Everybody drives. Plain and simple, almost everybody will need to learn how to safely operate an automobile at some point in their life. While it is true that you can receive a license to drive in most states without driver’s education training, driving schools are still in high demand.
Car insurance bills usually drop substantially if you can show a graduation certificate from a certified driver’s education school. And in most states, anyone under the age of 18 will need driver’s education in order to obtain a learner’s permit.
For these reasons, starting your own driving school can be a lucrative career opportunity.
Steps for Opening Your Own Driving School
- Decide if you want to buy into a franchise like SurePass or 911.Franchising often comes with a large franchising fee, but a large business like this can supply you with many of the materials you will need to start your driving school.
- Get DMV-certified to instruct drivers.Packets on to become a certified instructor are available at your local Department of Motor Vehicles office.
- Get start-up money from a bank loan or private investors.Writing a good, solid business plan with all of your expenses listed will be vital to this step.
- Set up your place of business.While some choose to instruct out of their homes, it is best to locate a building where you can set up your driving school.
- Get a driving school business license from the DMV.Be aware that state fees for driving schools can be up to $10,000.
- Get your car or cars.Be sure that any vehicle you are using has the proper insurance and signage for a student driver car. It may be prudent to install a secondary brake system, instructor perspective mirrors, and perhaps even steering.
- Write out your lesson plans (using DMV certified teaching materials) and plan a safe, minimal traffic course to practice driving.Setting up a practice course in the parking lot of your building is also a great idea, as long as there is enough room.
- Advertise your new driving school.Don’t overlook the value of using social media like Facebook or Twitter and building a website to help promote your business. Remember that many of your clients will be today’s tech-savvy youth.
Managing your Student Appointments and Scheduling
Consider using Appointment-Plus to help manage your driving class schedules. This is especially important if you are running a school with multiple students. Appointment-Plus can also help with advertising, as it enables you to add a “Book Now” button to your social media or web page.