If I choose a career as a Driving Instructor should I work by myself or with a Driving School?
Normally driving instructors start their working lives as PDI’s attached to a driving school. There may come a point where you ask yourself the following question:
Should I work by myself as a solo driving instructor? Or should I continue working with a team of driving instructors at a driving school?
If you are considering working as a solo driving instructor it is imperative to consider:
- Will I be able to generate enough “word of mouth referrals” to keep busy?
- If I don’t have enough word of mouth referrals am I willing to invest in my business to make it take off?
- Will I be ok financially to wait for my own business to build up if I only have a few pupils each week?
- Do I have the constant motivation needed to set up and run my own business?
- Will the reward of having my own business be worth the extra stress of having to constantly find my own work?
- If I can’t generate enough work would I need to undertake a second job so that I can pay my household bills?
- Do I have enough experience to go it alone yet?
- How many other solo driving instructors and driving schools will I be competing for work with?
Based on the above it would be fair to say that it is a massive decision to make if you are considering changing from being a team member of a driving school to becoming a fully fledged solo driving instructor.
Whilst working with a driving school there are a number of benefits:
- You don't need to find your own work so you can focus on just delivering your driving lessons with minimal stress.
- You are part of a team and may choose to take part in social events with your fellow team members which helps create a sense of belonging.
- If there are any issues with any aspect of your working life or any technical queries your company director is there to provide support.
- There are normally part time and full time positions available to suit your working requirements.
- If you want to increase your income all you have to do is ask for more work.
When choosing to become a team member of a driving school:
If you are in the process of choosing a driving school to start your career as a PDI or changing from one driving school to another as an ADI, it is important that you choose a company which suits your requirements.
You can get some instructors who tour many different driving schools within the space of a year often lured by the cheap franchise fees on offer.
Some driving schools with cheap franchise fees can take on too many instructors which creates a shortage of work, which in turn means less income for the instructors working within that company.
There is a saying it, “is better to have 90% of something rather than 100% of nothing.”
In other words working with a well established driving school which will look after your requirements and keep you busy is of paramount importance as opposed to working with a driving school which attracts you with its cheap franchise fees but then fails to keep you busy and generate enough work for you to earn the income you require.