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Driving Instructer

julesm 14 1.7k 7 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2012 1:15PM
If I became a driving instructor, what sort of earnings would I be likely to achieve? RED say I could earn upto 30, but Im guessing I'd have to do an awfull lot of work to get that?
Any instructors out there willing to share their experience?


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ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
1 Oct 2012 1:16PM
30 pounds per year isn't a lot you know Wink
julesm 14 1.7k 7 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2012 1:21PM
Lol I meant 30k Smile
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
1 Oct 2012 1:27PM

I bet it's a nightmare finding the work - for the first few years at least. If you've got a 17 year old kid, that'd be perfect, you could get all their friends to use you.

Otherwise... I'm not sure how it all works really.
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
1 Oct 2012 1:31PM
Some years ago a friend of my father's bought a failing driving school - its owner had been in poor health and the clientele had fallen away. But it least it gave him a few pupils to start with and he expanded it into a successful business. and eventually sold up and retired on the proceeds.

Could be a possibility although you will need some capital or a loan.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
1 Oct 2012 1:35PM
I used to be a Grade 5 Driving Instructor both Car & HGV and whilst the potential is there to earn in excess of 30K, I warn you now, you will have to earn all the hours God sent to achieve it!! When I was doing it about 10-11 years ago the most I earned in any year was 26K and that included the tuition I gave on Trucks, which paid a lot more obviously. Admittedly I wouldn't work the weekends and only worked up to 7pm in the evenings, but it's hard graft and you need nerves of steel.

RED or BSM are both reasonable companies to train with, although I'd recommend BSM as that's who I trained with years ago back in the late 90's, but more importantly as I remember they don't want any money up front, something I believe RED & the AA do?

You can make a reasonable living from it, more so if you're freelance and work for yourself, but you're not going get rich quick!!!

kodachrome 6 703
1 Oct 2012 1:49PM
Red, were exposed on a Watch dog program for grossly exagerating your possible earnings per anum and several other contentious issues which I won't go into. I guess you could earn what they say is a possibility, but it could drive you into an early grave. Be carefull with these franchise companies and read the small print. They are out to make money no matter how enticing the deal may look to you.

Self employed free lance is a better bet.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
1 Oct 2012 1:58PM

Quote:Self employed free lance is a better bet.

Without a doubt, but you do have to train first up to a standard set by the DSA, the only way to do this as far as I'm aware having not been in the business for a while is to work with a DSA accredited training company such as BSM/RED/AA etc.

julesm 14 1.7k 7 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2012 3:23PM
Many thanks both. Lots of things to think about, and lots of good pointers. I'm really just exploring ideas as my dream of becoming a social photographer seem to be evapourating and Im sick and tired of being a Business Analyst for a rubbish company.

What about Fourth Bridge painters or Lumberjacking in Canada? Only joking Smile
mrcal 14 1.0k
1 Oct 2012 3:57PM

Quote:... What about Fourth Bridge painters ...

Well, that's another dead-end for you.
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
1 Oct 2012 4:07PM
Forth Bridge painting used to be a job for life. Unfortunately, with the recent introduction of (very) longlasting paints, it isn't any nore! Sad


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