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How To Start a Driving School Business- The Business Plan


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In priority of most yet to be successful individuals and families are cars and among the acquisition of successful individual and families is car or are car(s) as the case maybe. Millions of cars are produced annually, millions are sold as well. This is to illustrate the high demand for cars, making car production and sale a lucrative business. Subtly lays yet another lucrative business- DRIVING SCHOOL BUSINESS. Much fail to realize how lucrative a driving school can be for investors. A car is not complete without a driver; and good drivers are products of good and advanced driving school. 
Driving is now a necessary skill for all to acquire just as car is a necessity. Millions of cars are sold annually so do millions subscribe and pay for a driving test or instruction. Do you know you can make huge profit providing this hot service through opening a driving school business anywhere in the world- United States recorded an annual figure of 1.6million plus driving test per year, so also around the world, in Canada, Austria, Russia, Japan and Europe etc.

 Are you a good, skilled and patient driver, can you teach others to become a good driver or you’re an entrepreneur looking for a lucrative business to invest into? Let’s evaluate this business to ascertain 

1. What is referred to as a driving school

2. The market and demand for driving school 
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3. The steps to open a driving school anywhere 

4. Services offered in driving school 

5. Equipment etc

 6. Capital/investment requirement and cost

 Starting a business provides great advantage for investors, starting a driving school in your state/country provides even more advantages and opportunity of making huge profit and still serve human race as you will be saving life’s and property on your country roads, one less unskilled and untrained driver is one less accident and more lives saved.

 1. What is a driving school:

Personally, a driving school reefers to a private, or grouped established institution of learning for drivers and to be drivers., a driving school is a place where advanced and professional driving tutor, driving test, car papers, drivers license, car hiring and more are offered to interested people helping them learn how to drive and become a pro driver.


 2. Market and demand for driving school:

 Research and findings shows that all over the world the need for a driving school remains large and still increasing as far as auto mobile exist. 


3. Steps to start a driving school



 Step 1: Registration /licensing 

First thing first, a driving school is a business that has a lot to do with laws- state laws, federal and state road laws etc and to be in line and avoid running into trouble or possible closure is registration. Registration starts with registering a business name or country with the appropriate body in your country. Please note while registering please choose a liability company as opposed to sole proprietor or partnership company. After business name of company registration you would apply for licensing of business for driving school with the appropriate body. This involves being a certified driver instructor or having one, a requirement differs from country to country. Some country require that an instructor should have driven for at least 42 days some require more or less pending on the country. 
  Related : How to Register a Business Name

Step 2: Make out the time

 After registration of business name and licensing, the next step is to make the time. Starting up a driving school requires much time, so I would include it as a step. To really earn from this business is to make out time, it’s not an online driving neither an online driving school that you would do at leisure’s, it’s not the normal 6am-4pm or 8am-6 pm job schedule. Mind you, your customers might be managers, house wife’s, students, employer or employee and in such can be on tight scheduled so you need to make out time to render this service to them whenever possible or chosen, say Sundays, Saturdays, by 6am, 12 noon, 3 pm etc. see below for possible time schedules you can use

 - 1 month driving at 5 days a week. i.e. 20 lessons

 - 3 weeks driving lessons at 5 days a week i.e. 15 lessons - 

 -2 weeks driving lessons i.e. 10 lessons - 1 week driving lessons i.e. 5 lessons

 - 10 Saturday at weekend i.e. 10 lessons 

- 5 Saturday at weekend i.e. 5 lessons etc 

This are time scheduled you can adopt, you can add more. To some customers this is still not flexible so you will have to make out time for them as well. (Make extra money also) 


Step3: Employ workers:

Assuming you are starting small and will be doing the work yourself, you can overlook this step but if you intend starting on a medium or large scale them you will need to employ workers (Drivers for practical teaching, Receptionist for registration of new customer etc) this is a crucial step and 50% determines your success, in hiring workers target, skilled, friendly and patient workers especially drivers.


 4. Services to offer in your driving school

 Before we jump to the money requirement I would want you to understand the work and service you can offer and make money from in driving school and possible scale you can start on. Opening a driving school you would be providing one, two, three or even all of the service listed below.


 a. Driver’s Training- 

often when we talk about diving school, what we think usually is of the drivers training aspect. Yes, on the service offered in driving school is the driver training service but that is just one service out of possible five. This driver training service entails tutoring, conducting, carrying out drivers test, providing driving classes, teaching students how to become a good driver theoretically and practically. Other services you can offer in driving schools are 


b. Driver’s license-

 If at start-up, you licensed and registered your business properly with the right agency in regulation of driving institution in your country, you can also start issue drivers license.


 c. Driver’s papers- 

 In situations of purchase of new car by student before and after training a driving school helps process and obtain car papers and other related documents.


 d. Car hire-

This is a service you can also offer under your driving school establishment depending, it’s a service often offered by advanced driving schools in which driving school hire or lease cars out to the general public for stipulated purposes


 e. Driver’s outsourcing-

If you have offered driving teaching jobs before you would find out that some people are not too interested neither in driving or learning how to drive. Perhaps lazy, they prefer being driven so you can add driver outsourcing service to your portfolio. It’s simple a service where you will connect your customers with trained and experience driver to drive them. All this above service involves money for the customers and profit for the investor in driving school business.


 5. Equipment- 

To open a driving school you will need some equipment for easy and smooth operation. Since its about driving the first is 

 - Car(s) - for practical teaching and driving, for conducting driving test(s). The number of cars to start with depends on the scale you want to operate in. you can start with one, two, three or even 30 cars. But its better the number of cars grow with your business. Note you will need both Automatic and Manual cars to start.

 - Driving simulator- this is a new technology in the business, if you have the money, you can acquire a driving simulators. Though expensive, but it will certain save you some crash on cars by first timers. - Computers- for data entry and record keeping. 

- Boards and writing pen- driving school is not all about jumping into a car and have the instructor tell you to go left or right, there are lots of behind scene activities before road appearance. To help carry out these activities you will need a board and writing pen for easy teaching.
 - Road sign- for easy demonstration and explanation while in driving classes to help familiarize symbol and its meaning to the student. Etc 


6. Capital/ investment requirement- 

 driving school is a lucrative business, and likewise every business start-ups, investment and capital is required, in that vein also is driving school business, you will need some certain amount. The capital requirement of this business is dependent on factors like, scale, how many cars, type and model of cars, how many workers to employ, what services to offer. Etc

Conclusion- driving school is a good and profitable business irrespective of location, time and season. Return on investment is high and profiting so if you want to start? Then go on you’re not making a mistake. Hope this article helps? If there anything I missed, or you want to make contribution please use the comment box below to ask. We will provide answers to your questions. Have fun

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