People are always going to need help learning how to drive. And nothing can beat a dedicated teacher giving "behind the wheel" lessons, as we used to call them in high school. So starting a driving schools York makes great sense, even in these tough economic times.
1. Talk to the people for free advice on starting businesses and writing business plans.
2. Small Business Administration for free booklets and more advice.
3. Organize your home office or premises. Make sure you have a place for everything and a system for appointments, payments and advertising.
4. Choose whether to franchise through a company like Drive Safe or whether to strike out on your own as a corporation or sole proprietor.
5. Decide whether to become a certified instructor yourself or whether you will hire certified instructors and share the revenue with them. If you choose to become an instructor yourself, you will need to get a certification packet from your state's DMV. You will need a driver's license, a high School diploma or equivalent and to pass the required driver education certification courses.
6. Research the competition: pricing, options (Do they have computer simulators? Online courses? DVDs to buy or rent? Small-group behind-the-wheel classes or only individual ones? Defensive driving courses? Times of classes?), locations.
7. Write a business plan. Using resources like The Driving School Association of the Americas, discuss your specific plan for the school and the steps you will take to achieve it. Short-term goals (getting 10 students, for example) and long-term goals (a second school, for example) should be included. Outlne each step and figure out how much it will cost to achieve this step.
8. Get your business license. Go to your state's Department of Motor Vehicles website and look under "business licenses" for specific information. You will need to have a place of business, a certified instructor and be prepared to pay the state a surety bond ($10,000) in New Jersey.
9. Get your vehicle or vehicles in order. Make sure you have proper insurance coverage and consider installing a dual-braking system.
10. Join a professional organization, such as the American Driver and Traffic Education Safety Association.
11. Have a few practice lessons. Practice your technique on friends and family members who can give you honest feedback.