begins. Once you have decided on an available name, we will form your company free of charge (if using our accountancy services) and it will be ready for you to use in as little as three hours.
  • Free use of Contractor Umbrella – With IR35 Legislation changes we understand that sometimes you are required to contract via an umbrella company. We will keep your limited company ticking over, while you work margin free via our sister company, Contractor Umbrella.
  • A Dedicated Accountant – Your accountant will be there for any company or personal tax advice that you require. We will never outsource work, even to internal teams.
  • Free Access to FreeAgent – The founder behind the multi award winning FreeAgent platform was one of Simon’s first clients, therefore it only seems fitting that we offer all of our clients access to FreeAgent, free of charge.
  • Free Business Banking – We have decided to waive our commission so our clients can use Tide free of charge for the first year.
  • Unlimited IR35 Status Reviews – We will review all of your contracts for IR35 purposes and provide you with our professional opinion as to its status.
  • Free Registered and Director’s Service Office Address – Sometimes you just don’t want your home address on display at Companies House. When you sign up to our accountancy services, we will offer the use of our address as an alternative.
  • Your Business and Personal Taxation Needs – This includes Company Accounts, Director’s Personal Tax Return, VAT Returns, Payroll, Corporation Tax and Dividend advice, to name just a few.

If you’d like to find out more about how Dolan Accountancy can help you and your business, please give us a call on 01442 795100 or email or