Q. Is there demand for driving instructors?
A. Yes, each year millions of people require lessons. People will always need to learn to drive.
Q. How much can I expect to earn?
A. You are in control of you earning potential, as demand often out strips supply. Some instructors are ambitious, if they have their own business could earn in excess of £30,000 per year. Others may choose to spend more time with a young family or leisure time, thus work according to their needs.
Q. Do I have to work at an established driving school?
A. You can do either, some instructors work for a school for a while then set up on their own, or others prefer to stay with an established name.
Q. I was not very good at school; does one need to be academically clever to become an instructor?
A. People from all backgrounds become an instructor; a great deal of the course is common sense.
Q. Can I do the course whilst still working or looking after my family?
A. Yes, you can learn at your pace.
Q. How quickly could I become an instructor?
A. Recently one person started instructing within approx 12 weeks of starting the course.
Q. Can I work around other family obligations?
A. Yes, it's not a 9 to 5 job, you normally manage your own work diary.
Q. If I work with an Established School like "Apollo Driving Tuition", do I get a car provided?
A. You can have either a fully maintained and insured car to use all the time, or provide your own.
Q. A friend is a driving instructor and she is self-employed, is this complicated?
A. No it's very simple; you fill in one form a week. Entering the money you have earned each day and anything you have purchased. Then you give it to an accountant at the end of each year to do the rest. An accountant costs about £3 to £4 per week.
Q. I can speak different languages, will this help?
A. Yes, this can be a very good asset. As some learners have limited English and will be looking for an instructor who can speak their language
Q. Can I progress my career?
A. Yes, you could later on move into other areas. For example fleet or instructor training, advanced driving, plus examining driving tests.
Most driving instructors work an average of 40 hours per week, however because the majority of driving instructors are self employed, the final decision on how many hours you work is entirely up to you. The demand for driving lessons is such that you may decide to take advantage of the demand and work lots of hours for several months; you could then reduce your workload for a while to have some free time with your family. The demand is always there and many of your pupils will be flexible, due to shift work and college timetables.
The following figures are an example of potential earnings, but are not a guarantee of what all instructors earn; each instructor will have different needs.
40 hours @ £25 =£1,000 per week
Less average expenses:
Diesel: £55 p/w
Approx Car running cost: £80.00 p/w
Average earnings: £865 PER WEEK
This could be is if you supplied your own car and worked solely for yourself. We know many instructors who can achieve this. Plus they have a waiting list and can increase their profit by doing extra lessons.